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29 Oct at 04:27
Looking for NaNoWriMo blogs!
Hello all you wonderful writers. It's that time of the year again and NaNo is upon us. This might be the perfect time to procrastinate from your writing and write a blog about nano for CC.

If you are interested in putting a few thoughts on NaNo down for others to see on CC Head on over to the CC Blog page (link ) and click 'Send a blog request'

Thank you, and good luck!

26 Apr at 06:12
Bloggers wanted!
Among CCs members are some wonderful bloggers and we wanted to ask you if you might be persuaded to write a post the CC Blog? We are looking for blog posts that deal with the life of a writer, tips and pitfalls; whatever comes to mind and has to do with writing and the life of a writer. Your post could even be one you have already written and shared on your own blog.

To see what people are blogging about head over to our blog page and take a look at the blogs, they're very diverse and we're sure yours will fit right in

6 Jan at 02:30
Yulelad winners

Grıla is very happy that her boys were all found and would like to extend a heart filled thank you to the good people of CC. In return for the help, not only will she not eat you but also asked us to give out prizes to those who found her darling little boys.

All in all 66 people participated in the search by finding at least 1 jólasveinn (yule lad) and a whopping 21 people found all of them (mental note: make it harder next time).

Usually we have given out 1 month premium for one person who found each jólasveinn but this time we're going to give out credits to start you off on on the new year!

Each of the following members will receive 20 credits for finding a jólasveinn:

Sarahann for finding Stekkjarstaur
Custodian for finding Giljagaur
Knollmouse for finding Stúfur
Turnstiles for finding Şvörusleikir
Bethywoo for finding Pottaskefill
Blandcorp for finding Askasleikir
Vandrelyst for finding Hurğaskellir
Harpalycus for finding Skyrgámur
Xc0000005 for finding Bjúgnakrækir
Susieq for finding Gluggagægir
Lmdewit for finding Gáttaşefur
Czing for finding Ketkrókur
Sarahann for finding Kertasníkir

Our grand winner who was randomly picked from those who found all 13 boys is Abisha who will receive a 1 year premium subscription.

Congratulations to the winners and thank you all for participating and being such good sports!

Grıla and the CC Team

4 Dec 2016 at 03:37
So, how did we do?
This year 47 cc'ers won NaNoWriMo this year. Check out the progress here. We (well you) collectively wrote around 3.5 million words which is somewhat less than last year but still a respectable sum!

Congratulations to all our winners and to everyone who participated, even if you were a few words short. Now let's pull that manuscript through the CC queues and turn it into a book!

31 Oct 2016 at 06:20
Submit your story to the hook queue!

November's hook queue is coming up in a few days. Submit your story now!

Here is the queue if you want to join.

24 Aug 2016 at 03:25
CC Downtime last night
The Critique Circle website was not reachable by many of our members over the last 10 hours or so. The reason for this was because the google dns service had problems connecting to the dns servers which point to our webserver. This was out of our control but should be fixed now as we are seeing users starting to trickle in again.
Hopefully Google and our DNS provider have now sorted out their issues and will let us get on with our writing.

- Admins

29 Oct 2015 at 05:09
Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year?

NaNoWriMo (see www.nanowrimo.org) is popular among CC members, and every November so many of our members join the mad race to 50.000 words.

As some of you know we have a great tool for you to keep track of your NaNo progress and compare yourself to your fellow CC-ers.

Click here to sign up for the Nano progress chart (it's dead-simple!) and join the discussion here (let's try to beat last year's 3.9M words!)

Like last year we have a special queue that you can join and post your drafts as you truck along to 50K. Join the queue here!

See you at the finish line!

14 Sep 2015 at 05:15
Attention all bloggers!
Among CCs members are some wonderful bloggers and we wanted to ask you if you might be persuaded to write a post the CC Blog? We are looking for blog posts that deal with the life of a writer, tips and pitfalls; whatever comes to mind and has to do with writing and the life of a writer. Your post could even be one you have already written and shared on your own blog.

To see what people are blogging about head over to our blog page and take a look at the blogs, they're very diverse and we're sure yours will fit right in

So. How about writing a blog post for us? There is a link at the top of the blog page where you can submit a request to blog for us. I'm sure we would all like to see more useful blog posts on our blog page and for that to happen we need your skills!

18 May 2015 at 13:54
Change to the number of crits/story in the newbie queue
Starting next period stories in the newbie queue will fall out of the current period after 5 crits instead of 6 like they do currently.

This is being done on an experimental basis after suggestions from our members to see if the other queues will get more traffic as a consequence.

If you want to chime in, here's a forum thread for discussing this change.

29 Jan 2015 at 04:13
Critique Circle Poetry

Some news from Chaine, our poetry curator.

Poetry isn't suited to the Critique Circle Story Queue system of earning and spending points. This issue has been mulled over many times and no one has found a points' system that could be fairly adapted to include poetry. As moderator of the Poetry forum I have to say that not featuring poetry in the Story Queues is a sensible and fair decision. We have an energetic, thriving poetry section even though it does not feature in the 'Queues'. Occasionally a member stumbles across the Critique Circle poetry forum and wonders why they've never heard of it. Poetry related material can be found at the Poetry discussion and competitions forum and the Poetry submissions forum.

The Build a Limerick thread is a fun way for anyone to try their hand at writing poetry. Each person writes a line in turn to create a five line limerick. Once the limerick is complete a new one is started. Limericks are often intentionally nonsensical and are always fun. Give it a go.

The Rhyming Riddles thread is a little more challenging but can be just as much fun. If you ever wanted to emulate the riddles of J.R.R. Tolkien try it here. To balance clues in a rhyme that are neither too easy nor too difficult to solve requires skill, knowledge and sound reasoning. Are you up for that challenge?

As far as the Poetry submissions forum is concerned, the bad news is no points are awarded. The good news is that it doesn't cost any points either. It's a point free zone. You'll find a warm welcoming home for your poems here. There's a place for the submissions of the inexperience and veteran poet alike. There are no requirements to write critiques but support for others is always appreciated. A simple comment such as 'I like ' is sufficient although in depth critiques are also welcome.

There's even a 'Reasons to write poetry' thread and a 'Reasons not to write poetry' thread. You are welcome to have your say in the matter.

Take a tour of the Critique Circle poetry section. You'll be surprised at what you find.


Best wishes,
Ernie

22 Dec 2014 at 03:23
Website issues
We are experiencing some issues with the website at the moment. Please bear with us while we get this sorted.

12 Dec 2014 at 01:34
Oh no, where can they be??

They are at it again! Gryla's yule lads are yet again wreaking havoc on CC's pages. Can you help Gryla find her boys?

For those few out there who don't know who Gryla is she is the fearsome troll mother of the thirteen Icelandic yule lads. Her sons are forever giving her grief, sometimes disappearing for days at a time, especially around christmas when the first of them goes from their mountain home thirteen days before Christmas and then one per day until the first one goes back home on Christmas day and and the last one thirteen days after the 24th.
Like any mother, Gryla is beside herself with worry but has narrowed her search somewhat down. She knows that her lads have hidden on CC's pages! Search through the site and discover where her mischievous sons are hiding. They are really scattered, so you'll have to do your very best! You know you have found a yule lad when you spot his red hat on a web page. When you click on it you will see a picture of the lad and one cap of thirteen on the front page will be filled. When you have located all Gryla's sons, please let her know. She will greatly relieved

If you manage to find a yule lad your name goes into a pot. Then right after Christmas, for each found yule lad one person gets randomly picked from the pot for a 1 month free premium subscription!

That's not all, for one lucky random member that manages to find all of them, a grand prize of a 1 year premium subscription is given.

One Yule lad arrives on CC each day until Christmas. This means that if you do not find a yule lad on a page he might very well be there tomorrow!

We can discuss the search and rescue efforts here.

You can see an overview of the rescue efforts including information about how many people have found each one here

If you don't want to participate at all you can get rid of the hats on the front page by clicking here

Ho ho ho. Merry Christmas dear members

The CC Team

1 Dec 2014 at 13:19
Congratulations NaNo winners!
Over 60 cc'ers won NaNoWriMo this year. Check out the progress here. Almost 4 million words were written by cc'ers in Nano this year which is quite a bit more than last year.

A heartfelt congratulations to all our winners and to everyone who participated, even if you were a few words short. Now let's pull that manuscript kicking and screaming through the CC queues and turn it into a book!

28 Oct 2014 at 06:13
Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year?

NaNoWriMo (see www.nanowrimo.org) is popular among CC members, and every November so many of our members join the mad race to 50.000 words.

As some of you know we have a great tool for you to keep track of your NaNo progress and compare yourself to your fellow CC-ers.

Click here to sign up for the Nano progress chart (it's dead-simple!) and join the discussion here (let's try to beat last year's 3.4M words!)

Like last year we have a special queue that you can join and post your drafts as you truck along to 50K. Join the queue here!

Remember, CC is sponsoring Nano this year. Head over to the Nano forums and tell everyone how great it is over here

6 Oct 2014 at 04:09
Critique Circle is sponsoring NaNoWriMo!

As most of you know CC'ers take NaNoWriMo very seriously.

Since Nano gives our members so much and is such a wonderful initiative we decided to become a Nano sponsor this year.

Look at the badge we got, isn't it pretty?

1 May 2014 at 03:24
Hook queue starts tomorrow!
May's hook queue weekend starts tomorrow. Last chance to get your story starter in there!

25 Apr 2014 at 09:46
Maintenance completed
It took quite a bit longer than anticipated but the database maintenance today is finally done.

Sorry about the extended downtime everyone.

24 Apr 2014 at 09:43
CC will go offline at 09:00 UTC tomorrow morning, Apr 25th (or thereabouts, depending on when the kids wake up) for some much needed database maintenance.

Expected downtime is 1 hour.

14 Mar 2014 at 15:19
Stay up to date by subscribing to the official Critique Circle Facebook and Twitter pages!

9 Mar 2014 at 14:47
New site is now live!
The beta site, which has been in public testing for 2 weeks now went live on Monday March 10th. Take a look here for answers to some common questions.

3 Mar 2014 at 09:19
New site going live soon!
The new CC site which has been available for public testing at beta.critiquecircle.com will go live in the next week or so barring any unforeseen issues.
Let us know on the forums if you think this is a terrible idea.

18 Feb 2014 at 08:30
Bloggers wanted
In this wonderful community of creative writers I am sure there are many good bloggers How about sharing with us your experience of writing? We are looking for blog posts that deal with the life of a writer, tips and pitfalls; whatever comes to mind and has to do with writing and the life of a writer

To see what people are blogging about head over to our blog page and take a look at the blogs, they're very diverse and we're sure yours will fit right in

So. How about writing a blog post for us? There is a link at the top of the blog page where you can submit a request to blog for us. I'm sure we would all like to see more useful blog posts on our blog page and for that to happen we need your skills

27 Dec 2013 at 06:24
End-of-year cleanup

We often end the year here on CC with a database cleanup where we trim the fat a bit and this year is no different. Among the data we will purge is message box messages. We will delete messages from non-premium members which are more than 3 months old and we will trim the in-and-out message boxes of non-premium users down to 100 and the message boxes of premium members down to 500.

If your message box is overflowing you should use the Send in email or Download All options in your message box if you have important messages that you don't want to lose.

Premium Gold members will not be affected by this.

12 Dec 2013 at 04:17
My darling boys are missing yet again!

They are at it again! Gryla's yule lads are yet again wreaking havoc on CC's pages. Can you help Gryla find her boys?

For those few out there who don't know who Gryla is she is the fearsome troll mother of the thirteen Icelandic yule lads. Her sons are forever giving her grief, sometimes disappearing for days at a time, especially around christmas when the first of them goes from their mountain home thirteen days before Christmas and then one per day until the first one goes back home on Christmas day and and the last one thirteen days after the 24th.
Like any mother, Gryla is beside herself with worry but has narrowed her search somewhat down. She knows that her lads have hidden on CC's pages! Search through the site and discover where her mischievous sons are hiding. They are really scattered, so you'll have to do your very best! You know you have found a yule lad when you spot his red hat on a web page. When you click on it you will see a picture of the lad and one cap of thirteen on the left sidebar will be filled. When you have located all Gryla's sons, please let her know. She will greatly relieved

If you manage to find a yule lad your name goes into a pot. Then right after Christmas, for each found yule lad one person gets randomly picked from the pot for a 1 month free premium subscription!

That's not all, for one lucky random member that manages to find all of them, a grand prize of a 1 year premium subscription is given.

One Yule lad arrives on CC each day until Christmas. This means that if you do not find a yule lad on a page he might very well be there tomorrow!

We can discuss the search and rescue efforts here.

You can see an overview of the rescue efforts including information about how many people have found each one here

If you don't want to participate at all you can get rid of the hats on the side bar by clicking here

Ho ho ho. Merry Christmas dear members

The CC Team

22 Oct 2013 at 02:45
Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year?

NaNoWriMo (see www.nanowrimo.org) is popular among CC members, and every November so many of our members join the mad race to 50.000 words.

As some of you know we have a great tool for you to keep track of your NaNo progress and compare yourself to your fellow CC-ers.

Click here to sign up for the Nano progress chart (it's dead-simple!) and join the discussion here (let's try to beat last year's 4.1M words!)

Like last year we have a special queue that you can join and post your drafts as you truck along to 50K. Join the queue here!

18 Oct 2013 at 08:35
Daylight savings time

Daylight savings time changes are just around the corner for most of the world. However, CC's clock isn't very smart, and it doesn't know what daylight savings time is. If you find that the clock under the CC logo to the left is an hour off go to your settings and change your "Local Time Zone" so that the clock on CC matches your current time.
Don't worry about the names of the time zones, just make sure it matches your time.

22 Sep 2013 at 14:45
Winners in our Facebook Like game

Winners in our Facebook Like game have been selected and they have been sent messages through Facebook
The winners should log in here and contact CC's admins to activate their Premium Memberships.

We got over 200 likes during this phase and we want to thank you for your support As always, you show us what a great gang we've got here

Thanks, you rock!

18 Sep 2013 at 08:53
Name Server Changes
CC is being moved to new DNS name servers. This should not affect you but if you find yourself not being able connect to the site, please be patient and try again in a bit.

1 Jul 2013 at 10:56
Choose the crit period for your story

We have now given you more visibility and control over when your story will go up for review. In the Submit story page you can select a period for your story and specify that you never want CC to move it up if you so desire.

This has been done because of member requests since sometimes (premium) members might want to tinker with their story a bit before it goes up for review and they need to be certain when this happens.

We have also rearranged the options step in the submit story page a bit and made the process a bit more streamlined.

3 Feb 2013 at 01:53
Have you seen our Facebook page?
CC has a facebook page. Here it is. Why don't you drop by and follow us or give us a like.

Oh, and we're also on Twitter.

15 Jan 2013 at 00:48
Now collecting material for the 2013 CC blog!

Open to submissions! We are in particular looking for:

* Posts on craft, they can be either short and succint, or detailed, whichever appeals to you
* Posts on the critiquing/revising process
* Personal success stories, however you define it — "How I realized character matters..." , "How I overcame my need to - write in longhand" , "How I sold a billion copies in Holland."
* Do you have a favorite how-to book? Reviews on writing manuals and how-to guides for writers.
* Reviews on writing software and programs.
* We will consider any other subject as long as it is writing related

Word count flexible, 200-1500.

Contact Administrator through the message box or send an email to support@critiquecircle.com, describing your idea, your byline, and if there is a particular date you wish for your blog to be posted.

9 Jan 2013 at 01:00
Stability problems over the last 8 hours

CC had some stability problems last night which resulted in timeouts for users. We believe we have isolated the issue now and apologize for the inconvenience.

2 Dec 2012 at 04:42
Do you want to write for our blog? We have several openings for December and January. Contact us with your idea — flexible word count, 300-2000 depending on subject matter and scope. We will consider most things related to the art and craft of writing.

2 Nov 2012 at 04:52
The NanoWrimo 2012 survival kit

21 Oct 2012 at 01:47
Daylight savings time

Daylight savings time changes are just around the corner for most of the world. However, CC's clock isn't very smart, and it doesn't know what daylight savings time is. If you find that the clock under the CC logo to the left is an hour off go to your settings and change your "Local Time Zone" so that the clock on CC matches your current time.
Don't worry about the names of the time zones, just make sure it matches your time.

9 Oct 2012 at 04:27
Would you like to contribute to the CC blog?

We are open to guest bloggers! Mail us if you are interested.

27 Sep 2012 at 05:09
The CC Glossary is up!

The CC Glossary gives direct, no-nonsense information about the most common terms a writer encounters. From the basics of plot and genre to the concept of narrative distance, everything is written in language a beginner can understand.

Check out the evolution of the project in the forum.

Let's have a round of applause for Candance for brainstorming and organizing this complex task!

10 Aug 2012 at 06:02
Welcome to the new server!
We are now on a brand new server machine which should make CC faster and more reliable.

The new server has RAID 10, double the amount of memory and 4 cores instead of 2. The memory difference should be especially noticeable since the DB can now keep most of the indices in memory rather than swapping them to disk. With the RAID 10, disk read access should also be speedier making the DB more responsive overall.

Please let us know if you encounter any issues.

9 Aug 2012 at 10:08
CC is moving!
Critique Circle will be moving today to a brand new server located in the next rack to its right. This might entail a few hours of downtime.

You don't have to do anything, but if the server appears to be down, do not worry, we're just in the process of packing up the boxes and putting on the stamps.

21 Jun 2012 at 14:30
We have two new moderators, Whiplash and Owllady. We welcome them to the team and will try not to work them too hard. Thanks to everyone who applied, we are honored so many of you are willing to help out! And our heartfelt thanks to Ladyv and Inkblot, who are stepping down due to other duties.

14 Jun 2012 at 07:51
We need Moderators!

— THANK YOU to those of you who have been in touch. We will reply shortly. —

7 Jun 2012 at 14:36
We need Moderators!

If you have time, energy and patience to spare, we need more volunteers to help with the daily tasks around the site.

Please send a message to Administrator if you're interested.

14 May 2012 at 08:20
Hi Everyone! You might have noticed the words, Random Acts of Kindness floating around the inter-webs this week. The Bookshelf Muse blog (Run by CC member Becca and CC moderator Momzilla) are hosting a massive, week long Random Act Of Kindness Blitz to celebrate WRITERS!

There is a lot of friction right now in publishing and this is an opportunity to shift the focus to what brings us together. Writers are the hub of the industry and their giving, supportive spirits are worth celebrating. All week long, you will see writers being surprised with RAOK. The Critique Circle is joining in along with several other Industry Partners this week, offering RAOK gifts just for writers to be won starting Tuesday, May 15th. All you have to do is head over to The Bookshelf Muse and enter...and maybe spread a bit of kindness yourself!

Wonder what Premium Membership can offer you here at CC? Or do you have a Premium Membership already? Either way, on Wednesday, May 16, you could win one of THREE CC Premium Memberships! You can also win Scrivener Writing Software, a Premium Query Tracker membership, a tutorial from Writer's Digest, a membership with AutoCrit (another CC member!), a blog consult or class from WANA International, and An Ultimate Writer's Course from Best-Selling Fantasy author Tracy Hickman.

Is there a special CC member that you would like to do a shout out for? We have a thread for that in the forums!

25 Mar 2012 at 02:07
Daylight savings time

Daylight savings time changes are just around the corner for most of the world. However, CC's clock isn't very smart, and it doesn't know what daylight savings time is. If you find that the clock under the CC logo to the left is an hour off go to your settings and change your "Local Time Zone" so that the clock on CC matches your current time.
Don't worry about the names of the time zones, just make sure it matches your time.

28 Nov 2011 at 14:20
NaNoWriMo is over!

We finished off with over 3 million words which is only slightly lower than last year. Check out the final statistics here!.

Congratulations to all our 42 winners!

17 Sep 2011 at 03:10
What did you think of The Hook?

Let us know here by answering the poll!

23 Jul 2011 at 02:50
Pick the best crit!

Now. in addition to just giving a fabulous grade you can now pick the best critique that you received in each Wednesday-Wednesday period.

You can pick a crit for a period up until the time when the next period ends. This means that for crits sent in between July 13th and July 20th you have until July 27th to submit your final pick, after which time it is edged in stone, but until that time you can change your mind how ever often you want to.

This can be convenient so that for example, when you get a first class crit you can immediately pick it, but then the day after you get an even better crit, so you can just pick that instead.

Picking crits is very simple. You will get a notice on the front page if you have crits eligible for being picked from the previous period but you can also pick crits from the current period straight away from the 'view crit' page (once you've graded it).

Nothing is being done with the picked crits right now but we intend to put up a 'best critters of the period' and maybe even 'best crits of the period' but that depends on whether members want this to be anonymous or not.

We are also considering revamping the star critter system and divorcing it from the grade and using this instead but that depends on how this will go.

To be eligible for being picked the crit must have received full credit be graded.

Let us know your thoughts on this new system on this thread.

2 Jul 2011 at 08:08
Edit title and genre at any time

You can now edit the title of your story and the type, genre and subgenre whenever you want to.

Whether the story is in the queue or up for review doesn't matter. Feel free to make those changes when you need to do so. This applies to all members, not just premium.

We hope this addition will help.

13 Feb 2011 at 15:08
#1 in two categories in Pred Ed!

Yay! Best Writer's Forum and Best Writing Workshop! CC rules! Thanks to everybody for their votes.

25 Dec 2010 at 18:20
Last chance to find the Yule Lads!

The CC admins will send a letter to Gryla on Dec 26th about her missing sons.

If you want to be eligible for the one month premium subscription a piece for finding them or for the grand price of one year premium subscription for finding all 13 of them hurry up and click those little hats to put your name in the pot!

12 Dec 2010 at 10:59
Those blasted yule lads!

They are at it again! Gryla's yule lads are yet again wreaking havoc on CC's pages. Can you help Gryla find her boys?

For those few out there who don't know who Gryla is she is the fearsome troll mother of the thirteen Icelandic yule lads. Her sons are forever giving her grief, sometimes disappearing for days at a time, especially around christmas when the first of them goes from their mountain home thirteen days before Christmas and then one per day until the first one goes back home on Christmas day and and the last one thirteen days after the 24th.
Like any mother, Gryla is beside herself with worry but has narrowed her search somewhat down. She knows that her lads have hidden on CC's pages! Search through the site and discover where her mischievous sons are hiding. They are really scattered, so you'll have to do your very best! You know you have found a yule lad when you spot his red hat on a web page. When you click on it you will see a picture of the lad and one cap of thirteen on the left sidebar will be filled. When you have located all Gryla's sons, please let her know. She will greatly relieved

If you manage to find a yule lad your name goes into a pot. Then right after Christmas, for each found yule lad one person gets randomly picked from the pot for a 1 month free premium subscription!

That's not all, for one lucky random member that manages to find all of them, a grand prize of a 1 year premium subscription is given.

Unlike last year, this time around one Yule lad arrives on CC each day until Christmas.This means that if you do not find a yule lad on a page he might very well be there tomorrow!

Also, unlike last time CC will remember the boys that you have found so you can search on multiple computers.

We can discuss the search and rescue efforts here.

You can see an overview of the rescue efforts including information about how many people have found each one here

Ho ho ho. Merry Christmas dear members

The CC Team

p.s. If you don't want to participate at all you can get rid of the hats on the side bar by clicking here.

pp.ss. A word of warning: Some of the lads might be extremely tricky to find!

1 Dec 2010 at 05:20
.... and we're done!

Eighty-three CCers participated in Nano this year and wrote a total of 3.596.000 words! That's the equivalence of almost five entire Bibles. Plenty of room for excellence!

Fifty-four of those on CC who started Nano completed the 50.000 words! Many more wrote tens of thousands of words, and every page is a lovely consolation prize.

Congratulations to all our winners. If you want to join our December challenge, for writing or for words edited on your Nano-project, click here:

Now get back to critting! We have a month-long slump to make up for.

See the final tally here!

4 Nov 2010 at 14:15
CC is doing NaNoWriMo!

Join the Nano progress challenge and chat about Nano on our NaNoWriMo 2010 thread.

Premium members, click here to join Inkblot's NaNoWriMo 2010 Queue.

30 Oct 2010 at 04:43
Join the NaNoWriMo Queue!

Premium members, click here to join Inkblot's NaNoWriMo 2010 Queue.

Submitting stories into this queue is free of charge and you should not crit anything there. This is a place where you can put your 1667 words/day in to get that feeling of 'there, I'm done for today!'

If you're doing Nano you should also join our Nano progress challenge and put your point on the CC graph!

Lastly, we've got an awesome word count meter you can hook up directly to your nano account:

Here is our NaNoWriMo 2010 thread.

17 Oct 2010 at 17:10
Daylight savings time

Daylight savings time changes are just around the corner for most of the world. However, CC's clock isn't very smart, and it doesn't know what daylight savings time is. If you find that the clock under the CC logo to the left is an hour off go to your settings and change your "Local Time Zone" so that the clock on CC matches your current time.
Don't worry about the names of the time zones, just make sure it matches your time.

25 Jun 2010 at 18:01
Erotica Queue drawing to a close

Last November we announced that the Erotica Queue would close soon pending any new developments since it was simply not drawing in the number of submissions and crits that we need in order to justify running it.

Now, eight months later after making every effort to make this queue a success we are sadly forced to announce that the current period is the last period of the Erotica queue and now, after one and a half year of operation the queue will close.

New submissions are no longer accepted into this queue and it will close down completely after this period ends. Note that you will continue to be able to access your stories despite the queue being closed.

22 May 2010 at 13:36
CC is moving!

Critique Circle will be moving to a brand new server at a brand new hosting provider this coming Thursday. This will entail a few hours of downtime. If the server is down, do not worry, we're just in the process of packing up the boxes and putting on the stamps.
Note that the DNS registration might take up to 2 days to go through.

14 May 2010 at 15:03
Back online!
After being offline for 10 hours due to unbelievable incompetence by our hosting provider (GoDaddy) we are now back up. We apologize for the inconvenience.

The CC Team.

12 May 2010 at 10:26
Problems with inline critiques fixed

We think that the problems with the new inline crits have been fixed. Please let us know with a message to the Administrator through your message box if you encounter problems with inline crits.

12 May 2010 at 07:20
Problems with inline critiques

We deployed some new code for inline crits today and there are some problems with it. People have lost text from their crits and have been very inconvenienced.

We apologize for the problems but ask that you bear with us while we try to work out the kinks. Please send us a message in the Administrator message box if you lost a crit in progress and we will give you credit in full.

25 Apr 2010 at 07:22
March is a record month!

This March we got a new record in the number of crits submitted to the public queues. Overall 3583 crits were submitted on stories in these queues.

This is not a record on the overall total number of crits per month and we've had a bit higher number when the private queues are counted as well but never before have so many crits been done on the public stories.

Other records for March include record number of stories submitted to the public queues and record number of member logins to the site (around 49 thousand)!

Here are some nice stats

4 Jan 2010 at 12:57
Ten million visits

CC has just received its 10 millionth visit. This is a fantastic milestone for lil ol' CC.

27 Dec 2009 at 06:09
CC outage
CC was offline from 06:30 to 13:00 UTC today.

Yesterday we were cleaning up indices in the SQL server database and it seems to have caused some issues with the server where it started spewing out error logs until the primary controller filled up at which point the SQL server stopped responding.

We apologize for the inconvenience. No data should be lost and we should be a-ok now.

20 Dec 2009 at 03:35
Breaking news!

Grıla has lost her yule lads (again!) and she desperately needs your help if she is to find them in time!
For those few out there who don't know who Grıla is she is the fearsome troll mother of the thirteen Icelandic yule lads. Her sons are forever giving her grief, sometimes disappearing for days at a time, especially around christmas when the first of them goes from their mountain home thirteen days before Christmas and then one per day until the first one goes back home on Christmas day and and the last one thirteen days after the 24th.
Like any mother, Grıla is beside herself with worry but has narrowed her search somewhat down. She knows that her lads have hidden on CC's pages! Search through the site and discover where her mischievous sons are hiding. They are really scattered, so you'll have to do your very best! You know you have found a yule lad when you spot his red hat on a web page. When you click on it you will see a picture of the lad and one cap of thirteen on the left sidebar will be filled. When you have located all Grıla's sons, please let her know. She will greatly relieved

We can discuss the search and rescue efforts here.

Ho ho ho. Merry Christmas dear members

The CC Team

25 Oct 2009 at 11:12
Monthly premium memberships now possible.

Due to popular demand we've added the possibility of upgrading to Premium membership one month at a time.

29 Jun 2009 at 02:09
CC is now on a new server

Our beloved Critique Circle has moved to a new home (two computer racks to the left to be precise). The new hardware should give us better performance and more database reliability.

The process was amazingly smooth with only around 20 minutes of actual downtime.

10 Jun 2009 at 14:34
1132 Crits!

We received a grand total of 1132 crits in the last period adding a whopping 46 crits to the previous record!

Congratulations everyone!

9 Jun 2009 at 04:00
Are we going to break the record?

It looks as if we might just break the number-of-crits record this week! How many will we get?

2 May 2009 at 07:33
Critique Circle on Facebook
Facebook is fast becoming the place to be, digitally speaking at least, and so it is only fitting that Critique Circle makes its presence known there as well.

As of today CC is both a group there and a page. Feel free to join and become fans

Here is our group page

Here is our page

See you Facebook!

7 Apr 2009 at 14:17
Way to Go, Mrdave!

As of today, Mrdave has submitted his work to the Public Queues week after week for an entire year. What a huge achievement!

For the 12 month mark, Mrdave holds the title of the Most Productive Critter and Most Productive Overall.
In the last year, he's run two full novels through the queues and written over 620 critiques!

Mrdave is a very active member here at CC and has helped many writers become stronger at their craft. Please make sure to congratulate him for reaching this incredible landmark!

5 Apr 2009 at 16:11
1086 Crits!

We received a grand total of 1086 crits in the last period adding 10 crits to the previous record. That means that on average we received just over one crit every 10 minutes throughout the entire week!

In addition we shattered the record for number of new members per week gaining 85 new cc'ers. The week before that the record for number of stories submitted in a single period was set at 267.

Congratulations!

5 Mar 2009 at 15:36
1076 Crits!

We received a grand total of 1076 crits in the last period. This is a number that's been surpassed only once, in January 2007.

Way to go!

30 Dec 2008 at 13:57
CC just got a little bit sexier...

The Erotica Queue is open for business.

Click here to participate.

Here's how it works:

Anyone over the age of 18 will be able to join this public queue but no one is subscribed to it by default. If you want to participate in the Queue scroll to the bottom of the Story Queue page and pick the queue from the "Add a Queue Subscription" box.

Only adult members (over the age of 18) will be allowed to subscribe. All stories will be marked as "Adult" by default and you cannot have them unmarked in that queue.

Everyone over the age of 18 has access to the story discussion forum.

Submission guidelines are here.

Keep in mind that this is being opened up on a trial basis. In order for this queue to become permanent addition to CC we need a) plenty of stories and crits and b) keep things within the boundaries of the rules.

Our newly anointed moderator, Sharonk is moderating the queue and forum for us. Please be gentle.

We will be accepting stories for the next review period (December 31 to January 6) until the end of tomorrow so let's get those stories rolling in pronto!

23 Dec 2008 at 16:27
Breaking news!

Grıla has lost her yuletide lads and she desperately needs your help if she is to find them in time!
For those few out there who don't know who Grıla is she is the fearsome troll mother of the thirteen Icelandic yuletide lads. Her sons are forever giving her grief, sometimes disappearing for days at a time, especially around christmas when the first of them goes from their mountain home thirteen days before Christmas and then one per day until the first one goes back home on Christmas day and and the last one thirteen days after the 24th.
Like any mother, Grıla is beside herself with worry but has narrowed her search somewhat down. She knows that her lads have hidden on CC's pages! Search through the site and discover where her mischievous sons are hiding. They are really scattered, so you'll have to do your very best! You know you have found a yule lad when you spot his red hat on a web page. When you click on it you will see a picture of the lad and one cap of thirteen on the left sidebar will be filled. When you have located all Grıla's sons, please let her know. She will greatly relieved

We can discuss the search and rescue efforts here.

Merry Christmas dear members

The CC Team

19 Oct 2008 at 03:14
Daylight savings time

Daylight savings time changes are just around the corner for most of the world. However, CC's clock isn't very smart, and it doesn't know what daylight savings time is. If you find that the clock under the CC logo to the left is an hour off go to your settings and change your "Local Time Zone" so that the clock on CC matches your current time.
Don't worry about the names of the time zones, just make sure it matches your time.

5 Aug 2008 at 18:23
6.000.000 visits!

We've just received our six millionth visit since Critique Circle opened its doors, five years ago. Congratulations on that milestone everybody

23 Jul 2008 at 02:26
1022 critiques

CC received 1022 critiques last week. Not since January 2007 have we gotten this many crits. Excellent stuff

10 Jul 2008 at 03:20
923 critiques!
We received 923 critiques last week which is more than we've gotten for months. Great work everyone!

20 Feb 2008 at 22:15
Record Broken... AGAIN!

66 users were online today here at CC—that's two records smashed in one week. Let's try to break 70! Woot! Thanks again to Eagle-eye Megora for monitoring the users online list.

14 Feb 2008 at 11:14
CC breaks another record!!

A whopping 63 users were online together on February 13th! Big thanks to Megora for catching it. Let's keep those records coming, folks!

8 Dec 2007 at 11:29
New Member Record!
CC received 148 new members in the last week. That's equates to 21 new members every day!

Don't be shy, new folk. Introduce yourselves on our newbie threads And please tell all your friends about us.

27 Sep 2007 at 15:39
Another record broken!
Just moments ago we got 53 people logged on at the same time. 53! Not bad for little ole CC
We say, let's toast with milk and cookies! Hip hip hurray!

16 Sep 2007 at 15:54
Highest number of logins in the history of CC!

Last week we saw the highest number of logins ever on CC, over ten thousand in all from around 900 of our members.

11 Sep 2007 at 03:01
Record number of new members!

Last week we saw a record number of new members on CC. A total of 129 people signed up at an average rate of two every three hours.

Let's all make sure the new people feel welcome. Milk and cookies?

6 Sep 2007 at 17:56
Server upgrade complete

We've now moved over to a new server which should be a lot more powerful than the old one. This means that pages should load faster and the performance during peak-hours should not go down to somewhere between a dust-mite and a lazy turtle anymore.

Story Archive

We've also used the opportunity and archived all stories submitted prior to August 2006 except those posted by Premium Gold members.

The story author is able to unarchived a story by using the "Unarchive" option in the story menu bar. If your story was up for review in a private queue and you didn't want it gone just unarchive it and send the mods a message asking it to be returned to "up for review", no problem.

This whole thing went suspiciously smooth so please let us know if something is screwed up.

2 Sep 2007 at 14:18
CC now has ads
Okay, now.. How to make this sound like a good thing...

We're adding very non-obtrusive google text ads to the site to the right of the content area and at the bottom of the page.

This is done in order to gain new revenue for CC. Hopefully it'll earn our favorite writing site a few extra bucks

Premium members are able to configure the look of the ads to make them even less visible while Premium Gold members are able to pick which banner to view or turn them off completely. This is done through My Page->Settings.

We do appreciate people visiting these sites from time to time. There are even some interesting sites out there

Since Premium Gold members have been given the power of the ad-smasher we're increasing Premium Gold membership fees to $62.00 for one year and $99.00 for two years (existing Gold subscribers will of course not be charged extra for their current subscription).

If you spot any ads that you know to be scams please report it to the admins and we'll take measures to block them.

We have high hopes for this new revenue stream and have even gone so far as to order a new server machine that is a lot more powerful than the old one (and, wow, so much more expensive). How's that for immediate gains?

We hope you will not think too badly of CC-with-ads. It's still good-ole CC, honest!

26 Aug 2007 at 08:05
Story archive

We will start archiving old stories in the next few days. These stories and crits will be moved to another database on the CC servers but will continue to be accessible on the site. The only difference being that such stories cannot be critiqued any more.

All stories submitted prior to August 1st 2006 will be archived, whether they are old or up for review and whether they are in the public or the private queues.

Again, this should not affect you in any way except that your stories before that time cannot be critted.

20 Jun 2007 at 03:16
3 Million Visits!

Critique Circle has passed the 3 million visit mark! Click here to see visits per week for the last few months

18 May 2007 at 06:17
Automatic removal of old "In Progress" crits.

CC will now start to remove crits that have been "In Progress" for more than 3 months. If you have any such crits on your list you might want to submit them.

9 Mar 2007 at 07:29
#1 in Pred Ed!
Hooray for us! Critique Circle now celebrates its third year as the people's favorite Writing Workshop according to the ever so confusing Pred Ed poll. We also scored no. 2 as favorite Writer's Forum and no. 2 in the favorite Writer's Resource.
Not bad! Now, hip hip hooray! hip hip hooray! CC rules!

1 Mar 2007 at 01:48
Records, records, records!

No, we're not talking vinyl. Last week we broke four records: We had record number of crits, record number of stories, record number of forum posts, and finally, record numbers of users online at the same time. Way to go, people!

Here are our numbers for last week:
1178 crits
326 stories
2623 forum posts
64 members online simultaneously

Keep up the good work.

18 Jan 2007 at 16:26
Highest number of logins in the history of CC!

Last week we received 9282 logins! Damn, we're popular

10 Jan 2007 at 14:14
1150!!!


You people are amazing! The last critting period drew in a new record for the Critique Circle of 1150 crits, bumping off the last record which was only 934 crits and had stood for a couple of weeks. This translates to an average of 164 crits/day (remember our 100 crits/day challenge? )

Special thanks go to individuals who participated in various critting challenges hosted on some of your forums, bringing critiques in by the double digits.

Every critique helps—thanks to everyone for their hard work. Who knows. Maybe we'll be posting again soon, with another smashed record!

The stories/period record was also annihilated because 278 stories were posted in the last week, while 237 was the previous record.

You can see the entries/week here, you can compare last period crits/day with the average here, and there are some more fun statistics here.

5 Jan 2007 at 05:44
Clean out your message-box!

This weekend CC will undergo a message-box purge where received and sent messages will be deleted.

Normal members can have no more than 30 messages in their inbox or outbox (60 in all) and messages cannot be older than 30 days. Everything in excess of that will be deleted.
Premium members can have 200 messages in either box and their messages do not expire.
Premium Gold members have an unlimited message box and do not have to do anything.

If you want to keep your messages you should email them to yourself prior to next Sunday (the 7th).

Best,

Admins

20 Dec 2006 at 11:19
934!!!

We received a grand total of 934 critiques in the last period, shattering the former record from the period before which was 883. This is an average of 133 crits/day or roughly one crit every 10 minutes! Wow, this is way beyond our wildest expectations, congratulations, everyone

Some stats

We love statistics. Here are some

A total of 267 people contributed to critiques this period with 3.7 crits/person on average. Flick was the leader of the pack with 35 crits in all!

Here is the breakdown by day:



Here is the breakdown between queues:



To put the pie chart above into perspective, here is the average number of crits per story for some of the period queues (note that the colours mean different queues than above):



Again, great job, that's the Christmas spirit!

You can see the entries/week here and there are some more fun statistics here.

15 Dec 2006 at 03:03
Records, records, records!

Last period we saw the highest number of critiques ever in the history of CC! 882 critiques in a 7 day period (Click here for details)!! We've come a long way from our 100/day challenge last March

Also, a couple of days ago we reached 50 simultaneous users. That is, 50 people were logged on at the same time. We've never had that many people on the site at the same time before

All in all, a good week. Keep up the good work, gang!

8 Dec 2006 at 15:23
Record number of stories

Last week saw a record number of stories submitted to CC, 238 in all. People sure have been busy writing

19 Nov 2006 at 07:05
New and improved FAQ!

The FAQ has been reorganized and updated. A big thank you to Bookish who volunteered to reorganize the FAQ entries.

28 Oct 2006 at 03:56
Daylight savings time

CC's clock isn't very smart, and it doesn't know what daylight savings time is. If you find that the clock under the CC logo to the left is an hour off go to your settings and change your "Local Time Zone" so that the clock on CC matches your current time.
Don't worry about the names of the time zones, just make sure it matches your time.

19 Sep 2006 at 18:25
Is your clock wrong?

CC's clock isn't very smart. It might be inaccurate after our move, and it doesn't know what daylight savings time is. If you find that the clock under the CC logo to the left is off go to your settings and change your "Local Time Zone" so that the clock on CC matches your current time. Don't worry about the names of the time zones, just make sure it matches your time. In the future you will probably have to do this twice a year when the clock changes.

17 Sep 2006 at 02:10
Report ALL errors please!

We're getting a few errors here and there that are difficult to pinpoint without user-input. We're asking everyone to use the report bug feature if you get an error on the site (you'll know it when you see it).

Also, if something else is faulty that wasn't before the move please report it as well. Never assume that we already know about it because chances are that we don't.

Thanks,

Admins

2 Aug 2006 at 06:44
Busy week!

Last week was the busiest week ever on CC. We received a record number of critiques, 874in all (that's an average of about 1 crit every 12 minutes!) as well as the highest number of visits ever, 14843.

Pretty remarkable since summer tends to be slow

23 Jun 2006 at 09:03
The awaited Free Pass
It's been a while since we last announced a Star Critter but the wait is finally over!

The system has been completely changed so that now all moderators and administrators vote for the best critter.

A Star Critter will be announced 2 weeks after the crit period is finished.

Enjoy!

7 Jun 2006 at 08:16
Highest number of visits ever!

Last week we received the highest number of visits ever in the history of Critique Circle. 4222 total number of visites in all

Our little CC's certainly moving up in the world!

26 May 2006 at 16:37
Fifty Thousand Critiques!

Yes, we've hit the 50.000 mark! Yesterday, Jessicae sent in the milestone critique, and will receive a CC mug to mark the occasion.

Here's to another fifty thousand!

27 Mar 2006 at 05:52
Daylight savings time

CC's clock isn't very smart, and it doesn't know what daylight savings time is. If you find that the clock under the CC logo to the left is an hour off go to your settings and change your "Local Time Zone" so that the clock on CC matches your current time.
Don't worry about the names of the time zones, just make sure it matches your time.

14 Mar 2006 at 05:23
100 crits per day?
We're within reach of receiving 700 crits this period which is a 100 per day which is... which is unbelieveable! The switchover is 18 hours from the time when this is written and we need 90 more critiques!

See here for details:
www.critiquecircle.com/forums.asp?action=viewforum&index=48&thread=127862

10 Mar 2006 at 05:11
Moderators!
We're happy to announce that Angelnorth, Gutbugs and Morpheus1 have become CC's first moderators. They will assist the administrators with the daily tasks needed to ensure that CC runs smoothly. We welcome them to the team and look forward to piling work on them.

Click here to send your condole.. err. congratulations.

8 Mar 2006 at 15:43
Hardware failure
A hardware failure occured on CC's servers around 03:00 GMT on the 8th of march. Because of this CC was off-line until around 20:30.

I'm currently working on setting up CC's configuration and you should expect the site to be slow and unresponsive tonight.

Thank you for your patience, guys.

20 Dec 2005 at 09:23
Site was down Monday and Tuesday
We're sorry for the inconvenience but apparently a hard disk crashed in the site server and the hosting provider took its jolly ol' time getting it back on-line. We couldn't even post a message about it

We hope this will not happen again any time soon.

17 Nov 2005 at 08:17
Display Settings now stored on server

I used the downtime today to make a change I've been wanting to make for a while...

Display settings such as colors, sidebar theme, frontpage picture and the ordering of the frontpage boxes is now stored as a user-setting in the database instead of just in a client-side cookie so things should now look the same between cookie-cleansing, different computers and browsers.

If you're getting some errors on the page, especially when switching display types (using the brush icon), you should hold down the control key and click F5, and see if that fixes it.

12 Nov 2005 at 16:29
Critique Circle Cleaning up old stories
CC will go through a major archival process next thursday (the 17th). We will remove from the site all stories and critiques submitted prior to December 31st 2004.

Click here to see the announcement thread.

Click here to get a single .htm file with all the critiques you submitted before that time. You should save this file to your hard disk and keep it in a safe place. After next thursday these critiques will not be available on CC.

29 Jul 2005 at 11:04
New Server

It's that time again We're moving Critique Circle to a new server machine during the weekend. You might encounter some problems because of this but hopefully the disruption will be minimal.

Also, the spell checker and image uploads might be unavailable in the coming week.

23 Jul 2005 at 12:45
CC was down for around 24 hours due to trouble with the server machine. We apologize for the inconvenience.
If you encounter any more trouble over the next few days it could be the same thing.
Thank you for your patience.

4 Apr 2005 at 15:04
20,000!!!

We hit  20 thousand critiques this week. Way to go, gang!

21 Mar 2005 at 05:12
Record number of critiques!

In the last week we saw a record number of crits here at CC, a total of 388, that is a an average of 55 per day! Way to go, gang!

Click here for details

12 Feb 2005 at 20:20
Have you tried hovering your mouse over the x threads have changed message?

You now get a complete list of changed threads you're subscribed to without having to navigate to a page. Go directly to your thread of choice by clicking on each row or dismiss threads with ease by clicking on the checkmark to the left of each thread.

9 Feb 2005 at 15:11
Critique Circle has moved to a new server

The Critique Circle has been moved to a new server, 2-3 meters to the left of the old one. Let's hope we don't encounter a lot of problems with that like we did with the dreaded UK move a few months back.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

- Your humble Admins

8 Feb 2005 at 04:13
New Member Record!
CC received  67 new members in the last week. That's almost ten per day.

This is way above anything we've seen before! Word must to be getting out about us.

Don't be shy, new folk. Introduce yourselves on our newbie threads And please tell all your friends about us.

3 Feb 2005 at 11:41
Server changes
CC's server is undergoing some upgrades (has nothing to do with CC) and our service is suffering as a result. Please bear with us for the weekend. We should be fine by sunday.
*cross your fingers*

- Admins

30 Dec 2004 at 07:12
There were problems with submitting critiques last night and this morning (GMT). The issue has been solved and we appologize of the inconvenience.

I hope no one lost any work because of this (Save should have worked) but if you did then let us know and we will give you the credits you lost.

- Admins

19 Sep 2004 at 13:38
Is your story up for review now?
Since we've been having server problems for the last week or so it's only fair that those who have stories up now and feel that they haven't received enough crits can tell us about it and we'll put them back into the Queue free of charge.

Also, those who want to crit stories that have left the current period or the one before can contact us and they'll be granted credits for their crits.

Contact us through the message box (administrator) if you want to take advantage of this.

9 Sep 2004 at 14:52
New Server

The Critique Circle has moved to a U.K. based server.

The benefits of this transition are that this server is a lot faster than the old one, able to handle requests at up to twice the speed as before (page loads much faster), the uptime should also be much better.

30 Aug 2004 at 19:53
Death of a Server
 Read the details here.

1 Feb 2004 at 08:15
A changed credit system.
The credit system has undergone major changes and we hope this will shorten the time until a story is critiqued.
Instead of a fixed cost of 3 credits when submitting a story, the cost now rises 3 credits for each concurrent submission. So the first story you submit costs 3 credits. If you already have one story in the Queue (or up for review) a submission will cost 6 credits and so on. Submitting a story over 5.000 words in length also costs extra. We hope that this system will allow for more critiques and a shorter Queue.

At the same time, prolific critiquers will be rewarded. After each period in the queue the most prolific critiquer will be rewarded by a free-pass. The critiquer can use this pass whenever he/she chooses to bump up his/her story to the top of the queue.

The changes only apply to the public queues.

Premium Membership grand opening!

The Premium Membership opens today. We hope you will find the new system to your liking, we have strived to make it a very alluring choice with the personal queues at its core. The Premium system has a number of other exciting features, such as the Buddy System, personal forums and a plethora of other features.

The cost of Premium Membership per year will be USD 24 but in February we are offering it for USD 20.

By becoming a Premium Member you are giving us invaluable support and it is much appreciated

Please click here for details of Premium Membership.

24 Jan 2004 at 14:51
New queue!

We have added a new queue for those writing for children and teens. This means more stories are up each week and we hope for a corresponding increase in critiques! This also cuts down on the waiting time both in the General queue and the SF/F/H queue, so we hope it's a success.

All children's and YA stories have been moved to the new "Children's/YA" queue. If someone objects to their story being moved, please contact the adminstrators.

9 Jan 2004 at 04:29
Donate!

We've just added a donation button using PayPal. We're not much for begging but...

Your contribution is important so we can keep the Critique Circle on-line.

As a further incentive we're going to let all named donations go towards a subscription fee in the Premium system once it's active (feb 1st). For example, if you donate $24 you'll receive a full year's membership.

Thank you all.

The Admins

1 Jan 2004 at 09:40
Forum changes

We've made slight changes to the forums, mainly by combining the genre forums and other areas with little traffic. All the posts and threads are still somewhere on the forums — if they are hard to find, perhaps the search function can help!

16 Dec 2003 at 17:53
Technical problems
Due to technical difficulties the site has been down part of the day. We're very sorry about the inconvenience.

14 Dec 2003 at 06:42
Romance!
Due to the number of submissions of romance stories during the last few weeks we've decided to resurrect the Romance Queue. Each period will feature three stories while the General queue will have four and the scifi/fantasy/horror five.

Each period will therefore include a total of twelve stories for our critting pleasure

We hope this change will sit well with our critters.



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