Ten Things of Thankful #72

OHMIGOSH! Okay, this is the very most DELICIOUS timing, Lovelies – Jessica is being released on NOVEMBER 1st, so pretty much AS WE SPEAK! And I am SO excited. LOOK AT THIS!

Jessica CoverIt’s going to be a super-easy Ten this week, which is *wonderful*.

The first and most obvious (and yes, you’re probably sick of hearing about it by now, but stick with me) is BEING IN A BOOK! Not *me* but my writing, which I made up with my brain and submitted to Helena when she offered me the opportunity to audition; now woven into a glorious, creepy, perfect-for-Halloween tale, and AVAILABLE IN AN ACTUAL, IN FACT BOOK, WHICH YOU CAN BUY NOW!

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In October 2014 seven writers came together to create a meta-fiction project entitled JESSICA.

What was it all about? Here’s what Helena had to say:

“There are rumours that I keep a writer trapped in my basement… but I assure you… Jessica is and always was here of her own free will. Until one day she disappeared, and I began to realize that everything I thought I knew about her was wrong. Everyone has a terrifying story about Jessica B. Bell. Some of them are even true.”

It first appeared on Being the Memoirs of Helena Hann-Basquiat, beginning HERE.

If you read JESSICA, you may have noticed that there were pages torn from the journal. The complete JESSICA (with over 50 pages of new material – THE MISSING PAGES) can now be found on Amazon in PAPERBACK, or as a Kindle e-book.

There’s also a special, Deluxe Edition exclusive to iTunes (you will need an iPad or iMac/iBook to read – sorry, won’t work on your iPhone).

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Good GRIEF I’m psyched about this. I even told my colleagues today, and they were very excited for me, too (2), which was sweet of them. I think they reckon I’m a bit of an oddball (they’re right – I am) but it’s nice to have something to my name, having made mention that *ethereal voice* I write… [sideways-linked thankful – a colleague brought in her 6-week old daughter to show us. I thought I was going to have a rough time of it, but in fact, after sitting back for a while and not joining in, I asked for a cuddle with the teenytinybeautifulperfect little girl, and snuggled her for ages while she fell asleep on me, and it was a lovely, lovely moment, and I didn’t break even a little bit – it was just NICE. Which is a huge relief and also rather wonderful]

The third is simple – I’m thankful SO MUCH for Helena. If you don’t know her already, then (darlings) you really should. She is probably my absolute favourite unreliable narrator and Dilettante, and her storytelling is magical – it just *grabs* me, every time, and then she’ll do something awesome and daring like break the fourth wall and address her readers directly. I tell you, it’s an altogether different experience than I’ve ever read before, and I LOVE it. Her (first) book, ‘Memoirs of a Dilettante‘, sent me into absolute raptures. BUT, I’m thankful for more than just her writing – I’m thankful for her friendship and for her encouragement and support as I try to better myself as a writer. I’m also enormously, massively grateful for the opportunity to be part of the Jessica project (which she has worked TIRELESSLY on, and has masterminded absolutely BRILLIANTLY, corralling authors and managing publication and formatting, all with consummate professionalism (and coffee, I expect)), and it’s turned out so beautifully…it’s an honour to be part of, and a delight indeed to be given the chance to ‘piggyback’ and be published for real.

SO. To celebrate, I’m having ANOTHER giveaway (4).

Inky Fingerprints WIN

You might remember that I did one last week, and congratulations to Roshni Aamom, who wins a copy of ‘Jessica’ signed by me and Helena, and THANK YOU to everyone who took part (5), sharing the promotional pic, and telling other people about the book.

But now it’s available, we’re going to need reviews, because books work off recommendations, and what I’d LOVE is if you write a review for it once you’ve read it (and remember, I have pieces in the ‘missing pages’ at the back, too…) and let me know, I’ll put you into the draw for a FOR REAL Jessica poem, written by my own fair hand and included in the book. I will send it TO YOUR HOUSE, and you can keep it forever and know that you were a part of the awesomeness which is the Jessica project.

What else, then?

I’ve had some wonderful little moments with people this week (6) – people who are (or who are rapidly becoming) part of my little hardwired heart world, and who matter. Those off-blog interactions and chats and messages and texts…they all count, and they all make this so very much more tangible as a ‘way of doing friendship’, and they are quite, quite delightful. I should really list them all, but that would take me FAR beyond Ten. Those people just need to know that the exchanges we’ve had have MATTERED, have filled up my heart, and have made my soul all *twinklysparklyhappy* because FRIENDS.

I’m thankful for poetry tag games, friends who write poetry and tag me in said games, and for the very true-to-me aspect of friendship where I WILL get alongside people and help and encourage them if I can (7). I will fight demons with them, combat sadness, listen to frustration, try to soften hurts, offer perspectacles, and always, always, always try to help them find the Silver Linings. Because they truly are there, those glowy bits around the edges of even the darkest clouds, and I know that they don’t make the Bad Stuff go away, or any less bad, but they do help when borne in mind. And if not – if all seems dark and desperate, I will be there. Because when it comes to ‘my’ people, it matters HUGE to me to be able to offer support and as much of a dose of love as I can offer.

I will stand strongI’m SO HAPPY that OctPoWriMo is done (8). Not because I’m thrilled and relieved it’s over (like I was with the A-Z in April challenge, because that was HARD GOING) but because I’ve had such a gorgeous, brilliant time over at the Well Tempered Bards with Zoe, and we’ve created some *lovely* poetry, and met some wonderful, amazing people, and I’m pretty sure I’ve made a couple of new friends, who will be the sticking-around types, which is always a glorious thing.

TWO GLITTERBOMBS HAPPENED (9), which was wonderful. I love weeks like that. Gretchen’s arrived for #KickCancersAss, and also, Jen put up the ‘considerings’ post I wrote for her, for the same project, and I’ve been thinking about doing something else for Christmas, because the uptake and support on this one was so delightful, and I love that together, we’re MAKING A DIFFERENCE. That matters.

And tenth, which is rather a delight to share with you, just because timing, and because it’s FUN – this right here is my 600th post. BOOM!

YOUR GO! 😀 And don’t forget to let me know if you do a review of Jessica – Amazon, Goodreads, your own blog – I don’t mind where, I will just be HUGELY grateful, and I want to send this poem to someone who will treasure it.

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81 thoughts on “Ten Things of Thankful #72

  1. Jessica and Lizzi and Sandy and Helena and and and you all are just simply the best. I love everything that you (all) write but…I can’t keep up. Please, all of you, take a freakin’ break and let us working slobs catch up! Have a lovely week!


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  3. Such great and wonderful things here this week, Lizzi. I can’t do the horror stuff, but I am sure the book is great – wish you the best with that! I will have to take everyone’s word that it’s wonderful.
    Have a great week!

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    • That’s cool – I think it’s great for people who like horror, but we all have different tastes, and I quite understand. Thanks for your encouragement anyway 😀 And YES – some lovely things I had to share this week 🙂 It made me very happy to write this.


  4. Huge! Exciting! Wonderful! And totally about time! Your energy and commitment, enthusiasm and persistance is nothing less than inspiring Lizzi:)
    I have high hopes for you and have no doubt you will succeed, not only at the writing thing, but in many of life’s arenas. How can you not! 😀

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    • Ha! Determine first the parameters of that success, my friend. By my reckoning I am either succeeding, treading water or failing miserably, depending on where those goalposts lie 😉

      But thank you. I appreciate the spirit, and I hope I live up to your hopes.

      I’m glad you find my persistence inspiring. Stubbornness I can do. Determination is something I take seriously. So GOOD 🙂

      And YAY! *dances* It IS exciting 😀

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  5. Congrats again on the Jessica co-author awesomeness. It was very well done and you should all be writefully (hee hee) proud of the work there.

    And congrats on 600 posts – holy moly. I’m nearing 200 and thought I was rocking the staying power – that’s amazing!

    Hope your happy weeks carry on through November!

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    • Heh me too! Definitely! I would love it to stay.

      200 *IS* rocking the staying power! Definitely. I just write and write and write and write…I wasn’t going to say anything more til 1000, but I caved, because it fit so nicely.

      And YAY thank you – I like the pun and I am definitely proud of the work done there, and that Helena asked me to be involved is a HUGE compliment 🙂 I’m thrilled to pieces.


    • Ohhh that would be SO AWESOME! Well if you or your daughter end up putting something about Jessica on your blog, DO let me know so I can link you and tell everyone to come and check you out. That would be amazing (and you’d go into the draw, too 🙂 )

      Thank you so much.


  6. This was a beautiful happy post that put a sparkly smile on my face…. and sooo yay for having your name on a book that is just awesome….. I will totally buy it a.s.a.p 🙂 Helena’s other book is already on my Amazon wish list…. 🙂

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    • I can’t WAIT to hold a copy of the book in my hands, with my name on the cover – it’s SO EXCITING! And I’m glad this post put a sparkly smile on your face. That’s awesome. And YAY to you buying the book when you’re able to 🙂 As for Helena’s other book, I know you’re a big fan and…all I’ll say is that at some point soon I’m gonna need your address. 😉


  7. It is so awesome to see such an upbeat and enthusiastic post! This makes me very happy. I loved #Jessica and have already ordered my paperback copy. I got the Kindle edition free for ordering the print copy so I’m tempted to start reading it now. I really just want to have the hard copy because BOOKS for the shelves make me happy.
    Sounds like an all around wonderful week for you, dear one.

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    • Oh it so very was. And lovely things happened in it, and I was HAPPY. Which is awesome and HUGE and important and I want it to last 🙂

      And loth as I am to suggest you NOT read the book…the Actual, In Fact version will be SO MUCH BETTER than the e-version. Because BOOK. So I quite sympathise and recommend that if you can, you wait 🙂 (that said, there’s an added extra in the e-version which works better there, so…maybe give it a try)

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  8. What a bookishly wonderful list of thankfuls this week! Congratulations, again, on being included in the book. When people ask you what you do, you can casually say “Well, I’m a writer.”
    Happy 600th post!!!
    The baby thing? Huge. HUGE.

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    • VERY huge. And important. And I’m so glad it was okay. I know that on a different day it might not be again, but that day it was, and that’s SUCH a relief 🙂

      And LOL! I don’t think I quite qualify as a writer YET! I wish I did! Thanks though 😀 It’s still very cool to be a part of.

      And YAY 600 🙂


  9. Congrats on the book release, Lizzi! How exciting is that!! Since I’ve learned that I’m a huge chicken and I’m kind of embarrassed of myself, I’m going to wait until tomorrow and broad daylight until I read anything, because everyone’s already asleep in the house and therefore it’s going to be me who’s switching off the lights 🙂

    I’m so glad you could enjoy the time with the baby. I know how hard it can be.. Hugs to you!!

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    • Heheh why are you a huge chicken? This is creepy but I doubt it would give you nightmares. BUT – wait til morning 😀 And let me know what you think. I’m really proud to be part of it – I think it’s a great story and very well put together.

      And thanks. It was a healing thing, I think, that time with the little one.


  10. I just downloaded “Jessica” on my Kindle. Can’t wait to finish. I’ve never written a book review before. I guess there are directions somewhere on the Kindle or Amazon website or I’ll try Goodreads. Anyway. I’ll try. Give yourself a big glittery pat on the back for your contribution to this book. Glad you made it through OctPoWriMo so very successfully.

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    • Ohhhh THANK YOU! I think there are directions on Amazon AND Goodreads – you pretty much get a box to write a paragraph of whatever you want to say about it, and then give a star rating, on the whole 🙂 THANK YOU 🙂 I’m so glad you like it 😀

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  11. This is a whole lotta excita-dia-of-the-rhea it’s a medical condition that is as contagious as Ebola but is sought out for because of its pleasurable heart exploding properties. I need me some of that.
    I will always be proud of you no matter where your writing lands. You have a gift.
    Now so I’m all sorts of lost…there’s a giveaway where? there’s a review thing going on where? there’s cryptic codes on lost pages in a tomb in China where?
    I need to wear a fanny pack?
    I will not do that.
    I think I need a blue print. I’m all sorts of “Hey, thanks for the drugs doctor. I see colours.”

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    • Please, I beg you – NO fanny pack. Cos ew!

      The giveaway is HERE. Kinda. I’m running it, and each person who reviews the Jessica book will be entered into the draw (which I’ll do) to win the poem. I don’t know nothing about no tombs in China *hides spray paint can behind back*

      You’ve had too much blue icing, my dear 😉

      And thank you – I’m so glad you like all the excitement, and that you’re proud of me. That matters 🙂 I’ll see what I can do about excitement.


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  13. Congratulations on your book. You have MUCH to be thankful for. I want to THANK YOU for the whole TToT thing–I’m doing a month long Gratitude Challenge and using you and all your friends as inspiration to reach out and share the THANKFULNESS all month long. I’ve linked your page on my blog post AND on my SMART Living 365 FB page and continue to share the message. Here’s what it looks like for anyone who’s interested. http://smartliving365.com/3rd-annual-smart-living-gratitude-challenge-2014-ten-things-thankful-ttot/

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  14. I’m so so happy for you and love seeing you so twinklysparklyhappyhappy!! Huge congratulations (again) on the book!! I’m going to order it NOW. Also – quick question. Are your parts identified? Like does each chapter have a “who wrote this part” thing? Is that a weird question? I’m just fascinated at how this project worked and I can’t wait to read the end result!! I’ll definitely review too!
    Also, HUGE huge happy that you snuggled a baby, she fell asleep on you (EEP!!) and you didn’t even break a little. That’s big my friend. Huge big. What an awesome TToT you’ve got going on! And 600th post! WHOOT!

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    • I KNOW! This is like the super-best of EVERYTHING TToT, isn’t it? I’m so happy I could share it with our community here – with our friends – and that I knew it would be enjoyed and appreciated for what it is.

      THANK YOU for all your sharing – you’ve done me proud, my friend. It really matters to me that you took time to do that. Thank you. And for saying you’ll buy it, too – that’s AWESOME of you.

      NO! It doesn’t say which part was written by which author. They’ve all been wended into one BIG story, which is delightful. I can’t remember whether Sandy said she was able to pick mine out by style or not…

      The parts which are mine in the ‘Missing Pages’ are credited though 🙂

      And YAY! You’ll review for us, too? That’s AWESOME. You get to go into the draw, and THANK YOU AGAIN 😀

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      • It IS the super-best of TToT and LIFE and everything! I just downloaded it! I had some issues because I’ve had like seven iphones and I guess the last time I used the Kindle app was a few phones ago (which is not that long ago as I’ve had to replace 3x in past year from toilet dropping and more).
        And OF COURSE I’ll do a review. Dude. You’re in a book. I adore you. How could I NOT review???
        I wish it said which parts were from each author. I don’t know WHY I wish that. Maybe because I think the collaboration thing is such an awesome idea and I want to know more of how it actually worked or something? SO SO happy happy for you Sweet One!

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        • Well, I’m pretty sure Helena put out a call to various writers to come up with an origin for Jessica, and then she wove all the stories together with ‘Helena and Penny’ bits in between. As you read it, it will become apparent which bits are her and which are contributions. I think how it worked was just a LOT of finagling and editing and storytelling in-between, on her part, as well as having a premise which allowed the collection of slightly unconnected but common-themed pieces.

          It’s SO good though. I do hope you like it. And thank you so, so much for your support. That’s very precious 🙂

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  15. I would just like to say how very refreshing it is to see you so happy. I can feel it in your words and it makes me so very happy. I’m so very glad things are going well for you, and I’m very, very thrilled for you that you were a part of the Jessica project. I love your prose very much, and you were very deserving of being included. I will be buying the book – probably next weekend after my next paycheck.

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  17. Yay! Another Lizzi book! I ordered from Amazon.com and it should be here in a couple days! I’ll do reviews. I just have to keep the kids busy while I read it. I’ll think of something!
    I’m not very supportive w/the poetry, I have a morbid fear of poetry, but I did order the book and I WILL read and review it! Can’t wait!

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    • Ohhhh THANK YOU SO MUCH! Joy, you just warm my heart so much. I look VERY forward to your review, and will put your name in the draw 🙂

      I really hope you enjoy the book. I think it will be right up your street. I hope so, anyway.

      How come you have a morbid fear of poetry? What’s that all about? 🙂


  18. Nope not sick of hearing about it. Excited and living somewhat vicariously though you. PUBLISHED IN A BOOK! WOW!! WOOT WOOT.

    I saw the poetry challenge.. I wish I had any talent for poetry but I love that you got tagged.
    I enjoy reading poetry.

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    • Ahhh well wend your way over to the Well Tempered Bards any time you like – there’s LOTS there by me and Zoe, and also a number of wonderful Guest Bards 🙂

      And THANK YOU SO MUCH for your excitement and encouragement and support. YAY! Live as vicariously as you like, for this one – it’s AMAZING 😀


    • Heheheh I KNOW RIGHT! Isn’t she INCREDIBLE. I love her writing SO SO MUCH. Like, more than almost any other writing I know. It is SO wonderfully crafted. Let me know what you think when you finish.

      (also, forgot to say – the numbers thing doesn’t really matter, does it – it’s the PEOPLE and the connections which count, and YOU have those too – very important ones.)


  19. Oh LIZZI!!! (gosh- I wonder how many comments start with THAT…)

    YAY for being a book and your 600th post!!! WOW. I don’t think I have half that much and I believe I’ve been blogging for twice if not three times as long as you… wow.

    i am off to read this Jessica, like I promised!!!

    And absolutely love love love that your relished in the moment holding that little babe and embraced it with no open cracks to your heart… except for the good ones!

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    • Heheh a lot of them, and especially a lot of yours, Kitty. But I like it 😀

      LOVE all the YAY things, and I’m so excited to be able to share them, this weekend – they are beautiful and life is good, and this week I FEEL IT. Which is amazing.

      And me too – I’m glad I was able to relish that moment without any sadness. It was a gorgeous time.


  20. (BLUSHBLUSHBLUSH) Wow, Lizzi, when you share the love, you really share the love! As I’ve said to you and others, and will say again, this collaborative project was one of the most rewarding experiences of my creative life, and I have to remind myself that my primary focus is the new novel, or else I’d be dreaming up another one (who am I kidding — I was brainstorming one just last night). My Thing of Thankful these past two weeks has been YOU. Your enthusiasm, your tireless promotion, and your ear when I needed to either laugh or else express doubts has been invaluable. Thank you, friend.

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    • D’awwwh *blushes and drags toe in the dirt* I like being your Thing of Thankful, Dilettante. I’m gladder than glad to have your friendship. Truly 🙂

      KEEP BRAINSTORMING! This has been THEE MOST FUN, and if there’s another one coming up which I could audition for…well, I WANT A GO! 😀 I’m so glad that you found this a rewarding experience, rather than just a pain in the ass to make happen. YOU DID IT! I’m so impressed. And LOOK…people love it. *happysighs*

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  21. yes ma’am! (you know the old Doctrine saying: “a good thing and/or advancement and improvement through hard-work, faith and the willingness to rely on a part of oneself that can only be inferred, but at the same time, looking only to help/support/encourge other clarks thereby drawing strength from other Outsiders who might never be directly known, that is the Way of the clarks”*)
    you are doing well, we are proud of you

    * lol…. ok, so it’s not likely to be a wildly popular Tee shirt!

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  22. You rock girl! I loved the poem and I keep meaning to go and put it on my Pinterest board, which I’ll do as soon as I finish my comment here. Patiently waiting for Jessica to come out so that I can buy it. It comes out today right?

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    • YES! Out today…I am SO excited. Like, RIDICULOUSLY excited. And thank you so much – the poem was super fun to write – well, both of them were, really— (*getting carried away with punctuation and excitement*)

      YAY! Let me know if you do a review and I’ll put you in the draw 😀

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    • Thank you so much, Romi – gosh…I really HAVE had a good week. It feels like I’m bragging, and I’m not trying to – I’m just really excited to share. Especially with the TToT community, who are so wonderful and supportive and lovely 🙂


  23. Yay I think I got a mention in your post this week. 🙂 I love when that happens. And I love when you use the word and give “perspectacles” because they are really so nice to hear and know because though it doesn’t always change what is, it always makes it easier to bear pain or trials when you know a friend is there enduring with you so love you for that. Congrats congrats congrats again! It must feel pretty awesome to be published in a book that is being sold in places!

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    • YES! You got a mention. You were definitely one of the people in my heart when I wrote that bit 🙂 Definitely, and I’m so glad that we had our chat, and that it helped and…well, it turned out rather delightful all round, I think 🙂 I love the ‘perspectacles’ thing – the concept (thanks, Glennon) the aim, the doing of it…I think it’s so important, even when it changes nothing about the difficult stuff.

      And thank you so much for the congrats on the book. I’m still kind of stunned, and I think I’m going to remain that way for a while yet 🙂


    • Ohhhhh WOW! Thank you so much, Shay 😀 Bear in mind that this book is largely Helena (whose style is exquisite) and a collaboration of other authors – it’s beyond my usual style, forsure 🙂

      Let me know if you review it, won’t you, and THANK YOU! 😀


  24. What a wonderful week! And better for me too! Something in the air, I guess. I am so happy about the baby event–that it went well and you enjoyed it. And I have loved your poetry and Zoe’s over at WTB and am glad I am now subscribed. I am off to bed to curl up with Jessica. I haven’t even started yet.

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    • GOOD! I’m hugely glad that your week’s been a better one, too. I’ve really enjoyed seeing all your photos go up this week 🙂 They’ve brought me lots of smiles. OHHHH you subscribed to WTB!? Thank you so much! I do rather love that site, and I never really think that we get that much engagement, but it’s very dear to me (as are you and Zoe, tbh…) ENJOY Jessica – let me know what you think 😀

      And yes…the ‘baby introduction’ was really lovely. I’m thrilled to pieces about that.


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