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An Open Letter to Author Bill Holland (Billybuc)

Updated on September 11, 2016


Congratulations, my friend, on reaching 3 years here at Hubpages.

What a wild ride it has been, yes?

Having joined Hubpages within months of each other, I always felt a sense of camaraderie with you—like we're out to save the world with words. It has been a pleasurable journey watching you flourish into a stunningly prolific writer and someone I am honored to call a friend.

Hello from sunny California! I kid, I kid, it's raining here too.

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Your Encouragement Means the World

I wish there was a way for you to see all of the fruits of your labor. You have encouraged literally thousands of us to pursue writing. I hope that there is never a day that goes by where you doubt your worth to all of us here. Many of us look up to you as someone we want to emulate and someone we truly admire.

I have been blown away by how much time you spend investing in the writers on Hubpages. For me personally, you have often beat others to it and been my first commenter on newly published hubs. What a treat it is to publish a hub and have a trusty piece of encouragement roll in.

I have also seen you spend a tremendous amount of time encouraging other new writers—giving them that extra push to stick it out when they are just starting to spread their wings. I wish you could watch a divine movie of all of the lives you have touched and affected with your kind words and humble spirit.

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Your Writing

It has been a great journey watching you "spread your own wings and fly" as a writer. 900 hubs later, your articles are captivating, engaging, and something I look forward to reading every day. Judging by the 100+ comments you get on every article, I do not stand alone.

There have been a few days where a Billybuc article hasn't popped into my feed in the early hours of the morning, and a part of my life feels like something is missing. I look forward to what you have to say and what you are delighted to teach.

Your Fiction Writing

Can I just say that the scene from Resurrecting Tobias, "I once witnessed a woman being stoned...." is one of the finest pieces of writing this reader has ever tasted. That scene will forever stay with me.

Your short story, The Old Man and the Drifter, is also a tasty snack for a weary soul. For those who have not read it, I highly recommend it. It is one of the best free short stories on Hubpages and deserves to be in an anthology. It packs quite a punch and has been inspirational to my own creative writing.

To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. -Tennyson
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. -Tennyson | Source

Your Integrity

You're not afraid to get your hands dirty and have a work ethic that is unlike anyone I have seen in this industry. You have a do-or-die attitude—your own little billy-buc-it up, and you're not afraid to call the shots as you see them.

What many of us admire about you is that you aren't afraid to be genuine, learn from your mistakes, or rip our heart open and let it bleed a little—all complimentary attributes for a writer.

What I personally admire is your humility in dealing with people who you may disagree with. You show everyone genuine love, respect, and encouragement without partiality—that is a rare quality in this century. You always show grace in the face of opposition. You may not think anyone notices, but we do. I think I can speak for the HubPages community in saying how much we appreciate you and your demeanor.

Learn About Urban Farming from Bill

Your Causes

Your desire to speak up for those who can't speak for themselves, and for those that society has cast off, is commendable. You are a loudspeaker for the homeless, the fatherless, the orphan, the insecure, the underdog, and for all who wish to follow their dreams but they aren't yet sure they have the guts.

Your love of simple living, self-sufficiency, of creating a sustainable community, of protecting what has been entrusted to you, of treating everyone with dignity, and of revolutionizing the way we think of our food, shows so much character and love.

From our Hearts

We raise our glasses to you, my friend. Here's to many more great years of writing, inspiring, and standing up against injustice. I wish you the best in writing and in life and I congratulate you on your achievements.

"We shall overcome,"

"Ain't no mountain high enough,"

"Keep on pressing on,"

"And when the night is cloudy
There is still a light that shines on me
Shine on until tomorrow, let it be."

Thank's Teach, You've Made Me a Better Writer


A Personal Note

There were so many times I wanted to give up in the last three years, but your passion for the craft and your encouragement spurred me on. Thank you for always being willing to teach—writing articles that addressed questions I asked and sharing all that you know.

After college, I put down writing for a few years because I was burned out. When I picked it back up, frankly, I wondered if I still had talent or drive. You were a huge part of my coming out as a writer. I am so glad that I did! I am only now discovering the hidden gems and the heights to which I can fly.

Thank you for your hundreds of articles on the craft of writing. It truly is a wealth of knowledge and you offer it up for free, for very little pay. You could go on to bigger and more profitable projects, but for some reason, you stick it out with us.

Thank you, Sir.

Everyone, go send Billybuc some love. You've got over 900 articles to choose from! Everyone loves a little encouragement.

What Does Bill Mean to You?

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      10 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      OMG, Bro!! I was at your Christening, all 69 birthday parties, your Kindergarten, High School & College Graduations, I approved or nixed all your girlfriends, remember me even sneaking in peanut butter sandwiches when you were sent to your room without dinner? I cheered you around the bases & cried with you when you lost a game......How the HELL did I miss this article 3 years ago?

      Damn, slowin down in my old age! This article is all the truth and nothin but the truth! Love, Sis.

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      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      10 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

      This was a great tribute and worthy of reading by all who feel touched by the master's pen. I know I am laying it on thick here, but that is how I feel. Bill, you are up there with Orson Scott card in my book. I truly learn when I read your words, which is why I read your words. My favorite series of us is The Day the Corn Died.

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      Dip Mtra 

      4 years ago from World Citizen

      A beautiful tribute to a person I admire as well.

      Voted up.


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      Jennifer Arnett 

      4 years ago from California

      Mary, I don't know how he has the time either. He must live two full lives smashed together into one. You know what they say, behind every good man is a great woman. Bev is his secret weapon.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 

      4 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      The fact about Bill that most surprised me is that he knows about a place called Skokie near Chicago hahaha.

      Another thing that I most like about him is that he is the first person to leave a comment on any hub for 99 % of the times. That is a wow fact.

      Bill, please keep it up. We learn a lot from you and your comments mean a lot to me a well.

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      4 years ago from australia

      Thank you for this tribute to Bill. He truly deserves this. His energy his encouragement, his humour, his influence, and most of all his time, cannot be underestimated. Sometimes I think he must conjure up time , he has twice as much as me! Thank you again for your thoughtfulness. Much appreciated.

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      Susan Ream 

      4 years ago from Michigan

      Great tribute to a wonderful man who pours himself into helping writers everywhere. I too hope Bill knows what great power, influence and value he holds in his pen and in his heart.

      Jennifer, you hit this one out of the ballpark and I commend you for taking the time to honor our own Billybuc!

      Blessings to you!


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      Susie Lehto 

      4 years ago from Minnesota

      Jennifer, this hub touches my heart too. Bill is a great person to have in the HubPages community, he puts out a lot good energy on this site. I'm glad that I have gotten to know him somewhat, and felt his kindness, too.

      Nice job on this hub! Voting up.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      4 years ago from Florida

      Bill is simply "one of a kind"! I've wondered many times how he finds the time to write novels, write Hubs, comment on many of our Hubs, farm, take care of the chickens and quails, etc.etc. There are just so many hours during the day; how does he do it??

      He is truly a good friend and an inspiration here on HP.

      Voted this UP, and shared.

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      4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Jennifer.....WoW!! I'm crying right along with bill, just imagining how this would touch him so profoundly.

      What a wonderful, sweet thing for you to do. Quite clearly you have hundreds in agreement voting YES! UP!! Bravo.........

      Bless your heart, Jennifer. You ARE a wonderful writer...simply excellent! Up+++

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      There are many good writers on HP, but there are none better than Bill. He is the consummate writer's writer. By that I mean, that he stands head and shoulders above most of us, yet he gives his time and talent to all. Reading a billybuc piece is always informative, enlightening and a pleasure to read. It's finely tuned and crafted...we should all be so talented!

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      4 years ago

      This is beautiful. I was really touched. Bill was one of the first persons to comment on my hubs and really encouraged me.

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      Cristen Iris 

      4 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Beautiful, well said and I couldn't agree with you more! Bill is one of a kind.

      And yes, the part about the stoning in "Resurrecting Tobias" is hands down one of the best pieces of writing I've ever had the pleasure of reading!

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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      Thanks for the info re 'share' button. It doesn't appear on all pages though. At least I know where it should be now!

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      Jennifer Arnett 

      4 years ago from California

      Thanks Faith, we all hope that he excels at writing; he's sure put in the time and has the talent.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You guys are so great! Thank you all!

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      Jennifer Arnett 

      4 years ago from California

      Thanks Jaye, yes, HP needs to know how much business Bill brings in for them. Just think of all of the writers who have been encouraged by him to keep going when they want to give up.

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      Jennifer Arnett 

      4 years ago from California

      Thanks Colin, exactly! I want people to really KNOW how much they mean to me. Too many people go through life wondering if they are good enough, loved, and appreciated. A word of encouragement goes a long way. Often the world can look like a dark and unforgiving place and you can throw in the towel or do something about it. every word and every action is a chance to change the tide.

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      Jennifer Arnett 

      4 years ago from California

      Sha, if his fan club grows any bigger we won't be able to keep the agent bidding wars off of him. I think we should start a writers commune in WA. :)

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      Jennifer Arnett 

      4 years ago from California

      Ann, I hope his ears are burning with joy and it overflows into his writing. About the share button, if you scroll down to the bottom of the page, it magically shows up in the wide right hand blank space, usually right below the last adsense ad. If you scroll up, it disappears.

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      Jennifer Arnett 

      4 years ago from California

      Thanks John,

      Yes, he is very deserving. Thanks for sharing in on the love.

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      Jennifer Arnett 

      4 years ago from California

      Thanks Geoff, I hope that Bill feels all the love we send him. He deserves it!

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      Jennifer Arnett 

      4 years ago from California

      Bill, I am so overjoyed that this hub reached you and touched you. The world can be a very dark and cruel place, but there is also so much love and goodness. If I can shine a crack of light into the darkness, then it is mission accomplished. Have a lovely week. Can't wait to see what articles you give to us.



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      Lori Colbo 

      4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Here here!!! Three cheers for Bill Holland. Nice of you to write this Jennifer. He means so much to so many. Thank you for writing this.

      The photo at the top by Andrew Larsen - he's friend of mine so I was blown away when I saw his photo. He was an interim pastor of my church once and I have used many of his photos in my work here on HP as well.

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      Barbara Badder 

      4 years ago from USA

      This is a great hub about a great man. He deserves the praise.

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      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      Truly a beautiful tribute to one beautiful man and wonderful writer.

      Great job!

      Up ++++

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      Jaye Denman 

      4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      This is a terrific tribute hub, Jen, and there will be many of us saying, "Hear! Hear!" It's great to let Bill know how many other writers he helps and the hearts he touches with his prolific hubs and comments, and I hope he feels our appreciation even if HP Administration is slow to realize what a gem they have in Bill publishing on the site.

      Voted Up++++


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      Colin Garrow 

      4 years ago from Kinneff, Scotland

      I think sometimes we forget to tell people how special they are to us and how they affect and impact on our lives. Well done Jennifer on setting an example, and well done Bill for all the great Hubs. Keep on trucking you guys...

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 years ago from Central Florida

      What a great letter, Jennifer! I've been with Bill for most of these three years as well. He'd been and mentor and a great friend.

      Thank you for posting the video. I follow Bill religiously, but somehow missed that awesome look into his urban farm.

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      Trudy Cooper 

      4 years ago from Hampshire, UK

      What a nice way to thank a fellow hubber for his good read hubs!

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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      Exceptional hub about an exceptional person. You're spot on with each and every word. He has also made a huge difference to me and to my writing. His ears will be burning all day!!

      Great stuff, Jennifer!


      BTW, do you know what's happened to the 'share' button?

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Wonderful tribute to a very genuine and deserving guy Jennifer. Let's hear it for billybuc! Voted sky high.

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      4 years ago from Canada

      Jennfier, This is an awesome Hub and fantastic tribute to our friend Billybuc, the heart and soul of HubPages. Well done! Geoff

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Jen, you had me crying with this one. If your goal was to touch this old man's heart, you managed it beautifully. Thank you so much, dear friend. All I ever really wanted to do was make a difference in this world. I wanted to be able to look back over the landscape of my life and know that I touched hearts....thank you for the affirmation and confirmation. Seriously, girl, if I could, I'd give you a big old hug right now. Imagine I'm doing that, and have a peaceful night sweet lady.

      hugs, blessings, and friendship always



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