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Freelance Writing: Writers Who Have Been My Support System

Updated on August 29, 2012
Says it all, doesn't it?
Says it all, doesn't it?
I LOVE HUBPAGES AND HUBBERS!
I LOVE HUBPAGES AND HUBBERS!

Little did I know back on the 14th of February when I wrote the first part of this series that my followers would more than double. I do believe this series needs to be a little longer than I had originally planned. Still, the first hub was written to thank those hubbers who had been by my side from the very beginning, and with that in mind this second hub concludes the original list. I have no doubt that other hubs will follow because since the 14th I have had the pleasure to meet some incredible people who deserve their own moment under my spotlight.

Shortly after I finished my 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge I wrote a hub talking about the experience. In it I mentioned that the most significant reward I had received from that challenge was the relationships that had formed with fellow hubbers along the way. As you all know by now I have a tendency to write about things of the heart, things that have affected me deeply over the years, and consequently my hubs tend to be of great importance to me. What I found out, however, was that my topics were important to a great many hubbers out there who had similar experiences in their lives. Their comments and support have moved me beyond words and made me realize one important fact: we are all the same.

We are all human; we all laugh and cry and fear and bluster and feel pain….we are all the same in our humanness. I would suggest to those out there who are just starting that you write from your heart; people will follow along if they know you are genuine and honest in your sharing, and during the process you are going to meet some friends who just might be with you for life.

With that said here are the remaining members of my original Grateful List!

SUNSHINE ON MY SHOULDER MAKES ME HAPPY!

Linda’s “My Letter To Cancer” is a classic and would have won me over right after reading it but she already had my allegiance because she is simply a nice person. She took me under her wing very early on and gave me just the right amount of support and encouragement to keep me on the path and trying hard. She has a loyal follower in billybuc for the remainder of her days (or mine since I am much older). Check out Sunshine625 and see what talented writing is all about. http://sunshine625.hubpages.com/

AIN’T LOVE GREAT?

Kingmaxler is her hub name but to me she is Bev and she is the woman I love and will until the day I die. She believed in my novel before anyone else did and gave me the strength to finally publish it. She is constantly putting herself down for not being educated but nobody has taught me more about life and love than she has. Read her hub “How To Own Your Own Life” for a sample of what wisdom is all about. I will love her forever…and a day…because she deserves it. http://kingmaxler.hubpages.com/

A FOUNTAIN OF KNOWLEDGE

Annart has been almost loyal to a fault. I write a hub and she comments with praise and support. It’s just like the sun coming up in the morning and setting in the evening. Read her hub on “Adult Dyslexia” for some enlightenment or if you want some info on Europe she is your travel agent for all the latest. For me, though, I just feel better having her in my corner.

http://annart.hubpages.com/

THE NAME SAYS IT ALL

When you start feeling jaded and start to think there are no nice people in the world, take a moment to read some hubs by Born2Care. I’m willing to bet your perspective will change. This is a guy who is simply a good person. How do I know that? There are some people who, through their words, can convey more hope and encouragement in a single sentence than some people manage in volumes. This is one such man and I am grateful for his following.

THE IMPORTANCE OF A NAME

It was only natural that I would become a fan and follower of someone with the same last name, so Sholland10 quickly became one of my favorites. All kidding aside, she and I have travelled some of the same roads and she supported me faithfully very early on. “Parenting: Jail Or Consequences,” speaks to any parent out there and I have found that to be true with all of her hubs. She was one of my earliest followers and has remained loyal throughout my brief HubPages career. A nice person with a great name! http://Sholland10.hubpages.com/

AND NOW FOR A SILLY NAME

Picklesandrufus….what the heck does that mean? I never have asked her but I will shortly. All I know is if I write a hub she reads it and comments and I suspect I’m not the first newbie who has benefitted from her generosity of spirit. “Addiction – A Heartless Lover,” is a clear, no-nonsense look at a very difficult subject. I like straight-shooters and this lady is honest, compassionate and, happily, my friend. http://picklesandrufus.hubpages.com/

GOOD THINGS COME FROM TENNESSEE

This lady had my allegiance as soon as I saw her name….EclecticFusion….then I read her profile and I was hooked. I love her passion and yes, I love the fact that she supports me, and if you want to be moved then I suggest you read,”Since You’ve Been Gone – A Memoriam.” Writing should be a passion and that’s the word I think of when I think of this young lady….passion! http://EclecticFusion.hubpages.com/

FROM SCOTLAND WITH LOVE

Read “Looking For America – a short story” and the talent will become obvious quickly. Melovy was one of the earliest to see something in my writing worth following and she continues to be a source of support for me. I am loyal to a fault and I will always be loyal to her and her writing. Check her out next time you have the desire to see an accomplished writer who just keeps getting better. http://melovy.hubpages.com/

THAT’S ALL, FOLKS!

Not really but that’s all I have time for today. There are so many others; my followers now number 260 and each one has touched my heart in some way with their comments and support.

As writers we each owe the world as much passion as we can release in our work. Writing should be about changing the reader, moving the reader and making a lasting impression on the reader. It truly is an art form and the writers I respect the most are those who let it fly and worry about the consequences at a later date.

I will write about more of you at a later date. Just know this: I, like any other writer, need encouragement to keep going. Writing can be a lonely profession and we all need support. Take the time today to reach out to someone who is new to HubPages. It just might be the difference in them continuing with their writing instead of giving up.

It’s all about love, folks! Spread a little when you find the time and thank you, all, for showing me the way.

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      kingmaxler 5 years ago from Olympia, Washington USA

      Thank you for everything.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      kingmaxler...wink, wink...always and a day!

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      that's sweet bill that you could pay your precious tribute to your fellow hubbers who were your "support system"

      Speaks highly about you as well :) Cheers!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruchira, thank you! If time would allow, and I didn't die first, I would mention every single one of you.

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      poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      What a wonderful tribute to your rapidly growing supporters. You are always so generous in your hubs and your comments. There are some great hubbers in that list!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      yes there are vix and your support has meant a great deal to me...thank you my dear!

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      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 5 years ago from Asheville NC

      Okay Billy,

      I could get really mushy here, but then again my wife reads almost everything I write and she knows the real me! LOL!

      Like every one else I have ghosts in my closet and writing is the medium, at times, for absolution.

      That notwithstanding, I am honored to have been included here with so many of your closest comrades.

      I am even more privileged to have read the work of a man who has actually done what many of us only dream of doing.

      Thank you my friend, Thank You!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Born, you are more than welcome but it is I who thanks you. I don't know about other writers but feedback and support are what I thrive for and exist on many a day...we all need to know that there is someone out there who understands what we are going through. You are one of the most positive people I have met, not only on HubPages but in my life. You are a good man and I'm proud to have you as a writing comrade.

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      savanahl 5 years ago

      What a nice tribute to your supporters. I agree with you about the community here. I came to write and make money and I discovered an amazing network of incredible people. Voting up and awesome billybuc.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      savanahl, as usual I thank you very much. If there is a third installment of this hub I feel certain you will be in if; you have been very faithful and I appreciate it.

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      Mark G Weller 5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Awesome Bill. It is true that you write from the heart and everyone that reads your work is move in one way or another. Just the fact that you make note of the support from the HubPages Community says a lot!

      Bravo my friend.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      haha Billy...your above statement said it all, my friend.

      Wishing you many blissful years. We want to stay entertained/updated by your interesting hubs...Cheers!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, I thank you sincerely. I love HubPages; it has been a great experience and meeting people like you has enriched it all the more.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruchira, I thank you as always. If I entertain others then I have been successful as a writer. Much appreciated!

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      Sparklea 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      What a terrific, heartfelt tribute to fellow hubbers. You are such an inspiration! I agree that, as writers, we owe the world as much passion as we can release in our work. Beautifully said! God bless always, and I look forward to reading more of your hubs. Sparklea :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sparklea, you are way too kind but I thank you sincerely. Best of luck to you in your own writing and I'll be following your progress as well.

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      Sparklea 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      You are SO welcome! By the way, I failed to mention I LOVE the cartoon of Tigger hugging Winnie The Poo and his gang! Perfect to top off this great hub! Blessings always. I hope I can eventually learn how to add photos. STILL learning SO much, but loving HubPages. Sparklea :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sparklea, I may not do photos the way they are supposed to be done. There are copywrite problems that need to be considered and half the time I just wing it and hope for the best. It is always better to use your own photos if you have some to choose from. Many a weekend I'll go out and take pictures with my digital to stock up for future articles. Best of luck to you!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      I'm have a big cheesy grin just because you've mentioned me in your hub! This makes my day and it makes me happy that you feel I have encouraged you in some way. I know you do that for me! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eclectic, you are very welcome and I do appreciate you.

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      Ann Carr 5 years ago from SW England

      Well thank you Billy! I'm touched & honoured to be in your list though not sure that I deserve it. You've supported me too which is what it's all about I suppose. Your 'review' of my other hubs is so much appreciated - I'm overwhelmed. Thank you a million times. You do know that it's because you write such good hubs and that your stuff is from the heart, that you're so successful, don't you? It's all down to you. Voted up, beautiful & interesting.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Annart, I suspect what you say is true but praise is a hard one for me to accept. I do know that I greatly appreciate everyone who takes the time to read my hubs and your loyalty is heartwarming to me. Thank you!

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Hi Billy,

      I have just seen this now, as I’ve been so busy with the 30/30 (and falling way behind - day 9 and I’ve published 5 hubs! But it’s having a go that matters.) I've also fallen behind with reading.

      This is such a lovely hub. I know some of the writers here, and enjoy their writing, and some of them are new to me. Never heard of that one called Melovy before! What a silly name! :-)

      Seriously, thanks so much for including me in this gracious hub! N

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Melovy, it's nice to see you again. There are things like the sun rising and Melovy commenting that I just come to expect. Best of luck with the 30/30; it is a challenge and one I'm glad I did and don't have to do again. :) And of course you are very welcome!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Bill, your straight from the heart tributes to your supporters goaded me to read the 1st and this part too. Off to read the next one too.

      I admire the way you have brought to the fore the strengths of each one of them both as a human being and a wonderful writer.

      Glad to follow you.

      Cheers!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rajan, I appreciate you stopping by and following me. I have admired you from a distance and now we can grow as writers together. Thank you sir!

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      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Aww, Bill, I am just seeing this. I have been so far behind. What a wonderful tribute. Thank you for mentioning me. You and I have a great last name in common and so many other things, too. I appreciate you very much! :-)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Susan, I didn't even realize you hadn't seen it; well, I'm glad you have now because you deserve so much more for the support you have given me. Thank you my friend and here's to many more years of supporting each other.

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Wonderful and encouraging Hub. Clearly you and your supporters are a true blessing for one another. A great read and I met in your pages, some people I already read and a few I would like to start reading. Have a great day. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ph, thank you so much. I love the HubPages community. They all make me a better writer. Have a wonderful day yourself.

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