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Billybuc AKA Bill Holland; The Writer’s Writer H.O.W.

Updated on April 20, 2020
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Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

Early Morning

Just another great start to a great day.
Just another great start to a great day. | Source

Who?

Writers delight in his writing. His writing delights in writers. Bill Holland is a master at leading by example. A teacher extraordinary to writers writing across the globe. On any given Monday he will help people in nearly a dozen countries and many states. Wow! A writer for writing’s sake? Or worthy nobleman whose quill is his scepter? It really does not matter how you cast this writer’s writer other than to say he is our friend Bill Holland.

As an example he told us that if you use numerals instead of spelled out words for numbers you need to be consistent throughout. Fine advice there indeed. Except when that suggestion needs to be broken. The lesson for so many of us was more about breaking the “rules” than about following them.

That by example leadership. I learned from Bill that you can break the literary/grammatical rules but you danged well better make sure you know them well enough to know you are breaking them. I.e. no breaking rules unless you know what they are, otherwise it is sloppy and ignorance. You know Bill would never say something so crass to another writer. He leads us to make our own determinations. Perhaps a kind of motto is “say what you mean, let others do as they do”.

Bill seems to live by a creed much like the golden rule. If you cannot do it lovingly don’t do it. He has a strange vocational list. Love first, Family equal, Writing and farm. Clearly you will say that Love and Family are not vocations. That is to misapply the meaning. Bill gets up in the morning and dedicates his time and effort there. Without fail. He gets up and suits up and boots up and applies himself to love and family. That is a pro. His farming is worthy of a spot at the Farmer’s market. His writing is award winning. I would say that he has published novels. But that would miss the point. Bill is publishing novels.

Well now Bill will claim to be a rotgut alcoholic. Yes once one always one. Hey, take it from one who knows it takes a lot of work to drink from sun up to sundown and beyond. Something clicked and he now spends that time plying is God given talents as listed above. Not a workaholic but rather a love-aholic. It exudes from his every pore.

Anything!

Just 2 Years Old

For 8 years this boy has been influenced by Bill - Love trickles down.
For 8 years this boy has been influenced by Bill - Love trickles down. | Source

Straight Up!

Just a little ditty here,

Up in the morning quick at work

Down in the evening feeling days torque

Another round with the shovel and hoe

Loving hard work making it just so


The past gets us to where we are

If not for our past we would not get far

Life sometimes creates a confluence

We meet a man with great influence


Or is it a great man that influences us

Figure that out never we must

Somethings in life just are so

Bill is one that we all know


Take him for granted every Monday

We just assume come what may

Bill will help guide on our chosen path

Guiding us away from the critic’s wrath


306 on this mid-month of April

To do that is some kind of a will

A legacy of steadfast the ever pro

Guiding us gently which way we shall go


We do not cotton men who are weak

We do not cotton those with mean streak

We do not cotton the tireless bore

In Bill we get none of this but so much more


Hats off to our friend who is so outstanding

Perfect writings he keeps on landing

What is this and what is that? Answer we demand

And he gives them to us like a command


We like excuses to hide from our work

Bill does not do that writing is like a knee jerk

A reaction to a life filled with abundance of experience

Pushing us forward complete with example diligence


Just some last words I will write in prose

Look to the ashes from where Bill arose

Perhaps his greatest gift of all

Is not to worry about the fall


Sometimes I sit to write some stuff

I need a nudge a gentle puff

Bill provides that day in and day out

Much we owe him there is no doubt


This poem is all on Bill. He told me I could write poetry if I tried. And to me Bill never has lied. So I gave it whirl and what a disaster, onto my wall this one will not plaster. But I give a go as Bill would direct, not worrying the slightest if it is correct.

Antidisestablishmentarianism. Convoluted yes and it had to do with an attempt to rid the British isles of Anglican Church authority. The point being that Bill does not do convoluted. He is a shoot from the hip cowboy. By the way, his six gun is loaded with love bullets. Careful lest you get shot like me. A painful death of the ego.

Up At Daybreak

We all view the same moon.
We all view the same moon. | Source

Love

Peace Brother

So we go a little into review. Bill is really not all that he is cracked up to be here on Hubpages. He only has every accolade there is. A mere 1,446 articles and a measly 2,675 followers. I stopped counting but an article of his had over 45 comments – no not views, comments.

Back to being a professional. We all just assume that professional or pro means you get paid for doing something. But that misses so much. Professionalism is a way of life. Since 20012 I cannot remember Bill calling in sick. I cannot remember since 305 issues of the mailbag that Bill missed a Monday publishing deadline which is at 6:30 a.m. sharp. I don’t think I can remember when Bill was not working on a book. Bill has a bent. Born and raised in a hardworking blue collar home, he applies those notions to his writing work.

“How can you be smiling like that when you are working so hard?” That would be a good question for Bill. But to those of us who know him, we know he would look askonced, smile and say. It’s the love baby the love. So many of us, I think all of us can love. We love all kinds of people, places and circumstances. But too few of us can actually stay in a state of love.

Now every day is not the best day for Bill. Knowing him for eight years in a very much every day fashion I can tell you Bill can do snarky. He has done it to me and I remember 2 times (OK the only two times ;-) The first was an article I wrote which was bad satire where I left out the love. He reminded me quickly. And the second was to tell me to stop procrastinating and put my stuff into book form. Well I am working on that, just not with Bill’s professional work ethic.

So Bill on his tough days still provides impetus for me to be a pro. How many others the same.

With us students of Bill’s we are motivated on a constant basis. And with a loving heart. So I looked up the definition of love. And low and behold it started with a picture of Bill. Go figure.

Bill just keeps on developing characters. Us!

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    • FlourishAnyway profile image

      FlourishAnyway 

      14 months ago from USA

      I don’t know how I missed this one. Love bullets was an interesting weapon description. He is armed to the hilt.

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      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Marlene you said it all. I first met him when I asked him for an interview -- the rest is history of a good sort.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      15 months ago from USA

      I think of Bill as my mentor. I can tell you this... if it weren't for Bill, I probably would not be writing today.

      When I first started writing with HubPages, like a first responder, Bill was a first greeter. Ask anyone who their first connection was here on HubPages and they will, most likely, say Bill.

      He is all of the things you mentioned and more. He is a true friend to all of us. It is good to have great people in our lives. I'm glad Bill is in mine and in true Billybuc fashion, he is in it for the long haul.

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      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill I thank you. A friend of mine told me this was weak. Bill is too much of a "soft target". He has a point ;-)

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      William Kovacic 

      15 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      What else can be said about Bill Holland? I think you covered most of it, but I'm sure there's more to Bill than any of us will ever know. Thank you for a job well-done, Eric. Bill is just a blessing.

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      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Chitrangada I thank you. For sure this was my pleasure.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      15 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you for for writing this, as a tribute to Bill Holland. He deserves it every bit, and he is a great asset to HubPages.

      Admiration and appreciations to both of you. Thanks for sharing.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Nell, truly truly he is a blessing.

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      Nell Rose 

      15 months ago from England

      I have no idea what we would do without our Bill Holland. It would be like bacon and eggs without the bacon! lol! You did a wonderful job here about him, and I loved the poem.

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      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      We are truly blessed Devika, thank you for your support.

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      Devika Primić 

      15 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Well done on showing us more Bill Holland. You sure did a wonderful write up here. Bill shows us new path to the writing world.

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      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Amen, Liz

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      Liz Westwood 

      15 months ago from UK

      Bill is a fantastic asset on Hub Pages. I really appreciate his advice and encouragement that he dispenses with great generosity of spirit.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill back aways I told you I wanted more hits. You said "that's easy write How To articles." Fine, so I did and the views are at right around 6,000 today. I reckon I am not following your advice today but that is just an example of your instructor prowess.

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      Dora Weithers 

      15 months ago from The Caribbean

      "Hats off to our friend who is so outstanding!" I'm with you, Eric, and I admire you for doing this. Bill deserves every tribute and accolade there is.

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      Bill Holland 

      15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Now I'm blushing! Thanks to all of you. My mom and dad weren't very big on accolades. They were "stay in the shadows" kind of people, so it's hard for me to read such nice statements from so many quality humans. But I am humbled and grateful, and love all of you.

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      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby it is great to have a buddy who sees all of life through a pair of glasses with love as the tint.

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      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Vidya I owe so much to the man. An encouragor and mentor for nearly 8 years now. He might not let me get away with encouragor though, but it fits.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Eric, you receive an A+ for this wonderful writeup of our friend Bill. What would we do without him. He tells it like it is and so do you. Thank you.

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      VIDYA D SAGAR 

      15 months ago

      This article is a good tribute to a wonderful friend Eric. And he truly deserves all the accolades. Such a dedication and passion to writing is an inspiration to us all. Great job.

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      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you William. You can imagine just how much fun it was to write. I had to take a double take on the first article being from January '13 amazed me.

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      William Leverne Smith 

      15 months ago from Hollister, MO

      Thank you, Eric, for writing and sharing this piece. You have so well expressed what we all feel. Wonderful!. Thank you, again!! ;-)

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      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Pamela this is an easy subject. Thanks for your support.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      15 months ago from Sunny Florida

      This is a very good tribute to Bill. He surely deserves the accolades from all of us as he helps anyone who asks and we all learn from him. This is a excellent article, Eric.

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      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Your quite kind Ann. My grandpa the master carpenter told me that if you are enjoying the work then you are doing it right. Certainly the opposite is true.

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      Ann Carr 

      15 months ago from SW England

      It's all good, Eric! :-D

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      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Ann, this was a true pleasure to write. Bill is a part of my creative writing psyche. Probably the good part :-)

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      Ann Carr 

      15 months ago from SW England

      Amen to all that. He certainly is a leading light on this site as well as in his community of course. He deserves all the praise you've given him and we all owe him so much.

      As for your poetry - there's nothing wrong with it at all! Amazing what we can do when the inspiration is there isn't it? Well done you!

      And well done bill! HP wouldn't be the same without him so I hope he sticks around for a long, long time, sharing his knowledge, his opinions and, most of all, his love.

      I salute you for this hub, Eric, and send you a big hug!

      Ann

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      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks John, I do consider him a true blessing. It was hard to keep this within reason of length. I am glad you know Bill.

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      John Sarkis 

      15 months ago from Winter Haven, FL

      Hello Eric, excellent article. And, those of us who know Bill will emphatically agree with you.

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      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill this is all just a reflection of you. I thank you for all your help through the years - yes years. I went back to review our January 2013 interview and could really see how far I have come. Much of that due to you.

      Have a great week.

      (for some reason I remembered you like Fogelberg and Meatloaf :-)

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      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda, a labor of love here. We sure are blessed to have him in our life. I did not mention it but I was thinking about how good friends introduce us to other good friends and we have the H.O.W. movement right here. Cool. Yahoo Spring. I will be with you on your nature path today.

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      Bill Holland 

      15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      And I love Meatloaf!!!!!!!

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      Bill Holland 

      15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Me? Snarky?

      Probably! lol

      Okay, now I'm all embarrassed and red in the face and just plumb beaming because you took the time to do this, and shucks, buddy, it's just about as perfect a gift as I could ask for from you or anyone else.

      Who would have thunk it possible back in 2006, a puddle of puke five feet away, me crawling for the phone, calling a friend for help...fast forward to today, and buddies like you who understand and just keep loving me for who I am.

      I am blessed. Thank you, sir, and I reckon that's just about the prettiest damned poem I've ever read.

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      Linda Lum 

      15 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Good morning Eric, and what a fantastic way to begin the week. This article is so packed full of love and I can't think of anyone more worth of the accolades.

      Bill is a special person indeed. Look at the demographics of this group that assembles every Monday to read the offerings from the Mailbag. We are all as different as different can be, but we all have one thing in common (well, two actually). Sure we all dabble at writing, but we love and admire this man. Thanks for doing this. I hope you have a super day and week my friend!

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