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A Writing Challenge: Are You Up For It?

Updated on August 23, 2016

Calling All Fiction Writers

Sheez! A casual mention in the Mailbag about writing challenges and suddenly I’m inundated with suggestions that I issue a challenge. Fine! Whatever! I’ll do it just to get you pesky friends off my back.

I’m teasing of course.

My friend Ann mentioned challenges and how she does some of her best work when inspired by a challenge, and the more I thought about it, I realized the same is true for me…and then the flood gates opened and that’s all I heard about for a week, sooooooooo…..

Here we are!

It’s challenge time!

In the past, when I’ve issued a challenge, I’ve answered my own challenge with a short story of my own. I’m not going to do that this time, so sue me. I’m simply going to lay the groundwork….state the ground rules….share a couple photos with you….and then turn you loose.

Are you ready?

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GROUNDRULES

1) The title of the short story must have the word “mountain” in it, and the subject matter of the short story must be, in some way, related to the mountain in the photo.

2) There are three other photos included in this short article. Your story must, in some way, include and mention those three photos.

3) Short story….flash fiction….I don’t care. There is no word limit in this challenge, but you are limited to only one Hub article….no two and three part stories, please. Say what you can in one episode and then you are done.

4) Post your entry on HubPages by September 10th.

5) You choose the genre.

WHY A CHALLENGE?

Well, why not! Let’s see what you’ve got. Let’s get the creative juices flowing. This is a safe place for all writer wannabees. This is just a chance for writers to enjoy other writers, meet some new people, form some new friendships….that sort of thing.

And this is a chance to free ourselves, at least partially, from the ridiculous pursuit of the perfect SEO article which HubPages usually forces down our throats.

Cast off the chains and for one day, sit down and write the way you want to write, rather than the way the Google gods demand you write.

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What Do You Win?

How about my admiration? Is that enough? LOL No?

Well, I can toss in one of my novels. Anyone else want to add one of their books to the prize list? I know there are quite a few self-published authors out there. Who would like to donate a book to the prize list? Let me know in the comments below if you are interested in doing so.

WHO JUDGES?

That’s would be me, a purely subjective judging system, and you’ll just have to live with it.

SO THAT’S IT!

Get started. I look forward to seeing if you’ve got game.

And one other thing: if you can find the time, at the bottom of your stories, link to some other challenge stories. That way we can all share and enjoy.

Notify me

When you are done with your entry, publish it on HP, of course, but also email me at holland1145@yahoo.com and let me know you published. I don't want to accidentally miss an entry.

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One Final Note from This Old Fart

I miss the HubPages of five years ago, and I don’t think I’m the only one who feels that way. When I first came to HubPages, if someone “followed” you, it actually meant they followed you. They read your articles and they commented, and from that friendships were formed and a community grew strong.

Unfortunately, I don’t see nearly enough of that today. Today I am “followed” by people who could care less about actually following another writer. They are here to….well, I don’t know why they are here….and the staff of HubPages is just here to make sure their little SEO bank account stays in the black. It’s become a very depersonalized site and I find that sad.

So I’m hoping quite a few pick up this challenge, and I’m also hoping quite a few take this opportunity to meet new people and form new relationships.

Thank you!

2016 William D. Holland (aka billybuc) #greatestunknownauthor

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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    • fpherj48 profile image

      Paula 

      17 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      I can't tell you what I was in for......because then I'd have to kill you,,...too.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      17 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Appointment at the parole office. hahahahah You crack me up girl. What was you in ' fer '? Stealing muses is illegal, esp. turning doggie tricks. This has got to stop. Gertie is winking at me. She ' ain't ' never done that before. Oh Lordy, have I come full circle? Hee

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      Paula 

      17 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Yes Ruby...We do have woman power, no doubt~~earned the hard way I might add. It's best for people not to get any of us Old Timers pissed off nor stand in our way.

      See, the moment we spoke....Frank stuck his head out from his hiding place! And Frank, DON'T PULL THAT CRAP AGAIN. U MADE US WORRY.

      Oh I didn't tame Gertie, I just taught her to follow your orders cuz you're the boss. She's "docile" like her owner.....until she gets mad!

      As for running for office....I've done a lot of that. Just last week when my car was in for repairs, I ran to my appointment at the Parole OFFICE. Does that count?

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      Paula 

      17 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Yo Bro!......If you have work to do, don't let my lazy ass stand in your way! I know some of you make your money legitimately......

      What?

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      Paula 

      17 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Truth is, I AM a rabble-rouser~but~a benevolent mover & shaker. Like, "Don't just sit there, damn it! Do something to help, change it, FIX it!" Just like you taught me when I was 5, bro!! :)

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      17 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Paula, we have what people strive for, and that's woman power! We should be running for office. We not only made Frank come out of hiding, we started a new forum, and I know Bill must be sooo proud...I would never dump you GF. You are my super ego, plus you tamed Gertie. What's not to love? XOXO

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      Bill Holland 

      17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Yaaaaaaaa...and Sis, no way I dump you.

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      Paula 

      17 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      If I had one nickle for every time I've heard that "Paula made me do it!" You, me, bill, shy, Gertie...we could all retire comfortably in Costa Rica.

      I am bad and I am a troublemaker. Love me or dump me.

      Frank's back!! Yaaaaaaaaa!

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      Bill Holland 

      17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey. Frank showed up, with a new story...your positive vibes worked, Ruby!!!!!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      17 months ago from Southern Illinois

      OMG, this is the new forum, and I betcha Bill LOVES it. Paula, Gertie arrived home in the middle of the night. She seems like a new person. What did you feed her? My pets climbed the wall whaling until I let them out, then they ran disappearing into the night. I'm glad I don't have a hubby, I'm sure he would leave me for her. She appears to have a new glow and I swear I heard her bark. Now, she's looking at me as if to say, " Let's write some porn. " Geez, I wanna write but porn? Cam, I bet your story will be good. If you need any ideas, Paula and I will be happy to assist. Bill, you have my permission to delete this. Paula made me do it!!!

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      Bill Holland 

      17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm exhausted!

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Now Chris is in on it, and my views are skyrocketing. I'm going viral!!!!!!!

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Imagine all the views I'm getting because of you, Sis! What a great sister you are. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Exactly, Shannon! LOL

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      Bill Holland 

      17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Chris, it's unbelievable how many new forums pop up daily. What's up with that? Is that a new genre of writing?

      Good luck with that contest submission.

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      Bill Holland 

      17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, Sis, you two do know I have writing to do, correct? But here I am at 6:30 following this conversation. Sheez!

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Sis, I'm laughing out loud this morning.

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well fire her, Ruby, and let's move on.

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      Bill Holland 

      17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Please do, Ruby! Thanks!

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      Bill Holland 

      17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm guilty too, Sis! It's hard to remember everyone, and I'm afraid some of them slip through the cracks unnoticed...I feel better knowing Ruby is on it.

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      Paula 

      17 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      There ya go Cam.....you have a brand new career!! LOL Good Luck.

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      Chris Mills 

      17 months ago from Missoula, Montana through August 2018

      Paula, I have just the right photo to use. It's of this guy who has a Jimmy Carter-like smile when he gets his teeth into it and a really funky, floppy hair style. Oh, and it wouldn't hurt this guys image one bit. Actually, it might bring it up a few points. In his opinion, he's already got the best reputation....the very best reputation...nobody has a better reputation than this guy. He could even offer a few story tips.

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      Paula 

      17 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Cam....Hubpages already has a porn writer...Oops excuse me....."soft porn" (isn't that an oxymoron?) Hmmm anyway, were U here when we had Karen Silver...(& she used the name Leslie too) It's all cloudy to me now. She ventured off on her own for a solo career....Cute little Canadian brunette, excellent writer. I'm sure there are plenty of Hub perverts who follow her Sizzling Stories...(kidding about the perverts) On second thought, to hell with ya if you don't have a sense of humor!

      Oh yes, there IS money in writing porn~~not that I would know for sure, you realize. Go for it, Cam....but for heaven's sake, change your name and if you put a photo on the back cover, wear a disguise...or publish a photo of a neighbor you seriously dislike.

      Bill is going to erase all my nonsense. Who could blame him?

      Shan Marie Go get your work done!!

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      Shannon Henry 

      17 months ago from Texas

      Paula, you crack me up! How am I supposed to get any work done reading about the shenanigans of Ruby's muse?????

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      Chris Mills 

      17 months ago from Missoula, Montana through August 2018

      I just came here because in my notifications it seemed like the place to be. Hi everybody. It looks like most of the writing around here is going on in the forums. I'll have a 2500 word short story up by Sunday. It's my submission to the NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge. this is probably the most developed story I've written for any of the NYCM challenges. It's about time.

      Paula, somebody has to write the porn stuff. Heck, we could probably make a lot of money.

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      Paula 

      17 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Gertie's busy! She told me she's in heat....and I believe her. My poor neighbor was trying to walk his dog today....and Gertie ran out there buck naked, I tell you.....!! My neighbor thought he was lucky...but Gertie had her eye on his Saint Bernard!.....When she gets back home, you need to talk to that girl! And for God's sake, don't be letting her talk you into writing any of that porn stuff. How do you keep her under control? I'll bet your hubby likes her a whole lot!! :)

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      17 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh Paula, I'm laughing so hard I have tears streaming. Your son sounds so much like mine. I love him, but God he's needy!!!! I know I can count on you all to call the police, they will have to break down the door, but that's ok, I won't need it anymore. Sigh... You send Gertie back home, I miss her looking at me and saying, So you think you might write today? I don't think so!!! Frank honey, you know how much we miss you, so get off your butt and write...

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      Paula 

      17 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Ruby, Shy, Bill.....How comforting to know if I have a sudden long term absence I didn't inform u all about......There's a search crew of my wonderful Hub-buddies who will track me down come hell or high water.....Right? U WILL won't U??? LOL

      Hey, This is assuring to me guys because as I recently said in a comment to "someone" here, if I'm on the floor in my kitchen, my son (who visits DAILY..UGH!) will step over me to get to the fridge. If it's in the Living Room.....same thing, he'll turn on the TV. Where did I go wrong?? LOL.......WHERE THE HELL ARE YOU FRANK !!!

      Oh yeah, Ruby....your muse said to say HELLO. She's been staying with me. She said to tell you she likes my cooking. and BOY! can she eat!!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      17 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I sent him an email too, maybe we'll hear from him? Bill the only way I can get through this sick political mess is to write, and my must left town. I think she secretly works for the GOP. LOL

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      Bill Holland 

      17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for doing that, Shyron! Much-appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 

      17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Not a word from Frank in quite awhile, Ruby.

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      Bill Holland 

      17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheez, Sis, I had no plans on any challenges...and then Ruby shows up out of the blue to prod me. LOL

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      Bill Holland 

      17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Look what you started, Ruby! LOL

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      17 months ago from Texas

      Bill, glad to see people are still reading this challenge.

      Ruby/Paula, I just sent Frank an e-mail. I will let you know when I hear something.

      We friends have to stick together.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      17 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I hope so Paula. His hub challenge was the first one I tried and I loved it. Maybe I can go to his homepage and email him. I'll let you know....Hi Bill. lol.

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      Paula 

      17 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Oh gosh Ruby.....I'm sorry you asked that question. I'm in the habit of noticing when someone appears to be M.I.A. and beginning to be concerned & then start trying to see what I can find out...There are a "few" hubbers whom I've been concerned about. Frank's site is pretty still & quiet.

      The problem is, if no one in the community has contact info on a hubber, outside of this site, we simply have our hands tied.....it's frustrating. No way in hell would HP Admin. give out any information & I suppose that's understandable.

      So, unless & until we somehow get valid info, we wait & cross our fingers that the person is OK!! Paula

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      17 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Does anyone know anything about Frank Atanacio? It's not like him to not write something. It's been a long time. I miss his stories..

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      Paula 

      17 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Bro...You'll get no pressure from me. I love reading all the work our fellow-writers submit whenever a challenge is available, but at this time, I'm artistically bankrupt. My muse is seriously uncooperative currently. I'm not even willing to expend the energy to coax her.

      In any case, I will be an interested audience member.....so to all my friends~~"Good Luck." P

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      17 months ago from Southern Illinois

      It sure would be nice to have another challenge, hint, hint...

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      Bill Holland 

      17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, boylevive, I appreciate you even considering it. Thanks!

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      BODYLEVIVE 

      17 months ago from Alabama, USA

      Well, late as usual. I guess I didn't decide to come back here in time for that one.

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      Bill Holland 

      20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you again, PS, and Happy Thanksgiving to you and that loving family of yours. May angels always visit you!

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      Patricia Scott 

      20 months ago from sunny Florida

      Agree with your observations about the HubPages of yesteryear and yet, I find it is a place where I can come as I can and share what I may.

      And read writings of you and others whom I have come to enjoy.

      I wish that I had the time to spend here that I would like...just so much going on....

      Take care and if I do not get back soon you and your lovelies have a most blessed Thanksgiving ...Angels are once again headed your way. ps

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      Bill Holland 

      22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Lawrence, if I helped you in any way, then I'm happy. That's how it worked for me, the veterans here taking me under their wing, and I still remember them and appreciate all they did for me.

      bill

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      22 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      I wasn't on HP five years ago so I can't say what it was like, but in the two years I've been here some things have changed and not always for the better!

      I find it strange that the folks who regularly contribute even on my hubs are mostly those I got to know pretty near the beginning of my time here, and they're the ones I've learned the most from!

      If it wasn't for the people here I probably wouldn't have published a novel yet, or even thought I could, so just want to say thank you as you were pretty instrumental there!

      I'm two weeks after the 'due by' date, but I still might send a story in.

      Blessings

      Lawrence

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      Bill Holland 

      22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ann! Have fabulous fun in France while I slave away here in the States. :)

      bill

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      Ann Carr 

      22 months ago from SW England

      It certainly was good fun and kick-started my brain again!

      A little short on wifi (the only drawback of being in France!) so will be publishing when I get back.

      Have a thrilling Thursday, bill!

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 

      22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      And thank you, Kalini!

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      kallini2010 

      22 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank you, Bill, I appreciate it.

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      Bill Holland 

      22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Kalini, I announced it on the Mailbag Monday of this week. :)

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      kallini2010 

      22 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      Bill, where did you announce the winner?

      I've read some entries and I know that Mike won, but I fail to find where you announce it.

      Thanks,

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      Bill Holland 

      22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Ann! There were some great entries for sure. Great fun, I hope, was had by you all.

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      Ann Carr 

      22 months ago from SW England

      Congratulations to Mike for a tremendous story! I loved it too.

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 

      22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      He is one talented writer, Maria. Thanks for being here.

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      Maria Jordan 

      22 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Great choice, dear Bill - Mike's entry was a winner from start to finish.

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      Bill Holland 

      22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Probably Monday or Tuesday of next week, Sha!

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      22 months ago from Central Florida

      Bill, when will you be announcing the results?

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      Bill Holland 

      22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Faith! I would have accepted yours, but I appreciate you understanding.

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      Bill Holland 

      22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That's okay, Larry, the deadline passed, but thanks for considering it.

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      Faith Reaper 

      22 months ago from southern USA

      Thank you for thinking of me, lovely Shyron, you're so precious, but Bill knows I wouldn't want any special treatment and I do try to be fair and right in what I do, so being I missed the deadline, I do not expect to be included in the contest, as that would not be right nor fair to all who made the deadline. If I do publish, it will be to just stretch my wings, as Bill encourages us to do.

      Bill, you certainly have a tough job ahead of you with all of the amazing responses to the challenge.

      Peace and Blessings

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      Larry Rankin 

      22 months ago from Oklahoma

      I don't know that I can find the time right now. All I can do to keep up on the reading:-)

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      Bill Holland 

      22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I do indeed, Suhail! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Shyron. Of course Faith can have an extension. It's supposed to be a fun contest, right?

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 

      22 months ago from Mississauga, ON

      Well, Bill, you are aware, I posted my response.

      Regards,

      Suhail

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      22 months ago from Texas

      Bill, could you extend the deadline so that our Faith can be included? I am sure that it will take you a couple of days to read all the responses.

      Faith, I have faith in you and hope you made it.

      Blessings to you both

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      Bill Holland 

      22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      And thank you again, Faith!

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      Bill Holland 

      22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Shannon!

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      Bill Holland 

      22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It is, for sure, okay with me, Faith. Thanks for making the effort, my friend. I look forward to the finished product.

      blessings always

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      Faith Reaper 

      22 months ago from southern USA

      Thank you, Shan. You're such a sweetheart. I've thoroughly enjoyed reading all of the remarkable responses, especially your response!

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      Shannon Henry 

      22 months ago from Texas

      I, for one, hope you still publish it, Faith! I've been enjoying reading these responses.

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      Faith Reaper 

      22 months ago from southern USA

      Well, Bill, it's past midnight here in the Central Time Zone, so I do have a couple more hours for Pacific Time Zone LOL, but if I don't make it in time, I will just publish when I'm happy with it, and not be included in the contest aspect, if that is okay with you.

      Bless you and thank you for always inspiring us to spread our wings

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      Bill Holland 

      22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Absolutely correct, Faith! I'm sure you'll make it under the wire.

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      Faith Reaper 

      22 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Bill,

      Tomorrow is the deadline at midnight, right? I'm trying to finish one up, and I hope last is not least.

      Bless you

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      Bill Holland 

      22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      We are all well, Kim. I wish the same for you and yours.

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      ocfireflies 

      22 months ago from North Carolina

      Bill,

      So happy to be able to leave a few comments here and there. I hope you and Bev are doing well, also.

      Kim

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      Bill Holland 

      22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Kim, it's so good to hear from you. Thanks for the visit my friend. I hope you are well.

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      ocfireflies 

      22 months ago from North Carolina

      Bill,

      I do not know if I am up to it, but I am certainly grateful to have inspiration. Thank you for your willingness to be up for it.

      Smiles,

      Kim

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      Bill Holland 

      22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I hope so too, Rodric. Thanks again and I look forward to more fiction from you.

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      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      22 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

      No, thank you Billybuc. This is a welcomed diversion from school and my normal religious writing. I forgot how much fiction is my love. I hope this will lead me to do more writing so that I can improve my art for my next fiction book. It has been five years since the last.

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      Bill Holland 

      22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rodric. I really appreciate you taking part in this.

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      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      22 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

      I just finished my fanfiction story Lab Moutain of Gemini Enigma: https://hubpages.com/literature/Writing-Contest-Fi...

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      Bill Holland 

      22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Deb! The quality of the responses is outstanding.

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      Deb Hirt 

      22 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      I cannot wait to see what comes of this challenge. I don't do them, as my material comes strictly from the heart. Best of luck to all.

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      Bill Holland 

      22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sharilee....I love HP but only because of the people there. I have fond memories of the friendships and don't want to let it go.

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      Bill Holland 

      22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Got it and responded, Manatita. Thanks for the suggestion.

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      Bill Holland 

      22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      There are a ton of responses, Genna. I should have guessed there would be. LOL

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      Bill Holland 

      22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm really kind of surprised you entered, Eric, and very happy that you did. Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I hope you can, Suhail. I look forward to it.

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      Sharilee Swaity 

      22 months ago from Canada

      Hi Bill, I miss the old days, too, and I completely agree with you about the Hubbies categories this year. Just ridiculous. So many writing sites have gone belly up in the last little while: Helium, The Examiner, Bubblews are a few. I wonder about the future of HP and find it hard to get motivated to come here anymore. But your challenge sounds like fun. I don't know if I will get to it, but I love the fact that you are trying to get people going. Great work, Bill! Take care.

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      manatita44 

      22 months ago from london

      Sent you an email, Bill. Thanks.

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      Genna East 

      22 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I just tuned in to this cool challenge, Bill, and look forward to reading the responses. :-)

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Well you really got me out of my comfort zone. It did not hurt too much, but the comments might ;-)

      Here is my response: https://hubpages.com/literature/High-on-the-Mounta...

      Thanks for spreading my wings for me and kicking me out of the nest. The fall don't kill ya, the landing does.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 

      22 months ago from Mississauga, ON

      Hi Bill,

      This is a great topic! I always wanted to write fiction around a mountain. I can write and already have a plot, but I don't know if I have the time. I will try my best though.

      Regards,

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      And thank you very much, Shannon! You two are great to do this.

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Shyron!

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      Shannon Henry 

      22 months ago from Texas

      Of course.

    • Shyron E Shenko profile image

      Shyron E Shenko 

      22 months ago from Texas

      Bill, Shannon and I will be sending prayers. Right team mate?

      Hope your family member is well soon and safely back home.

      Blessings always.

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Shannon! No time here with family health problems.

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Shyron. I've got a family member who rushed to the hospital today, so good thing you're looking out for me.

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      Shannon Henry 

      22 months ago from Texas

      See, Shyron! We already make a great team and we haven't even done anything together yet. LOL. I have been doing the same thing, but I see I am behind on some links.

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