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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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      Rodric Johnson 9 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I feel you billybuc. I miss the Hubpages of five years ago. I tried to get back into the swing of things this last week and failed. I accept your challenge and hopefully this will give me that spark I have been missing. I am working on several projects myself while in school. I think a diversion, a creative diversion will some some good.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Fantastic, Rodric! I look forward to your entry. Thanks for playing along.

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      Ramzan Khan 9 months ago

      no that is very high

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ramzan!

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      Shyron E Shenko 9 months ago from Texas

      Bill,

      My muse is in a spin

      From so much excitement

      Where do I begin

      I will start today as soon as my work is done

      This is going to be so much fun!!!

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      Bill, I have only been on HP for 4 1/2 years but I have made many friends and plan to also.

      Many Blessings my friend

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      Victoria Lynn 9 months ago from Arkansas, USA

      I miss the old HP, too. Of course, I haven't put in the effort that I did all those years ago, so some of that is my fault. Still, it seems we were all more cohesive--a big family--and the staff put out contests from time to time to get everyone involved. Sigh.

      When you give the option of another genre, do you mean that I could write a poem using the pictures? I'm so out of practice that it might or might not happen. Events of the past few years have gotten me away from writing much, and I'm not sure how to get the desire/passion back. Maybe it's time to try. You're inspiring, Bill, as you keep going and going with your own writing and trying to get others involved. :-)

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Shyron, I look forward to your entry. I have no doubt it will be great. Thanks for playing along and blessings to you always.

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      Old Poolman 9 months ago

      Billy my friend, it has been well over a year since I have written anything but checks to pay my bills. I may just take a shot at this one.

      Your right about Hub Pages and followers. It has become mostly a political battleground with lots of hostility. One spends hours writing a hub to get a comment such as "Good Hub."

      Perhaps we need to start a blog site just for the short story writers?

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Vickie, I always love hearing from you. We started almost at the same time and yes, it was like an extended family. It was very important to me, and still is, but it has definitely changed.

      Yes, for sure, if you want to do poetry, feel free....or a romance story, or a thriller, or a science fiction...whatever you want to do. It will be good to read something from you, my friend.

      Thank you!

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      Shannon 9 months ago from Texas

      You, my friend, crack me up! Not sure if I have time for a challenge, but if inspiration strikes just right, I might. The last challenge if yours I did was my first attempt at flash fiction and it also involved a mountain. LOL

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      Victoria Lynn 9 months ago from Arkansas, USA

      Agreed, Bill. HP is still important to me, too, as are the friends, such as you, that I have made!

      I'm not sure how good I'd be at short stories, but I might try my hand at poetry. It has been a while. Thank YOU!

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey, Mike. I always love hearing from you. Actually, a blog site you mentioned has been done.....John has one....Jodah on HP.....let me see if I can find it for you....http://creativeexiles.com/ Check it out and see what you think. In the meantime, I hope you give this contest a shot, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Shannon, I'm always here to crack people up. LOL Glad I'm succeeding. I hope you can find the time to take part. It's a shame when talent like yours is silent.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Vick!

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      Old Poolman 9 months ago

      Thanks for the link my friend.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You betcha, Mike!

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      Norma Lawrence 9 months ago from California

      Very well written and interesting article. I really liked it. Thanks.

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      Paula 9 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Hey bro.....I enjoy a challenge every now & then, although I've only accepted a few here on HP. It's been a challenge lately just finding the time to spend here that I used to be able to do easily.

      As with so many things bil-bro....I'm finding myself in "reverse." How is it we're told repeatedly that our lives simplify as we age and our free time to indulge in our passions, increases? This is not happening for me~~"Help." LOL

      Actually, my old brain has been challenged a few times just today. I'm feverishly trying to come up with a reply to a comment I read. I'm counting on you to help me!

      A hubber stated that "it is WEIRD people insist upon deciding their gender by their genitalia." You know your sis......so easily confused.

      So, it's "weird" and of course I must be weird too. For 68 years I confess to having referred to my genitalia to determine my gender.

      What do you suppose my options are now? Do I decide I'm weird or am I female? Please now bro, don't be tempted to tell me that they're one & the same!! (I may be the lone case) Love you, Sis

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      Rodric Johnson 9 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      This is my first time hearing of flash fiction. I am going to give it a try.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Norlawrence. Thanks for reading.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Fantastic, Rodric....good luck!

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, simplify???? What the hell does that look like? The only way my life is simpler than it once was is because I no longer complicate my own life with stupid, immature actions. Now I complicate it with mature actions. LOL

      As for genitalia, the world is moving much too fast for me. These things confuse your old brother. How would I handle it (pardon the pun): I would choose not to comment.

      But with you, what are the chances of that happening? LOL Can you say ZERO!

      love ya

      bro

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      Shannon 9 months ago from Texas

      Paula!!! LMAO!!!

      Thanks, Bill, for your kind words. I'm never silent for long. Just ask your Sis there, who is also hilarious and has me laughing this morning now. However, I need to get my ass in gear enough to maybe publish some things some day? LOL. Progress is slow when I'm trying to do too many things at once and procrastinate on procrastinating.

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      Paula 9 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Oh good! I celebrate that you haven't experienced simplification either! (That's what sisters are for!)

      Chances are ZERO I would choose not to comment???? Well!!

      Can't fool you, can I? LOL You're 100% correct! :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 9 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I'm cranked-up and excited, now what will I come up with?, only my muse knows and she ' ain't ' talking. I'm so glad you gave us another challenge. You are de man. Thank you....

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      Venkatachari M 9 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Oh, Bill! I am too much puzzled with your challenge. First, I have to get some idea of those images. What do they stand for or try to communicate? Isn't it? Then only I can build some stuff around it. It looks tough. I have to contemplate on it. Even then, I would like to try some bit. Wish me some good luck for the time being. Thanks for throwing the challenge.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Shannon, now you have me laughing. Get it in gear, girl!!!!

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Brothers and sisters to the end, Paula, and what a great ride it has been.

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      Eric Dierker 9 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill, damn my elder son for telling me I had to get out of my little comfy zone if I want changegrowth. And so when I read your title I had to commit before even reading the challenge.

      Maybe that is what all this " spread your wings and fly" stuff is all about. What would beginners like me do without inspiring mentors like you?

      Funny about HP. Yes I miss those early days, but I accept the changes. But I am very angry at HP for driving away some of my good friends.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I have no doubt your muse will be speaking to you soon, and I look forward to the results. Thanks for playing along.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Venkatachari M, just let your writing muse loose and allow her to tell a story. The storyline is completely up to you and I know you will do well.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, I completely agree with you about HP driving away some good ones. Sigh! Well, at least you and I are still standing. :) Okay, buddy, it's time to spread those wings.

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      Linda Crampton 9 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This sounds like a great challenge, Bill. I love the idea of referring to four photos in a story! That could lead to some very interesting compositions.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 9 months ago from New Delhi, India

      This challenge sounds exciting and I would like to try it. I had enjoyed writing a short story on your previous challenge.

      I agree with your views about the changed atmosphere at HP. A lot has changed here.Many of my earlier friends/ hubbers have left or do not publish any more. I enjoyed interacting with them. But one thing is sure-I still enjoy my time here.

      Thanks for another interesting hub!

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I hope it does, Alicia. I look forward to the results for sure.

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      Becky Katz 9 months ago from Hereford, AZ

      Billy, I will see what I can do. Ideas started popping into my head, just from reading your challenge and looking at your intriguing photos.

      I don't have any time anymore since I have to drive 400 miles a week, just to see my husband in a nursing home. I used to write while he was napping. Old age and illness really sucks. I also miss the old days and am sorry I do not get around to comment. I will see if I can do a little better. Sometimes I think I am doing good to just get to read something.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I do as well, ChitrangadaSharan. I think one of the reasons I stay on here is hopefully to see good changes. Anyway, I hope you try the challenge and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Becky, that kind of responsibility is draining and I completely understand. Blessings to you, my friend.

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      Brian Leekley 9 months ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      And then the man with much faith said, "Move mountain!" And the mountain moved and crushed the sheep and the shepherd and the prospector and the trout fisherman. And the man with much faith said, "Oh, my God!" And God said, "What now?" And the man with much faith said, "Just leave well enough alone now, please." And God said, "It's a deal." The man with much faith buried the dead. Not being very artistic, he used the same simple design for each tombstone. Later the man said to God, "Did I show you these photos I took of a freight train and a barn?" And God saw that they were good and said so, which pleased the man immensely.

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      Frank Atanacio 9 months ago from Shelton

      Billybuc looks like fun.. I'm going to read the entries as they are submitted.. hope they can fill the bill...:)

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, I'll be enjoying that mini-flash fiction for the rest of the day. Thanks for a nice example of what can be done when imagination takes center stage.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Frank, I have no doubt you could fill the bill, if the spirit moved you. Thanks for the chuckle1

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      MizBejabbers 9 months ago

      Very interesting challenge, friend Bill. I grew up in the hills, so I really don't like to write about mountains, but I may try. I just passed my 5th anniversary on HP, and I miss the old HP, too. Where have all the followers gone, long time passing? Miss them every one. Every now and then I remember one and check out his or her page only to find nothing new in three years. Of course, a few of us oldsters have died out, and it freaks me out to see someone else writing under the name. I don't care if it is a child of theirs. I'm not sure I like this new niche business either. In fact, I don't think I like it at all, but that's just me.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      No, MizB, it's not just you. They can take the new niches and stuff them in a safe, dark, damp place. As for children of the dead, I have to admit I found that a bit unsettling at the very least.

      Oh well! Life moves on without my permission sometimes. LOL Thanks my friend!

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      John Hansen 9 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Well, Bill you rose to the challenge. Not that we meant to put you on the spot, but as I was one of those who planted the seed and prodded you, it wouldn't be fair if I didn't accept your challenge. So, I will see what I can come up with. I am not really happy with all the changes around here, but I know others are and we just have to accept it. Hopefully it all proves successful in the long run. Thanks for the shout out for The Creative Exiles too.

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 9 months ago

      Hello Friend...

      noticed this on face book..and it drew me in..so count me in..

      we have to use all the 4 photos u posted or 3 out of the 4? hugs!

      (((((((( Bill )))))

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      Audrey Howitt 9 months ago from California

      Sending this around so people know--no poetry???

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, John! It really wasn't much work on my part. Just toss out the specifics and turn all of you loose. I'm sure you'll dazzle as you always do.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      All 4, Jo, and howdy to you as well. Thanks for playing along.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, I'm fine with poetry. Tell them to go for it...any style or genre.

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      Paula 9 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      That's it!! One challenge per year for this old gal. Catch you for the 2017 challenge! I get all frazzled. Hope the responses pour in and keep you busy bilbro!!

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      Marlene Bertrand 9 months ago from Northern California, USA

      This sounds like a fun challenge, Bill. I am not much of a creative writer. I have written and published one short story which involves a mountain, but as for the rest, this challenge is way out of my league. Still, I love to read, so I am absolutely excited to read the stories that come out of this challenge.

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      Faith Reaper 9 months ago from southern USA

      What fun, Bill! I know I will enjoy reading all the entries. I missed out on your last challenge involving a mountain but had actually created a plot in my mind back when, so maybe it will come to fruition for this round.

      I do so miss all those great friends from four and a half years ago who no longer write here, but what's great is that so many are still wonderful friends. I am slowly making new friends more and more each year which is nice.

      "I get by with a little help from my friends."

      Peace and blessings

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 9 months ago from Norfolk

      Nice one Billy. Apologies I am a little late but better late than never! The old computer died and the new but not quite new is now in place ready to take up a challenge. Sometimes I think that my best writing here has come from the challenges you put out. Now I can ponder a little as I do my felting about what lies behind those images. Definitely unfamiliar territory for me, as far removed from an English country scene as can be.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 9 months ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill, how wonderful your challenges have been through the 4 years I have known you here and terrific to read all the comments from some "old" friends here! I have been one of those guilty of letting time slide with writing again. I feel inspired once more to connect with friends here who I have missed and your challenge has all the ingredients of some imaginative tales.

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      Janine Huldie 9 months ago from New York, New York

      How I missed this yesterday, I will never know, but still love that you proposed a challenge here, especially as it reminds me of the days gone by of Hubpages, but still will have to mull this over. Thanks my friend and hoping you have been enjoying your week so far!! :)

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      Nell Rose 9 months ago from England

      You're on billy boy! LOL! always wanted to say that! Yes I know what you mean, I think a lot of us have left and others pop in and out then disappear. I still love it here, and when I get the muse I have to write. trouble is when its hot outside....lol! okay, mountain...of we go! :)

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'll read yours soon, Sis! Thanks so much for taking part.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Marlene! I'm sure our friends will rise to the challenge and dazzle us.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      All true, Faith! I do have new friends on HP....but miss some of the old ones as well. Such is life, I guess.

      blessings and thanks

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Sally, thanks so much for taking part. You are right, this is different country than you are accustomed to. I hadn't thought of that. Sorry...next time I'll give some consideration to those outside the U.S.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Irish, I hope you give it a try and yes, I do miss you. Thank God for Facebook so I always know what my Irish friend is doing.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine! I know this isn't your thing, but I appreciate you supporting it. Happy Wednesday!

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You can do it, Nell! Think the little engine that could. LOL Thanks for taking up the challenge. See you soon!

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      Maria Jordan 9 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      What an awesome challenge, dear Bill.

      I've read three of the no doubt countless entries you'll be getting. My head is spinning at the thought of your decision.

      This helps my morale after my disappointment with the Hubbie categories this year. Aside from 'Letterpile', the other sites are mysteries to me. Except for 'All around' and 'Most Helpful', the other categories feel impersonal. Thanks for allowing my rant as I feel so comfortable with you.

      Hope Bev is feeling worlds better and you are both enjoying a peaceful week. Love, Maria

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, I took one look at those ridiculous categories and felt my blood pressure rise. I don't know who makes those silly decisions but my goodness, they seem to be trying to push writers away.

      Anyway, thank you so much. Bev is feeling better, thank you. I wish you a wonderful week as well.

      love,

      bill

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      Lori Colbo 9 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Hubpages has become the obama of the site, dividing, dividing divuding.

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      Live To Write 9 months ago from Phoenix, Az.

      What a wonderful challenge Bill... you have always been a stellar writer, and a verrrryyyy nice person... thank God you are still on here , and I think pieces like this may inspire that "old" familiar... and I accept ... LOL (.... writing... gotta go...!!!)

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      Nell Rose 9 months ago from England

      What the heck? I seem to have a doppelganger speaking above! how creepy is that? eek!

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      Shauna L Bowling 9 months ago from Central Florida

      Yay! You know how I love picture prompts, Bill. I commented on Ann's comment/question in your last mailbag. I'm glad you rose to the subliminal challenge your followers and friends came back with.

      I miss the old HP also. I've gotten so many new followers and not a one of them had the decency to read and comment on any of my work. So, how the hell do they know what I have to offer? Perhaps it's just a clever way to "get inside" and plagiarize the hell out of us. I don't follow anyone who doesn't at least leave a comment on one of my hubs. Joke 'em if they can't take a - well, you know....

      I'm up for the challenge, my friend. Thank you so much for coming out to play!

      P.S. I already have a folder in My Pictures of Billybuc Writing Prompts. I'll just add these to them!

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      Dave Blake 9 months ago

      I'm up for the challenge! And I will donate a copy of my book as well. I look forward to meeting this challenge. This is the first challenge I have accepted

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      Edgemaster 9 months ago from Dallas

      This challenge sounds very fun! I've only been with hubpages for about a year now. I wish they did more challenges like this! I hope I get enough free time to come up with something to meet the deadline.

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      John Hansen 9 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Ok, Bill. I have just published mine. "The Ghost Mountain Adventure." That was a fun challenge.

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      Chris Mills 9 months ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Hi Bill. I'm between rounds one and two in the NYC Midnight Challenge, so this will be a nice diversion while I wait. I just read John's (Jodah) story and the bar has been set high.

      Speaking of John, I'd like to encourage hubbers to do some reading over on the site he founded, The Creative Exiles at http://www.creativeexiles.com/ There is some great writing going on and that is a site where you can get to know each other as well.

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      Jennifer Arnett 9 months ago from California

      Hi Bill. It's been awhile since I've been active on Hubpages. What better way to get back in the game than to do a challenge. It's good to see some old friends on here.

      In regards to the mountain, is it a particular mountain, or do we have the freedom to choose?

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      Shannon 9 months ago from Texas

      Okay, you got me. I participated. Can't say I won't regret this, though, considering I have to be up in about four hours. LOL. Goodnight!

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      manatita44 9 months ago from london

      In New York. Today is our Marathon. Sure I'm needed in medical. But took a day off. More functions this evening and an 'African' performance to prepare for in this Sri Chinmoy August Celebrations.

      A very interesting and inspiring challenge. Hope it goes well. When I get back I may re-visit. A bit sad about Hub Pages, seem to be losing its Soul. Never mind. Some strange followers too, so yes, I agree.

      Sat down and had a Chinese meal with my brother in Wall St, Great! Carry on, Bro. Keep up the good work.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Lori, and blessings to you always.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      So glad to hear that, Laurinzo, and thank you for the very kind words.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Sabrina, I look forward to your response. Thank you for playing along.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Very creepy, Nell, and exciting. LOL Thanks for being a part of it all.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Very cool, Sha! I just knew you would be a part of this. As for that new wave of followers, I don't now what their thing is, but I'm tired of it.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Dave, thanks so much for taking up the challenge and offering a copy of your book. Good for you, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Edgemaster, I hope you can find the time. Challenges like this one were once the norm here at HP. Now it's up to some of us old timers to carry on the banner.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'll get to yours in a short while, John! Thanks for playing along, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Chris! I just gave a shout out to John's site the other day and you are absolutely correct about it.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Availiasvision, choose whichever mountain you want...let your creativity shine, my friend, and it's good to see you.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I will read it shortly, Shannon! Thanks for playing along at the expense of your beauty rest.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, a busy week for you. Enjoy doing what you're doing, my friend, and I'll catch you down the road.

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      Nell Rose 9 months ago from England

      Phew just finished Bill! its called Rainbow Mountain hope you like it! :)

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Nell! I'm sure I will.

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      Karen Hellier 9 months ago from Georgia

      Bill,

      This is a great idea. But since I am a creative non-fiction writer, I am going to sit this one out. I used to do challenges of 30 hubs in 30 days, or 10 hubs in 10 days but that was a long time ago, when there were not so many rules about hub requirements. You could write a 600 word hub and add a few pictures and no one called you on it. So, while the quality of hubs has gotten better, I just don't have the time to put into that many super good quality hubs each month. Hmmm, but maybe I will issue a challenge to myself like 10 hubs in 30 days...interesting idea, and it all came from your hub challenge! Thanks...and I hope everyone that participates in your challenge has a wonderful time. It will be interesting to see how many people participate in your challenge.

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      Suzette Walker 9 months ago from Taos, NM

      Hi Bill, I just entered your writing challenge with my response: Sugar Mountain. Enjoy!

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Suzette! I'll read it in a little while. I really appreciate you taking part in it.

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      Ann Carr 9 months ago from SW England

      Oh heck! I suppose I'm partially responsible for this so I'd better have a go LOL. Great photos and it's time I stretched myself a bit, as you said in your mailbag.

      I agree with you regarding HP. There are even some who seem to post no hubs for months and still follow hundreds - what's that about. I think HP should insist that at least one hub be published within a certain time.

      Just had some bad news regarding a friend so this will distract me and keep my mind away from gloom.

      Thanks, bill.

      Ann

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      Dianna Mendez 9 months ago

      If we could only roll back time on HP. I have followers but only a fraction of them are active on posts. I do appreciate those who support me with positive and helpful suggestions. I am enjoying the articles of those who have taken on your challenge. You are still a great teacher, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Karen! I understand what you are saying. I'm not terribly pleased with the changes at HP, but I don't think HP really cares that much whether I approve. Best wishes to you!

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I'm sorry to hear about the bad news. Be well, my friend, and thanks for the challenge inspiration. I hope your weekend turns out well.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Dee, I really wish HP would legislate somehow these new people. Require them to post articles rather than just follow people...require a minimum amount of interaction with other Hubbers....something!!!!

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      Rodric Johnson 9 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Billybuc, I can agree. I get comments from them often but when I seek their profiles out there is nothing. Heck, I be wantin' to lash back out at their work! I value their criticisms, though. Many times it helps me to improve my message.

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      Linda Lum 9 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, do you have ANY idea how busy I am right now? How could you do this to me?

      ...but seriously, you know this type of thing is pretty far out of my comfort zone (unless I can somehow whip a mountain, freight cars and an aging barn into the directions for cooking something).

      I have a kinda/sorta/maybe idea simmering in the back of my head.

      Maybe.

      Stay tuned.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 9 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      I will see if inspiration strikes me. Actually after I read this you left me completely stunned and I sat here for a few moments with my fingers just hovering over the keyboard.

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      Jennifer Arnett 8 months ago from California

      Done! Just published it. I can't believe how many people are joining in! So much fun. Thank you for sponsoring this challenge. I've already seen one of the submissions trending on the HP homepage. Cool!

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rodric and I agree....criticisms can be helpful as long as they are done respectfully.

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, thanks for taking part. I took Saturday off from the computer so I'm trying to catch up on entries today. I'm sure you did a great job.

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well shoot, Rasma, I didn't mean to stun you. LOL Good luck, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Availiasvision! I'm reading entries today and I appreciate you taking part in the challenge.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 8 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Bill!

      Just wanted to let you know that I have published my entry in response to the challenge. Hope you like it .

      Thanks and a very good day to you!

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, ChitrangadaSharan! I will look at it soon.

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      Nellieanna Hay 8 months ago from TEXAS

      I've been up to my clavicle in ongoing real-life challenges. Yours is so much more fun and appealing! Hopefully, before Sept.10th, I may have something to submit!

      Hugs and thank you for stirring the pot! ;) ~ Nellieanna

      PS - Would be nice if you could add an index of the various challenge submissions. (How's that for a challenge, Bill? haha)

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      Rose Clearfield 8 months ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I definitely miss the old HubPages and all of the community we used to have here. The challenge is a fantastic idea. I look forward to reading the submissions!

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      Nellieanna Hay 8 months ago from TEXAS

      Your challenge is just too irresistibly challenging, Bill! I've just published my short story, "Rescue Flame on the Mountain". https://hubpages.com/literature/Rescue-Flame-on-th...

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for participating, Nellieanna. As for your suggestion, we'll see. Time is in short supply, but I will try.

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Rose, so good to see you. It's unbelievable how much this site has changed in the four years I've been here, and I don't like the change at all.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Nellieanna. I really appreciate you taking part.

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      Shannon 8 months ago from Texas

      I've got time, Bill, if my phone cooperates to add the ones I missed to my hub if you want. I only know of the ones who told you in these comments they published and that I follow. Maybe one I picked up from the suggestions of related hubs on another hub. Lol. Anyway, just an offer.

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Shannon, that is sweet of you. Thanks for the offer. I'll kick myself in gear tomorrow and get it done come hell or high water.

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      Shyron E Shenko 8 months ago from Texas

      Bill, I keep adding links to the hubs of the others that have taken up this challenge as I read them, I don't know if I missed any as Shannon says. I have a couple of other Hubbers I am encouraging to take this challenge on.

      Blessings.

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      Shannon 8 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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      Bill Holland 8 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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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Shyron E Shenko 8 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.

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      Shannon 8 months ago from Texas

      Of course.

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Shyron!

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 8 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,

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      Eric Dierker 8 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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      Genna East 8 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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      manatita44 8 months ago from london

      Sent you an email, Bill. Thanks.

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      Sharilee Swaity 8 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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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Bill Holland 8 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 8 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 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Bill Holland 8 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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      Deb Hirt 8 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 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Rodric Johnson 8 months ago from Phoenix, 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 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Rodric Johnson 8 months ago from Phoenix, 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 8 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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      ocfireflies 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Faith Reaper 8 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 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Faith Reaper 8 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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      Shannon 8 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 8 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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      Bill Holland 8 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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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Shannon!

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      And thank you again, Faith!

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      Shyron E Shenko 8 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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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 8 months ago from Mississauga, ON

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

      Regards,

      Suhail

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      Bill Holland 8 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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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I do indeed, Suhail! Thank you!

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      Larry Rankin 8 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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      Faith Reaper 8 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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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Shauna L Bowling 8 months ago from Central Florida

      Bill, when will you be announcing the results?

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Probably Monday or Tuesday of next week, Sha!

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      Maria Jordan 8 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 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Ann Carr 8 months ago from SW England

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

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 8 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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      kallini2010 8 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 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      kallini2010 8 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank you, Bill, I appreciate it.

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      And thank you, Kalini!

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      Ann Carr 8 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 8 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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      Lawrence Hebb 8 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 8 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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      Patricia Scott 6 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 6 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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      BODYLEVIVE 3 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 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 months ago from Southern Illinois

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

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      Paula 3 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 Fuller 3 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 3 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 Fuller 3 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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      Shyron E Shenko 3 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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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Look what you started, Ruby! LOL

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      Bill Holland 3 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 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Not a word from Frank in quite awhile, Ruby.

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for doing that, Shyron! Much-appreciated.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 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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      Paula 3 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 Fuller 3 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 3 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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      Chris Mills 3 months ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      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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      Shannon 3 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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      Paula 3 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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      Chris Mills 3 months ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      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 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

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

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      Bill Holland 3 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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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Please do, Ruby! Thanks!

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Sis, I'm laughing out loud this morning.

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      Bill Holland 3 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!

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      Bill Holland 3 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 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Exactly, Shannon! LOL

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      Bill Holland 3 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 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm exhausted!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 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 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Paula 3 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 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 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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      Paula 3 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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      Paula 3 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 3 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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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 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 3 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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