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Billybuc Photo Challenge/Prompt: Installment #3

Updated on February 12, 2020

The Rules

Oh hell, there are no rules, folks. I’m just tossing out some photos and hoping they resonate with you. If you want to write a story or poem based on one photo, great! If you want to build a story around all five photos, great! If you want to write 200 words, great! And if you want to appease the HP editors and go for 1250, I say, once more, great!

I’m just trying to help your muse. Nothing more, nothing less!

I wish I could make this a contest with some fantastic prize for the winner but, alas, I am a humble, poor writer. I wish HP did something like this more often but, alas, they do not seem to be inclined to do so.

I do hope you find inspiration from the challenge. I do hope it helps you to hone your craft and become a better writer. It most likely won’t earn you a penny on HP but hey, there are things more important than being paid fifty cents for an article.

The Photos

Here you go, your inspiration for this week. I have included a little information about each photo below it. I don’t know if it will help you or not, but it only takes me about a minute to do so, and what’s a minute between friends?

An old barn window circa 1870
An old barn window circa 1870
Old barn rafters
Old barn rafters
An old John Deere
An old John Deere
Out buildings
Out buildings
Lazy cattle on a hot day
Lazy cattle on a hot day

Have Fun!

That’s all, folks! Have fun with it, and I’ll catch you later down the road of life. And just for the giggles, drop me a line at holland1145@yahoo.com and include the link to your story so I don’t miss it.

2020 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      24 hours ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rochelle, and I wish you the same.

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      Rochelle Ann De Zoysa 

      38 hours ago from Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

      Seems interesting :) I don't know about writing a story but would like to give it a try on poem :) Have a blessed day Sir Bill

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      Bill Holland 

      2 days ago from Olympia, WA

      It was nice of you to stop by, Nikki! Thank you!

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      Nikki Khan 

      2 days ago from London

      Bill, I am bit late. It's half term holidays here in London. Really busy with my kids. But, would post shortly.

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      6 days ago from Olympia, WA

      It is a great old barn, Denise. Glad you enjoyed the photos.

      Blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 

      6 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Read it and commented,Meg! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      6 days ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...very true, Manatita! Very true indeed.

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      manatita44 

      6 days ago from london

      Lovely! They all seem pretty archaic, like a 68 yr old I know. Ha ha. Hugs Bro.

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      DreamerMeg 

      6 days ago from Northern Ireland

      I have written a story in response to your photo challenge. I will email you the link.

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      Denise McGill 

      6 days ago from Fresno CA

      I love this inspiration. Photos and visual images always help me get creative.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Bill Holland 

      8 days ago from Olympia, WA

      I hope so, Linda! Maybe even you???

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      Linda Crampton 

      8 days ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The photos are interesting, Bill. I think they're going to inspire people to write some great stories.

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      Bill Holland 

      9 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Ann!

      bill

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      Ann Carr 

      9 days ago from SW England

      Thanks, bill, you have a good weekend too!

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 

      9 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh come on, Sis! what a tease you are....moving? smaller? where???? You need to write that damned article and fill your brother in on the details, please.

      Happy Valentine's Day my sweet, caustic sister, and love always.

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      Bill Holland 

      9 days ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad to hear it, Devika! Thanks for considering it.

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      Bill Holland 

      9 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Got it and loved it, John! thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      9 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Alyssa, I've got a lot of mountain shots if that will help you with the inspiration. Just give me a holler!

      Happy Weekend my friend!

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      Bill Holland 

      9 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Good deal, Audrey! We need your book published while we are both healthy and thinking clearly...me in particular. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      9 days ago from Olympia, WA

      No reason to email me the link, Sha. I wouldn't miss your HP notification.

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      Bill Holland 

      9 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I think it has more to do with our experiences, but what do I really know? It is interesting how one thing can awaken something within us...one specific thing...it's almost like we aren't really in control of our thought process. :)

      Happy Weekend my friend!

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      Paula 

      9 days ago from UpstateWestern,New York

      Finally getting over here! Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa, Mi Amigo (Yes, a combo of Latin& Spanish.....I'm feeling confused today!) I have bowed out of the competition & have a very acceptable reason (IMHO)......

      So much going on here in Paula's World. I am so eager to have this all behind me. Have my home for sale while simultaneously searching for what will be my "NEW" downsized place of residence. I will not bore you with the numerous details, here & now. But I definitely feel a Hub coming on, any day now. I haven't written anything in so long, I should hang my head in shame......but if I hang my head, I'll start walking into things! I have enough on my plate! Don't need a huge bump on the head!!!

      Just know I love you all and am visiting as often as possible. "HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY," MY SWEET BRO, TO YOU AND YOUR TRUE LOVE, BEV!! SIS

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      Devika Primić 

      9 days ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      HI Bill challenges are great to enlighten readers of new stories. I like your ideas and it is wort a try.

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      John Hansen 

      9 days ago from Queensland Australia

      OK Bill, mine is done. It's simply called The Tractor.

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      Alyssa 

      9 days ago from Ohio

      I love those first two photos! Your description of the cows was hilarious. I also had a laugh.. considering these are farm-esq photos, I told my husband, "I guess I should write about the mountains this time around." haha! Thank you for the inspiration! I'll see what I can come up with. :)

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      Audrey Hunt 

      9 days ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Oh, good! I was thinking along the same line. Okay, the book it is!

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      9 days ago from Central Florida

      Yes, I did both. I believe you commented on both. I didn't email you the link for the first. I just left a comment that I'd written a story.

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      Bill Holland 

      9 days ago from Olympia, WA

      This is the third, Sha? I remember you doing one. Did you do both of them and I missed one?

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      Ann Carr 

      9 days ago from SW England

      I've already got some ideas, bill, but you're way ahead of me; I've only done the first challenge! But then I suppose it doesn't really matter which order we do them in, does it? (Only just thought of that - bright or what? - and don't say 'what')

      Great photos that instantly clicked with me, if you'll pardon the pun. Strange how pictures sometimes evoke thoughts instantly and others not so much. Does that depend on our characters or our experience? Interesting question. I'm obviously having a rambling day; my brain is still fuzzy from lack of sleep. Ho, hum.

      Thanks for prodding our muses into action, bill.

      Ann

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      9 days ago from Central Florida

      I'll have to see what my muse comes up with, Bill. I was a little disappointed that my last story didn't get much attention. Guess I still have a lot of cobwebs to shake off.

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      Bill Holland 

      10 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, HP is too busy making money to do anything fun. But yes, I can see a scary tale coming from these photos.

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      Bill Holland 

      10 days ago from Olympia, WA

      I hope so, Meg! You did not disappoint the first time.

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      Bill Holland 

      10 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Bring it on, Eric, scars and all!

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      Bill Holland 

      10 days ago from Olympia, WA

      You are a busy lady,MizB but if you do take part I will love it.

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      Bill Holland 

      10 days ago from Olympia, WA

      I hope you do, Audrey, but I want that book of yours to take priority.

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      Bill Holland 

      10 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Good luck on your project, Peggy,and thanks always for your support of my site.

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      Bill Holland 

      10 days ago from Olympia, WA

      That was fast, Nikki! I'm looking forward to it.

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      Bill Holland 

      10 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Susan for taking part...I am humbled by your offering.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      10 days ago from USA

      I bet someone comes up with a scary story. HP should definitely use this idea as a contest.

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      DreamerMeg 

      10 days ago from Northern Ireland

      Hmm, some of those buildings remind me of something from long ago. Have to see whether the muse strikes two weeks in a row.

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      Eric Dierker 

      10 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Uh oh, I have a half baked 1/4 true story coming on. And I have some scars to prove 1/8.

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      10 days ago from Beautiful South

      Sheesh, Bill, so far I haven't been able to come up with your challenge no. 1 and 2, but this one reminds me of a true story of a precocious 10-year-old (me) on grandpa's farm. The only thing we didn't have on that farm was an abandoned house. Maybe I can get time to write it up.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      10 days ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Great, motivating photos to give our muse unstoppable ideas. I may jump on the bandwagon myself!

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      Peggy Woods 

      10 days ago from Houston, Texas

      This collection of photos will surely inspire some good stories. I am so busy moving articles from my website over to HubPages, that it will be some time before I can participate in one of your photos challenges, but I enjoy reading what others create.

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      Nikki Khan 

      10 days ago from London

      Yes, have thought mine, already. Would hit the click shortly.

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      Bill Holland 

      10 days ago from Olympia, WA

      I hope everyone has fun with them, Pamela. Thanks for being here.

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      Bill Holland 

      10 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Liz! So do I!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      10 days ago from Sunny Florida

      These photos will probably result in some very good stories or poems. I don't know if I will write as some of the stories I have read from others are so outstanding. I looke forward to reading the results this challenge.

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      Liz Westwood 

      10 days ago from UK

      I look forward to reading the stories based on these interesting pictures.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      10 days ago from Ontario, Canada

      I'm still working on another story I started for one of your challenges. Having a hard time making it to 1000 words.

      These pictures above look like they'd be great for a short story.

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      Bill Holland 

      10 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Glad you liked them, John! This should be a snap for you, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      10 days ago from Olympia, WA

      I hope you give it a try, Nikki! Thanks for taking a look and for the encouragement.

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      John Hansen 

      10 days ago from Queensland Australia

      I like this weeks photos, Bill. Old buildings etc have so much character and could tell so many stories if they could speak. The tractor and cattle are a nice touch to add extra inspiration too. I’ll think on this one. Cheers.

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      Nikki Khan 

      10 days ago from London

      You got all to work again, Bill. Brilliant. Keep huming the muse to get the flow moving. Thanks for your motivation, my friend.

      Blessings as always!

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