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Billybuc's Photo Challenge/Prompt: Installment #2

Updated on January 29, 2020

From Time to Time

I’ll be posting these from time to time, whenever I find myself with a few spare minutes.

There really are no rules. This is not a contest. This is simply a series of five photos which hopefully will serve as prompts for all of you who love to write fiction.

The guidelines are simple:

  • Use the photos in the order you see them
  • Or don’t
  • Use all five photos in your story
  • Or don’t
  • Your story should be a minimum of 1,000 words
  • Or not
  • Publish your story on HP
  • Or don’t
  • Email your story to me so I can be dazzled
  • Or don’t

See how easy that is!

Seriously, there are no rules and no obligations. This prompt is just to play around with. If it kickstarts your muse into action, fantastic! If your muse doesn’t need to be kicked, that’s fantastic as well.

Have fun!

2020 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

The Photos

So here are the visual prompts for this week

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    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      10 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Found it!

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      Chris Mills 

      11 days ago from Green Bay, Wisconsin...for now

      I'll repost it now.

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      John Hansen 

      11 days ago from Queensland Australia

      That explains why I can’t find it Chris. Let us know if it is back up.

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      Chris Mills 

      11 days ago from Green Bay, Wisconsin...for now

      I took it down, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 

      11 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Chris! I keep clicking on it and it says it doesn't exist. I'll try later in the day and maybe the problems will be fixed by then.

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      Chris Mills 

      12 days ago from Green Bay, Wisconsin...for now

      Well, Bill, you've already posted installment #3 of your challenges and I just posted my response to installment #2. You can find it at https://letterpile.com/serializations/A-Knight-in-... I'll send it to you in email as well. Thanks for the challenge, Bill. I really struggled with this one until I deleted my first efforts and just began writing from my heart. It made a big difference. I just hope the ending makes sense. hahaha.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Read it and loved it, Susan! Thank you!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      2 weeks ago from Ontario, Canada

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      No rush, Chris! Just set it aside and finish it when it comes to you.

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      Chris Mills 

      2 weeks ago from Green Bay, Wisconsin...for now

      I'm working on a story for this challenge, Bill, but it has been a difficult one to pull together. My question in the mailbag was concerning this story. So if it comes together, I'll post it. Otherwise, it's another one in the recycle bin. The photos are great but my convoluted plot needs help.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I did enjoy it, Nikki! Thanks so much for taking part in the challenge.

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      Nikki Khan 

      3 weeks ago from London

      Hello, Bill.

      I just posted my response to your story chellenge.

      Gems Of Time - Flash Fiction.

      I had much fun writing this story. I hope you would have the same reading it.

      Blessings to you and Bev!

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      Bill Holland 

      3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Alyssa! Have fun with them.

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      Alyssa 

      3 weeks ago from Ohio

      I don't know why I didn't see this a few days ago.. but here I am now! These pictures are stunning! I had a good laugh at your guidelines. :) Thank you for this second installment.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      A wonderful response to the challenge, Meg! Well done!

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      DreamerMeg 

      3 weeks ago from Northern Ireland

      Hi Bill, I always enjoy your articles. I haven't done your challenges before but this one sort of called to me. It's only just published, so is undergoing quality assessment. It's at https://hubpages.com/literature/The-Last-Farewell

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      Bill Holland 

      3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Carol! I do hope you return to HP. We can use all of the quality writers we can get.

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      carol stanley 

      3 weeks ago from Arizona

      Great article Bill. I am thinking about writing again for HubPages...It has been a while. Hope you are doing great

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Flourish!

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks a bunch, Brenda, and congratulations on your Hubbie as well.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you David....three of them are and two are from Yellowstone.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      You are more than welcome, Donna!

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Liz! I retired and then I kept right on working. lol

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      Bill Holland 

      3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Peg! I appreciate it very much.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 weeks ago from USA

      Congratulations on your Hubbie Award!

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      BRENDA ARLEDGE 

      3 weeks ago from Washington Court House

      Congratulations on All Around Hubber!

      These pictures are quite lovely...can't wait to read the stories they inspire.

      The last ones were quite good.

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      David B Katague 

      3 weeks ago

      Beautiful Photos! Are these photos around Tacoma?

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      Cygnet Brown 

      3 weeks ago from Springfield, Missouri

      I love the photos! Almost makes me want to go west!

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      Liz Westwood 

      3 weeks ago from UK

      Great collection of photos. I need to retire to have time to take part. But I look forward to reading the responses.

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      Peg Cole 

      3 weeks ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      Nice photos, Bill. Great idea to stimulate writers. Best of luck on this challenge and congratulations on your Hubbie Award.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Bushra! I appreciate that very much.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I was hoping the sequence would help, Ann. I'll be interested to see if you saw what I meant for you to see. Good luck my friend, and we can do without the thunder,thank you very much!

      Wishing for you a brilliantly clear and sunny and warm Thursday!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 

      3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I was just being silly,Vekatachari M. The challenge is not really a challenge at all, but more of a prompt. If it gives you inspiration, fantastic. Otherwise, simply enjoy the pictures and move on with your life. :) And thank you for your well-wishes.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I probably should, right? Thanks Flourish! I'll do that on the next challenge.....

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      Bill Holland 

      3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks a bunch, Linda, and congrats on your Hubbie Award!

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      Bill Holland 

      3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I look forward to them, Peggy! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      No, Lori,that's the lodge at Paradise on Mt.Rainier

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      Bill Holland 

      3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      No pressure at all,Manatita! Go with the flow, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks John! Two of my favorite photos in that group. Have fun!

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      Bill Holland 

      3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much for everything, Denise!

      Blessings and gratitude

      bill

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      Bill Holland 

      3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Sweet! Looking forward to it, Linda!

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      Bushra Iqbal 

      3 weeks ago from Rabwah, Pakistan

      @Bill Holland: Congratulations on winning Best All-Round Hubber!

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      Ann Carr 

      3 weeks ago from SW England

      Hang on, bill! I haven't done the other one yet!

      Ok, ok, I'll get moving. I know now that I can't afford the luxury of time. Discipline is the key.

      Beautiful photos and just looking at the sequence itself has given my muse a nudge. This might be easier than the first one but I'll do them in order nonetheless.

      Hope your Thursday is thunderous (not literally!)!

      Ann

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      Venkatachari M 

      3 weeks ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thanks, Bill, for coming up with the 2nd installment of Photo Challenge. I am amused by those rules as well as confused.

      Do you mean "Don't Participate" or "Don't use" by those options of "or don't"? Please clarify the ambiguity.

      The photos are beautiful and appealing to the muse.

      By the way, Congrats for your Hubbie Award "All Around Hubber". That was what I wanted. Very happy to see that.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 weeks ago from USA

      Beautiful photos, Bill. You should tell us a little about what they are.

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      Linda Crampton 

      3 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I loved the responses to your last challenge that I read. I expect I'll enjoy the responses to this one, too. I'm looking forward to reading them.

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      Peggy Woods 

      4 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      Beautiful photos, Bill. I am sure that some interesting stories will be spun using them as prompts.

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      Lori Colbo 

      4 weeks ago from Pacific Northwest

      Is the first photo a barn?

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      manatita44 

      4 weeks ago from london

      Nice one Bill. I like your style too. No pressure. An 'easy does it' kind of thing

      Cool!

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Bill, those pictures are so beautiful they stand on their own and don’t need words lol. I’ll hand it over to my muse though and see if anything transpires. No rules are good rules. Cheers.

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      Denise McGill 

      4 weeks ago from Fresno CA

      I'm dazzled by the rules and mightily amused. But then, I'm an artist. We thrive on breaking the rules. I'm loving your memoir so far... so authentic and real.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Linda Lum 

      4 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      Mr. Carb is working on one as we speak.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Me too, Linda! Thanks for dropping by. Have you seen any arks yet? lol

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      Linda Lum 

      4 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, I won't be writing, but I look forward to the creative stories that will result.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I hope you do, Nikki, and I hope you have fun with it. Blessings to you as well, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      That's me, Verlie, Mr. Show-off! lol Have fun, Oh Talented One!

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      Bill Holland 

      4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I look forward to your creative work, Devika. Thanks for taking part in my little exercise.

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      Nikki Khan 

      4 weeks ago from London

      I would take up this challenge, Bill. This looks like an excited ride over the top. Thanks for adding up some spices here on HP.

      Blessings to you always!

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      4 weeks ago from Canada

      Hey Bill, gorgeous photos! Now you are just showing off on the pretext of jump starting our muses. I love the rules.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 weeks ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Sounds awesome! I will think of a story lovely photos and requires a great imagination.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Glad you liked the photos and the end the "rules," Pamela. I hope you give it a try.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      You too A B

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      4 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      I love the rules and haven't decided to write a story yet. The scenery in the pictures is beautiful. Have a good day, Bill.

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      A B Williams 

      4 weeks ago from Central Florida

      Bill, thanks for the "prompt"!

      Have a great day!

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      Bill Holland 

      4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      My kind of rules, Sha! Pretty easy to follow. lol Have fun! I'll have another one for you in a week or so.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      AB, you brought a smile to my face.Thanks for dropping by with your "poem on the fly." Well done!

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 weeks ago from Central Florida

      Thanks, Bill. My muse and I will ponder these shots to see what we come up with.

      Love the rules, by the way!

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      A B Williams 

      4 weeks ago from Central Florida

      The majestic perfection of fresh fallen snow

      Excites my spirit, as does the ocean, the forest, the mighty river's flow

      There's so much to be grateful for, when one takes the time to look around

      Travel isn't required, for it's the little things around us, where contentment is found

      Whether we take the time to look for it, ah, now that says a lot

      In whether we catch a blessing or whether we will not

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