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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment 139

Updated on February 27, 2017

I Read a Poem

Yes, I know, shock, right? But seriously, I do read poetry. I just can’t write it!

Anyway, I read a poem yesterday, and it was beautiful, and after reading it I was calmer than I had been in hours (national politics has my blood pressure rising) and I thought what a magnificent gift we writers give to the world each and every time we sit down and create.

I believe, and it’s just me saying this, of course, that this is a very important time to be a writer. The world needs us now. There is so much angst and anger around us…serious suffering…serious fear…serious hate….and writers capture it all, internalize it, put it into words, and share it all.

We are storytellers, we are chroniclers, and we are important.

Never forget it!

Let’s find out what others are thinking this fine Monday.

Welcome to the Mail Room
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Coloring Book

From Sally: “I am curious about the colouring book. Are the images drawings or photos converted using software and made into pages which one can colour? Happy Monday Billy, hope the sun comes out for you this week. Like me, I guess you could be getting fed up with the colour grey.”

Sally is referring to a coloring book I’m making with “urban farming” as the theme. I plan on selling it at farmers markets this summer. Anyway, Sally, there are several programs which allow you to take a photograph and convert that photograph to a sketch. Photoshop is one such program, but I’m using GIMP. It works well and is reasonably easy to do, provided the photograph is high-quality. It takes a great deal of practice using different photos, to get the desired effect, but it’s worth it when you finish.

WHAT COUNTS AS A VIEW?

From MizB: “Hey, what about those of use who open a hub start,, reading and then get busy and leave it open for a couple of hours before coming back and finishing it. Do you know if that affects scores. Use this in your next mailbag if you wish. Thanks, and have a good rest of the week, my friend.”

MizB, I asked this question of Christy Kirwan, the Marketing guru at HP, and this is what she told me:

“Hi there, Bill! Good to hear from you.

“Any time someone lands on one of your articles it's considered a view. Views are different from impressions; impressions are any time someone sees your ads. Since some readers will use ad blocking software and some leave before the ads finish loading, you will always have slightly more views than impressions. Also, be aware that your own views are counted, so every time you land on one of your own articles, you will have a new view in your stats.”

MizB, you now know what I know. Hope it helps, and thanks to Christy for her assistance.

Reading this again, a day later, I noticed, MizB, that you asked about scores and not views. Scores are a whole different animal, and I doubt anyone associated with HP could succinctly explain what makes up a hub score or a hubber score. LOL Sorry I didn’t read the question more closely. I’m hovering at 85 right now for a hubber score. I have no idea what that means and I don’t plan on finding out. A little mystery in life is juicy.

Do you have a higher purpose as a writer?
Do you have a higher purpose as a writer? | Source

When to Do Add-ons in a Book

From Linda: “Bill - You are an old hand at writing books-- but this is all new territory for me, so I am unsure if what I am experiencing is "normal" behavior. I'm plugging away, type, type, type. (As I send you this note I have almost 21,000 words). But dang if I don't find myself going backwards, checking or rechecking something I've written--tweaking it here and there. Do you go through that, or do you plow through and write until it's done and THEN go back and edit and fiddle? I'm afraid my husband will divorce me on the grounds of desertion.”

Well, Linda, we sure don’t want you divorced over this writing thing, do we?

I’ve said this before but it’s worth repeating: I never go backwards during the first draft of a book. I think, and this is just my opinion, that it ruins the flow and hampers the creativity if you are always stopping to go back and make revisions.

Instead, I write the entire first draft without once going backwards. I don’t do any editing, I don’t add-on, and I don’t revise. I save all that stuff for the second and third drafts. That way I get the basic book written and I know the flow has been unimpeded.

That’s how I do it and I’m sticking with it!

Of course, there are other writers, very good writers, who edit as they go, and they sell more books than me, and that makes what I just said null and void. LOL

Isn’t the Mailbag fun? I can say anything I want to say and it is all meaningless gooble-gobble.

A HIGHER PURPOSE

From Tom: “What, in your opinion, is the value of writing?

Sheez, Tom, why don’t you ask a tough one? LOL Seriously, how much time do you have?

For me, and this is just me, the answer was stated earlier.

We are storytellers. We come from a long line of storytellers. Civilization has always turned to storytellers to entertain and inform. It’s been that way for thousands of years and I suspect it continue for another thousand or so.

Back in the B.C. days, people sat around fires and told stories, and those stories entertained and informed. Some stories were carved on the walls of caves. Some were sent into the sky in the form of smoke. Some were painted on papyrus. And now they are tapped on a computer screen.

We are storytellers. We are an integral part of humanity and the history of humanity. Some politicians and school boards may not value what we do, but we are invaluable to the advancement of civilization.

How was that, Tom?

I had no "middle" for any of these when I started them
I had no "middle" for any of these when I started them | Source

Where the Hell Is the Middle of This Story?

From Zulma: “Really?! Me, too. I get a well-developed intro and, sometimes, I already know how it's going to end. It's the stuff in between that's a little hazy. You should throw that out there via the mailbag and see if this is a common thing. I wonder how many out there do the same thing but are too embarrassed to say so thinking they should have the story in place before they start writing.”

This statement by Zulma came about as a result of me telling her I’m fantastic with opening chapters, but then I struggle with what comes next. I’ve always been like that. You can give me a topic, or a prompt, and I can write one hell of an introduction . . . and then I lose momentum and don’t know where the hell I’m going with it.

Luckily, for me, I usually find my way out of the maze if I just keep writing.

How about the rest of you? Do you have a clear picture of the entire book before you begin, or does it develop “in the process” of writing?

I’M ALL DONE; HOW ABOUT YOU?

I think I’ll read another poem right now, and then I’ll work on my next story. I’ve got some yard work to do, and some errands to run, but my muse is calling me, and writers don’t ignore their muses.

We are writers.

We are storytellers.

That’s what we do and thank the gods we do it.

2017 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Janine Huldie 3 weeks ago from New York, New York

      Bill, loved your advice for this current world we are living in. I don't always read poetry either, but when I do I know I do quite enjoy the way it makes me feels. So thanks for the reminder that it is still indeed worth reading poems, especially now more than ever. Happy Monday now and wishing you a wonderful week ahead!! :)

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      Bill Holland 3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Now more than ever for sure, Janine! This world...this country...needs writers.

      Thank you and Happy Monday dear friend.

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      Nancy Mitchell 3 weeks ago from Bend, OR

      Given our current state of affairs, I think we should all start reading poetry. I read a lot when I was an English major in college but haven't for decades. But what better way to slow down, reflect, and appreciate words as a thing of beauty? Too many people these days use written words to spread hate and lies. I support the poetry idea, Bill, and I'm giving you full credit.

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      Bill Holland 3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Aw, thanks, LetsTalk....I agree, it is time to slow down, reflect, and appreciate words as beautiful things...thank you for those thoughts, and I hope you have a day filled with peace and love.

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      Duane Townsend 3 weeks ago from Detroit

      Excellent!

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      Heidi Thorne 3 weeks ago from Chicago Area

      G'morning! And it's still Monday morning!

      Re: Coloring Books. Glad to know about GIMP. Will check it out. I'm currently using Pixlr for photo manipulation and it's good substitute for my previous Photoshop software.

      Re: Poetry. You and I are in the same boat! I'm awed by the poetry I read. Sometimes confused. Currently, I can only write it with prompts and such. One day... one day. So to get myself acclimated to this out-of-my-norm genre, I get the poem of the day emails from the Poetry Foundation which is here in Chicago. It's free and sends a wide variety of examples.

      Back to somewhat normal weather here in Chi-town. Hope all is good in your world. Have a great week ahead!

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      Kristen Howe 3 weeks ago from Northeast Ohio

      Bill, great mailbag hug as always. I used to write poetry a long time ago and haven't done it in a decade. One of these days, this spring, I'll ask a question or two for a mailbag segment. Great insightful hub, my friend.

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      Denise McGill 3 weeks ago from Fresno CA

      Hey Bill,

      A great Monday morning to you. I loved all your advice this morning. I think the same way about artists and painters. It is our job to give a different point of view and hopefully a happier one, to a bleak and downcast world. Keep up the good work.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Bill Holland 3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Denise, and you do the same. I have great faith in the Arts during tough times. We will all find our way out of this turmoil.

      blessings always

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      Bill Holland 3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Aw, thanks Kristen! I look forward to that question. In the meantime, keep writing. That's what we do!

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      Bill Holland 3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, thanks for the recommendation about the Poetry Foundation. I think I'll sign up. A little daily poetry certainly won't hurt me, will it? :)

      Happy Monday my friend!

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      Bill Holland 3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Duane! Much-appreciated!

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      Venkatachari M 3 weeks ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very nice advice provided by you as always to the questions in this mailbag.

      I love poetry and read most of our hubs on poetry. You elevated the position of our writing profession which is a great gift for many writers. I watch some TV serials in my language and wonder at those dialogues writer who writes such beautifully appealing words.

      Regarding that question from MizB, I am also of the same category. I read a part of the article, then leaving it, go into the kitchen to do some work and come again to complete it. Just now, I had to attend to the dining table clearing after my son completed his dinner (it is 10:30 pm). At times, to prepare tea at 3:30 pm, the same thing happens. So, the page keeps open for 10 to 30 minutes depending on the work.

      Your coloring book seems a very nice project. Wish you all the best.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 weeks ago from Norfolk

      Thanks for answering my question about the colouring book this week Billy. I might check out GIMP. I downloaded something last year which I think was called Skeetch which was free software and I experimented with a few of my own images using it but as you say finding the right image is key to one's success. I guess having a theme for the colouring book might add interest, perhaps a colouring book using one politician we all know who has a bad hairdo and a few swear words would cut it!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      What you say about the value of writing and writers is really encouraging. Viola Davis' acceptance speech at the Oscars did the same thing. She mentioned writers exhuming dead bodies and telling their untold stories as was done in her movie Fences. Sure, writers can impact life in various beautiful ways.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      I am tickled pink that you loved reading a poem and it gave you a good feeling. That's what poetry does for me......

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      Bill Holland 3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Well I feel good about that, Ruby. Any old time I can be in the same boat with you, I know I'm travelling in good company. Thank you always.

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      Bill Holland 3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I saw that acceptance speech, Dora, and I was moved by it. It was beautiful for sure.

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      Bill Holland 3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes, Sally, try out GIMP and play around with it....it's easy to do. A comic book about Trump? LOL I'm sure there are quite a few out there already working on that very thing.

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      Bill Holland 3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for your kind word, Venkatachari M, and for your thoughts. We all share together here and hopefully we all learn from each other.

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      William Kovacic 3 weeks ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Another great week for the mailbag, Bill. I thought Zulma's question was especially interesting. I'm working on something right now that began with two opening chapters and an ending - nothing in between, just writing by the seat of my pants, as it were. It's been kind of fun approaching it that way, and I'm up to chapter 17. I don't think I'd want to do it that way all the time, though. Thanks for another great week of information.

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      Melissa Propp 3 weeks ago from Minnesota

      Happy Monday Bill! Crazy busy day and I'm always so glad to take a break and read the mailbag. It's the only mail worth getting!

      Hope you have a fantastic and inspiring week!

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      mckbirdbks 3 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      There once was a politician

      named Trump

      What a royal

      pain in the....

      I just can't finish

      Happy mailbag # 139

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      Bill Holland 3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I don't think you need to finish, Mike. It's more fun if we all make up our own ending. :) Thanks buddy!

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      Bill Holland 3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Melissa, for the kind words. Wishing you a fantastic week of warmer weather.

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      Bill Holland 3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      That's my preferred style of writing, Bill, and I'm sticking to it.

      Thanks for sharing. Have a fabulous week!

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      manatita44 3 weeks ago from london

      I write with a sense of what I want to do and I also see a hazy goal. Other than that I just write. It has always come easily.

      Your answer to Tom is cool. Let me add that there are those who say they write for therapy; healing ... they put their lives on paper, even the dark side and claim to get relief from letting it all go. Valid for them.

      I always say that I write to serve; to elevate; to inspire; to reach the Heart ... but I'm also a story-teller, as well as a creative writer. Just don't do them so much now. My 400th Hub is one of my finest and there I'm telling a story of Love.

      139! Nearly 150 Bro. I bet you did not see this. Aren't you proud that you cannot see the future?

      This current stuff affects us all. I spent some time this evening consoling an American friend of mine, hugs and all, because someone had said something to him which was not so easy to pass by. You and I, Bro, let us pray for the Light. Ask them to read my Hub A Glimpse Into Sri Chinmoy's Vision of America (chuckle) At least it's all positive stuff. Glory be!

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      Bill De Giulio 3 weeks ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. Another great mailbag this week. I learned a few new things this week, which is always good. The view versus impression seems to confuse a lot of people and I think Christy did a great job of explaining it. I did not know that when we visit our own articles that it counts in our stats. Have a great week.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 weeks ago from USA

      The information on views versus impressions was helpful. As for poetry, I like it, but there's not enough poetry in the world to make me feel better about the road we've taken with this last election. Gonna go put on my uterus hat and take a long nap. Sleeping is the only thing that makes the pain of what's happening in the world go away. (Just kidding. I don't have a uterus hat, but I do have a nasty woman tshirt.)

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      John Hansen 3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Bill. Thanks for giving poetry a plug in this mailbag. I know all poets appreciate it when their work is appreciated as too often it is treated as a lesser form of writing. I am longing to write a piece of flash fiction or a short story but everytime I put pen to paper lately a poem flows out. I have managed to incorporate a story into my poetry recently however through the "Keto" series for instance so maybe that counts. Good to know the difference between views and impressions too.

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      Mary Norton 3 weeks ago from Ontario, Canada

      139 and still going. I am sure that many of us have learned some valuable lessons from these 139. Personally, I have disciplined myself to a writing schedule and just write. I go off many times within my writing and outside as well doing other things but I have become more productive. I also have more confidence now to call myself a writer. I suppose herein lies the value of writing. You never know how much you bring to someone's life in inspiration, advice, or fun and enjoyment.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 weeks ago from Riga, Latvia

      Always starting my week off right with your mailbag. Managed to catch it at the beginning of this week. This is nostalgia week for me with my B-day and all. Hope your week is great and inspirational. Oh, yes How does one keep from boring repetition when writing about something that has occurred in their lives? For instance I write about a certain period in my life and then I come up with another post but I feel it is necessary to remind others of what I wrote about previously.

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      Eric Dierker 3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I do find that no matter what if I read the mailbag every week, I learn something. Maybe that is all I learn all week. Over the past few years I have grown fond of our poets around here so now I read poetry. That calming me down thing is no joke at all.

      Bill, here is a question of vital import. Just how high do you let the garden weeds grow in your garden?

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      Brian Leekley 3 weeks ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      How about a Gimp coloring book graphic short story or novella or novel?

      I, too, freewrite first drafts, usually in ballpoint pen longhand, usually in a continuous line spiral, which helps ideas flow. Sometimes I have the structure of the entire work in my head and sometimes I work from a log-line, a mind-map, and/or rough notes or prose sketches. While writing the first draft, with the goal of getting to the end quick as I can, if I'm stuck on something, I'll just make a note—choose murder weapon and choreograph murder—and move on. Hemingway, on the other hand, supposedly each day wrote a little, edited and polished that, wrote a little more, .... Either way, the hard parts for me are a) getting a work started, b) getting a final draft finished, and c) getting it right.

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      Bill Holland 3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, I've seen quite a few GIMP graphic novels and they turn out quite well. If you are artistic then the whole process of formatting becomes much easier. As for Hemingway, I'm glad that worked for him. As for me...no way could I do what he did...in so many ways. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...I'll answer that question here....I leave garden weeds unless they are too close to the veggies...then I declare war. LOL

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      Bill Holland 3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Great question, Rasma, one I've tackled a time or two. I'll answer it next week. Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Aesta, your last statement is profound...we bring inspiration, advice, fun, and enjoyment into lives...that means we have great value.

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      Bill Holland 3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      John, I may not write it, but I do admire poetry, and poets...keep up the good work, my talented friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, that made me laugh. No, there isn't enough poetry. Maybe it's enough that poetry can soothe us momentarily so that we aren't agitated 24/7.

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      Bill Holland 3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I didn't know it either, Bill, so yes, Christy was a big help. Thanks for always being here, buddy, and good luck with those storms.

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      Buildreps 3 weeks ago from Europe

      Interesting to read your mailbag again, Bill. You're a very reliable mail man, that's for sure! Better leave politics to the cheaters, liars, morons, and salesguys with false hairpieces. Wish you a great week!

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      Bill Holland 3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL..Buidreps, I'll be laughing the rest of the day about your comment. Very true my friend. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      All true words, Manatita! Darkness wherever we look and yet we have the ability to shed light on everyone if we choose.

      Love always

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      Nell Rose 3 weeks ago from England

      I always love your mailbag questions and answers. specially when they answer something I keep meaning to ask but never get to! lol! great stuff!

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      Bill Holland 3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate that, Nell! Every once in awhile I get lucky and answer the question correctly. LOL

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      Honey Halley 3 weeks ago from Illinois

      Yes, we are storytellers and chroniclers and so much more. It was fun for me to read the questions people ask you and your advise, in my opinion, was spot on! I keep looking at your chair in the picture with no cushion and I keep thinking doesn't that make your butt hurt and your back. LOL.

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      Bill Holland 3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Honey, thank you, and you are too funny! I've got a hard butt. What can I tell ya? LOL

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      Nithya Venkat 3 weeks ago from Dubai

      Writers are important, and they make a difference in this world. Now I know what a view and what an impression means. Another great installment of questions and answers, thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Vellur! I'm glad someone asked that question because I didn't know the answer until I reached out to Christy at HP. Now we all know.

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      Honey Halley 3 weeks ago from Illinois

      So now this has me wondering, "Does it count (show up as a view) if we click on one of our own hubs under our section where we edit hubs? It doesn't appear to me that that way adds to the total views but the above answer has me confused. I'm thinking maybe it only shows up as a view if you go into it through your profile page or of course google it and click on it that way.

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      Linda Crampton 3 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love poetry and was happy to see it mentioned in this edition of the mailbag. Thanks for sharing all the other information in this article, too.

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      Bill Holland 3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      It is totally my pleasure, Alicia...thank you Linda! :)

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      Bill Holland 3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Your thinking is right on, Honey...editing does nothing to view counts....I'll probably add this to the Mailbag just in case others are confused by the same thing...thank you!

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      Honey Halley 3 weeks ago from Illinois

      Thank you Billy...I just finished Chapter 2 of Mary Had a Little Lamb...Really good work...love the added mystery of how she got where she got... :)

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      Bill Holland 3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Aw thanks, Honey. Much-appreciated. I love me a mystery. LOL

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      Ann Carr 3 weeks ago from SW England

      We all need that reminder, from time to time, that we are storytellers and chroniclers, that our input and slant on topical and historical events is important. It's easy to forget - but not when you're around!

      Love the mailbag more than ever. Here's to it going on for ever and more power to your elbow, bill!

      Just back from the funeral which was as good as they can be. Rather tense and full-on few days but we're back to our usual pace now. The plus was that we saw many good friends, all looking after the bereaved family, and that reminds you how good the world can be even amongst sorrow.

      Ann :)

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      Bill Holland 3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      It is a good reminder, Ann, as well as a reminder of how precious our own lives are....carpe diem, my friend. I'm sorry for your loss but, selfishly, glad you are one of the survivors.

      Have a torrential downpour of creativity this Thursday, Ann!

      bill

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      Ann Carr 3 weeks ago from SW England

      Thanks bill, for the lovely comment.

      However, I won't be creating this evening - early bed for a totally exhausted girl. The journey back along the motorways is not my favourite and 3 hours of driving was covered in one go to get it over with! The torrential downpour will be welcomed tomorrow.

      Home at last!

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Welcome home, my friend. Rest up! You deserve relaxation after the day you've had.

      bill

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      Ann Carr 3 weeks ago from SW England

      Thanks, bill. You are kindness personified.

      Have a fiction-frenzied Friday!

      Ann :)

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      Dennis L. Page 3 weeks ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      As always, you have given your loyal followers a plethora of information. You have an uncanny ability to inspire people to get busy and write. Although I haven't published anything on HubPages in a very long time, I do write in other venues I have found more flexible and forgiving...if you know what I mean. Oh, and when it comes to poetry I too am no poet. I must confess to my inability to comprehend many themes in poetry. Gee, does that mean I'm lacking a creative gene? In any event, thank you again for sharing your words of wisdom with us.

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      Bill Holland 3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Dennis, thank you so much. I follow you religiously on Facebook. And regarding poetry, if not being able to write poetry means no creativity then I am dead in the water. LOL

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      Bill Holland 3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Love it, Ann! I don't know if I can match that one....have a fabulously frenetic Friday...no, not as good as yours. :)

      bill

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      Ann Carr 3 weeks ago from SW England

      It is getting more difficult to come up with original ones! LOL

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      And yet you continue to do it, Ann! :)

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      Mary Wickison 3 weeks ago from Brazil

      Well, I'm late arriving at this party.

      I was interested to read what you said about being storytellers and informers.

      If that is the case, then here is a question for a future mailbag. Is a journalist merely an informer or a storyteller? A journalist, as most people believe, report the facts of an event, but there are always two sides to a story. Do you think the role of the journalist has lost credibility and where do you see journalism heading?

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      Bill Holland 2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, that is a very pertinent question for today's world...thank you for it and I'll have the answer next Monday. Have a great week!

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      MizBejabbers 2 weeks ago

      Dear Friend Bill, I finally got around to reading last week's mailbag. Thanks for including my question. I don't think it was the reader, I think it was the writer of the question who misunderstood what she was talking about. LOL I thought I had remembered something from when I first joined that said something about not crediting when a person opened a hub and then moved on without having enough time to read it. Thanks for putting that straight.

      About the storyteller in us. Of the tribes and clans that kept oral histories, I wonder how many got changed in the retelling down through the ages. Today we have documentation and "fake" stories, but our histories still get changed depending on the viewpoints of the people telling them. gotta run, work is calling. BTW, I've really been editing some creative writing these last couple of months in my job as a legal editor. It can get challenging.

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      Bill Holland 2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, you crack me up. I love it, editing some creative writing as a legal editor. LOL As for the storytellers, I suspect most history is altered a bit, don't you? I love my fellow man, but I have little faith in him as an accurate recorder of events. :)

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      MizBejabbers 2 weeks ago

      Still on subject, Bill, I saw on TV this morning where some legislator introduced a bill to keep textbooks by a certain writer of history textbooks (I forget his name) out of the state's schools because they included the perspectives of women and minorities. In other words our kids can read only the white male viewpoint of our history.

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      Bill Holland 2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Just when I thought there was hope for this country, MizB, you tell me something like that. What's next, burning books again? Sheez!

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      Martie Coetser 2 weeks ago from South Africa

      Very interesting questions and answers in this week's mailbag!

      "There is so much angst and anger around us…serious suffering…serious fear…serious hate…" Indeed! But I bet that only a few of those who are guilty take the time to read anything. They seem to be driven by their emotions and personal convictions. Lacking knowledge, insight and vision is clearly their problem - and they don't even know it, because they don't read!

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      Bill Holland 2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Martie, that seems to sum it up pretty well. Thank you for stopping by...keep the faith, my friend. The light shall prevail. Hopefully in our lifetime.

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      Lawrence Hebb 2 days ago

      Not sure why I couldn't post yesterday, when I first read the hub, but at least it gave me the chance to read it again.

      For me, Linda and Zulma's questions are linked.

      I get small 'snippets' in my day, where I can write a couple of sentences. I do that, but then I might spend the next hour thinking through whether what I just wrote and whether it works or not. I suppose that's 'editing' but if I don't do it the likely I'll forget about the point and stuff gets left in that shouldn't be there.

      I still need to do editing on the second and third draft, but that's more of fixing errors I've spotted since and making sure the story runs smoothly.

      As you said though, we've each got ways of doing things that work for us.

      Blessings

      Lawrence

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      Bill Holland 38 hours ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Lawrence. I always find it interesting to hear how other writers go about their craft. I appreciate you sharing your method with us.

      blessings and Happy Weekend to you!

      bill

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