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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment 189

Updated on February 12, 2018

Not Enough Time for Creative Writing

Not whining, just stating a fact.

I’m so busy with client work, and with getting ready for the farmers markets, that my creative writing has gone into hibernation for awhile. I don’t mind, really. I needed a break from killing people. LOL And even though I’m not actually writing creatively, my mind is writing each day, working out plots, working out character development . . . it never seems to go on break.

And I love it!

And I love the questions you friends always ask.

Let’s get to them.

The Mail Room!
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Does Marketing Ever End?

From Eric: “Now that you have a huge base of followers are you still "hitting the gym" of marketing here?”

I suppose, in a very real sense, every single time I post an article on HP, it can be considered “hitting the gym” in marketing, Eric. So yes, in that respect, I’m still hitting the weights. That’s really the extent of my marketing campaign right now. I’m too busy to spend more time on it. I’ll probably remain in hiatus until I publish my latest novel, but when that will be is anyone’s guess at this time.

Truthfully, I don’t do much marketing in the classic sense of the world. I form relationships and friendships with online people, and if they want to purchase one of my books that’s just a bonus, but I don’t like to beat friends over the head constantly with my own personal marketing campaign. I know, I know, you marketing whizzes out there are groaning right now, but I don’t write for fame or fortune. That was never my goal. I just write because I love to write. If someone buys one of my books then that’s a bonus.

How much marketing of this old man is too much?
How much marketing of this old man is too much?

Hp Ads

Also from Eric: “Bill just a straight up HP question. How do you keep the disgusting ads off your articles. In between my ending and comments are some real gross ones. You know photos of an awful condition to sell you the cure.”

Eric, I may be the absolute worst person to ask this question of. I belong to the Adsense Program but I don’t have a clue about the particulars and I really don’t care that much. However, my understanding is you really don’t have much say in which ads are placed on your articles. You can, of course opt out of the Adsense Program, in which case I think the ads will end, but that’s about your only option.

Having said that, I’m willing to bet some of the readers will have a better understanding of how this all works. I’ve only been with HP for six years, so how would you expect me to know? LOL

I did reach out to HP but haven’t heard back from them on that question.

ELLIPSES

From William: Hi, Bill. I have a question about ellipses. What is the correct way to write them? I've seen several ways. Is it, a...b? a ...b? a .... b? a . . . b? or a. . .b? I know they are subtle differences. You might have to look close. Thanks in advance.

Bill, ellipses are interesting in that there seems to be a conflict of interpretation about them, and I’m not sure anyone is correct in their interpretation.

For those wondering what the heck an ellipse is, it is a series of three dots which usually signal an omission of some sort. It can also signal a hesitation or a pregnant pause in thought before continuing.

In researching this, I found that most opinions side with a space before and after each period . . . like what I just did . . . and interestingly enough, the Word spell check program recognizes that form as being correct. So if it’s good enough for Word, it’s good enough for this boy.

More Grammar

From Lois: “I learned typing many years ago, and the rule of thumb on spacing was one space after a comma, and two spaces after a period. The other day someone online chastised me for having two spaces after every period. He said it was common now, online, to only have one space after a period. Who is correct on this? Do you know?”

I’m laughing, Lois, and I’ll tell you why shortly.

The two-space practice was adopted way back when because typewriters are monosyllabic. Using a single space when on a typewriter just didn’t look correct . . . it was visually confusing . . . so the two-space practice began.

Type-setters, however, since the beginning of the type-set era (Guttenberg, anyone?) have followed the single-space rule.

My thoughts: Tell your friend to get a life! I actually know people like your friend who have nothing better to do with their time than correct people for using an extra space in a manuscript. They drive me crazy! There are more important things in life than the one-space rule. I suggest that your friend go out and try to find them.

Gee, I hope that didn’t sound too caustic!

Adding to my book collection
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Next Book?

From Doreen: “Bill, when are you going to publish your next book? I’m growing impatient (not really but I am eager).

Well gollllllllllllllly, Doreen, thanks for the ego-boost.

I have no clue. My creative writing is on hold. I’m 25,000 words into the next novel and the brakes have been applied. I’m just too busy with other stuff right now and honestly I just needed a break from writing novels. I love the new book I’m working on, but not enough to sit down and write the last fifty-thousand words.

If I had to guess, I’d say it will be done in the fall.

Sorry for the delay, but thank you for caring enough to ask about it.

How about I give you the opening couple of paragraphs from “The Magician’s Shadow” to quench your thirst?

It was the stark contrast that first got to Bill Putnam, Detective First Class, Olympia Police Department . . . bright pink pajamas with little dancing lambs, golden hair, ghostly white skin, all unnaturally bright under the July sun, a little girl named Mary Burnett, splayed out on a dark bed of tidal mud on Olympia’s waterfront. She’d been missing from her bedroom for twelve hours when an early-morning jogger spotted her. Ten hours earlier her frantic parents called the police, who responded immediately because, well, Mary was only four, and any missing four-year old is trouble.

Sea gulls rode the air currents above. A gentle breeze danced through Putnam’s hair. The sounds of traffic on State Avenue, two blocks away, a horn, a siren, someone shouting to get the hell out of the way, background noise for the stillness of death.

He was standing alongside Dawn Robie, Detective Grade Two, his partner in homicide, ten years on the force, someone he completely trusted. The M.E., Doc Meyster, was standing next to them. Dawn looked more like a schoolteacher, but Putnam would never tell her that. Long auburn hair, usually in a bun, wire-rim glasses, slight build, she was unassuming and possessed a gentle face, not beautiful but stunning in her imperfect way. Doc Meyster looked like a bear masquerading as a human with large, wild tufts of graying hair seemingly everywhere on his body.

“This just pisses me off, Bill,” she said, taking her eyes off the scene and watching a gawker drive by slowly. “Jesus Christ, Parker, block off this road,” she yelled at a uniform twenty feet from them. “It should have been done immediately!” She turned back to Putnam, studying his face. “What kind of sick world do we live in?”

She wasn’t expecting an answer.

Dawn tried another question.

“How the hell did he put her body out there? There are no footprints leading to her.”

She was correct. The mudflats of the estuary were exactly that, mud, and anyone foolish enough to walk on them would sink a good foot, maybe more, but Mary Burnett was at least forty feet from solid ground and nowhere leading to her was there a footprint. It was as though she had been gently placed there from above, airborne special delivery.

Again Putnam had no answer, and no answers would be forthcoming until they retrieved the young girl, if then.

AND THAT’S ALL FOLKS!

Who said that, Bugs Bunny? I think so, yes!

Anyway, that’s all we have this week. Thanks, as always, for the questions, for reading, and for your comments.

May your creative process never die!

2018 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Lawrence, I am in complete agreement, even about the marketing. Thanks for weighing in.

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      6 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      I never even knew the 'space rule' existed!!

      I'll just follow what the Guterborg did, after all, they've been getting it right for what, about 500 years!

      Some of just don't have the time for marketing, at least not much of it. I just do what I can when I can.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Aww, thanks Peg! I hope I get it finished this year. :) Moving slowly I'm afraid.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate the questions, Venkatachari M. I will have answers for you on Monday. Until then, enjoy your weekend, and thank you!

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      Peg Cole 

      7 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      Good answers to ellipses, two-space post sentence issues and marketing. I also loved the peek into "The Magician's Shadow." You already have me hooked on this mystery.

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      Venkatachari M 

      7 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      I have some questions (or doubts?).

      Does using keywords in the text of my book play any role in fetching audience to my books? This is apart from the keywords filled in the publishing form of Amazon KDP.

      Another doubt is how can I view my book cover in a paperback edition before it gets printed. The Preview option provides me only with the content of the book. Not the book cover.

      Your clarifications are requested. Thanks in advance.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I've used them for years but didn't know their name. LOL Thanks buddy!

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Charu, that is such a kind thing for you to say. Thank you very much.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      The Mailbag is always here for you, buddy! You are never late.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      7 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. Great mailbag. To be honest I didn’t know what ellipses were, so I learned something new today. Love the opening to your new book. Have a great week.

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      Charu Bhatnagar 

      7 months ago from India

      I always love reading Hubs written by you, all kinds. They are so engaging too, every word of your writing shows how good a writer you are. Even though I am not a regular on Hubpages because I could never learn how to earn or how to get more comments at least. But you will always be my favourite Hubber here.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      7 months ago from Shelton

      again, fulfilling and of course educational for new authors and older ones as well... I;m sure miss these mailbags...

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Ms. Dora? A new site on HP? Well, alrighty then....I figure you are correct regarding grammar, especially those of us who write fiction. We get a free pass on many of our transgressions. :)

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      Dora Weithers 

      7 months ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, regarding the ellipses and space after period, some publishers have preferences. I figure we could all have our preferences according to what fits or what looks good. I enjoy learning from you and your questioners. Thanks.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rasma!

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Kristen, you are never late to the Mail Room. Thank you so much!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      7 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Great mailbag and good information.

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      Kristen Howe 

      7 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great useful of knowledge in this mailbag, Bill. Sorry a day late and more than a dollar short. Keep up the good work.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Welcome back to reality, Heidi. It is my joking opinion that people in Florida have no grasp on reality. LOL

      Thanks for the input about marketing and ads...always appreciated.

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      Heidi Thorne 

      7 months ago from Chicago Area

      Late to the Mailbag. Escaped the "snowpocalypse" in Chicago and was on vacation in 80 degree, sunny Florida. Back to the snow... (See, I used an ellipsis!)

      Re: Never Ending Marketing. It never ends. But it goes through peaks and valleys, depending on what you want to accomplish. During launch it's a lot. Then when it becomes a backlist title, it can just sit on your Amazon Author Central profile. Also consider Amazon Marketing Services ads (which can be very inexpensive in dollars and time) for continuous long-term exposure on Amazon.

      Re: Disgusting Ads? Well, you can turn off ads on your posts. But then you won't make any money. And what HP writers see when they view one of their posts is not necessarily what readers see. Google AdSense (and other similar systems) draw up ads based on the reader's interests, not the writer's. So Google (or whoever) controls that. So I don't worry about it since I can't control it.

      Re: 2 Spaces versus 1 Space. I think only writers of a certain age would even remember the days of two spaces after a period. :)

      Gotta get back to work. Have a great week!

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I totally agree with you, Flourish! God I hope I never become that picky.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It's a good fix to have, William...thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Nikki! So glad you enjoyed!

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Linda! I like being busy, so no worries. Stay warm and enjoy your week.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I know what you mean, Verlie...some changes I just don't seem to be able to make. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That I do know, MizB, but thanks for adding it.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Mike! I didn't know you could turn them off. As for Billy no, I managed to allow that chore to slip through the cracks. Thanks for the reminder.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for the question, Shyron, and the very, very kind words.

      Peace always!

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you MizB! Me and the Chicago Manual will never see eye to eye, but I know you are correct. Dammit!

      24 degrees last night, but overall it's been a mild winter. Here's hoping spring arrives earlier than the norm.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Duane! I actually love ellipses....too much probably.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Alyssa, my thumb has a mind of its own with regards to two spaces after a period. I try to control it but sometimes it has its own way. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Shannon, I think there are some complainers out there with nothing to do with their time but check us on grammar. Losers!!!! LOL

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes, that is the story on hold, Manatita. Hopefully it won't be on hold for too long. And who cares for sure, my friend. Thanks and peace always.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I actually believe that's how the ads are chosen...plus the topic of the article. You will never age, my friend.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      7 months ago from USA

      The whole complaint about two spaces or one after a period — yep, I heard that before and I go right on doing what I was taught. Some things I’ll never change. Too many other things to worry about.

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      William Kovacic 

      7 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Thank you, Bill, for taking my question and the others. I learn so much here. It's my Monday fix. Oops, it's Tuesday!

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      Nikki Khan 

      7 months ago from London

      Another wonderful start of Monday with your amazing mailbag episode Bill.Enjoyed the image of your page for the book and got to know bit more about ellipses.

      Very informative on HP ads as well.

      Many Blessings Bill.

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      Linda Crampton 

      7 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The discussion about ellipses was interesting, Bill. I hope you have a good week despite being so busy.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      7 months ago from Canada

      Good read Bill, thanks for including an excerpt from your story, a mystery in the making. And about the ellipses... I had no idea... Maybe too late for me to change now!

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      7 months ago

      Bill, one thing I forgot to add to my previous comment, if the person is writing the article to submit to a magazine, be aware that he or she should follow Chicago style of ellipses, or any punctuation, for that matter. That is the style that most magazines use, and it makes the author's work look more professional.

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      mckbirdbks 

      7 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Bill - Other than one or your followers explanation of The Chicago Manual of Style rules regarding ellipses. Seems though I do follow that rule. No spaces.

      Did you publish the Billy the Kid Chronicles as an all in one book?

      I think you can turn off ads for each Hub you publish, which I do when I think of it. Readers complained about the ads chosen. They said the ads distracted from the story. Who am I to argue with that? (that is not a mailbag question)

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      7 months ago from Texas

      Bill, I love your mail bag, I love your stories can't wait to read more of your stories. You know that you are an exceptional writer.

      Here is my question: where do you put a disclaimer?

      Blessings always

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      7 months ago

      Good evening, Bill. After a day of shopping for a new printer, I've finally made it online and read your esteemed hub concerning advice to writers. Whups, I've been editing on my cousin's book too long. Need a break from the academic language.

      I know that creative writers do as they darn well please, that's why they're called creative writers, but in journalistic circles there are standard rules on ellipses. The Chicago Manual of Style sets the industry standard, and here is how it lays them out. Ellipses are used in sets of three dots that indicate language left out and they do not use spaces of any kind. "looking downward...that he would find it." If the language is left out at the end of a sentence, use an ellipsis and include ending punctuation such as "...." (ellipsis with a period looks like 4 periods), "...!" or "...?" Chicago does not address ellipses that indicate pauses or other creative writing anomalies. And you are right on about the spaces after ending punctuation. I get chastised, too, when I forget and use two.

      Hope that helps. Stay warm, my friend, I'm freezing.

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      Duane Townsend 

      7 months ago from Detroit

      Good Hub Billy!

      I had an irritating habit of using ellipses as a train of thought technique, majorly on social media.

      It took a while to break.

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      Alyssa 

      7 months ago from Ohio

      I love the grammar tips! I always just keep my dots together... just like that. I guess I've been doing it wrong this whole time. I also learned the two-spaces after a period in high school, but a year or two ago, read somewhere that the practice was outdated. Oh well. Sometimes I still do, other times I don't. Great mailbag this week! And I'm on time with reading it! haha! Have a wonderful week!

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Shucks, Pop, it ain't nothing! LOL Thank you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Kari. Ellipses are something I have used for quite some time, and I used them correctly without knowing the real purpose of them. LOL Just got lucky, me thinks!

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      Shannon Henry 

      7 months ago from Texas

      The two space question made me laugh, too, because I remember being ticked off when someone complained to me about using two spaces. You have no idea how hard that habit was for me to break! All because I chose to write for clients who paid me for having it their way, which is, of course, the common online practice.

      It's also not common to indent paragraphs when writing online. Learned that one the hard way, too. Haha. At least that was much easier to adjust to than a single space after a period.

      That's what we get for being older than the millennial generation. Maybe it's a wonder I learned to type on a computer keyboard instead of a typewriter? LOL

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      breakfastpop 

      7 months ago

      You write for the love of it, and you earn money at the same time. You are my hero....

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      manatita44 

      7 months ago from london

      Thanks Bill.

      That's one of the many I really loved. Was that the one with the guy who kept taunting the police? I believed that you sort of put it on hold.

      Eric seems to want some tips on the marketing thing. Good on him.

      I prefer ellipsis as in the video, but yes, I have seen it the other way also. In England we generally use two inverted comma's before the chat:

      "My Love for you is eternal, my Valentine. Will you marry me?" Some American writers use one. Both are apparently valid. Who cares? Peace.

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      Mary Wickison 

      7 months ago from Brazil

      Thanks for the grammar lessons, I didn't realize what ellipses were but used them nonetheless.

      An interesting mix of questions this week. Regarding the ads, perhaps it is the time of year when quality advertisers are few and far between and we take what we can get.

      Also, it can be that the ads are targeted to us given our demographics. For example, on this page, I am seeing ads for a computer mouse and knee pain. The algorithm may believe because of my age, I have knee pain (I don't). Nor am I in need of a computer mouse.

      Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      7 months ago from Ohio

      Bill, Thank you for writing these Mailbags. I always learn something. For example, I've always used ellipses this way...but now I know I need to write them this way . . . funny how that is. And the period portion explained why, when I edit an article, there is only one space after the periods, lol. Thanks again!

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Venkatachari M, for your thoughts on ads. I suspect you are correct in your explanation.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Harish! Welcome to the Mail Room and have a fabulous week of writing.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Then you are using them correctly, Melissa, but then I never doubted you. :) Happy Monday my friend. Stay warm!

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Nice simile, Linda! That's as close as I'll ever come to having a baby, thank God! :) Thanks for always being here my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Devika! One step in front of the other, always moving forward.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning McKenna!

      You don't need a therapist; you need a chill-pill. LOL I'll talk about it in next week's Mailbag, but in the meantime, know you are typical of writers everywhere. Keep writing!

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      Venkatachari M 

      7 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      It's one more impressive and educative mailbag.

      The ads, I think, appear only according to our activities and tastes. All viewers may not be seeing the same ads on any post. If I read a post, the ads will be visible only according to my daily interests and activities. If Eric views the same article, the ads appearing to him will be not those that were visible to me. They appear according to his likes and activities only. The browsers keep catching your activities daily and show those ads only to you which are according to your behavior on the internet as a whole.

      The grammar points cleared by you are very instructive ones. Thanks to you and also to those who asked the particular questions.

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      Harish Mamgain 

      7 months ago from New Delhi , India

      Bill, I enjoyed reading this wonderful article. I hope your answer to Lois 's question will probably make those comma seekers find other creative pursuits. :-)

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      Melissa Propp 

      7 months ago from Minnesota

      Happy Monday Bill! Thanks for the explantion on the ellipses. I just like to use them all the time, correctly or not. I always use them like I'm trailing off in my thought....or taking a long pause.

      Have a great and productive week!

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      Linda Lum 

      7 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, your mailbag never ceases to surprise. There's something new every week. How this happens 189 times I'll never know, but it's true.

      Ellipses . . . I don't use them very often.

      I've tried to ignore the HP ads. As far as I know, they are out of our control.

      I hope you can finish that new book by Fall. Having all of those words bottled up inside must be like having a baby (my first was 15 days late, so I know what I'm talking about).

      Thanks for another great start to a Monday.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It sure is, Eric. There no place like home. :) Thanks my friend.

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      Devika Primić 

      7 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      An interesting insight to another useful mailbag. Your ideas are, points and answers to questions are helpful to all writers. A new book sounds another step forward to writing for you.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks so much, Janine! Happy Monday to you and that wonderful family of yours.

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      McKenna Meyers 

      7 months ago from Bend, OR

      Happy Monday morning, Bill, and happy Lincoln's birthday! I have a question for next week's Mailbag. If it appears, I'll get to check another item off my bucket list! I'm trying (not very successfully) to write a book, but this is where I always got stuck: re-reading what I wrote. When I put aside a chapter and come back to it, I always think it's awful and I don't want to continue. I don't know if it's actually that bad or if I'm just using it as an excuse for not pushing forward. Actually, this might be more of a question for my therapist than you, but will you give it a go any way? Thanks!

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I do have a blog, Shaloo...thanks for the question...I'll answer it in the Mailbag next Monday.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Mary! I really appreciate your kind words.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Wonderful Bill. Our legal writing requires four dots. "Why" you ask? Because it is 3 dottarues and then the period. Who possibly knows the term ellipses? So arcane.

      In my never ever professional humble opine I think the busy is doing real well with you. We get way out there buddy. It is good to bring it back on home.

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      Janine Huldie 

      7 months ago from New York, New York

      Aw, Bill thank you for the Monday morning edition, I always look forward to here. Now wishing you a wonderful week ahead, my friend!! :)

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      Shaloo Walia 

      7 months ago from India

      I look forward to reading your mailbags. Do you write anywhere else apart from HP? A personal plog perhaps? Given a choice between a blog and HP, which one would you prefer and why?

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      Mary Norton 

      7 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      You truly are clear about why you write and I admire that clarity. I like your teaser on your new novel. You do have a compelling way of writing so I am looking forward to your new book.

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