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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment 199

Updated on April 23, 2018

One to Go

I truly had no clue what I was starting when I posted the very first Writer’s Mailbag. I had a backlog of questions people had asked me, and I thought I would just post an article, answer those questions, and be done with it.

That was almost four years ago!

Unbelievable!

You folks are the reason for the continued success of this series. In truth, each of these installments receives modest views. They top out at around 200 views and then probably drift towards the HubPages graveyard, but I believe those 200 views are important.

This is a safe place for writers. We do not attack each other like you might see on the forums. We do not debate political or religious issues here. This is simply a place where writers can learn from other writers, and because of that I believe it has great value.

Obviously you agree with me.

Shall we begin #199?

Welcome to the Mail Room!
Welcome to the Mail Room! | Source

How to Be More Entertaining

From Mary: “I will come back and watch that video again. I need to watch it when I'm not in a hurry. You have gone out of your way to help us out and we really appreciate it. Bill, my problem is I am too serious in my writing. When God spread humour around, I was not there. I also don't like trends. That makes me so conservative. So what can I do to make my writing much more interesting and entertaining?”

Well first of all, thank you, Mary, for those kind words.

Secondly, I find your articles interesting and entertaining, so I’m not sure what you are talking about. Travel articles do not have to tug at the heart strings, nor do they have to be funny. Their primary purpose is to inform, and you do that. You also include wonderful photographs, which I find helpful.

Write in your own voice and don’t worry so much. If you must do something, remember that we all share the same five senses. Practice writing descriptions which play to those senses. Tell us about the sounds and smells of a place, since we cannot experience those on our own. Tell us what the people were like, their own unique characteristics, so we can relate to them. Those things might help.

And give us something about yourself that we can relate to as well. Let us in so we know who you are as a person. In the end, I believe writing should be personal. It is, at its most basic, a personal communication between two human beings

Keeping Resentment at Bay

From Eric: “I am like you about short notice family interruptions. So as a shrink and a writer how do you kick out the resentment (or any issue like it) and get back in the groove? I mean, how do you do it so fast? Does just sitting in your chair clear your mind?”

Eric, what the hell makes you think I get rid of resentments so fast? LOL Seriously, I can hold onto a resentment like an old hound dog holds onto his favorite bone.

I made a comment on someone else’s article a couple weeks ago. As you may or may not know, I don’t engage in political debates. I simply see no point in it. I also don’t attack others for their viewpoints. I’m not on HP to debate with anyone. I’m here to support writers and receive support.

So anyway, I made a generic comment on this one article (a political article) about loving the passion of the author and supporting her right to speak her mind, and some guy jumped on and attacked me for not having the courage to state my mind, and for being so wimpy that I wouldn’t state my opinions.

I’m still pissed about that!

In the final analysis, I silently say “SCREW HIM” and move on with my life. His opinion of me is at best a pimple on my butt.

Does that answer your question? J

Working on resentments
Working on resentments | Source

Liking Your Characters

From Zulma: “My question today is this: Do you like all your characters? Even the less savoury ones? While reading a Stephen King novel, one of the main characters, a writer, felt that liking all of his characters, even the unpleasant ones, helped him see the world through their eyes and understand their motivations more clearly. I suppose this helps create more fleshed-out characters as opposed to one-dimensional ones. Any thoughts?”

I always have thoughts, Zulma!

I was going to immediately answer yes, I do like all of my characters, but that’s not true. The very first killer I wrote about in my first suspense novel “Shadows Kill,” I did not like him at all. I was happy when Eli Baker killed him, with malice, and I’m still happy he was eliminated,. He was a vile character who preyed on the weak, and he needed to leave this earth . . . and I didn’t miss him one bit after Eli pulled the trigger on his .357 Magnum.

I don’t know exactly why that one character bothered me so much. In subsequent novels I’ve had many other killers, but they did not affect me like that first killer.

I would not argue with the writer in that Stephen King novel. I believe what he said and I always try to get in touch with my characters and like them in some way.

Here's one character I like quite a bit. :)
Here's one character I like quite a bit. :) | Source

RE-PUBLISH

From Venkatachari M: “When I went through my paperback version last week, I noticed that there is no numbering of the pages in it. Further, no space is left at the top of the page or even at the bottom in most cases. It should have been fixed by the publisher before printing. Now, what to do? You may answer it in your next mailbag.”

I’m looking at your book right now, Venkatachari M, and by golly you are correct. There are no page numbers in it, and the spacing is a bit cramped, especially at the top of the page. By the way, it is an excellent book on Economics and I applaud you.

Now to your problem: I assume this was published through CreateSpace and Amazon. If so, your only recourse is to go into your publishing page and do an edit. Make the necessary changes on your Word Doc and then download the entire book again. It is a fairly easy fix. I’ve done it before myself, and you can get it finished up in one day. The page numbers and the spacing will have to be fixed on the Word Doc. To my knowledge that is the only way to make the necessary changes.

And while you are at it, you might consider adding a Copyright page at the beginning. That is a fairly standard page to include in any book.

And again, I commend you on your book. For those interested, the book’s title is “Introduction to Economics – Basic Principles & Concepts,” by Venkatachari M.

Another One Put to Bed

Next week will be the 200th consecutive publication of the Writer’s Mailbag.

Unbelievable!

I’m fairly impressed that I didn’t miss a week. This last week was hectic as hell. The farmers market started, which meant I lost Wednesday, so I am cramming five days of writing into four…but the mail must be delivered, so here we are.

Have a great week ahead. Thank you for the great questions, and thank you for the great friendship and loyalty.

And to that guy who criticized me for not engaging in debate . . . you should be so lucky to be me!

Blessings to you all!

2018 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Beautiful thought, Lawrence! And so true! thank you for the reminder!

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      12 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      One thing I learned in the Middle East was the way Egyptians deal with people, and especially those 'unplanned interruptions'

      In their culture, they have one simple rule, and it's one that while it helped me many times, it frequently gets me into trouble with the boss!

      Their rule is simply this, "The most important person in the world is the one right there in front of you right now!"

      Sadly, I don't always live by it, but when I do, it makes a huge difference, and that 'irritability' doesn't really appear, Just an idea.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well I sure hope so, Dee! That's the plan, anyway. :) Thanks so much!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      12 months ago

      I am thankful for your writer's mailbag series. You share so much wonderful knowledge from experience with readers that will help us lead us to personal success!

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Devika!

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      Devika Primić 

      12 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great stuff for four years! Well done! I have enjoyed learning from you. I have missed a few though has been interesting to have read your Qs&As!

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Shaloo....you are appreciated!

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      Shaloo Walia 

      12 months ago from India

      Four years...that's quite an achievement! Congratulations!!!

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, if you and Brian believe they would be, then that is serious advice I should heed...thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I would like to, Brian, but time is not my friend right now, and those ebooks are not at the top of my priority list. Hopefully some day soon....thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I really enjoy it, Alyssa, but thank you! I don't know where the time has gone. I remember beginning this series and thinking one or two weeks tops.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It is my pleasure, Nithya! Thanks so much!

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      Heidi Thorne 

      12 months ago from Chicago Area

      Popping back in to the Mailbag after I saw Brian's comment in my HP News Feed...

      I, too, think some FAQ eBooks--or a podcast or YouTube videos--answering these questions would be a great idea!

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      Brian Leekley 

      12 months ago from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA

      About your Mailbag hubs going into the HubPages graveyard, will you be creating a series of Writing FAQ ebooks by topics, such a "Frequently Asked Questions about Writing: Freelancing" or "Frequently Asked Questions about Writing: Motivation"?

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      Alyssa 

      12 months ago from Ohio

      First of all, congratulations on four years! To have an installment continue for that length of time is amazing and I personally enjoy these mailbags! Good advice is always welcome. :)

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      Nithya Venkat 

      12 months ago from Dubai

      The mailbags are a treasure trove of information to writers. Thank you for answering questions and sharing your knowledge with us.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Correct, MizB, that's my knowledge about that process based on experience. If there is another way to edit a book on CreateSpace, I don't know what it is. :) And you are never late to the Mail Room.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks so much, Peggy! I was raised this way, quite frankly, to be consistent and reliable...old habits die hard.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I promise, Zulma, I did not do a happy hamster dance lol...I just write creepy; I don't live it.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate that,Natalie! Thank you, and I'll be stopping by to read your latest soon.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Blessings to you, Sparrow, now and forever.

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      12 months ago from Beautiful South

      Good morning, Bill. I'm sorry I'm so late in reading you this week. I'm actually thinking about doing an article on how hectic retirement can get.

      I think I understand your answer to Venkatachari's question, but please clarify it to make sure because it is very important to me. (Next mailbag will be OK if you wish.) You said that if one is writing a book in Word, the writer must insert all the page numbers and have the spacing correct BEFORE placing the book into CreateSpace, right? In other words, no editing can be done in CreateSpace. I know those are two questions, but I've never used CreateSpace, and I'm a fixin' to.

      I'm really looking forward to your Mailbag No. 200. I remember all the hoopla when you nearly stopped at 100. Thank you, dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm trying to find that balance, Chris. Thank you for the very kind words.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well I appreciate that, Larry! Thank you very much!

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Peg! I no longer see a point in this mindless debating about politicians and policies. All it does is drive a wedge between us all.

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      Peggy Woods 

      12 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Each one of your articles is so very interesting and the questions you answer are so varied. I applaud your steadfastness in never missing a week since you inaugurated this series. Like you I tend to avoid politics. It is a no win situation and tempers seem to flare. Looking forward to your #200.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Liz! Glad you stopped by.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks so much, Frank! I once had a temper...and a snarky attitude. I try to keep those at bay and out of any correspondence.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Manatita! Being gentle on ourselves is a full-time job, I'm afraid, at least it is for me. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It would be nice, Dora, if we could have some sort of in-person celebration, so I could meet all of you.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Linda! The readers do all the work, but thank you!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      12 months ago from United Kingdom

      Wow. That's, uh, quite an intense reaction to a character. Did you grin maniacally when Eli pulled the trigger? Please tell me you didn't do a happy hamster dance. 'Cause that would be really creepy. Amusing, but still creepy. lol

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      Natalie Frank 

      12 months ago from Chicago, IL

      Bill - You are truly an inspiration. Not to miss a week in 199 of them! That's impressive! Well happy 200th a bit early. I'll be waiting for it!

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      Rochelle Ann De Zoysa 

      12 months ago from Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

      Hi Sir Billy, you are a fascinating and wise gentleman :) You encourage and help other writers with practical solutions :) I'm quite blessed that I got to read your articles :) Happy writing :) Keep being a blessing :)

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      Chris Mills 

      12 months ago from Lowell, MA through the end of May, 2019.

      Bill, I admire how much you get done in terms of writing and reading. You are all over this site. I get bogged down and bury myself in my own writing, then regret having lost touch with so many here. As you approach number 200, know that we appreciate you for who you are, for how much you support so many writers. Be sure to take good care of Bill while you are at it.

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      Larry W Fish 

      13 months ago from Raleigh

      I love this concept of the Mailbag, Bill. It is the first time I have read one of these and I found it so interesting. You had me holding on every word from beginning to end. Thanks for a good read.

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      Liz Westwood 

      13 months ago from UK

      Thanks for this. I'm finding your articles interesting and helpful.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you John! It's been one hell of a ride, thanks to all of you.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Nice, Mike! Glad you are paying attention to the lesson. lol

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      No plans at all, Bill! If you want to come over I'll get a celebration cake. How's that?

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Heidi and I wish for you a successful and enjoyable week.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That's fantastic, Bill! I so look forward to that new series. Great news!

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Rodric, I've actually got quite a bit to say to this, but for now I'll say go for it. There is no reason why you shouldn't post twice in one week.

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      Peg Cole 

      13 months ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      Dear Bill, Glad to see a new installment of this educational series. I got a kick out of your political comment story. I'm so tired of the ongoing debate regarding politicians and their shenanigans. You are better served not to engage in the pointless posturing. I also liked what you said about your killer character. Well said.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh Mary, I get it! Seriously, I understand. I have to rein myself back with my humor. I'm a bit over-the-top when I start in with my black humor. It's best I leave it off HP.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      13 months ago from Shelton

      wow... one more then.. the big number 200! I enjoyed the keeping the resentment at bay.. question and answer.. I can't believe I find some of the questions so fascinating and how you answer without getting to edgy.. you are and will always be the dear Mister Abby of the hubpages...:)

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Larry....this is one article I always look forward to writing, and it's because of you and the others who always join me.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Hari! I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I really appreciate that, Emese! Thanks so much!

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, if that was his intention, he succeeded. lol Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rasma! Inspiration is all around me. I just have to pay attention.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Venkatachari M, if you went through CreateSpace, you can edit, but you have to download the whole book again after you edit....more on that Monday!

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      manatita44 

      13 months ago from london

      A very thorough yet concise set of answers to questions from our friends. I wish Venkatachari M lots of luck and great assistance with his book. Hope it all works out.

      I was formulating an answer to Eric's question when I began to read yours. Excellent!! No point being hard on one self. I see everything from a spiritual standpoint true, but God just wants us to try; to be sincere. He'll do the rest.

      I find it useful to create the feeling of acceptance. We are where we are and in the process of progress or evolution, we will definitely stumble. A few times too! So Eric, don't be too hard on yourself and think of a God who is inside your Heart and already understands your efforts.

      Thanks Bill. I note the number, I feel the count ... indeed!!

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      Dora Weithers 

      13 months ago from The Caribbean

      Wish there was a way to celebrate the 200th milestone in a meaningful way. It's been a great journey!

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      Linda Crampton 

      13 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is another educational article for writers. I'm looking forward to installment 200. Two hundred editions of the Mailbag is a great achievement.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Wow, 199! Who would have thought? this must be one of the longest running series ever written here at HubPages. Very interesting questions this week too. Bring on 200.

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      mckbirdbks 

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

      Hello Bill - WOW! Congratulations 199, can you believe it 199 Writer's Mailbags published. Way to go. (I figure next week will be busy.)

      [just adding humor to my writing]

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      Bill De Giulio 

      13 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. How amazing is this? You are on the verge of 200 weeks of answering questions and helping others become better writers, which makes HubPages a much better writing community for all of us.

      Your answer to Mary’s question concerning travel articles definitely peaked my interest and I love your answer. Relating the sights, sounds, and smells of a place takes readers somewhere they have never been before. Yes, we are informing readers about a place, but making it personal seems like that’s what differentiates the article from your basic travel brochure. Great advice. See you next week, anything big planned for number 200?

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      Heidi Thorne 

      13 months ago from Chicago Area

      Happy Monday!

      Re: Republishing. Have done it many times when--gasp!--I see those formatting or other issues. Thank God for Createspace and KDP which makes republishing a correction possible.

      That's about it. It's been a busy spring so far with authors. Always good to see that happening, not only for me, but for the market, too.

      One more to your Mailbag "bicentennial." Will watch for celebration announcements. :) Have a great week!

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      William Leverne Smith 

      13 months ago from Hollister, MO

      Great mailbag on a busy week. Keep up the good work. You know it keeps us going, too. I've already started a new series of articles, based largely on your encouragement in the Mailbag last week. It will be introduced next month, following the 40th article in the Levi Weston series. 1882. Thanks, again, for all you do for us. Looking forward to #200!!! ;-)

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      Rodric Anthony 

      13 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

      As usual, this is good stuff to digest. I have a question. I started a new series that I planned to continue for 40 weeks, but I missed a week already. I let life catch up to me and prom, a wedding, car problems, job hunting and medical concerns crowded my entire week out! I plan to write two articles for the next week to make up for the one that I missed. What do you think about that?

      I do not have a following for the series yet. I figure it would take about 5 to 15 articles to get it going if it were to go anywhere. You are the only one who has commented on them so far. Thanks for that.

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      Mary Wickison 

      13 months ago from Brazil

      I'm with Mary, I would like to add more humor to my writing.

      It's a minefield though of having to be politically correct and not offend or endorse any behavior that is not the norm. My one humorous article here on HP sent the moderators into a tailspin, and although it stayed published, it has never been allowed to have ads on it. :(

      Well, next Monday is the big one. Thank you for all your helpful advice.

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      Larry Rankin 

      13 months ago from Oklahoma

      You know I was very curious about how many hits these articles get.

      They truly are a labor of love. Your love of writing and your fellow writers.

      Always a pleasure, friend.

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      Hari Prasad S 

      13 months ago from Bangalore

      Excellent Q&A article bill.

      - Hari.

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      Emese Fromm 

      13 months ago from The Desert

      Wow, Bill! You'll have to celebrate next week when you publish Installment 200. :) You created a great community here, just by answering without judgment everyone's questions. I know I'm counting on your mailbags, even when I don't have questions, I learn a lot from others. Thank you for that!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      13 months ago from USA

      Forget the hater who made that comment. The haters will eat you from the inside out if you let them. Not worth the trouble. He’s trying to provoke you.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      13 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Another great mailbag. WOW Congratulations and amazing that next time will be your 200th mailbag. How time does fly. Hope you have an inspirational week ahead.

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      Venkatachari M 

      13 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thanks, Bill, for answering my question deeply. But, I thought that I could not edit the book once it got published. That is the cause of my worry.

      Coming to Copyright page addition, should I first get registered for the CopyRight certification?

      I would be eagerly waiting for the 200th edition of your mailbag series. Till then, wish you a happy week.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It makes perfect sense, Bill, and I thoroughly enjoyed your comment. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That is so cool, Sha, the information and the fact you still read a newspaper. lol Seriously, reading the Sunday newspaper is one of life's great pleasures, or so I think. Thanks for putting a smile on my face.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...you never know for sure, Ann!

      bill

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      William Kovacic 

      13 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Almost four years! That's incredible, Bill. I can't always say I remember specific questions and answers, but it's kind of like eating. I don't remember what I had for supper on January 22, 2013, but whatever it was kept me going. Hope that makes sense.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      13 months ago from Central Florida

      Bill, yesterday there was an article in the Sunday Orlando Sentinel (yes, I still read an actual newspaper!) talking about which jobs or professions are at risk for being eliminated by robots and/or automation. As you can imagine, the list was quite long. On the flip side, there are only about four professions that will always need humans to take the helm. Guess what was at the top of the list? Writers!

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      Ann Carr 

      13 months ago from SW England

      Ok, ok, no need to rub it in! Farmer Giles came to mind when you mentioned your farmer's hat - any resemblance?!! I know it was figurative but you never know!

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That's an easy one for me, Ann, but I'll wait a week to reveal my preference.

      I'm just grateful I lived long enough to see #200. Who would have thunk it possible? lol

      Thanks dear friend! Now it is time to go out into the glorious sunshine and put on my farmer's hat.

      Wishing you joy today and always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Chitrangada Sharan..I really appreciate you being part of this series.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It's not your fault at all, Pop. Trolls will do what trolls will do. It's part of the price for fame. LOL thanks my friend!

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Linda! It was a good Opening Day for the Market, best day ever for an opening day. Now we build upon that success.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh Kristen, I am ecstatic! I needed the warmth!

      Thank you for your kindness.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Nikki! I don't worry about negative people. They do not affect me. I like to hang with the positive crowd, and you are part of that crowd.

      Blessings today and always

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa, I am selling the coloring books again this year...and yes, there is a new one, The Children's Guide to Gardening. :)

      Thank God spring finally arrived. My old bones needed seventy degrees something fierce. :)

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      Ann Carr 

      13 months ago from SW England

      Congratulations on not missing one week, bill! I think that's a huge achievement.

      Number 200 will be another mile stone and I hope you just keep on going. I guess when the questions don't turn up, it'll be time to stop! I don't think that'll happen.

      The question about liking the characters is a good one. Here's one to go with it:

      Do you find it easier to create a baddie or a goodie? I know what my angle is on this one but what about you?

      Have a great day and a wonderful week, bill!

      Ann

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      13 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Great series, and I am as happy and excited about completing the 200 installments , as you and the other fellow hubbers.

      This calls for a celebration indeed. The HubPages team too should give you some kind of special award for this.

      This has been a very useful and helpful series, and your guidance has helped so many of us writers.

      Wish you all the best for the future installments!

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      breakfastpop 

      13 months ago

      This series has tremendous value, and it always will. You are very generous with your knowledge, and I for one eat it all up. I.m sorry you're still ticked off about the "incident" on my hub. Meet me at the Inn and dinner is on me!

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      Linda Lum 

      13 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, happy Monday and happy anniversary just one week from today. Thank you for the reminder to be "entertaining" in one's writing. Bring in all of the senses.

      I hope the market went well for you. I'm sure you will soon settle down into a new routine.

      Blessings on your week.

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      Kristen Howe 

      13 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great mailbag Bill as always. I enjoy reading it whenever I get the chance. Aren't you glad the sun's shining and the flowers are blooming this spring? :-)

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      Nikki Khan 

      13 months ago from London

      An excellent episode of mailbag Bill,,Don’t worry much about such people as you can’t keep everyone happy.And as far as you’re on the right side, opinions doesn’t much matter.

      I would definitely read Venkatachari’s book on Amazon, it seems quite interesting.

      200 episodes yahoo!

      We all like you and love to read your writings,, keep on writing your best part.

      Bless you and your wife Always!

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      Melissa Propp 

      13 months ago from Minnesota

      Happy Monday Bill! Hope your first farmers market went well? I was curious if you are still selling your coloring books at the markets? Or if you have added any more to the collection?

      We went from a blizzard with 17 inches of snow to 65 degrees in the span of 7 days! The snow is gone! :)

      Happy Spring!!

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I hope that helped, Mary! Thanks for the question. My best to you and your husband!

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Janine! That's what hecklers deserve...back in their faces with that nonsense!!!

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      Mary Norton 

      13 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you so much Bill. You are spot on with your answer to my dilemna. I now have something to work on not just keep writing the way I do. My husband and I really had a good laugh at your comment on holding resentment at bay. My husband is good at words but that one comment of yours is a mighty keeper.

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      Janine Huldie 

      13 months ago from New York, New York

      That guy should definitely be lucky to be you!! That said, you are just you and as always just thankful for that. And also congrats on number 199 and still can't believe next week will be 200! Seriously awesome and thank you also for always being so generous and helpful here. Happy Monday now, Bill :)

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