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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment 203

Updated on May 21, 2018

Here I Go Again!

My apologies to Whitesnake! I have no idea why that just popped into my head, but that’s just how my brain works. I didn’t particularly like that song when it came out, and I’m certainly not a life-long member of the Whitesnake Fan Club (if there is one), but, well, welcome to my world! Which of course reminds me of an old tv show with William Windom in it called “My World and Welcome To It” about a cartoonist, loosely based on the cartoonist Thurber, I believe.

This is how my mind works daily, a blizzard of random and yet connecting thoughts, each one leading somewhere else, many of which lead to story ideas.

Am I the only one who thinks like this? I suspect not! I suspect a great many of you suffer from the same blizzard-like malady.

So, Whitesnake fans, shall we see what the mail has for us this week?

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

COCKYGATE

From Mary: “I don't know if you have heard about 'cockygate'. There is a romance writer who has copyrighted or trademarked the word 'cocky' as many of her novels use this in the title. She has sent letters to other romance writers telling them to change their titles or they will be sued. Surely this could have far-reaching ramifications in the publishing world. What are your thoughts on this?”

Oh, Mary, you really opened up a can of worms with this question.

I’m fed up with this kind of b.s. in society in general.

I do have a problem with using the exact same title, and plagiarizing portions of someone else’s book irks me to no end, but the word “cocky?” Can things get any more ridiculous?

We are a society which seems to be obsessed with keeping lawyers in business. I saw a sign at the railroad crossing the other day that said “Caution: Trains Travel at High Speeds!” Really? Is there someone on this planet who does not know that? Is there someone on this planet who is not aware that a fast-moving train will win a collision with a human being every single time? And yet we see those types of warnings every single day in order to prevent lawsuits from people with the brains and moral fortitude of a fruit fly.

Give me a one-way ticket back to when I was a kid. If you got hit by a train people would look at your remains and say “there lies a stupid s.o.b.” Sue someone for using a common word? How about we meet out back and duke it out. Last man standing gets to use that word.

I’m fed up! Can you tell?

I'm going to sue these deer for being on our property!
I'm going to sue these deer for being on our property! | Source

Writers Need Shrinks?

From Eric: “Here is a weird one for you. Up until 30 or so, several times a day I would ask myself what my mom or dad would do or say about something. Now on my last hike I got myself into one or two plus jams. I actually asked myself how I would write about it. It worked. My writing self is wiser than my "actual self". I have other reasons but on that reason alone should I see a shrink?”

I know you’re being mostly facetious about this, Eric, but seriously, I’m pretty sure many of us could benefit from a little psychoanalysis.

I was going to say that my mind doesn’t work like the mind of a normal person, but that seems to me to be a shallow cry for distinction. In fact, a trip inside the brain of any of us would reveal quite a horror show. We are not unique that way. We all have bizarre things going on inside our brains. A mentor of mine once called my brain the most dangerous real estate in the world, and I happen to think he’s correct.

I do think “Creatives” have a unique way of looking at life. I know some Creatives who talk about their muse as if he/she were a real person. They are so empathetic that they will burst out crying while at the park on a sunny day because someone stepped on an ant. They write a story about a serial killer and then can’t sleep for weeks. They read a news story about sex trafficking and go into a depression. Like above, they play word games with seemingly meaningless phrases, and somehow novels emerge from the tangled web of syllables.

Sure, I probably should go see a shrink but dammit, Eric, I’m having so much fun the way it is; I’d hate to throw good money away, you know?

More About Dialects

From Julio: “You talked last week about dialects, and how the dialect should never detract from the story. But how do you know if it detracts? What should you look for when using dialects?”

Great question, Julio! This is a case where I have to trust some good writer friends. If I suspect I’ve gone overboard on dialect, I will consult them and ask their opinion. The overriding rule in the case of dialect is that it must not detract from the flow of the story. If I’ve created a character who speaks in a foreign dialect, and it is a difficult dialect for the average reader to follow or understand, then I have to be very, very careful. But the problem arises that I may be too close to my novel and not realize that the dialect is confusing . . . thus I consult a friend!

Createspace Cost

From Lori: “You've probably answered.it. what costs do you put out for publishing with create space,? That would include the 1st.shipment of books. Thanks Bill. Lori”

I’ve published what, seven novels and five novellas, on CreateSpace, and none of them have cost me a penny during the process. The cost of actually having a book printed and shipped to you is dependent upon the length of the book, the size of the book, and the type of cover and color/black and white….one of my novels, printed and shipped, costs about $4-$5 depending on those factors. Something like a photo book with color and hard-cover would cost considerably more.

No hidden fees!
No hidden fees! | Source

Another Short One Today

And that’s fine! Not all Mailbags are created equal. Perhaps I should put a disclaimer at the top of this one: Beware, this Mailbag may be too short to please everyone. That way I won’t get sued for being under 1,250 words. LOL

Have a great week of writing!

2018 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      YES indeed!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      4 weeks ago from United Kingdom

      YES!

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      Bill Holland 

      4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma, I think you can chalk that up in the victory column. lol

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      4 weeks ago from United Kingdom

      Hey Bill. I mentioned to my husband what you said about winning the battle of acceptance. He just stared at me, shook his head slowly and walked away. Was that another skirmish won?

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      Bill Holland 

      5 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma, the fact that your husband doesn't comment on it means you are slowly winning the battle of acceptance. :) Wishing you a monumental Monday!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      5 weeks ago from United Kingdom

      I have blizzards of random, connected thoughts too. But the doctor says it's cause I'm bipolar. Feh! What does he know? :D

      I agree Creatives do have their own way of viewing the world. My kids and I are like that. My husband eventually got used to us. Well, he doesn't comment on it at any rate.

      Have a divine Sunday, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Peg, so cool that someone else remembers that show....thank you....William Windom was one of my favorite actors in the 60's an 70's.

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      Peg Cole 

      6 weeks ago from Dallas, Texas

      "A blizzard of random and yet connecting thoughts". . . I like that. Also like your reaction to people trying to claim words as their own. Hey, they don't own the alphabet. Now if it's a made-up word that is unique to them, then, I can see the ownership, like Jinkleheimer or Punkywunkle.

      I used to like that show, "My World and Welcome to it," also, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Nithya!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      7 weeks ago from Dubai

      Short but full of information, thank you for sharing.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Frank, maybe Whitensnake is an acquired taste that takes time. I'll try to listen to it again and see if I've grown as a person. lol

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Funny and sad, Bill! I don't know what makes some people act that way. I really don't!

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Great points both of you, Sha and MizB. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I love that, MizB, and I love that you took the time to come back and read the comments. Thank you for that.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh hell, Eric, I've been called a jackass many times, but we soldier on. lol Seriously, I'll tackle this next Monday...HOW TO AVOID BEING A JACKASS! lol

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh God no, Sha! I hear them all the time. LOL Craziness loves company, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for sharing, John! Glad you liked my humor, as sick as it is. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Chitrangada Sharan,and a good day to you as well.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for mentioning that, Venkatachari M...I have seen the same problem in shipping overseas.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      8 weeks ago from Shelton

      Short one indeed, I haven't been getting notifications until today so I do apologize for being late... A little Cocky of you for starting off stepping on White Snake.. oh.. am I gonna be sued? Again thumbs up and thank you for sharing your mail..have a good week Bill..

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      Bill De Giulio 

      8 weeks ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. It may be short but certainly interesting. The question about the word cocky has me scratching my head, which by the way probably needs a little psychoanalysis also. Have a great week.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      8 weeks ago from Central Florida

      MizB, I completely understand what that little boy meant. I think we all do. If what we read doesn't paint a picture or scene in our head, there's no comprehension. And no point in reading if the written word doesn't bring the senses alive.

      Great point, MizB!

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      8 weeks ago

      Bill, I've just gotta comment on Shauna's question if she is the only one who hears things in her head when she reads. What about seeing scenes? I was reading a story in the newspaper about a special reading program for underprivileged kids at our local library. The reporter asked a little 4-year-old Black boy if he enjoyed hearing the stories read to them. He had never had anyone read to him before and had only watched TV. He replied yes and that he wanted to hear more stories because he loved seeing those pictures in his head.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I try Manatita..I try!

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Back to back Lindas...you and me both, Linda! Brings new meaning to the word "frivolous."

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for that link, Linda!

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Amazing, Flourish..I had no idea that site existed.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Natalie, I haven't seen the "crotch"sign yet, but now I'll be looking for it. lol

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Heidi! Dialects...less is better in my humble opinion but seriously, what do I know? lol Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      No joke on cockygate, MizB...sad but true. As for ice on bridges, thank God the highway department is looking out for those who don't know it freezes in the winter. lol

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill my man I made (maid) about 7.23 billion $ suing bad folk in the area of broadcast and internet theft of all kinds of stuff. Ah hell who am I kidding I made a cut of defending thieves in the dot.bomb era. Maybe we brought down dot WS and . LA and dot.TV., fun times with Ferrari's and the like.

      This is totally wrong but worthy. We bust idiots and outlaws in our writing. Remember that one that you did about reservations? And didn't you have some success that can only be described as condemnation of the booze? Didn't you do H.O.W. that I interviewed you about?

      You fight for good. What are the boundaries in your mind and teaching?

      Oh let us not forget your condemnation like when our Black man went north and our beloved steer wagon friends went with his family.

      You attack social ills. How? Without being a jackass of sorts?

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      8 weeks ago from Central Florida

      I love the dialect question, Bill. I think writing in dialect is fine if it can easily be read and pronounced in the readers mind and if it's occasional, not throughout the entire book. I know when I read, although my lips don't move, I hear the words I'm reading in my head. Every inflection, bing, bang, boom, and drawl has a voice. (Please tell me I'm not the only one who hears voices in my head when I read!)

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Kay, I'm with you all the way. Quite frankly I wish I could turn it off occasionally.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Too funny, Mike...the Mad Writer....crazy as a loon and as dangerous as a cougar!!!!

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      That was bound to happen, Alyssa, so I'm glad I could add it for you. Maybe I need to listen to it more and gain a true appreciation for it. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Larry! You are appreciated!

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Just one more reason why I like you, Pop! That is too funny!

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Look right,look left, for God's sake take care of yourself with some common sense! Too funny, Nikki!

      Great question....answer coming soon.

      Blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Or "Shadows," Melissa! Boy, would I be in trouble. lol Wishing you a great week!

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Exactly, Dora! A writer should never have to explain their work. Great point!

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Linda! I really don't care about traffic to my articles, which puts me in a HP minority, but so be it. I have a life outside of HP and I love it!

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      And Marlene, I absolutely love your anecdote.Too funny....be careful now!!! lol

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      They do for sure, Peggy, and sometimes it is because of carelessness, but I remember myself being careless a time or two.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Another reason why I like you, Mary, you just can't be bothered with this silliness. Thank you for being so level-headed.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Tuesday, Ann! Sorry I'm late but such is my life right now. Thank you for the question...contain obsession? Answer next Monday, my friend.

      bill

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      John Hansen 

      8 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      A nice bit of tongue in cheek humour in this one Bill. I too hate how everything has changed to a "sue or be sued" mentality. People want to claim rights to the use of certain names....but copyrighting certain everyday words is just beyond a joke. Yes, I often have random thoughts that lead to me writing something totally unexpected.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      8 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks for sharing another installment of this great Question-Answer series, and adding a little bit of humour as well. I am referring to your ‘Caution’ observation. I agree, there are some funny ones all around.

      Thanks and good day to you!

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      Venkatachari M 

      8 weeks ago from Hyderabad, India

      A short one but it's equally rich as the other ones.

      That "Cockygate" one is a weird thing. I never thought of anything like that could happen.

      The cost of having your book including shipment can be dependent on your country and distance also. I incurred $18.49 for my book which I bought from Amazon.com as it is not available on Amazon.in. They charge six dollars for shipment even in the US (it was 8 dollars for India) and, for other countries, you have to pay the customs duty also of five dollars or so. So, the total was that much for my copy of the book.

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      manatita44 

      8 weeks ago from london

      Thanks Bill.

      Some truly entertaining humour at times, in your own inimitable style.

      Overall, an excellent 'short' piece.

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      Linda Crampton 

      8 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The story about the person who wants to copyright the word "cocky" is very strange. I'll be thinking about it for a long time!

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      Linda Lum 

      8 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      This note is for Flourish (and anyone else interested in dialects). Try

      http://www.rinkworks.com/dialect/dialectt.cgi

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      FlourishAnyway 

      8 weeks ago from USA

      With the dialects i once ran into an online “translator” that would take your written words and translate it into a dialect. It was very entertaining but also a good writing tool. They had some really off the wall dialects. Wish I could recall the site!

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      Natalie Frank 

      8 weeks ago from Chicago, IL

      Hi Bill - Yep, we seem to not only have entered the "Duh," era of human development but the one where despite the "duh," we have to go ahead and state it anyway or else cue the lawsuit. Some of my favorite signs and warnings are,"Caution, hot beverages are hot. Avoid pouring on crotch area," and "Caution, please be aware that the balcony is above ground level." That whole cockygate business is downright silly. Who has the right to copyright a common word? Perhaps, I'll copyright the word copyright. Please be advised, do not use the word copyright hereafter or I'll sue you! Lol!

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      Heidi Thorne 

      8 weeks ago from Chicago Area

      I can't believe it's still Monday and I'm checking in the Mailbag. Yay, me!

      Re: Halfcocked. That sums up my feelings about the "cockygate" situation. A quick visit to copyright.gov will note that titles and words cannot be copyrighted. But if that changes, I want to copyright the word "the." I'll be rich! :)

      Re: What's Going On In There? Our brains are truly amazing and often twisted. If you've ever wondered why dreaming is so darn weird, read the book "Why We Sleep." That should put that issue to rest (pun intended).

      Re: Dialects. Whether it's one of the regular languages or cultural slang, dialects can be overdone. So, yes, good to run it past someone who actually speaks that language or dialect to make sure it's accurate and not disrespectful. These days, too, overdoing it could even be seen as derogatory. I've seen that a couple of times and I was just floored.

      Anyway, hope all is good in your world and the farmers market. Have a great week!

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      8 weeks ago

      Bill, is somebody playing a joke with cockygate? I was taught in journalism school that one cannot copyright a common word or phrase. If this is not a joke either the law has changed or this woman will lose her frivolous lawsuit hands down. What if I wanted to copyright the word "book" because I didn't want anyone else to use that word? What if one wanted to copyright the whole English language? See what I mean? Ho hum, things like that really make me cranky. I need a laugh, so here's one for you:

      Don't know how they do it where you live, but in hilly Arkansas the signs used to say "watch for icing on bridges." However, the highway department got teased so much about it (Why, are they made of cake?) that the signs now read "Bridge may ice over in cold weather." At least somebody did something. Have a nice week, my friend.

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      social thoughts 

      8 weeks ago from New Jersey

      Hi, Bill.

      I wish that all creative people were empaths. I've known several apathetic but artistic people, unfortunately. As an empath, I've found this deeply depressing.

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      mckbirdbks 

      8 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hi Bill - I am going to copyright the dictionary. All the words will be mine. All mine, I tell you. Oh, and if anyone takes a walk through my mind, stay away from the boxes, in the back, sealed with duct tape.

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      Alyssa 

      8 weeks ago from Ohio

      Hahahahaa! I also would like to sue the deer for being on our property.. also for running out in the road and trying to cause accidents, and raising our insurance. Interesting mailbag this week.. fun fact: that's my favorite Whitesnake song, although, I am not a member of their fan club. Thank you for including the video in your article. I need to listen to the song now. Have a great week! :)

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      Larry Rankin 

      8 weeks ago from Oklahoma

      Always helpful, friend.

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      breakfastpop 

      8 weeks ago

      People who know me well would say my mind works like yours. Last night I had an idea for an article. I got up at 3 in the morning, looked for pen and paper, and only found a pen. I wrote my idea on the wrapper of a lens cleaner!

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      Nikki Khan 

      8 weeks ago from London

      Thanks Bill for another interesting and informative mailbag episode.

      You’re right about those signs which say some very stupid things which irritate us every time we get to read them.

      One of them which gives me pain in the neck is ‘look right or look left’.

      This is a common sense to look on both sides before you cross the road, I mean only a crazy man can just go on without looking around.

      As with dialects, I agree with you, they work very well until they don’t seem to be difficult to understand for a reader.

      I’ve a question, how do they effect the story to make it more interesting and how to make some great dialects language to put more spices in the curry?

      I hope your answer would be as much spicy as dialects are amend to be. Lol.

      Bless you and your wife my friend.

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      Melissa Propp 

      8 weeks ago from Minnesota

      Happy Monday Bill! I heard about the cocky-gate scandal and I too was outraged--even if I never planned on using that in a book title...what if someone tried to do that with even more commonly used words like "Deadly" or "Killer"? Guess you know what kind of books I prefer.... lol

      Have a great and productive week!

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      Dora Weithers 

      8 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Bill. May I add to your answer on dialects that you know you have gone overboard on dialects when you have much explaining to do? Thanks for sharing your experience with CreateSpace.

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      Linda Lum 

      8 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      Good morning Bill. Traffic on my articles has fallen down a bit as well. But with all that needs to be done outside, it is just as well. I think it humorous that your intro and the first two topics focus on "craziness".

      Most of what I write doesn't affect my mood (but it DOES make me hungry).

      To add to your information to Lori on Create Space--if you opt for color photos/illustrations (even just one) the cost of your publication will just about double.

      Your array of published books is impressive, encouraging, and inspirational. Bravo and thank you.

      Hope you have a great week.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      8 weeks ago from USA

      Hi Bill, I left this tag on my curling iron just for laughs. The tag says, "Do not use while bathing. If iron falls into water, do not reach into water." I laugh every time I read it. I also wonder if this warning is specific enough to keep survivors from suing the company. It's a great Monday morning, Bill. I absolutely loved today's mailbag.

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      People sue others over the most ridiculous things these days. What amazes me even more is that some of those frivolous law suits actually win in court! Remember the person who won the lawsuit against McDonalds over hot coffee?

      Years ago a waiter in a restaurant poured some hot coffee and some of it hit my arm. I was wearing a long sleeved dress. It ended up causing a 2nd degree burn which was not only painful but it got infected and needed tending for a time. Did I sue? Of course not! It was an accident. Accidents happen.

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      Mary Norton 

      8 weeks ago from Ontario, Canada

      I have also an issue about our litigious society. I can't appropriate anything of what I have experienced because it was owned by someone else before. I can't use a word because someone had taken all the rights over it. This is truly becoming so ridiculous. I thinkI'll start claiming my own piece of territory. Just can't be bothered, though.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      It will never happen, William...me and Whitesnake...LOL

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Sorry, Janine, for reminding you of that song...they stick in your brain and won't go away. :) Happy Monday dear friend!

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      William Kovacic 

      8 weeks ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Wow, Bill. I'm really here early for a change. Anyway, I'm trying to picture you as a Whitesnake fan. It's not working well for me.lol. Maybe a short week, but educational as always. Thanks, Bill.

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      Ann Carr 

      8 weeks ago from SW England

      I couldn't agree more about disclaimers. 'Caution, this coffee is hot; it can burn.' There are so many. Either they think everyone is stupid or there are those who need a reminder; both ways, it's ridiculous. I understand your rant!

      I think all who write or create (i.e. most people) have a mind similar to yours. How else do we understand the writer's pain and obsession?

      That brings me to a question, bill:

      How does a writer contain the obsession? We need it to keep writing but if we go on too much, it destroys us and bores or annoys the reader. In other words, how do we give ourselves a day off? So, how do you know where to draw the line and how do you make yourself have a day off?

      May your Monday be mind-blowingly magical, bill!

      Ann

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      Janine Huldie 

      8 weeks ago from New York, New York

      I love how your mind works, because believe it or not mine does very often here similarly, as well. That said, now I am most definitely humming Whitesnake and never a huge fan, but still a classic one nonetheless. Happy Monday and wishing you a great week ahead now, too Bill :)

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