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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment 221

Updated on September 17, 2018

Friends Help Friends

Those words were drilled into my brain and my heart by my mother and father during my formative years. They believed in them strongly. I guess the Great Depression had much to do with that, but I also know that my parents were raised by caring parents, so it was all a natural progression over the years.

Friends help friends!

It’s as simple as that when we consider the popularity of this Mailbag series. We are a community of writers who believe in those words.

And I think that is very, very cool!

Thank you for continuing the tradition each and every week.

So are you ready? I’ll take a stab at answering the questions, but if I drop the ball I’m counting on all of you to pick it up and share your experience and knowledge. That’s how it works with the Mailbag.

Let’s do this!

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

Copyright Dilemma

From Zulma: “When it comes to copyright, do you add a copyright notice to everything you write or just the stuff that comes out of your head. For example, if you've written an informative hub and you got your info from other sources do you copyright it? I'm not sure how to handle this. I copyright my creative writing because they are my own words, but I don't feel right doing that when the words came from somewhere else? I feel like I'm taking credit for something I didn't really do. Please guide me, Sensei.”

This one gave me pause, Zulma! I wasn’t sure if you were talking about quotations or simply using research for background information in a non-fiction article. The longer I thought about it, the more my brain hurt, so I just decided to give you my overall impression concerning copyrighting in general.

The general rule is this: the moment you publish an article, short story, or novel, that piece of writing is automatically protected by copyright laws. Now we all know how toothless those laws actually are but still, your work is copyrighted “protected” from piracy.

But you are posing an ethical dilemma, aren’t you? You are concerned that by using information already published by someone else, you are infringing on their copyright protection, and my impression is no, no you are not. As long as you give reference to the origination of those thoughts, you are fine under copyright law or ethically. Your writing is still your writing, and that’s what is being copyrighted, the specific and unique way you have presented material.

Let’s face it, there are very few “new” ideas in the world. Almost all of us, if not all of us, borrow from a library in our minds, and that library is composed of information we have learned over decades, information which came from someone else. If you think about it, taking it to the extreme, we would not be able to write about anything. If I mentioned in a short story that the sun rose in the east, that’s not new information. I borrowed it from someone else . . . can I still copyright my short story? Of course I can!

I’m not sure if that helped or not; maybe I totally misunderstood the question; but there you have it!

With a little help from my friends!
With a little help from my friends! | Source

Word Tabs

From MizB: “I have a question that should be aimed at a techie, but my author and I can't find an answer online. Or perhaps I should say that we can't get their answers to work on our computers, his is an HP and mine a Mac. Here comes the most stupid question of the day. How do you reset the tabs in Word? We need to shorten them from 5 down a space or two. There's got to be an answer somewhere that will work for one or the other of us. Thanks for any help.”

MizB, one of my followers answered the question before I could, so here’s what Mike has to say….. 'Word' home page - look for the word paragraph - just to the right is a drop down Arrow. At the bottom of the drop down page is the word 'Tab' Your adjustment can be made there. And then you came back on with your own solution later in the comments, so it appear is has all been rectified. This is an example of my favorite type of question, the one where I don’t have to do any thinking at all. Lol

REALISM

From Pat: “Bill, I read “Resurrecting Tobias,” a wonderful novel written by you, and in that novel you have a passage about Vietnam. That passage blew me away. It was so real. Now I know you never served in that war, so how did you achieve that type of realism? I struggle with things like this, making scenes seem real when I’ve never really experienced them.”

Pat, I suggest to you that most writers struggle with that same thing.

First of all, thank you for your very kind words. I loved writing “Tobias,” and it’s nice to hear good things about that novel. No, I never served in Vietnam, thank the gods. But I did have friends who served there, and I did have access to many letters written by soldiers who served there, so capturing the horrors of battle there was easier than you might think.

Add to that the fact that we are all human. I may not have served in battle, but I can sure imagine it and envision it. I have smelled death, and I doubt it smells much different here or in Vietnam. I have had friends die violently, and my reaction to those deaths was, I’m sure, similar to reactions from soldiers in 1968 when they lost friends violently. I simply recalled the pain of my losses and then put that pain into the book for Toby to experience.

In the acting world they call it “method acting.” I call it “method writing.” I become my character, and I experience what they experience.

I know, it sounds simple, but it really isn’t. It takes work and it takes dedication to realism, but then if you want to achieve great things in writing you must be dedicated, right?

I hope that helps. I challenge you to try it. Think of a harrowing situation, put yourself in that situation, and then write about your reactions to it. I think you’ll find it to be a valuable writing exercise.

In search of realism . . . what is it like?
In search of realism . . . what is it like? | Source

Nothing Else?

Well, then, a short one it will be! My thanks to everyone who asked questions this week, and my thanks in advance to those who read the Mailbag and/or commented on it.

Friends helping friends!

I saw a posting on Facebook this week from someone totally disgusted and disgruntled with HubPages. Evidently she was banned from that site for some infraction, and man alive did she ever rip into the HubPages staff. She called HubPages a farce, a ripoff, and all manner of other descriptions.

I understand her being upset, although I don’t know the specifics of why she was banned. My experience is the exact opposite. I love this site. This site has given me the opportunity to share my writings with the world. People from India and Dubai and South Africa have read my short stories, and I find that remarkable. And I have hundreds of friends from around the world who genuinely care about me, and I find that beyond remarkable.

So thank you, all, for including me in this fraternity of writers.

2018 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That is sweet of you, Dee! Thank you so much!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      2 months ago

      Glad you are a part of this community, Bill. Your positive attitude carries over to us all. Thanks for the copyright information.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks so much, Devika! It is always nice to hear from you.

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      Devika Primić 

      2 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      The different people we meet makes us more confident in our daily trials. I have met people from all parts of this world and enjoyed the company of these individuals. You shared another top notch hub.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks so much, Alyssa! I love having you be a part of this site.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks as always, Zulma! Sorry I'm late with the response..the market is now done with and I can be a bit more punctual from now on.

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      Alyssa 

      2 months ago from Ohio

      Excellent advice! Thank you for another great mailbag. I agree, I love this site! :)

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      2 months ago from United Kingdom

      Hi, Bill. First off, apologies for the vague phrasing of the question. I was referring to research material for a non-fiction piece. And thank you for clearing that up for me.

      'Method writing', I like that. And it's pretty apt. You do need to get inside your character and live their life to get that level of realism that brings them to life.

      Have a great day, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rajan! May be both keep on doing what we love to do for many years.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It truly is my pleasure, Nithya, but thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Best wishes on that life story, Norma! I've considered taking on that task, but it seems a bit daunting to me.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      2 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Your mailbags keep adding to my knowledge and I am profoundly thankful to you for keeping it going. Thank you, my friend.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      2 months ago from Dubai

      Friends helping friends, is the way to go. Your series of the The Writer’s Mailbag Installments is a treasure trove of information for writers. Thank you for answering so many questions.

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      Mel Carriere 

      2 months ago from San Diego California

      DItto on loving this site, and great people like you make it. Glad you are still here mentoring and encouraging. I enjoy your mail bag much more than the one I have to sling on my shoulder every day.

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      Norma Jones 

      2 months ago

      I am writing my life story which begins when I was approx. 4 and a half years old born in Anfield Liverpool.

      At school I did very well writing 'essays' but writing ones life story is an entirely different, not to mention difficult undertaking, especially the sad periods.

      Included is a member of the family; but having checked very carefully with a friend who has a son who is a Barrister, it appears I am allowed to include a period in my life that did shall we say 'pass muster' and can be included.

      I love 'the writers mail bag' and comment's

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Share all you want, Manatita! You do so from a place of love, and as such it is worth reading always. I love your response to the negative message you received. Love does battle with negativity, and love will conquer all.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Rinita, I love your comment about HP. I'm so glad you found something to love about this site, and I totally agree with you.Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I totally agree, my friend! This is a great opportunity for sure, a part of my life I absolutely love.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That is lovely of you to say, Dora! I love that we are friends!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, you are never late to the Mailbag. I'm just happy as heck when you show up. To your question, the quick answer is yes, with a qualified....and you'll have to wait until Monday for that qualified. :) Thanks buddy!

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      Rinita Sen 

      2 months ago

      Thank you, Bill for a short but powerful mailbag this week. With copyright, I think an author is the most helpless when writing for clients, because that's when the credits are stolen, or rather, given away at a pay rate. I try to not think about copyrights, and to enjoy my writing.

      I am glad I did not see that Facebook post, would have made me angry for sure. When I joined Hubpages 8 years ago, I was more interested in making some money from whatever little writing talent I have. Soon I realized that is a difficult feat to achieve on this platform. Instead of being disappointed, however, I was elated I came here, for within months I found out what a great community of caring writers this site is. There are some things money can't buy, and this is surely one of them.

      For the record, I totally love HP and abhor FB. :)

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      Bill De Giulio 

      2 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. I agree with you about HubPages. I love meeting new people on HubPages from all over the world. I find it fascinating to hear from people from just about anywhere in the world and I really enjoy reading their hubs. What a great opportunity we have here, can’t imagine where else I could get this kind of experience.

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      manatita44 

      2 months ago from london

      Bill, I think if she is taking large chunks verbatim from someone else's work, then she can be liable. If she is quoting, but again mostly using her own words and talent to write the article, then the work is hers, as long as she references the author, like you say.

      Folks like Arthur Haley and others have got into trouble for using large-scale versions, of other people's work. Didn't someone did that to Obama's wife's work?

      Yes, so much come to me which I have read elsewhere, either from books, or families and peers, internet or T.V, even the immortal poets of the past. Few things are new. Even when we take from the ether, other mystics may have got there before us.

      I love Hub Pages too and I feel that they do try. No one is perfect, Except me, perhaps. (Chuckle) I stole a line from you. Lol. No, I know you have not said that. Truly I like them and they provide an awesome platform for us to showcase or work.

      You reminded me about the things that people say when they are asked to leave a spiritual Path for misbehaviour. They crucify the spiritual teachers! Seems to be a common experience.

      One guy wrote me a very long negative message once about someone. So I wrote a very loving letter in which I mentioned that according to Yoga Philosophy, it is we that have to change and no one else. I hope he understood. Sorry I digressed a little. Just sharing.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 months ago from The Caribbean

      I love HubPages too. I haven't found a billybuc (or any other writer as helpful) anywhere else.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      No apologies but I like reading these late because of all the friends in the comments helping other friends here. "If I had no friends, then I could only help strangers". (that one is a brain teaser ;-)

      I have been such a story embellisher/liar that it is easy for me to methodically speak of that which I do not know. Plus I got yearbook "Mr. Know It All" my Freshman year.

      There is no doubt anywhere in the world that ideas cannot be copyrighted. Patented yes.

      The other day you said you would rather not be out meeting and greeting people. That you are shy to an extent. Quite bluntly and perhaps rudely I ask; Do you hide behind the written word?

      (I only ask this way because, yes I do, and I would like confirmation that I am not alone ;-)

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Venkatachari M....a good friend in India...I would have never dreamed it possible twenty years ago....how very nice to know you.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Shaloo...it's always a pleasure having you stop by and comment.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It is totally my pleasure, John! I like hanging with the cool kids.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm with you all the way, Linda...it is very rewarding for sure.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks so much, Lori! True, it is not an easy thing to do...just one of the things that separates real writers from wannabes.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks MIzB! I always feel better when you agree with me. LOL The copyright laws are muddled at best, and pretty darned toothless now that it is so easy to steal material online....but that is my recollection of the law.

      Have a stupendous week, MizB!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks as always, Genna. I tend to agree with you about being banned from HP..they don't randomly ban people because they are bored. lol as for your other point yes, because we have to, doggone it!!!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, thank you very much for the kind words about Tobias. I just finished reading it again and Lord help me, I still love that book. lol

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You and me both, Pop! Thanks a bunch!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Great suggestion, Flourish! I'll take you up on that challenge. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That is very kind of you to say, Mary! Thank you so much.

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      mckbirdbks 

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

      Hello Bill - I read, 'Resurrecting Tobias' it is as good a book as I have read and I spent a lifetime reading. Now, as for jumping in and answering that question. Oops, guess I forgot the theme of the mailbag.

      As for the copyright question. The law varies from country to country, but in the U.S. I do not think just publishing gives you copyright protection. I think you have to file the work with the Copyright Office and pay the fee. This is not meant to cause a controversy. It seems all those years ago when I started my illustrious writing career I researched this question.

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      Venkatachari M 

      2 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Friends Help Friends. That's a great saying. And, 100% true.

      I experience this always and value the friendships. You are one great friend among them.

      You replied to the copyright question perfectly. I also support that take.

      I am not quite perfect with tabs or indenting due to which my book was not set perfectly. I didn't find Mike's comment in this thread. But you already mentioned whatever was suggested by him. That's enough for setting the tabs in Word document.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      2 months ago from India

      The copyright question was indeed tricky. I think it's ok to take reference from other sources but the content should be presented in your own unique style. Another informative and helpful mailbag... thanks!

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      A short but sweet mailbag this week, Bill. "Friends helping friends", that's what it's all about. The copyright question from Zulma was interesting as was, as was the one about 'realism" from Pat. Thank you for continuing this wonderful series.

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      Linda Crampton 

      3 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love meeting people from around the world via HubPages. It's always enjoyable to discover someone from another country here. Thanks for yet another edition of the Mailbag, Bill.

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      Lori Colbo 

      3 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      I marvel at the tapping into a dramatic piece of history without having been there and making it so realistic. I did this once describing a violent incident on the streets of the Warsaw Ghetto in WW ll. Where it came from I don't know but comments said it was very real sounding. Writers, even non fiction writers have been given the great gift of imagination. I read Tobias too and you did a good job there Bill.

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      3 months ago from Beautiful South

      Bill, you had some lovely words in this mailbag today, especially toward the end about having friends around the world read your writing. Again, I want to thank Mike and Becky for helping me. My program still does not work like that, but they steered me in the right direction to solve the program. All the looking up online did not do that. Aren't our HP friends wonderful!

      On copyrighted material, you gave a great discussion on what I was taught. When I was in journalism school, this is the law they taught us in a nutshell: You cannot copyright an idea, but you can copyright your execution of it. Nice, huh? Unless the law has changed, you are allowed to direct quote no more than 200 words, but you must use attribution. To do otherwise is plagiarism.

      Oh well, back to the 90s again this week. I do hope we have an autumn this year. Have a good rest of week, my friend.

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      Genna East 

      3 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi, Bill. Friends helping friends is what it's all about. :-)

      I agree about the source notes on the research articles.

      And what an interesting video. I'm never satisfied with "what I did," and never think it "went well," so I guess I'm on the track for being a decent writer, eventually. I valued so much of what he said...especially, that we write because we have to, doggone it -- and on rare occasions, whether we like it or not. That need seems to dwell inside us somewhere behind the shadows of words.

      It's been my experience that when someone is banned from the halls of HP, often it's for a pretty good reason. A sour grape or two might have prompted her to vent on Facebook.

      Thanks again for a very helpful article. Have a great week.

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      breakfastpop 

      3 months ago

      I love the idea of friends helping friends. For me, that is what life is all about.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 months ago from USA

      One great way to help a fellow Hub friend is by sharing their work on social media. I hope everyone takes a moment and shares the work of a friend today.

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      Mary Norton 

      3 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I think so much of our experience is determined by what we bring to it. You always see the positive and so the experience is great for you. This is the reason I like reading the mailbag. It puts me once again in the right direction. Yes, friends help friends. That's my mantra for this week.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Monday Melissa! You always make me smile, and for that I thank you! Have a great week of harvesting.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Verlie my friend. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Me neither, Ann, but I did give Crime and Punishment a go......snore!

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Mr. Happy, good to hear from you again. An interesting question about best sellers. I have a snarky response to it for next week. lol As for HP...you said it..it is what it is. Stay here, leave, it's a personal decision. I choose to stay because of people like you.

      My best to you always

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Great comment, Pamela. Yes, we love HP. There will always be something to find fault in, no matter what, but HP has given me a literary home, and I love it here.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Two more markets, Linda, but getting close. As for the clowns on HP who want to complain and antagonize, I wish them well. They will have to feed their anger without my participation.

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      Melissa Propp 

      3 months ago from Minnesota

      Happy Monday Bill! Glad to see the hurricane and floods didn't stop the mail from arriving on time! :)

      I love the term "method writing". It seems a very apt description of the process.

      Hope you have a wonderful and productive week! We are in full harvest mode here (many apple trees) so I'm off to search for more things to do with a bountiful crop...

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      3 months ago from Canada

      Friends helping friends, such a simple positive approach, what a lovely way to start the day. Thank you Bill.

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      Ann Carr 

      3 months ago from SW England

      You're so right! That's why I've never attempted to wade through War and Peace!

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      But Heidi, I love your pontificating! lol Fine, I'll do without this week, but don't make it a habit!

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you William! It's always a pleasure having you visit.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, it's a good thing you didn't ask that question of a Russian author; they don't seem to be capable of minimizing words. lol Just kidding...great question! I will tackle it soon.

      In the meantime, have a delicious Monday!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I love it, Janine! A great reason for trying Pinterest from a pro who knows about marketing. I appreciate you, Janine! Wishing, for you, a successful week.

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      Mr. Happy 

      3 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      "When it comes to copyright, do you add a copyright notice to everything" - I had an urge to say: "No, I just break knee-caps if You steal my #$%@" LOL Just kidding. My stuff is not worth stealing but I wouldn't encourage anyone to steal anything from me anyway.

      Ohh, I remembered my question from the other week. I was in a subway, once again and I saw an advertising for some mystery/suspense type of novel and the advertising said in big letters: "Bestseller". I was wondering how do these ten dollar novels sold at gas-stations make the "Bestseller" list? Or, can anyone put "Bestseller" on their cover? For me, these are the types of books I would probably use at the cottage to start the fire (page by page), if someone else bought them and left them there.

      "I have smelled death" - Ya, that's a smell hard to forget and one wouldn't mistake it for anything else.

      Like You, I appreciate this website. Of course, I have had many grievences with the way the website is run, or the changes that have taken place in my nine years being here but it is what it is. I can always go somewhere else if I wasn;t happy here. Nobody is forcing me to be here.

      Alrighty, You have yourself a wonderful week!

      Until again,

      I

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Mary! That's a pretty common mistake, one I make quite often. I'll review it for both of us next Monday. Thanks a bunch...have a tremendously successful week.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      3 months ago from Sunny Florida

      Bill, I love Hubpages also. I love writing articles, especially medical ones since I worked many years as a RN, and I feel I might be helping some people. I was absent when I basically had two failed back surgeries a few months apart.

      I had a thought about the copywrite. I was typing in a copywrite at the end of my articles for a while, but when articles are moved to other Hubpage sites they remove it, so the date at the end is it i guess. I always include any reference I use, and of course, I put the information in my own words.

      I also believe in friends helping friends. Good article.

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      Linda Lum 

      3 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, I'll chime in too about being raised by parents who lived through the Great Depression. I am sure that it contributed to their frugal ways, but would like to think that they would have been the same kind, giving, 'friends helping friends' people even if the Depression had not occurred.

      Thanks also for the information on copyright.

      I'm glad that I missed the rant on Facebook. I've had my fill of negativity this week, and it's only Monday. Once again, I allow myself to offer a suggestion to our favorite HP "protagonist" and he's all defensive and mean-spirited again. I give up and won't write to him any more on the topic.

      I hope you have a great week my friend. Last of the Market until next Spring, right?

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      Heidi Thorne 

      3 months ago from Chicago Area

      Short Mailbag today... and I have nothing else to add. Besides, you probably need a break from my pontificating. Thanks for always leading the conversation and have a great week!

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      William Kovacic 

      3 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      As they say, short but sweet. As always you've given us good information to grow by, and the videos were helpful as well. thank you, my friend!

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      Ann Carr 

      3 months ago from SW England

      Great answer regarding the copyright issue. I questioned myself about that some time ago and came up with exactly the same reasoning!

      Sounds as though I had a similar upbringing to you in regard to parents. Helping others, being kind...etc. If you're given that example then that's how you live.

      I'm giving myself an exercise (in an article) as to how to edit, to get words down to a minimum in a given text. How would you tackle that, after your first draft?

      May your Monday step up to the mark and be marvellous, bill!

      Ann

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      Janine Huldie 

      3 months ago from New York, New York

      Bill, your parents and my own would have gotten along perfectly as I was taught similar growing up about friends helping friends. So, definitely couldn't agree more. On a side note, I missed that Facebook post and I am honestly glad I did. As I have been seeing more and more Facebook rants over things that seriously don't warrant complaints in my humble estimation. Probably why I stay quieter on that social network now. I am finding Pinterest to be better for me and what I am doing now. A plus side it is just sharing pins and little to no human interaction for rants such as these I suppose. That said thanks for your wise words once again and wishing you a wonderful week ahead now :)

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      Mary Wickison 

      3 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Bill,

      I too saw the Facebook post you're referring to and moved on. She was not pleased but I try and stay away from people who vent venom. Like yourself, I enjoy my time here on Hubpages and I feel a part of a community.

      I have a very basic grammar question for you that I just can't seem to get a grasp of. I use the word 'which' when I should use the word 'that'. When I update my articles, I noticed I do this often.

      Can you refresh this tired old mind of mine?

      Have a great week up there.

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