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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment 228

Updated on October 29, 2018

We Are Memories in the Making

I just love that line . . . we are memories in the making . . . isn’t that beautiful?

I was reminded of that the other day while feeding the chickens. I was checking the news feed on my phone, and there was a story about someone with a first name of Margaret.

I knew a Margaret once . . . my fiancé, who died in 1997 months before we were to marry. It was hard when it happened, obviously, but time has a way of softening the edges of our emotions so now, even though I am happily married to Bev, I can have very pleasant and fond memories of a woman named Margaret who loved to laugh and brightened up any room she entered.

We are memories in the making . . . perhaps not so much our day-to-day activities, because for the most part those are the mundane actions of daily living, but our overall impact on those around us, the legacy we leave once we are gone . . . the fond memories others can cherish once we have moved on.

Something to think about!

Welcome to the Mail Room!
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Proper Acknowledgements

From Verlie: “Dear Bill, flea circus? Oh man! I've never heard of this before. Enjoyed reading writers' questions once again. All helpful as usual. I have a question today. I recently wrote a Sonnet, and had a very good poet read it and fine tune a couple of lines to correct the missing, or extra beats. Now I'm wondering if I should, or how I should acknowledge her editorial assistance? Just throwing that out there.”

Verlies, thanks for a question never asked before. That’s quite a feat!

I personally think it would be appropriate to acknowledge that poet’s editorial assistance. I don’t know anything about the legal responsibilities of doing so, but just from a human viewpoint yes, I think you should.

How to do it? I think just a mention in the prologue, if that sonnet is going into a book, or at the end of the sonnet in an author’s note; that should be sufficient notification and acknowledgement.

KINDLE

From Rasma: “Most interesting and I must say unusual since it began with a flea circus. Now I must also find my own flea circus. I am in the process of working on my second book of poems. So far the publishing company doing the formatting sent me what they had completed unfortunately the PDF for the paperback had quite a few corrections to be made and I have sent it back. He also sent me the Kindle version which on my PC translate to as a MOBI File. Well, I told him I hoped he had a copy of the Kindle version so he could correct that too. Once both these are sent back since I do not have a Kindle is there any way I can open the Kindle file and take a look at it myself?”

Rasma, if I understand your question correctly, and it’s always possible that I don’t, you can download free Kindle apps for practically any device you have. Follow this link and you will find all the Kindle apps available and none of them cost you anything.

Featured Articles

From Devika: “Hi Bill just a question about my hubs. I have tried effortlessly to have it featured and just so difficult. Each attempt I fail. Please how can you help me fix these issues or any suggestions?”

This is a pretty common question among HP writers. I do not claim to understand the HP staff and the decisions which go into featuring a Hub. I’m sure they have their system programmed to recognize certain features in any article, and if all those features are included, the computer flags the article as featured. I don’t think for a second that the HP staff sits around each day and actually reads every single article posted.

So all I can tell you is the winning combination I use with every single article I post, the Mailbags and the short stories: minimum of 1250 words, minimum of three original photos, and a minimum of two videos. I do that for all of my articles and then never do another thing with them. Since I have quite a few featured articles, I’m going to assume what I’m doing actually works.

Best wishes!

Building Blog Audience

From Andrea: . . “How do you build page views for your blog this is what I’ve come up with

1-YouTube channel

2-tail wind tribes

3-figure Out theme to use for Wordpress

4- look into promoting blog posts at blog pros.com

5- design blog offer something that’s easy to read

6- look for a good Seo strategy

7-conduct survey

What do you think do you know any other ways to do it?? “

One thing I don’t see here, Andrea, and it is something I believe is pretty important, is to become an active member of the blogging community. It is a mammoth community, my friend, and I have found, for the most part, people in that community who are willing and able to follow your blog if you are willing to do the same with theirs. On top of that, they will comment on your blog, do a guest blog on your blog, and share your blog, if you are willing to do the same with theirs.

All of this takes time and it takes a commitment to become an active member of the blogging community. Just following someone is not enough; you need to commit to being active.

In other words, give and you shall receive.

And I’m going to toss in another free piece of advice: make sure your blog is interesting and of high quality. I have a limited amount of time to follow people, and I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that. I will only follow blogs which I think are interesting and worth reading. I can count on one hand the number of blogs I follow just because I like the person or because they are my friend. Usually I follow a blog because it is interesting and worth my time to do so.

There are quite a few other promotional angles you can work to increase viewership, but I would concentrate on those two suggestions before you waste your time with more social media strategies. Social media is nice, but nothing beats quality.

Form relationships within the blogging community
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Stress Release

From Lawrence: “One thing that came up the other day, and I wasn't sure how to explain it, I'm not sure there's a way either, I use writing for 'stress relief' in my regular job! The other day a co-worker asked me how I deal with the stress of 'grumpy passengers' and the truth is I retreat into writing during my break times, it's like we create our own world, where we can 'fix' the problems. Is writing a 'stress relief' to others?”

I can’t speak for others, Lawrence, but I can certainly remember back, turning to writing to take my mind off of things troubling me. I don’t feel stress very often, but I am troubled at times over events or words spoken or feelings hurt, and I always sort those things out by writing about them in a story.

I’m sure others will weigh in on this one.

Memories in the making
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Memories in the Making

So, you’ve had some time to think about it. What kind of memory are you today? What memories have you left your friends and your family? Give it some thought as you go about your day. I think it’s fairly important, don’t you?

Of course you do!

Thanks for dropping by the Mailbag. I’ll leave you with some lyrics from that great songwriter, Dan Fogelberg, from his song “Ghosts.” I think you’ll find that they relate to this topic.

“Sometimes, in the night I feel it
Near as my next breath
And yet, untouchable
Silently the past comes stealing
Like the taste of some forbidden sweet

Along the walls; in shadowed rafters
Moving like a thought through haunted atmospheres
Muted cries and echoed laughter
Banished dreams that never sank in sleep

Lost in love and found in reason
Questions that the mind can find no answers for
Ghostly eyes conspire treason
As they gather just outside the door ...

Every ghost that calls upon us
Brings another measure in the mystery
Death is there
To keep us honest
And constantly remind us we are free

Down the ancient corridors
And through the gates of time
Run the ghosts of days
That we left behind”

2018 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Lawrence, thanks for sharing your experience with HP....I'm not sure 1200 words rule is etched in HP stone, but it is a number which keeps coming up, so it's a number I pay close attention to.

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      3 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      Thank you for the answer to the 'stress relief'. This week has been particularly challenging and I wonder if I actually like the memories I created this week, probably not but I don't have to stop there, there's always next week and better things.

      I also noticed this week that I didn't do much writing, so this morning I sat at the computer screen (it'd been so long since I turned the machine on it had forgotten how to start up!) and a thousand words just flew off the keyboard within the space of 90 minutes (for me that's fast).

      Also, I saw in an email a few days ago from HP that their new 'recommended' length for a Hub is about 1,200 words (I'm in real trouble with that one as mine average 2,400ish) and yes, at least two photos and a video, they also prefer if the photos are your own ones and relate to the subject.

      Blessings

      Lawrence

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you always, Dee, and Happy Thanksgiving to you.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      3 months ago

      Good reading today, as usual. Thanks for the tips. So much truth in your poem.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathy, I hope you find that courage too. Anyone brave enough to take care of a two month old is brave enough to publish. :)

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      Kathy Burton 

      3 months ago from Florida

      Thanks for another great mailbag session. I am taking care of my granddaughter during the day. She is now two months old. I hope I live long enough to leave some good memories with her and more with my own children.

      Thanks for advice on HP writing. I was drafting one tonight and I forgot the suggestion to add 3 pictures. I have the word count. Hopefully, I will be brave enough to publish soon.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for your thoughts, Alyssa. Weren't you thinking of moving? What happened to that proposal?

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      Alyssa 

      3 months ago from Ohio

      I love that line, "we are memories in the making." It definitely makes you pause and consider life. Excellent mailbag this week! I've never had a problem with getting my hubs featured.. I like your guidelines and I do something similar -- I shoot for 1000 words and I try to break it up with a few pictures or videos. Most of the time, I get over 1000 words, but I don't stress if it's under. The most important thing to me is that I delivered the intended message. As for the blog, I wholeheartedly agree with being active. I also think there is great benefit to utilizing Pinterest to gain more traffic, both with the blog and with hubs. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You and me both, Nithya! Thank you for your thoughts.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      3 months ago from Dubai

      Another great Writer’s Mailbag Installment. Writing has always been a stress buster for me.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Rajan, I think Devika just has to fine-tune those hubs of hers a bit,and it will happen.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Always,Nell, and thank you, to you, always!

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Halloween, Marlene! It's always a pleasure when you stop by. Be well, dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I agree,Manatita, the kind of poet that brings out the jealousy in me.:)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

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

      Very useful questions and answers. I feel sad that Devika has her hubs unfeatured. All of us would like to leave fond memories of us for others and will have to work towards achieving that.

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      Nell Rose 

      3 months ago from England

      Powerful words in your awesome poem Bill! the ghost of days!

      and great advice as always! thanks

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      3 months ago from USA

      It is always a joy to stop by the mailbag. I pick up some excellent tips and get to see wonderful friends here too. I forgot about the tip of being active in the blog community and you reminded me to include videos in my articles. I think that is quite important. Trick or Treat? Have a happy Halloween.

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      manatita44 

      3 months ago from london

      This guy is an awesome poet. Im highly appreciative.

      Some nice questions but you answer so well, as always. Thank you so much!

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Nice exit door, Dora! May it always open for you when you need it. Thank you and Happy Halloween to you!

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      No psychological need, Rodric. Just personal preference, me thinks. :) Thanks buddy!

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate you saying that, Peg, although I feel I've slipped a bit in recent years. But thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Chitrangada Sharan. Any time I can touch a heart I am happy.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, I love the tomato story. Stranger than fiction me thinks. :) As for the weather here, I am in the process of building an ark. Just sayin'

      Have a fabulous Halloween, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rasma! Fogelberg has inspired me for a very long time.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Let's hope, Mary, that time is a far way off. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I'm not surprised you haven't heard that saying...it's mine. :) Congratulations on the World Series. I was rooting for the Sox!

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Love the tips, John! Thank you for sharing your HP experience with featured hubs. Whatever works, my friend.

      Happy Halloween!

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It is my pleasure, Eman! Thanks so much!

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Pamela! I'm sure family members are very grateful for your efforts.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Emese! Of course I follow your blog; it has your heart and soul in it.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Liz! Happy Halloween to you!

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      And William, I really do appreciate you being here week after week. Thank you sir!

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 months ago from The Caribbean

      Concerning the stress question, I get relief even by thinking about writing. Thinking of a topic and planning the subtopics relieves me from disgust or anything else I would rather not deal with. It's an exit door for me too.

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      Venkatachari M 

      3 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      "We are memories in the making". What a beautiful quote! It's true. Every person leaves some memories behind.

      Each mailbag of yours reveals some wonderful note or other. That's why I love your mailbags and never want to miss even once. Even though I am late at times.

      Those lyrics at the end are beautiful and convey a great message. Thanks for sharing them.

      Regarding Devika's question about featured articles, I would like to mention that all articles do not require the video. An article can get featured without any video if it meets all other qualifications of a stellar hub.

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      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      3 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Since I decided not to put focus on my blog as much I read about how to improve it. I like the answer you gave Andrea. Quality and time investment in reading and commenting are key strategies to grow a following. It takes time to do.

      It seems odd to me that I am confident to write books and have them printed, but lack that same confidence to put good work into a blog. Hubpages is like a drug. It is a forum where I know I will get instant feedback from moderators and commenters, validation. Bill, I wonder if that is an indication of a deeper psychological need. Anyway, this is a good article as usual.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate that very much,Linda! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You and me both, Pop! I wouldn't have it any other way, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes they are, Flourish! She deserves mentioning, so thank you.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      At least it is functioning, Shannon! Take solace in that fact.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      In that case, Linda, I don't have a clue what HP wants in an article. Yes to the melancholy, but I'll work through it.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Hopefully for sure, Verlie. There is still some tread on our tires, my friend.

      Thank you always!

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Quick answer, Eric, no, I would not change it, and I'll give you the reason why next Monday.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, thanks, as always, for your comment and question. You must see inside my head, my friend, with regards to your questions. Answer is being formulated, and lived, as we speak.

      May your Tuesday be all you wish it to be.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Mr. Happy,I thank you sir! Think good thought, say good things, do good deeds! You can break bread with me any old day, my friend.

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      Peg Cole 

      3 months ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      Great photo of you and sound advice for increasing viewership.You are always right on top of new articles when they come out, always with a word of encouragement and a comment. The result of your efforts says it all.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      3 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Bill!

      This particular mailbag is heart touching with your wonderful line, ‘We are memories in the making—‘ and your beautiful poem. So thoughtful and I can relate to it.

      As usual good questions and helpful answers and information shared by you.

      Thank You!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      3 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      A wonderful mailbag and am inspired by we are memories in the making and by Dan Fogelberg. Thank you for your reply about Kindle and I will check out those links. Hope you have a great week ahead.

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      Linda Crampton 

      3 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Your mailbag articles are always interesting, but some, like this one, are especially enjoyable. Thanks for creating it. I hope you have a good week, Bill.

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      3 months ago from Beautiful South

      "Memories in the making," that's a great thought, Bill. In one of the comments, someone mentioned that's why she does genealogy. That's a gal of me own heart. There are wonderful memories in old records and cemeteries. Blogging an opinion here: I don't understand why people want to be cremated and have their ashes scattered over BLANK because they had a good memory there or they like a place. I think it far more considerate to those who come after to leave behind a record in a cemetery on a nice tombstone. Remember the old country song that went "Live fast, love hard, die young and leave a beautiful memory"? (Faron Young sang the original, I think.)

      Your laugh for the day. While allowing my cats a little supervised outdoor time yesterday, one went under our outdoor staircase. Upon looking for him, I discovered a whole tomato patch under there and some plants were blooming. I don't know how they got there unless my special little bullied chick dropped some of her tiny tomato treats under there. She has been successfully integrated back into the flock after several months of isolation. (There's a true story here with a twist for an ending. Will write it when I get time.)

      Our weather has been lovely the last few days. We are actually having some autumn this week, but still no fabulous fall colors. Maybe next month. Have a good'n, my friend.

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      Mary Norton 

      3 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      The ghost of days that we left behind...yes, they do haunt me. You are right about making memories. It is so important because the time may come when you no longer can and it is sad.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      3 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. Memories in the making, I had not heard that saying before, but I like it. Today I am thankful that the Red Sox have won the World Series and I can go to bed at a normal hour. Have a great week.

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      A very enjoyable Mailbag this week, Bill. “We are memories in the making” love that quote and it is so apt and as writers we are the capturers of memories as well. It is hard to keep up with HP’s guidelines to have a hub featured but, no “spammy elements” is their oh catch cry.

      Embed Amazon ads into the text, and don’t advertise any product you haven’t personally read or used. Make sure spelling and grammar is good, if not perfect. Don’t link to other hubs or articles, even if it is part of a series (You may get away with this if the link is in the text, but not using the links capsule.)

      Preferably, have three photos, but this doesn’t seem to always be a requirement. I usually include one video but I don’t know if that really matters too much any more. They seem to have relaxed their requirements for poetry since LetterPile was introduced. I have seen short poems there with no images and also in poorly-written English, so who knows. Love the Fogelberg verses.

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      breakfastpop 

      3 months ago

      There is definitely a formula that HP prefers. You are right Bill, not too many words, some photos, perhaps a poll or who knows what! I do know that proofreading is vital and short titles are better. Other than that, I haven't a clue. I write for the pleasure of it. I don't write for HP.

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      Eman Abdallah Kamel 

      3 months ago from Egypt

      Interesting article. The memories always take us to the past. Thanks for all the tips.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      3 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I agree memories we make are important, and one reason I do genealogy research is to leave a legacy when I'm gone. Various family members are always interested in new findings even now.

      This was an interesting array of topics today, and I always learn a thing or two from the Writer's Mailbag.

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      Emese Fromm 

      3 months ago from The Desert

      Beautiful thoughts, Bill. And I can't help feeling special reading that you only follow a handful of blogs, those you think are worth reading :) .

      As for writing for stress relief, I've been doing it since I was a very young kid, I think since I learned to write... every time someone hurt me (my feelings mainly), or I was upset about something, I turned to writing, sometimes in secret so others wouldn't think me weird. For those of us who love to write, it is the best therapy. We might end up with material for stories, or simply with a better mindset after the writing.

      We are memories in the making - what a beautiful line... good to think of it... thank you for that thought.

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      Liz Westwood 

      3 months ago from UK

      Once again I congratulate you on writing a hub full of nuggets of good advice.

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      William Kovacic 

      3 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Pretty full mailbag this week, Bill. There is always something to learn on Mondays as long as the mailbag is around. I really do appreciate the time you take to answer the questions, and I don't take it for granted. Thank you for helping us to spread our wings and fly.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 months ago from USA

      It’s kind of you to share your memories of Margaret. It’s good to remember those we have loved and lost. They are part of who we are.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks a bunch, Melissa. I am half-way through the new novel...paranormal horror heading your way after the first of the year.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Shoot, Shaloo, I don't know how to find your blog...send me the URL please.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Go get 'em, Mike! Thanks for starting it off with me.

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      Melissa Propp 

      3 months ago from Minnesota

      Happy Monday Bill! And Happy Almost Halloween! I prefer paranormal horror over slasher horror movies, but that didn't stop me from seeing the latest Halloween movie. :)

      This is the time of year when I have way too many movies and books to catch up on...but its still my favorite season. I hope you are able to enjoy life, make memories and have a productive week!

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      Shannon Henry 

      3 months ago from Texas

      Okay, reflective is a much better word. I understand that because I get that way often. But as you can see, my brain is barely functioning today.

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      Linda Lum 

      3 months ago from Washington State, USA

      A very thoughtful, almost melancholy one from you today. The change of the seasons does that I think, reminding us that time is passing by, we are growing old and older. I loved the Fogelberg verses at the end.

      As for featured articles, all of mine are and I (honestly) don't know how or why. The "1,250 words" is not really a goal of mine but ends up being a happy accident when I've said all I have to say on a topic. I do include lots of photos but rarely a video.

      Thank you today, and every Monday, for all you do.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      3 months ago from Canada

      Good morning Bill, you really know how. Thanks for all of the above. I like your response to my question.

      "We are memories in the making" something to think about for sure.

      Hopefully we won't give up the ghost anytime soon.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      3 months ago from India

      Quite interesting mailbag this time. I liked your suggestion about being active in the blogosphere. It indeed makes a lot of difference. And btw, you have never visited my personal blog... I would love to hear your opinion about it.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Bill I got so much out of this one. I like the one about being "featured" here. They really go after my boy and father articles. But the last one they torqued on I just blew it off and the views from FB were larger than most.

      Ann just wrote a piece partially dealing with using the same words over and over. I see it as a sign of illiteracy in the day to day. Say it from a different vantage point I say. But one of my characters is a police soldier dude and he has to start every sentence in a kind of "salute". "Yes Mum" I think is correct. It is wrote. Can I change this?

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      mckbirdbks 

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

      Hi Bill - Now that I have read the mailbag, I am ready for the week.

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      Ann Carr 

      3 months ago from SW England

      Great questions, great answers; Mondays wouldn't be the same without them.

      As for featured articles, I hardly ever (once I think!) include videos and that doesn't seem to make any difference as almost all of mine are featured, occasionally after some tweaking. I have some brilliant videos of my own but since it's impossible to add them to hubs unless one puts them on you-tube first, then I don't use them. If I can use my photos directly, then why can't I use my videos? (not a question for the mailbag) Anyway, I'd rather stick to photos; easier to edit!

      This might be a question for your mailbag: Do you ever think that you've had enough of the 'heavy' stuff (like writing novels or stuff about how to write) and just turn to light-hearted pieces? I've exhausted myself with the stress of writing about good structure and grammar, making sure I've got it right, and I'm now back to a little poetry; that's purely subjective and no one can tell me it's right or wrong!

      Your mailbag is pretty light-hearted of course; you do that so well whilst dealing with some serious questions.

      A monstrously marvellous Monday to you and yours, bill!

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You and me both, Shannon! Deep? Just reflective. My life is as good as it's ever been. I'm just trying not to rock the proverbial boat.

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      Mr. Happy 

      3 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      "I have tried effortlessly to have it featured and just so difficult." - This comment made me smile. I have essays posted on which I have worked up to 100 hours. Those got hardly any reads and certainly no featuring of them. On the other hand, that last article about respect which I just sat down, wrote then, posted it ... that, got featured and sent to Soapboxie (whatever that is): an hour's work, quickly done lol I gave-up a long time ago to try to write in such a way that people will want to read what I write. Now, I just write and if anyone wants to read, that's cool. It's also cool, if nobody reads anything too. Ohh, ya the article also doesn't have two photos, or two videos ... still it got featured. I don't pretend to understand Hub-pages.

      "In other words, give and you shall receive." - Unless You're part of the 1%. Then, it's "receive, receive and receive some more". "Give nothing" seems to be the ultimate goal. That way, greed can reign forever. Sorry, the activist in me couldn't shut up LOL

      "What kind of memory are you today?" - You know, Zoroastrians say: "Think good thoughts, say good things, do good deeds." That's the kind of memory I try to be.

      Thank You for your writing and have a wonderful week! : )

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      Shannon Henry 

      3 months ago from Texas

      Monday already? Time sure goes quickly these days.

      It seems you're in a "deep" sort of mood with this one. Time does indeed have a way of softening the edges. And yes, I do believe it's important to consider the kinds of memories we leave someone else with. I hope I leave more good ones than bad ones behind and I hope that when possible I never make the last memory with someone a bad one.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine ! When a master blogger such as yourself agrees with me, I know I'm on the right path with my answer. Happy Monday my friend.

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      Janine Huldie 

      3 months ago from New York, New York

      A beautiful way to leave us today Bill. And I will add that it is crazy how something as small as hearing a name can conjure someone or something from my past. So I get it completely. That said, I quite enjoyed this week's mailbag for that, as well as your blogging advice as I couldn't agree more after almost seven years of blogging here, I can honestly say it is a community effort. That said, Happy Monday now and wishing you the best week ahead, as well ;)

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