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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment 243

Updated on February 11, 2019

Be Careful What You Wish For

A week ago I was musing about the winter that wasn’t here in Olympia, how mild our winter had been, record high temps, all that nonsense. Since then our first snow arrived, another snowstorm is due in this afternoon (Friday the 8th) and yet another one due Monday. It appears winter was just a little slow in arriving, because the Pacific Northwest now looks like a winter wonderland.

Shows you how very little I know.

By the way, my chickens are not happy with the snow and fifteen degree temps . . . not happy but doing all right . . . chickens are hardy birds, so no worries on that front. And our dog Maggie loves the snow and is oblivious to the cold, so there you go.

An odd lead in to the Mailbag . . . you never know what you are going to get in the Mailbag . . . shall we get started with the questions?

Welcome to the Mail Room!
Welcome to the Mail Room!

Writing and Reading

From Shaloo: “As most of the writers are voracious readers too. I wonder how much you read everyday and who are your favorite authors. Any books you would recommend to your readers?”

Gosh, Shaloo, I used to read quite a bit. For whatever, reason, this past year or so, I’ve pretty much stopped reading. I think I’m just too tired at night to read, truth be known. My favorite time to read has always been around ten or so at night, but now I open a book at ten and fall asleep by ten-fifteen. LOL

When I was reading I was reading for an hour or two each night, and almost always mysteries. I cut my mystery teeth on John D. McDonald and his Travis McGee character. I then moved through the Spenser series, the Scudder series, and the Dave Robicheaux series by James Lee Burke. You name a mystery writer and I have probably read him or her. But now I tend to gravitate towards non-fiction. I think I’m trying to gather as much knowledge as possible in the time I have remaining on this planet.

My favorite author will always be Harper Lee!

Getting Cocky?

From Liz: “Interesting topics and great advice. Should we be worrying if, as writers, we lose the self doubt? Does that mean we are becoming over-confident and taking less care with our writing? I can see how planning is key for consistency in a series. Thanks for the taster of your new novel.”

Liz, this is actually a fascinating question. What happens when we are no longer apprehensive about publishing? Does it mean anything? I really don’t think so. I’d hate to say yes, it is over-confidence, and then hurt someone’s feelings. And I do believe we can find a comfort level and still strive for the very best.

There’s nothing wrong with confidence, but there is a great deal wrong with complacency. Always strive to be the best you can be and that effort will be reflected in your writings.

The Good in Everyone

From Linda: “Here's a question. Does everyone, no matter how depraved they are, how rotten and loathsome, have a smidgen of good in them, something that makes them a tiny bit human and not 100 percent monster?”

Sheez, Linda, why don’t you get all serious? LOL

If I’m not mistaken, one of the traits of a sociopath is the complete absence of human emotion and empathy. Does that make them a monster or simply a sick human being?

I was watching a documentary about the BTK killer in the Midwest. This guy completely fooled his daughter and friends and church members. I mean they had no clue that this guy was brutally killing people. They believed him to be a loving father, husband, and friend. So what was he, a great actor, or someone with a sliver of good in him?

I don’t like the word “monster,” but I do not believe they are even a tiny bit human. I think they are the consummate actors with very twisted brains . . . no feelings . . . no emotions . . . no empathy . . . no compassion.

Is there good in everyone?
Is there good in everyone?

Filing System

From Eric: “Now Bill do not take this wrong but you seem quite fastidious. My self on the other hand is more "pull it out of thin air". There is room for both our fashions I believe. But help me out on organization. How do you store your writings? My organization skills stinkaroo. (I know this kind of is more about computer use than writing but if I have trouble in this area I get all confused about order and it scrambles my creative mind) Perhaps just age.”

Shoot, Eric, I’ve been called a lot worse than fastidious. That’s mild compared to what some have called me.

How do I store my writing? In files on the computer1 I have files labeled for all manner of writings and organizations and topics and whatever. It would probably appear random to some, but it works for me. My computer desktop page looks like a blizzard of files.

Resurrecting Tobias

From Peggy: “The first book of yours that I have read is Resurrecting Tobias. It is such a fabulous book! The characters stay with the reader long after the last pages of the book are closed. I would highly recommend reading it to everyone! I am guessing that a significant part of who you are as a person was incorporated into the character of Toby. Am I correct in that assumption? If you did readings as Toby did in many places around the country, I would envision many of the same things being spoken out of your lips.”

Peggy, thank you so much for those kind words and that recommendation. “Resurrecting Tobias” was a joy to write. It was also cleansing and forgiving. Yes, there is a ton of me in Toby. I needed to address my lifetime and several of my personal demons, and that novel was the result. It is a very personal book. It was hard to write but it was necessary, and it was hard to publish it, for all the world to see, but again it was necessary.

I’ll leave it at that!

What we are dealing with lately....brrrr!
What we are dealing with lately....brrrr!

Be Safe and Warm

While we all dream of spring, be safe and warm in the grips of winter. Snow means walks with Maggie out at the farm. Snow means memories of childhood days that never seemed to end, when youth was forever and reality was suspended. It means fires in the woodstove and keeping our chickens alive. It means snuggling under a pile of blankets and embracing the wonder of it all.

It means life and love!

By the way, a writer friend of mine recently interviewed me. You can find that interview on Shannon Henry’s blog here.

Love to you all! May this week be all you want it to be, plus a bonus!

2019 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Lawrence, no matter how long I live, I will never understand the human species.

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      7 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      This got me thinking. 'Is there a modicum of good in everyone?" Adolf Hitler hated cruelty to animals! He sent millions to the gas chambers, but could not stand to see an animal treated badly!

      Maybe there is, but it doesn't stop them being what they are, not monsters, just those with a conscience 'seared with a hot iron' as the good book says. (1st Timothy chapter 4)

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for those, Jo! I'll jot them down.

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      Jo Miller 

      7 months ago from Tennessee

      Here are a couple of suggestions for non-fiction that might get you back in the reading habit: Educated by Tara Westover and The Man Without a Face by Masha Gessen.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Lori! We were finally able to drive all the way down the access road to the farm yesterday. What a mess, but it is thankfully melting fast now. Hope you are safe and sound, my friend.

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      Lori Colbo 

      8 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Hey snow buddy, crazy winter we're having. It's valentines day and I am still snowed in my driveway. I don't own a shovel or snow plow so I have another couple of days inside. The snow was beautiful for about three minutes then I was ready to say goodbye. I saw a gazillion snow photos on Facebook and they all look the same. Snow is white the trees are black, BORING.

      I keep missing your Facebook posts for the mailbag so I have some reading to do. Stay warm Bill. Sorry, your chickens aren't happy. You know I was watching the little birds out in the snow and I marvel out how warm they seem to stay. Those wee little creatures out having the time of their lives. God's mysterious ways. Hope you're staying warm.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Sha! Happy Valentine's Day!!!!

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheez, Mel, get better soon, my friend. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      8 months ago from Central Florida

      Excellent mailbag, Bill. I love the "Meet Yourself" video. Very inspiring and well-presented!

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      Mel Carriere 

      8 months ago from San Diego California

      Sounds like a snow job to me. Glad you are still plugging away with your old mail bag, making folks happy with it while all I get from mine is a dislocated shoulder. Great stuff.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Worst snow I've seen in this area, Dee, in seventy years, and we never really saw it coming. This was supposed to be a mild winter and it was up until one week ago.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That is very kind of you, Dora...i try. That's all any of us can do, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Welcome back, Heidi, and thanks for finding the time to read the Mail. Rain in Florida? I wish I could say I feel bad about that. lol Actually, since it was your vacation, I do feel bad, but you are the only reason for it.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for the book tip, Venkatachari M. I just might enjoy that one, if I can stay awake to read it. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You are much too kind, Rinita, but thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, only you can answer that one. My only question for you is this: are you happy? If you are, all the rest of it is fluff for thought.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Peg, and my John D. MacDonald live forever in our libraries. As for your question, my goodness, you opened up a can of worms there. I'll take that one on Monday.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Chitrangada Sharan. I appreciate you taking the time to read the interview.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, John! Your kind words are greatly appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Nithya! I need to do that backup thing.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Audrey! Cold and annoying and ready for it to melt completely. Bring on Spring!

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You are too kind, Michael my friend, but thank you.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Your brother is telling the truth, Bill! Most snow I've ever seen here. Good luck with it, buddy! We are sooo done with it.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy, as always, thanks for your thoughts. Glad I made you laugh about the filing. With my memory of late, anything helps, and Post It notes are too expensive. :) The snow is slowly melting...sure was pretty while it lasted.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      8 months ago

      I've seen the photo posts of snow in your area. I can't say I would enjoy that much of the cold winter season. Resurrecting Tobias reflects raw real-life characters and it is what makes the book so interesting.

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      Dora Weithers 

      8 months ago from The Caribbean

      I read Resurrecting Tobias. Reading here that you needed to write it makes me think that that need could be a top motivation for anyone to write. You teach in so many different ways.

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      Heidi Thorne 

      8 months ago from Chicago Area

      I have a good excuse for being late to the Mailbag. I was on vacation in Florida and just got back. Notice I didn't say sunny Florida. Rained the entire time, except for a few hours here and there. But at least it was warm compared to our Chi-town winter headquarters.

      Re: Reading. I struggle to read books these days. Between working on client manuscripts and my own book writing, I have little time to actually read. However, I read selected blogs daily to stay current on what's happening in relevant topics such as tech. I do manage to finish about a book a month, one way or the other. BTW, I can't read at night either.

      Re: The Fine Line. True, a level of self doubt is healthy. However, I would say that most authors lean towards the excessive self doubt side. I'm somewhere in the middle, following Seth Godin's "art must ship" philosophy.

      Anyway, gotta get back to work. Have a great week!

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Liz! I'm trying to remember the last time I was on a sunlounger by a pool. It's been many, many years and I find that sad. lol Oh well,another item for my bucket list.

      The snow is melting and life is good!

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Tim! At least when I fall asleep I still wake up. lol

      Blessings to you always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      No apologies needed, Janine. You have supported me religiously for a number of years now. I can always count on your being close by.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I have not done that, Mary, but it's an interesting idea. I'll try to squeeze it into some upcoming novel. Thanks...enjoy your nice weather!

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      Mary Wickison 

      8 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Bill,

      It sounds like your weather is finally on the turn for you.

      I know you have your farm blog but have you written a book about farming or perhaps one with a setting on a farm? I'm sure you'd have lots to draw on.

      Interesting questions in this installment.

      Have a great week up there.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Good luck with it, Linda. After eighteen inches of it, I'm done!

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, I used to love the snow. Not so much now that I'm a "responsible adult." lol I crack myself up sometimes. Have a great week...and yes, the Creative Exiles are alive and kicking.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Welcome to my world, Shannon! My God you're too young for senility. lol

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It is an interesting question,, Pamela. I suspect we all do, especially those who write short stories and novels.

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      Rinita Sen 

      8 months ago

      Hope spring arrives soon, and your chickens breathe easy. Harper Lee - what a brilliant choice, but then, you are a brilliant writer yourself.

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      Venkatachari M 

      8 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very interesting questions and good replies from your side.

      My reading time of books is after having lunch for one hour. Recently I was reading The Negotiator by Frederick Forsyth. A very thrilling story of foiling a conspiracy to oust American President in order to stop disarmament deal with Russia. I enjoyed it a lot though it was of 485 pages taking 3 weeks.

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      Mary Norton 

      8 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      This mailbag spoke much to me. Complacency is my problem. You named it. Is it because I am not passionate enough or is it because I am too comfortable. My suspicion is that I push myself towards something I m not really passionate about.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That is very kind of you, Melissa! Thank you! As for the dogs shoveling, maybe I could teach Maggie that trick. lol Happy Tuesday to you.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for sharing, Flourish! The snow is melting and it's going to be a great day!

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Linda! The only reason I don't use a spreadsheet is because of my lack of computer skills.lol

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Shaloo, if you like mysteries, I think you'll like those authors. Happy Reading!

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Robert, you are always appreciated here.Thanks for your thoughts.

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      Peg Cole 

      8 months ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      Funny that you should mention John D. MacDonald as he is one of my favorites as well. My dear old dad inspired my reading of all his colorfully titled books way back when I still lived under their roof. Also enjoyed hearing about your character development in "Resurrecting Tobias." I believe we share a bit of ourselves in each of our fictional characters.

      Questions for you - How do you handle the ongoing "robust" editing (not just the snips) of our creative work on this site? Do you accept their changes, edit them or revert to your original text and photos? Do you see their cookie cutter format as an improvement? Do you think an editor should be authorized to add their own content to an author's work?

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      Janine Huldie 

      8 months ago from New York, New York

      Bill, my apologies yesterday was a bit of a blur for me as I was working for clients all day and then had Girl Scouts for my youngest last night. But finally making my way over to read your weekly Mailbag now. Snowing very lightly here as I do. We have been so lucky weather-wise. Cold yes, but not much snow. So, these light bursts like today are interesting if nothing else. That said hope your Monday and week so far have been good to you even in spite of the snow. :)

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      8 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Interesting mailbag, once again!

      Yes, I saw the pictures of the snowfall, at your place on Facebook. Take care and stay warm.

      It was interesting to know about your favourite authors and books.

      Enjoyed going through your interview; the question-answer session with Shannon.

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful installment.

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      John Hansen 

      8 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Another enjoyable mailbag, Bill. I reiterate what Peggy said about 'Resurrecting Tobias." It is a wonderful book and, yes, the characters do stay with you long after you finish reading. My reading of books has sadly slowed down dramatically over the last few years..and I have so many books to get through. Like you, I pick up a book in bed and quickly drift into sleep. I read your interview with Shannon and it was great.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      8 months ago from Dubai

      Another great mailbag installment. I have my writings filed on my computer and I have a backup in an external drive just in case.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      8 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Another excellent mailbag. By the looks of your photo, it's as cold in your neck of the woods as it is here. Shoveling snow, left and right. Bah-humbug! Come on spring!

      Just read your interview on Shannon's blog. Enjoyed it very much. Stay warm, my friend.

      Love,

      Audrey

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      Linda Crampton 

      8 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Our snow came a bit later than yours, but we have it now, too. Like Maggie, my dog Misha loves it. We're supposed to get more snow. The weather forecast is not always accurate, though.

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      Michael-Milec 

      8 months ago

      A verisimilitude will never cease once non-fiction emerge streaming from your pen, my friend. We are eagerly looking forward.

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      Shannon Henry 

      8 months ago from Texas

      Geesh, Bill, I'm even more clumsy today than usual. Either you inserted that sentence about my blog after I read this or I just totally skimmed over that sentence without digesting a single word! I mean, I remember the first paragraph from your conclusion. So anyway, since I failed to acknowledge it in my distracted state earlier, thanks so much for sharing. I've got a couple more interviews pending. So with any luck, this site will get off to a good start. Thanks again for participating.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      8 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. Great mailbag. I always thought as I got older that I would read more, but the opposite seems to be happening. At the end of the day I am usually so tired that reading results in sleeping. I do read a lot of travel articles as I am always looking for new and interesting places.

      Your snow is due to arrive here tomorrow. My brother and sister-in-law say they have never seen anything like it out there.

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      8 months ago from Beautiful South

      Great mailbag today, Bill. I don't know whether to envy your snow or say "thank goodness it's raining cats and dogs here." At least we can get around. Black ice on our hills is a monster and keeps us at home, even when we have a good snow. I'm glad you promoted your interview on Shannon's blog. It was a good one. I didn't know that she blogged. Now I'll have to start reading her and your Artistry with Words. BTW where did I get the idea that Creative Exiles had shut down?

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      Shannon Henry 

      8 months ago from Texas

      Well, Bill, my friend, I had something to say and it was nice, of course, but now my mind is a total blank. Sorry! Things started happening around here that needed immediate attention and I can't for the life of me remember what it was I was about to say.

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      Mr. Happy 

      8 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      "I think I’m trying to gather as much knowledge as possible in the time I have remaining on this planet." - I have been doing this since I entered university. It's almost twenty years now and I don't really know what to say. The Hunting for Knowledge never ends. The one good thing is that the donkey moves I pulled in my past have gotten rarer. Less mistakes have resulted in a smoother ride but the aquiring of Knowledge is a never-ending task from my perspective, now.

      "now I open a book at ten and fall asleep by ten-fifteen. LOL" - This has certainly happened before: so tired that whatever I read, I forget and then, I have to pick-up where I was before my "tired reading" attempt.

      "Getting Cocky?" - Haha!! Everytime I have gotten cocky in the past, I got fried. So, ya ... I try to stay humble. I do go off on people though, when/if it is necessary.

      On the monster issue: I don't have the same definition of "monster" that the dictionary offers. "Monsters" for me are Non-Conformists. Giants. Geniuses. They are Monsters and I am grateful for them.

      "Filing System" - Haha!! I almost spewed my coffee on the computer screen when I saw these two words. My filing system is pieces of paper with stuff written on them. There are countless boxes in different closets with notebooks, books, scribbles on pieces of papers, magazines, photographs (boxes and boxes of those too) ... Right now on top of the printer there are at least a dozen papers with stuff on them, words ... there's no system, unless "organized chaos" is a system.

      That photograph with the snow looks so perfect! We're getting more snow here tomorrow. They said it's from a Colorado "something" and we're supposed to get dumped on. I'm cool. I got a good jacket, good boots, good gloves. I'm grateful and ready to rock!

      Alrighty, You enjoy the Snowy days! Hot chocolate works for me - cheers! : )

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 months ago from Sunny Florida

      Excellent mailbag today with a good variety of topics. I should also tell you I read Resurrecting Tobias and I thought it was very good.

      I had the same thought that Peggy expressed. I wonder if most writers incorporate their life experiences in their first book. We certainly do that at least to some degree in our articles.

      Stay warm and have a good week Bill.

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      Liz Westwood 

      8 months ago from UK

      Interesting topics as ever. I was a voracious reader in my youth until studying English followed by a busy lifestyle cut it down. Now I tend to max out on reading while on vacation. A sunlounger by a pool with a good book and warm weather would suit me nicely. Undoubtedly though, past reading influences my style of writing.

      I am a long way from losing the self doubt with writing, but I like your advice to always strive for the best. Sometimes I think, as writers, we can rework and rewrite something, but never reach the point of complete satisfaction with a piece of writing. I feel like there is always need of just one more change.

      It is hard to see the good in some very dark characters who have committed terrible crimes.

      Do you also have your files backed up on a hard drive or some other device? I admire your filing system. I have good intentions which never quite come to pass.

      I am intrigued by your novel. When I next get a chance to read I will have to look it up.

      Stay warm. I look forward to the next mailbag.

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      Melissa Propp 

      8 months ago from Minnesota

      Happy Monday Bill! We had the cold but lacked the snow...now we also have a "winter wonderland". Our dog loves it too, but she doesn't have to shovel... lol

      I second Peggy's recommendation of Resurrecting Tobias. It was a really good book and I too thought that Tobias pulled a lot of his traits and depth from the author. Excellent read, highly recommend!

      Hope you have a wonderful and prosperous week!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      8 months ago from USA

      I'm interested in how others store their writings as well. I don't organize my HP writing offline because of their nature (playlists), but I keep both hard and soft copies of creative, unpublished content (poetry, stories, etc.) Stay warm in the cold weather.

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      Tim Truzy 

      8 months ago from U.S.A.

      Hi, Bill

      fabulous mail bag as usual. The cold made it to the northwest, and I'm glad you are able to stay safe and warm.

      Buddy, at least you are falling asleep now and then reading something good. Of course, that's when you are not sharing with fellow creative souls through your writing.

      I'm going to enjoy that interview now, Bill.

      Have a great day, and God bless you.

      Much respect and admiration,

      Tim

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      Linda Lum 

      8 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, another good one my friend. For Eric (and others interested in organization) I maintain a spreadsheet. Thank you for including my question.

      Loved the interview. Thanks for sharing.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Truthfully, Pop, I'm leaning in that direction as well.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      My bad, Zulma, and lesson learned.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'll catch you later, Eric...shoveling to do.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      William, you sound like me, a love/hate relationship with computers that I suspect will not end soon. We are gladly sending snow your way.

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      breakfastpop 

      8 months ago

      I'll go with monsters without a single redeeming attribute.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      8 months ago from United Kingdom

      You do realize you tempted Fate when you spoke of the unseasonably warm weather, don't you? lol Next time, be sure to say these things in a whisper so you're not overheard. :)

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      Shaloo Walia 

      8 months ago from India

      Thanks for answering my question! I will check out the works of the few authors that you have mentioned. It's been quite some time that I read any mystery. The last I read was The Millennium series.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Verlie, I'll get to your latest as soon as possible. We have some problems here I need to deal with. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Alyssa, I can't make that promise. I need it out of here and at this point I don't care where it goes. lol How's that for selfish?

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      8 months ago from Canada

      Morning Bill, hope you and the birds are weathering the storm, it is fowl. Thanks for the mailbag loaded with goodies.

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      Robert Beyer 

      8 months ago from Seattle, Washington

      Bill, you always get the best questions. I've been trying to figure out the difference between confidence and what it can lead to. The work of a writer is tough and beat up on any individual. I don't think you can be too confident, but (like you said), you can't let your confidence become something worse.

      Thanks for the mailbag I love the tips.

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      Alyssa 

      8 months ago from Ohio

      Another fabulous mailbag! I hope you are staying warm and enjoying the snow a little bit. Also, I'd like to make a request. Please don't send the cold and wintery conditions my way. hahaha! Have a great week!

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Back in a bit to better absorb wisdom.

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      William Kovacic 

      8 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Well, Bill, we're waiting for a blizzard here in PA. So, it's time to get the mail. Filing - that's the beauty of a computer. I'd be lost without one, but at the same time, I hate computers.

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