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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment 251

Updated on April 8, 2019

April Is a Fickle Month

It really is, you know. It can’t seem to make up its mind what it plans to do on any given day . . . brilliant sunshine, drifting clouds, sprinkles, not the cupcake time, downpours, winds and gusts and promises . . .

It also marks the time when my other life shifts into high gear, the farmers market season, meaning one less day to write meaning always being behind in my writing duties . . . but it’s all good! I love what I do, and I’d rather be doing it than pushing up daisies, for sure.

How about you? What does April signify for you?

While you ponder that question, I can tell you that my new book, the Magician’s Shadow, will be uploaded on Amazon this day, Friday, April 5, so it could very well be available for purchase as you are reading this. It took a year to write it, not because of its length but simply because of nagging commitments. I’m glad to be putting this one to bed. It will be available as a paperback first. There are some issues that have to be worked out before it is available as an ebook. Thank you for your patience, and because of your patience I set the lowest price possible on Amazon for this release, which is $5.

Update: the paperback is available now. Follow this link.

Let’s do this Mailbag thing!

Welcome to the Mailbag!
Welcome to the Mailbag!

Possible Prequel

From Shannon: “Oh, and your Shuttle story would be an interesting concept for a movie. Are you turning the series you did here on HP into a novel prequel? Um....you can always submit your book to various contests to see if someone grabs it “

Thank you, Shannon! A prequel? I had to stop and think about what series you were talking about. What a great memory you have, and about my work? Thank you! The answer to your question is I don’t know. I have a new novel I just started, and I already have a “rough draft” of another Shadow book in my head dying to break free. There’s only so much time, you know!

I would like to do that. I would like to pick up with the Shuttle book, and build a novel around the granddaughter Hope. I always meant to do that. But the road to somewhere is lined with good intentions, right?

Thanks for the suggestion!

Is the Shadow Series Ending?

From Melissa: “Not to jump too far ahead, but since this is the last in the Shadow series, what's next for you? Has your muse spoken to you yet?”

Melissa, I’m sorry if I gave the wrong impression about the Shadow series. It is not ending. It is simply taking a one novel break, which leads to your second question, a novel I have begun, which has a working title of “A Time and Place.” It is a novel set in the 1960s, in my old neighborhood, and it loosely parallels the disappearance of a young girl, Ann Marie Burr, who is believed to be the first victim of Ted Bundy.

Once I finish that novel, the Shadow series will return, and I already have a storyline for the 6th in that series in my head.

Thank you for being such a loyal follower of Eli, Liz, and Striker. They all send their love and appreciation.

The Shadow Series will return next year
The Shadow Series will return next year

Enjoying the Creative Process

From MizB: “There is something I've noticed personally about my own writing, and even before I started putting my musings down on paper (or the computer). When a story starts unfolding in my mind, I get as much pleasure from the newness of it as I do from reading other people's work. This just hit me a few days ago. I can't help but wonder if other people do also. Or is this just an ego trip of mine? :)”

I guess, MizB, we both suffer from an abundance of ego! LOL

No, seriously, I think this is natural. We are giving birth to a new creative work. Why wouldn’t we experience pleasure from the process? So very few people in the world can do what we do, and do it well. If a little “feeding of the ego” is involved, then so be it!

I love the newness of it. I love to peel off its wrapper and see what surprises await me. I love having my muse whisper in my ear and tell me she needs my help for completion. I love the collaboration she and I experience, the bond that is formed, and the trust which is strengthened.

I love everything about it, MizB, and I don’t think I’m strange because of it.

I am writer, hear me roar!

The Origin of Ideas

From Bob: “Where does your inspiration come from for a creative piece?

Bob, here’s my one-word answer: EVERYWHERE!

I’ll give you a very recent example. On the local news there is a weekly feature called “Eric’s Heroes.” It is a spotlight on local people who do good for our society, people who work outside the limelight, doing good works quietly and for no reward. Last week there was a feature on a guy who sits by the lake holding a sign which says “I would like to have a conversation with you.” People walk by him, some smiling, some quickening their pace, and occasionally some stopping and engaging in conversation. Complete strangers, talking to each other, no agenda, no debates, no rancor . . . just one man reaching out to others, hoping to make a connection.

It turns out that young man is clinically depressed, and he does what he does because he firmly believes he needs human interaction to stay sane . . . he forces himself out of bed, each day, picks up his sign, and saves his own life by doing something which must be agonizing for him.

I think that’s a beautiful story. It so perfectly summarizes the struggle in all of us, and I promise you that man, or someone like him, will appear in one of my books in the upcoming years.

Inspiration is everywhere, my friend!

Inspiration is everywhere, my friends
Inspiration is everywhere, my friends

It’s Time to Go

Always time to go . . . or, as my dad was fond of saying, “always move forward, Bill. Never give up ground you’ve won.”

I’m trying, Dad! I’m trying!

Have a brilliant week, all of you, and thank you!

I will leave you with some lyrics by Dan Fogelberg and his song “Whispers in the Wind.” They have always reminded me of my muse.

Like a wraith she ambles aimlessly
Through the mists along the shore
She wraps the foggy night around her
Like a warming shawl
And leaves wildflowers at my door
She comes to me when she needs company
And weaves her web around my soul
She comes to me to free those wild,
Burning, passion fires
That she cannot control
And by the morning light I know
That she'll be gone
And then the lonely hours begin
And all she leaves behind
To find her in the dawn
Are whispers in the wind

2019 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann thank you for the questions, and they are front-and-center for the next installment of the Mailbag. As for Easter, Bev worked and I puttered outside under perfect weather conditions. A very nice day!

      Thank you for your kind words about me. I'm afraid the energy is lagging. Seventy will do that to a man. :)

      Take care my friend!

      bill

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      Ann Carr 

      6 months ago from SW England

      I'm so glad MizB asked that question, as I have the same feelings when I write something new. I also thought I was suffering from inflated ego! It's a strange feeling, being outside myself as I read my words seemingly coming from another place - is that what you feel, bill?

      Another question: Do you rate your own books in any personal order of preference? I've been looking through my old articles and I've found some that actually surprise me, in that I didn't know I could write like that! Again, not being big-headed, just reacting as though it's someone else's work, not really mine. Does this happen to you? Just realised this is sort-of the same question! Anyway, treat it as you wish...

      We're having a great Easter weekend, weather-wise, and also relaxing in peace and quiet. Pottering (or is it potting!) in the garden or sitting with a coffee, dunking a biscuit; lovely!

      Hope your Easter weekend is equally easy-going and peaceful, bill!

      Ann

      PS: Forgot to congratulate you on the latest book. You are such a prolific writer now; I don't know where your energy comes from! A

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Nah, I wouldn't be surprised at all, Zulma. lol

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      6 months ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks, Bill, I appreciate it.

      As for my inquisitiveness, you'd be surprised how often I hear that. Or maybe not. lol

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well shoot. I don't know why that is. I'll try and find out what's up this afternoon. Thanks for the heads-up, Zulma.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma, details will kill me...or your inquisitiveness will kill me....Eli's employment will become apparent....that's one of those shady areas that is kind of bypassed....and Lyle will get his act together.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      6 months ago from United Kingdom

      Hey, Bill. Hope you're having a good day. Me, not so much. I tried to order your latest 'Shadow' and couldn't. Seems it's only available on amazon.com, not amazon.co.uk. So bummed out. Could you let us know when it will be available? I'd really appreciate it. Thanks.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      6 months ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you, Bill, that's kind of you to say. I just started the third instalment last night. Question: If it's been a while since Eli and Liz's last job (Book 2), are they just living off the proceeds of Eli's inheritance or do they do odd (legal) jobs here and there? Also, is Lyle going to make that call? I hope so. I don't think he could handle another punch from his ardent admirer.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I understand, Peg, and my father has been gone fifty years now. I still miss him.

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      Peg Cole 

      6 months ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      It's always great to read about your sources for inspiration. That story about the man with the sign is ripe for a wonderful story. I know you'll work it into something grand. Yes, I agree. It's exciting when a new idea surprises us and pops out of nowhere and leads to a new chapter, paragraph or sentence in our writing.

      My dad never failed to say, "Be sure to stop and smell the roses." He will be gone 14 years in a few days. April brings mixed emotions for me as it also brings the birthday of two special people in my family.

      See you in the funny papers.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Li-Jen! You are never late to the Mail Room, and always appreciated.

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      Li-Jen Hew 

      6 months ago

      Hi Bill, sorry for not coming earlier to wish you Congratulations on your new novel. Congratulations and thank you for sharing another interesting article. Your responses to other hubbers' questions are exciting.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That was sweet of you to say, Rochelle! Blessings to you always, my lovely friend.

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      Rochelle Ann De Zoysa 

      6 months ago from Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

      Happy to learn about your adventures that you write from everywhere :) Inspiration comes to those who see from the heart and hear from the heart of creativity :) God bless you Sir billy!

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Nithya! Fogelberg was a brilliant lyric writer, or so I believe.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you always, Venkatachari M. I hope your April settles down a bit so you can enjoy some consistency in the weather.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Dora, and Happy Birthday to you! I hope your seventieth year is as good as mine.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You are a good friend, Zulma! Thank you for reading my Shadow books. I really do think you'll like this new one, once you get past Part One, which is a bit disturbing.

      Enjoy your April day....and thank you for the support.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Shannon, sorry I'm so late in replying. First, I'm very sorry about your grandfather. I hope he is at peace.

      Secondly, I don't think you are giving your memory enough credit. It is, at the very least, better than mine. :)

      Happy Anniversary, my friend!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 months ago from Dubai

      Congratulations on the new book! Ideas are everywhere, we just need to look closely and pay attention, I guess. Love the lyrics by Dan Fogelberg.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I do love it, Mike! I hope the book lives up to the cover.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'd be whining too, MizB!

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Birthday Sis!!!! All kidding aside, wishing you peace and happiness,today and always.

      love,

      Bro

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      mckbirdbks 

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

      Hi Bill - Glad you liked the cover. This one was elusive, but finally it came together.

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      6 months ago from Beautiful South

      Bill, I was enjoying those 70s, but it has been 83 and 86 here the last couple of days, and my husband is whining somethin' fierce, "It's so hot! It's so hot!" He ain't seen nothin' yet. Just thought I'd let you know. LOL

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      Paula 

      6 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      BRO! You hit it right on the nose! It's TODAY! LOL...Thanks. I know, I know.....Mom & Dad always made the BIG deal on Billy Boy's BD! The Golden Child!! (sticking my tongue out!) Sis

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sis! Since I don't know your exact birthday, I'll just say Happy Birthday now and hope that covers it. As for staying young, I'm afraid to stop what I'm doing. Staying active keeps me vital. I plan on getting the most out of the time remaining.

      love always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ruby! I really want to drive north and talk to that guy.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sha! This book gives us a more personal look at Striker, and some nice little surprises along the way. I hope you enjoy it!

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Mike, for the great cover for the book. You

      Da Man!

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alyssa! I appreciate it. You might be speaking a bit early on that weather report...snow?

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      Venkatachari M 

      6 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very interesting mailbag with useful stuff around books and the writing muses. Glad to hear about that published novel and the beginning of another one.

      Enjoyed those lyrics from Dan Fogelberg. I learned about that new word "wraith".

      April is the same here also. You can't forecast the sudden changes in the skies during any day.

      Thanks for the nice mailbag.

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      Dora Weithers 

      6 months ago from The Caribbean

      For me, April means another milestone. This year, the 70th. What a blessing! The question and answer on the creative process is so empowering. Thanks.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      6 months ago from United Kingdom

      That is a cool cover, Bill. I've put your latest 'Shadow' book on my Amazon shopping list. I'll get it once I've finished the two I have now. I've not so much reading to do now. My son bought me two new books and I'm a little behind on my magazines. Easter is fast approaching and I've got to finish making decorations. But I will get to it, I promise.

      Have a great day, Bill and well done on finishing this latest instalment.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Lori, we are a bit spoiled here in the PNW. We have a great secret we really don't want to share with too many people.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, it is an odd phenomenon. Two of the worst lived within thirty miles of each other, Bundy and the Green River Killer...not sure what that says about our area. :(

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      Shannon Henry 

      6 months ago from Texas

      What does April mean to me? Well, this year, I keep thinking of the old saying that April showers brings May flowers. It's also my wedding anniversary month (14 years). My grandparents got married in April. In fact, I was able to do a video chat with them last week on their anniversary. On a sad note, my wake up this morning is to news my grandpa isn't expected to make it through the day. And I can do nothing but go about my day as usual because I live out of state away from my sister, brother, and my parents.

      So back to happier thoughts, you surprised me by making that a mailbag question. As for my memory, you must have me confused with someone else. My memory is about 50/50, I think. LOL. Depends on what I need to remember and what else is happening at the time. I guess your writing is memorable.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      We are doing fine here, MizB. Fairly mild temperatures...dodging rain showers...typical fare for our neck of the woods. Enjoy those 70s. I'm a bit jealous.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It is good for sure,Bill! Thanks for checking in,my friend, and Happy Tuesday to you.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Liz! I much prefer to stay busy. Idle time for me is never a good thing.:)

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      Paula 

      6 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      April means many wonderful things to me, bro. Thanks for asking! Not only is Spring picking up some energy and showing her face of beauty of freshness, but April makes me another years older. (sigh) and another year wiser (OK!!),,,, Nothing we can do about delaying the years that seem to pass so quickly, so we may as well make the very best of them!

      Congrats on the new book! You are such a firestorm, bro....I'll never know how you do all you do! No one can ever suggest you don't make the very most of every moment! Quite simply, Bill, that's what life is all about and definitely what keeps us young!

      Sending you and Bev & your lovely families all the best and lots of hugs! Love ya, Sis

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Bill that would make a great series here on HP. The man who forces himself to go and attempt to talk with whomever will stop. Depression is a killer. Thank you for all you do to help others.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 months ago from Central Florida

      Bill, congratulations on your new Shadow book. I'm so far behind in my "book" reading. I spend my lunch hours catching up on my HP reading. Come nights and weekends, I just don't seem to find the time for pleasure reading. That, too, will change however!

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      mckbirdbks 

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

      Hello Bill - Lots of interesting tidbits in today's mailbag. The Eric's Heroes story is fascinating, absolutely use it. Congratulations on adding another title to your stable of work.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks a bunch, Pop!

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I hope you enjoy it, Marlene.Thank you so very much. Striker says hello!

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      With your talent, Verlie, it is not surprising at all to me...you are talented,my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Melissa! Enjoy that book....I see another snowstorm for you guys...that would drive me crazy.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Peggy! I appreciate your words of support.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Pamela! I'm not sure about the Kindle, but I will let you know as soon as it happens. Technical difficulties with the upload.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Shaloo! That story really touched me.There are so many people out there who need other humans to just acknowledge them with a hello.

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      Alyssa 

      6 months ago from Ohio

      Congratulations on the release of your novel! :) Spring has finally arrived here, with temps in the 60's and 70's. It's glorious! Another excellent mailbag this week! Thank you for all the advice and tips. :) Have a wonderful week!

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      Lori Colbo 

      6 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      I love Eric's heroes. So refreshing to have something positive in the news.

      MizB, you have nailed the heart of a writer. It's in all of us who live and breathe to write.

      Bill, the fickle weather could be worse. I have a South Dakota resident friend and snow, sun, rain, hail, sun, snow. I'll take the PNW anyday.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      6 months ago from USA

      Congratulations on that latest book, Bill. I was recently pondering the reasons for the abundance of serial killers emanating from the greater Seattle area. Weird. Glad you at least found creative inspiration from your paper boy. Poor little Ann Marie could have been anyone on his paper route.

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      6 months ago from Beautiful South

      Glad to see that you've got your latest book published. Congratulations. And it was a full mailbag this week with some interesting questions. When I'm writing, I feel like someone is telling me a story. I guess that's what I was trying to say. Apparently that is what we are calling our "muse." Thanks for using my ramblings.

      Here we go well into April now, and I think the weather itself in an inspiration, don't you, Bill? Gosh it's in the 70s here, and the weather folks are saying the north may have a late blizzard. Gee whiz! Hope it skipped over you and yours. Have a great week, my friend.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      6 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. April is transition month here. Time to start cleaning up the yard from winter, and time to start some tomato plants inside. It is good to finally be able to spend some time outdoors. Congratulations on the latest book.

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      Liz Westwood 

      6 months ago from UK

      I never fail to come away from your mailbag without being struck by several points. I especially liked your comment about inspiration being everywhere for your writing. It's always interesting to hear how your books are going. It sounds like your 'to do' list is never ending.

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      breakfastpop 

      6 months ago

      Congratulations, billy!

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      6 months ago from USA

      Today's mailbag was really full. And, when I saw the link to order the Magician's Shadow, my bookshelf started yelling at me to hurry up and go get it. I had to stop reading the mailbag midway to scurry over to Amazon to order my copy of the book. I can hardly wait to see what my favorite people are up to these days. Thanks Bill. Have a wonderful week.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      6 months ago from Canada

      Bill I'm happy to see the announcement of (and the link to) your latest book. Congratulation!

      For me, April is poetry month, and I'm trying to write one a day. Inspiration is indeed everywhere, but I am thankful for the daily writing prompts posted at the National Poetry Write Month (NaPoWriMo) website. The prompts are helping me stretch, and I think I need that. Lots of fun. The poems are written quickly, with not much time to edit doing one a day, but it is surprising what comes out of that.

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      Melissa Propp 

      6 months ago from Minnesota

      Happy Monday Bill! I'm so glad to hear that the new book has been released! And I'm even happier to hear that the series is in hiatus, rather than final. :) But your new books sounds very interesting too!

      We never know what to expect in April, 70 degrees one day and snowing the next...or somewhere in between. I do know that rubber boots are the BEST investment you can make around here this year.

      Hope you have a great and productive week!

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 months ago from Houston, Texas

      April is indeed a crazy month regarding weather changes. But that is to be expected. Congratulations on the publishing of your latest book!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      6 months ago from Sunny Florida

      So glad to hear your book is coming out. After a whole year I imagine it can't be soon enough. Do you know when the ebook will be released? I have a small Kindle that I use for most of my reading. It is small and fits in my purse for reading while waiting to see doctors. LOL

      In sounds like you are going to be very busy with the farmer's market, so finding time to write may be more difficult. The questions today are interesting, and it sounds like you have many stories in your head just waiting to be written.

      April in northern FL means the weather is going to get very hot soon! Have a good week Bill.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      6 months ago from India

      Congratulations for the new book! Loved that story about the clinically depressed man. At least, he is making an effort and is not letting depression overtake his life. At the same time, it is really sad that we all are so busy in our lives that we seldom have time for others.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Mine is, Heidi, and I thank you! Finally got my book published, and now the farming season kicks into gear. It's going to be a busy spring but busy is good.

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      Heidi Thorne 

      6 months ago from Chicago Area

      G'morning while it's still Mailbag Monday morning!

      April is always, as David Bowie sang, Ch-Ch-Changes. Recovering from wrist surgery last week. :( But there are also a few new things on the April horizon. A new audio book, a new Udemy course. Like the weather, it's a mix of good and challenging.

      Hope your April is off to a great start. Cheers!

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Aww, thanks Linda! I'm sure there will be pictures coming soon of me in that ridiculous suit. LOL

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Monday to you, Janine! Here's hoping we both see warmer days ahead.

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      Linda Lum 

      6 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, in this crazy world you are the one constant. So happy for you that your novel is completed. Now you can settle into the Farmers Market routine with a little more pep in your step (and I can't wait to see that chicken suit).

      Have a wonderful day and week my friend.

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      Janine Huldie 

      6 months ago from New York, New York

      I hear you on April being a fickle month as today's weather alone proves it in spades. It is going up to about 70, but we started out with rain with possible clearing and those warmer temperatures to emerge as the day unfolds. So, there is that! But that said, yay for the newest novel released finally and also would be remiss if I didn't wish you a Happy Monday and week ahead now, too, my friend :)

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