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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment 256

Updated on May 13, 2019

What the Heck Happened?

Sorry about that! As the kids say, my bad. Last week I added an excerpt from a book I’m working on, forgetting that I had done that once before. HP caught it immediately, called it duplication, and pulled my Mailbag out of circulation. I corrected it and it took five days for it to finally re-appear on the HP feed.

I am claiming it as written and posted, however, so in my mind the streak continues…256 consecutive weeks and counting for the Mailbag. Thank you, all of you, who inquired about the missing bag of mail. It was my goof, pure and simple, just another human being stumbling through life.

We don’t have many questions this week, but what we do have are good ‘uns, so let’s get to it.

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

What’s Happening With the Ebook?

From several readers: “When can we expect you to solve the cover issues and release “The Magician’s Shadow” as an ebook?

You can expect it now. I finally gave up and published the ebook without a cover. That’s not suggested but oh well! I don’t think the people who really want to read it care if there is a digital cover or not, so there you go. It is available if you want to head on over to Amazon Kindle, and thank you for your patience. I hope it is worth the wait for you. My muse is busy with the next Shadow book, but first I have my memoirs to write. Stay tuned! I did take a positive step towards finding more time to write by dropping out of the farmers market. Life is too short, and I now want to spend more time concentrating on my first passion . . . that being writing.

Writing About a Common Topic

From Pat: “Hi! I want to write a series of articles about food, but I’m afraid they will get lost in the avalanche of food articles which come out daily. How do I make mine distinctive? How do I make them stand out in the online crowd?”

The answer to your question, Pat, is in the question. You must make them distinctive. If that means they are written in a distinctive voice, so be it. If that means you attack them from a unique perspective, go for it. Add your own special twist to them. Find a food niche no one else is using. It may take time to do this, but the wait will be worth it. And if you were looking for a specific answer to your question, I’m sorry, but only you can find the answer to your query.

Why is food important to you? What happened in your past to lead you to food? What do you want to tell others about food? What qualifies you to write about food? Answer those questions and perhaps you will find your path.

Good luck!

I write about my views of life through a unique perspective...observations of my dog Maggie.
I write about my views of life through a unique perspective...observations of my dog Maggie.

What the Heck Is “agreement?”

From Kyle: “Someone in my online writing club read one of my short stories and said I had a problem with agreement. Honestly I was too embarrassed to ask what that meant, so I’m asking you.”

Kyle, that’s a first-time question. Congratulations! Agreement usually refers to person. Make sure, if you are writing in third person, you stay in third person throughout the short story or novel. In other words, it is frowned upon to shift from first to second to third person. It gets pretty confusing for the reader.

By the way, I have broken this rule on several occasions, on purpose, and it was effective, but you better have a plan for it if you do it. The safe course is to stay in the same person throughout the story or novel . ..to stay in agreement!

Monetize a Blog Site

From Cheryl: “How do I monetize my blog site with Google Adsense?”

Why don’t you ask a tough question while you’re at it, Cheryl? LOL Seriously, how long do you have for my answer?

There are so many blog sites out there, and I suspect they are each a little different in how they monetize. I use WordPress exclusively, but a WordPress answer won’t help you if you use another blog site. By the way, there are other ways to make money on your blog other than Google Adsense:

  1. Affiliate marketing
  2. Creating courses or services
  3. Consulting for people in your industry
  4. Paid reviews or sponsored posts
  5. banner ads
  6. Writing and selling ebooks

Also note that making money with Adsense is dependent upon the number of views of your blog, so you also need to concentrate on increasing your viewership of your blog.

Writing a memoir is a bit like jumping off a pier hoping the freezing water won't kill you.
Writing a memoir is a bit like jumping off a pier hoping the freezing water won't kill you.

A Sneak Preview

Since the Mailbag is a bit light this week, I’ll share a few of my opening paragraphs from “And the Blind Shall See,” the aforementioned Memoir I’m working on. I hope you like it.

"It’s a strange sensation, writing a memoir, peeling away layers of happiness and pain, laying bare for all to see. I’m still not sure how I feel about the whole process, truth be told.

In my mind I’m nobody! I’m a pimple on the ass of creation, one of seven billion such pimples, clinging desperately to that ass until someone comes along with a giant bottle of Neutrogena and wipes me out. I’m ordinary. I’m normal. I have never had the fifteen seconds (or is that minutes) of fame so often mentioned in conversations. I have garnered no national honors. I have spent the better part of seventy years taking two steps forward and one step back, and that’s on the absolute best of days, and who in their right mind wants to read about a man who can’t seem to gain any sort of forward momentum?

Fighting against that ambivalence is this truth: I am extraordinarily ordinary, just like the rest of you seven billion, and it’s about time ordinary had its time in the sun, don’t you think? Ordinary is, after all, the quintessential default setting for us humans. Ordinary is the raising of families and high school proms. Ordinary is jobs and careers, passions and moment of confused indirection. Ordinary is a single mother of two toddlers, working two jobs to provide a quality life for her offspring. Ordinary is a man working hard at a dead-end job to stay one step ahead of his creditors, and ordinary is somehow finding the strength to rise out of bed, clinically depressed, and find a way to function another twenty-four hours. It is all those things and so much more, this ordinary we speak about, for man is incredibly complicated in his simplicity.

I had a mentor tell me once that I can make a typhoon out of a glass of water, and he was correct. He also told me the most dangerous real estate in the world is the six inches of gray matter between our ears, and I believe that to be true as well. I have had to learn, over time, to simplify my life because, left unchecked, I can rain down some serious turmoil onto the landscape. It is not a pretty sight, this man left unchained. Not pretty at all and yet, in many ways, I’m really a very simple person, not complicated at all at my core.

To understand all of that we need to delve deeper, and so this memoir is presented to you. Perhaps, after you read it, you will better see the truth in the words of The Walrus: “I am he and you are he as you are me and we are all together.”

Have a Great Week

You only get one chance to make this week something special, so you better get busy. Thanks for stopping by. Peace and love to you all.

2019 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I do believe you are correct, Lawrence! Power to the ordinary folks!!!!

      Thanks buddy!

      bill

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      11 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      Ordinary we may be, but who's to say what extraordinary is?

      Maybe it's those folks doing the ordinary things who're really the extraordinary ones!

      Lawrence

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Peg! I'm always amazed when I hear that sort of thing on news shows. How does that kind of mess get by the editors and writers?

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      Peg Cole 

      12 months ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      Hello Bill, Just catching up on some past due reading. I would add that agreement may mean keeping the tense the same within the sentence or paragraph like using present tense and past tense in the same thought- is, was - or perhaps the wrong tense - The engine had ran on diesel . . . I hear that a lot on car shows. I also hear quite often on the news sentences where subject and verb do not agree, like, The people is. . .

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alyssa! Just one more reason for me to like you. :)

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      Alyssa 

      12 months ago from Ohio

      Oh that's wonderful news that you'll have more time to focus on writing! Life is too short, you know that I'm fond of that phrase. :) I, too, like to shift from person point of view in my writing, despite knowing that I shouldn't. haha! I didn't realize there was an actual term for that. Good to know!

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Miebakagh!

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Brian! I hope you are well, my friend.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      12 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      So, do I.

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      Brian Leekley 

      12 months ago from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA

      I'm looking forward, Bill, to reading your memoirs when published.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It does indeed, Shannon. You would think they could come up with another name for it.

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      Shannon Henry 

      12 months ago from Texas

      Thanks! I haven't got the time to come with an idea on how to incorporate ALL of them into a single story, maybe two or three. Definitely not all.

      Oh, also on agreement. Doesn't that also refer to things like parallel sentences?

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Nithya! Have a wonderful weekend in Dubai!

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well stated, Eman. I love the way you clarified that.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Notorious wouldn't be all that bad, Manatita. lol

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Shannon!

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      There are five, Shannon, although I doubt you could find five people today who know that. Well done! And good luck with that challenge, if you take it on.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      12 months ago from Dubai

      Great questions and answers. I have dabbled with Google Adsense but without success. Thank you for sharing some opening paragraphs from your memoir, enjoyed reading.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      12 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Yes, I agreed.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      12 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      I agreed with Eman.

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      Eman Abdallah Kamel 

      12 months ago from Egypt

      Another useful mailbag. I agree with you that excellence is the basis of writing. There are so many similar topics, but there are few excellent articles.

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      manatita44 

      12 months ago from london

      Well, one way of looking at it … even in the throttle of the alcohol, if you insist. (Chuckle) Perhaps a notorious masterpiece. Ha ha.

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      Shannon Henry 

      12 months ago from Texas

      P.S.

      Nice start to the memoir!

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      Shannon Henry 

      12 months ago from Texas

      Wondered what happened last week, but figured it would repost after you fixed the issue.

      I just saw a writing challenge that challenged to use all of the points of view. Aren't her five? Though I can only think of three. I've also been instructed by general opinion that one POV per chapter, at least, of not the entire text is usually best. Supposed to be easier flow for the reader. I've seen excellent exceptions, however.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Manatita! Precise I am, or strive to be. Masterpiece? All of our lives are masterpieces, are they not?

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I've got your six, Ann!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Lori! We shall see if it is something to be thrilled about, but thank you.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You should, Zulma. That's how it was given. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Linda! Me thinks I'll need more than luck, but thank you.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Mel...question will be answered on Monday...schedule is crucial for me, as you know, so I can speak on this with some authority.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Venkatachari M.Sorry about the confusion over last week's mailbag. I think I had a senior moment.

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      manatita44 

      12 months ago from london

      Yes. I did miss the mailbag but I had forgotten how precise you are. Lol.

      Great questions as you say and the excert is a masterpiece!

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      Ann Carr 

      12 months ago from SW England

      Thanks, bill! Yes, that is indeed what friends are for.

      Ann

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      Lori Colbo 

      12 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      I am thrilled to hear you're working on a memoir. Go billybuc.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      12 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi, Zulma, who styled you a troublemaker? Okay, ah ah ah! Eh eh eh!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      12 months ago from United Kingdom

      Troublemaker am I? I'll take that as a compliment. lol

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      12 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Yes, it' back again.

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      Linda Crampton 

      12 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I wondered what happened last week! I'm glad the Mailbag is back on track. Good luck with your memoir, Bill.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      12 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Comment noted.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann if I lifted you up then I am happy to hear that. You have done the same for me countless times over the years. That's what friends do, yes?

      Brighter days ahead, my friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I shall do both, Zulma, you trouble-maker you! lol Thanks for the kick in the butt. I actually think I'm going to enjoy this process.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Miebakagh! Best wishes in Port Harcourt on this lovely day.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, I can live with normal. Guess I'll have to, right? lol As for your meteorologists, you had me laughing for a number of reasons. What? Only white people watch the weather forecast at night?

      I'll be laughing about that one for some time, thank you very much.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It's always good to see you, Bill. Thanks a lot. I hope spring arrives in your area soon.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate that, William! The title was an easy one for me to think of. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Glad it all helped, Mary! Thanks for being here, always. I value supportive people.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It is, and always will be, my pleasure, Miebakagh! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I am honored and humbled, John! Thank you so much.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Love you description, Eric, and I love you, buddy. Thanks a ton! Maggie says howdy!

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I am honored Dr. Bill. Thank you very much, sir!

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Pamela for your kind words and for downloading my book. You are greatly appreciated. Peace and love to you as well.

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      Mel Carriere 

      12 months ago from San Diego California

      Goo goo ga joob Walrus Bill. Question for you, which sounds more apropo now that you mentioned dropping out of the Farmers Market. I admire your work ethic and I want to know how you go about it. Do you adhere to a strict schedule in writing or do you wing it, writing when you have time. Could be overly intimate, but I would like to know how your daily schedule operates. Great work.

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      William Kovacic 

      12 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Thanks for adding the excerpt, Bill. The questions and answers were great, but what stood out for me was your excerpt. I think the title is great as well!

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, if we were having the weather you are having, I would be in a major funk and it would affect everything. I hear relief is on the way tomorrow. Good luck!

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      Venkatachari M 

      12 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Bill, I was thinking of what happened to your last week's mailbag and you explained it above very clearly. So, I will go to it after this one.

      You mentioned the importance of agreement very smartly even though maintaining that one can forego that rule if he is clever enough to skip from one person to the other.

      Your memoir introduction is very appealing and inspiring. Everyone can associate with those feelings of ordinariness.

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      Ann Carr 

      12 months ago from SW England

      Bill, your memoir section has lifted me out of a depression, so thank you from my heart. Not like me to be like that but certain things are disturbing me (thoughts in the wee small hours kind of stuff!).

      The walrus quote made me smile. We all need to be reminded that we need each other every day.

      'Agreement' seems to be a new word for continuity, though I suppose it's referring to the 'use of good grammar' idea, a little different from continuity of facts etc. A good word to use, I think. Thanks for the explanation.

      And thanks for the pick-me-up, bill!

      Ann

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      12 months ago from United Kingdom

      This passage is a good start, Bill. I think you've captured the true essence of this memoirs. It's everyone's story told by one person, a real person. It speaks of the mundane, reminding us that by themselves they can be meaningless, but together they highlight the resilience of the human spirit. This is something we all need reminding of.

      Write on, Sir, write on.

      Enjoy your walk with Maggie.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      12 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi, Bill, I appreciated you. Thanks and enjoy the day.

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      12 months ago from Beautiful South

      Bill, I wondered where your last week's mailbag went because I was never able to find it. I guess this weekend was too busy for me to look. Now that I know it's there, I'll go back and read it...tomorrow. Right now I intend to shut down and go to bed.

      But I'll say this before I go. I think you are using the wrong word when you say you are "ordinary". You are not ordinary, you are a highly talented man who has been fire tested. You will never be ordinary. I don't think any writer is ordinary.

      But you are a normal man. There, "normal", doesn't that make it better?

      Beautiful weather here finally, but the weather gals say more rain next week. We have two beautiful ones, a morning Hispanic and a mid-day African American who are really bright meteorologists. The "ordinary" white guys come on at night. Have a good week, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Dora! Thank you for always being here and being so supportive.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh, Miebakagh, I am very human, and always coping. lol Blessings always my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Sis you are the best. Spectacular experience? Maybe if I told you some of the crazy shit I did when I was drinking....no, I think we'll leave that out of the book...you'll just have to use your imagination.

      Hugs coming your way

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That would make the nightly news, Pop, HP banning me. lol

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad it's back too, Chitrangada Sharan. It just didn't seem like Monday last week without it.

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      Dora Weithers 

      12 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for sharing that excellent beginning of your book under that curious-sounding title. Thanks also for the helpful answers you continue to give.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      12 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      I have not noticed the mailbag was off for a while, because I had not login for quite some days until I read the whole story. I am glad it is in now as the author said he is human makes a mistake...coping!

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      Bill De Giulio 

      12 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. I was wondering what happened to the mailbag last week. Great to see it back with some interesting questions. I enjoyed the opening paragraphs to your memoir. And I also was not familiar with the term agreement so I learned something new also.

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      Mary Wickison 

      12 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Bill glad to see you back. Don't scare us like that! I'm just teasing you.

      I've heard the term 'agreement' because I use a grammar checker and it picks me up on it. The first time I saw it though I thought, 'what the heck'?

      You've given some sound advice for monetizing a blog.

      Have a great week.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      12 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi, Bill, I found this mailbag really useful. The questions of writing a dinstinctive article and monetizing a blog greatly helps. Thanks for helping "writers to spread their wings and fly."

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      John Hansen 

      12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Fancy you being hit with “duplication” code, Bill. I know where you are coming from..it happens to us “ordinary” folks now and then. Thanks for explaining the meaning of “agreement” too. That was a new on on me. I love the start to your memoir by the way. So glad you decided to write it, as only you can make “ordinary” sound exceptional.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Just Saturday a good friend of over years told me I lived in a Purple Haze. Well he may be right on that as my young boy played with his big dog and sat on the Harley going four hundred and ten miles per hour.

      Your mailbag brings me back to earth. I hope your Maggie and chickens do the same for you.

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      William Leverne Smith 

      12 months ago from Hollister, MO

      Today's mailbag is the perfect example of why we all follow you so faithfully... thanks for showing us 'ordinary' - not! ;-)

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      12 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I just downloaded the coverless ebook, but I am about 10% through a novel right now so I won't get to read immediately. No cover is hardly a problem in a Kindle.

      The questions were useful and interesting today as usual. I think your prologue serves its purpose and sounds good. Peace and love to you Bill.

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      Janine Huldie 

      12 months ago from New York, New York

      Oh, Bill, I had a bit of a day like this today. Raining for 2 days straight and chilly for May. I planned on just putting my nose to work and forgot all about commenting on my favorites for Monday. Just lost track of time, I suppose. But got so into my writing and such. So, I apologize for my delayed response this Monday. But I blame it on the weather and my rain-soaked brain. But still here and wishing you the most wonderful week ahead now :)

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      Paula 

      12 months ago from UpstateWestern,New York

      Bro....What?! You made a mistake? No way. I, for one, do not believe this! It's just not possible. Banish the thought!

      "KUDOS!" to "Ordinary!" Yes, sir. I am in my right mind, Thank you, and I absolutely cannot wait to read about a man ....well, perhaps not just any man.....but believe me when I say, there is nothing (ZERO!) ordinary about my bro. Chopping at the Bit over here in NY.

      I have a strong feeling that this book is going to be a spectacular experience for all of us...including you!

      Hope Ms Beautiful Bev had a great Mother's Day! Peace & Love, Sis.

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      breakfastpop 

      12 months ago

      I am so relieved they didn't ban you!!!! LOL

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      12 months ago from New Delhi, India

      So good to see the mailbag this Monday. It was badly missed by everyone last week.

      Thanks for the useful tips and I liked going through the preview.

      Thanks for sharing and good day.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sha! Go for it I shall. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa, we are scrambling (pun intended) to find a market for the eggs. Right now I spend a lot of time frying them. :) It will all work out, my friend. Thank you, and I hope your week is productive as well.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      12 months ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I love the prologue to your memoirs. Perfect segue! Go for it, my friend!

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      Melissa Propp 

      12 months ago from Minnesota

      Happy Monday Bill! I'm glad to hear that everything with the mailbag is worked out..I kept trying to open it, but figured it was probably user error on my end (not a shocker!). So happy to have my mailbag back! So no farmer's market this season? What are you gonna do with the extra bounty? Eat lots and lots of eggs?

      Hope you have a great and productive week!

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks a bunch, Flourish. We shall see if I am up for the challenge. I'm taking baby steps until I find my balance.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Verlie, and Happy Monday to you. You may be half-joking about the rules, but I'm with you on that. Rules can be broken in writing, and I wish writers would understand that. Prose would be boring if rules were not broken.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      We shall see, Mike, but thank you. I'm having a hard time with approach, but I'll work it out.

      wishing you a great week as well

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Nell, and I hope you have a great day as well. You? Half-cocked? Impossible! lol

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy, Happy for sure, Linda! I thrive in 65 degrees. I'm looking forward to a great week of accomplishments. Thanks for the suggestions for Pat...very good points.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That is sweet of you, Ruby, and I thank you for your kindness. Have a great week, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much,Liz. As for that unique approach to your writing, I would suggest you take some time to ponder that. Your articles are interesting, and the photos are stunning....you just need that "uniqueness" to push you over the top.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      12 months ago from USA

      I suspect what the readers of that person's work meant was subject/verb agreement because it is such a common problem. Examples: "We seen ..." instead of "We saw" or "He go ..." instead of "He goes." People is terrible with their talkin' these days and they is even worse with there writin'. Maybe the guy should consider Grammerly?

      Memoir is such a heavy word. I wish there were appropriate alternatives. Regardless, you're up to the challenge!

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      12 months ago from Canada

      Morning Bill, Good info today! Thanks for the discussion on 'agreement' and the video. It is good to know the rules so you can break them right? (Only half joking on that.) I'm with Mike on this, I won't be writing a memoir, you are brave! And you have so many of the pieces already in place. You are so prolific, inspiring for a 'wanna be'.

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      mckbirdbks 

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

      Good morning Bill - Writing a memoir is not going to be a challenge for you. You have written so much about your childhood and family that you have a great deal of material to compile. I am sure that I will never try a memoir. Have a good week.

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      Nell Rose 

      12 months ago from England

      Well, I had no idea what agreement meant! lol! I tend to be the third person in the book I am writing at the moment if the stupid thing will let me finish and not make my characters go off half cocked! Always good to read your stuff Bill, have a great day!

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      Linda Lum 

      12 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill the problem with Ad Sense is that it makes no sense. I tried for 6 weeks to communicate with them, but received no specific feedback on how to correct the "issue" that they had with my blog. Each time I would resubmit it for review they would reject it with the same canned response.

      The term agreement (in writing) was new to me as well. Every week I learn something from you.

      I hope (kinda) that Pat finds her niche, but I can't say with a straight face that I welcome the competition LOL. It is possible. Perhaps she should consider a topic (type of food, type of cooking method, ethnic cuisine, etc.) that really interests her and look at a few (or a lot of) blogs that address that specific topic. And then ask herself "what are they missing? What did they NOT do that I know I could do to put a different spin on it, enlighten the reader more, etc."

      Have a great week my friend. Cooler temps (happy happy).

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      12 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I am inspired to have a good week come rain or shine because you cared enough about ordinary people to write many truths..

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      Liz Westwood 

      12 months ago from UK

      Once again I am inspired by your weekly article. Sorry to hear about the frustration of the previous one. Having been away for a while I wondered if I had missed some along the way.

      I'm still searching for my unique approach to travel writing so I read your reply to Pat with interest.

      Long ago I studied English Literature, but the term "agreement" was new to me. I think we probably described it some other way.

      So far making money out of my writing has eluded me so I read your answer to the monetize question with interest.

      I really appreciated the sneak preview. You write with depth and meaning that is very relatable.

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