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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment 287

Updated on December 16, 2019

Thanks to You All

This last week saw the end of life for my best friend of fifty-seven years, Frank. It was a death we knew was coming, a death I was prepared for, but still a tough pill to swallow. I just wanted to thank all of you who reached out to me with sympathy and love. Your kind gestures were greatly appreciated, and I love you all for taking the time to let me know you care.

Let’s move on to the mail. Life moves on and we should do the same.

The Mail Room
The Mail Room

Novel to Film

From Ann: “Your Shadow Man sounds intriguing - it has the making of a good film methinks. Have you ever approached any companies re turning your novels into films? Would you ever consider it?”

Thank you for that, Ann! The answer is no, I have not approached film companies and I doubt I will. It all goes back to the purposes behind my writing: I write because I have a passion for writing. I write as a means of communicating with all of you. I don’t seek affirmation in any manner. I don’t seek compensation for it. I’m a writer and I write, and that’s good enough for me.

Don’t get me wrong: if Quentin Tarantino approaches me and wants to adapt my novels to the big screen, I won’t turn his offer down, but I also won’t be contacting him.

I actually have a stepson who is encouraging me to write a screenplay of the Shadows series. He thinks it has a better chance of selling in that form, but I don’t know how to write a screenplay and I have no desire to learn how. LOL

Still, it’s nice to read your words, Ann. I think we all want, and need, a little affirmation from time to time.

The next great Thriller, in theaters soon!!!
The next great Thriller, in theaters soon!!!

How to Self Publish

From Luis: “This is great to read. I am planning to have a ebook publishing as well as hardcopy publishing. However, I do not know how?”

Well, Luis, you came to the right place. I am going to refer you to a book I have on my shelf, “A Detailed Guide to Self-Publishing with Amazon,” by Chris Mullen. It is my “go to” source for all things related to self-publishing. It will take you step-by-step through the formatting and printing options and even cover design. I highly recommend you pick up a used copy on ebay.

Grammar Check

From Devika: “Hi Bill great to hear of your Memoir. Just one question about grammar check please. What is the easiest way to grammar check?”

Devika, there are quite a few grammar-check programs available. I use none of them, but quite a few of my followers do, and perhaps they will recommend one in the comments below. I continually hear good things about Grammarly, but you certainly have others to choose from. Anyway, check the comments below for recommendations from people who have actually used those programs.

Following Others on Hp

From William: “Bill, If I'm going to follow someone on HP, I"m going to follow them. I do my best to read each article and comment, so my follow list is short. I'm finding it difficult to keep up with the few I do follow because of other commitments. I can't remember the last time you missed commenting on one of my pieces, and I thank you for that. So my question is this. How do you manage to keep up with the ones you follow and respond in such a personal way?”

William, truthfully, I have had to cut back greatly in the past couple of years, for the same reason you mentioned. Still, I’m determined to comment on hubs written by people who comment on my hubs. That is the criteria I go by: if you comment on mine, I’ll comment on yours. Yes, it takes time, but I’m not willing to deviate from that. HP is all about community for me. This is my writing family. In a very real sense, I’m a writer today because of the support and encouragement given to me early on, so now my job is to give support and encouragement in return.

I don’t have a ton of commitments which take a lot of time from my schedule. I’m semi-retired, so I have a degree of freedom many writers on HP do not have . . . that helps greatly! If I had a full-time job, like many of you do, there is no way I could devote as much time to comments on HP.

Creativity in Memoirs

From Zulma: “You mentioned that when writing your memoirs there's no creativity allowed. I'm not entirely certain I understand what you mean. You're writing about real events from your past, you don't have to make it up. I get that. However, writing about these events in a manner that invites us to read more surely involves some creativity, yes?”

Yes, Zulma, you caught me, as did several others who read my words. I was being a bit flippant when I wrote that; without a doubt there is a certain amount of creativity which goes into a memoir; certainly not like a novel but still, there is creativity for sure.

I can always count on you to keep me accountable, Zulma. LOL And I love that you do!

Taking Breaks

From Liz: “When you write for 4 hours, do you take regular breaks or do you plough on solidly? I find my concentration starts to go after a while. I was interested at your technique for switching gears. Often as I come to work again on a hub, I read through earlier paragraphs.”

I do take breaks, Liz, for the same reason primarily: my concentration is not what it once was. However, I also take breaks because it helps my creative process. There is something about stepping away from a story which allows my muse to become creative once again, like she needs a break for her juices to flow freely. A five minute walk in the backyard is usually all it takes.

Sometimes those who can see, don't see
Sometimes those who can see, don't see

My Memoir’s Title

From Bill: “Hi Bill. Congratulations on getting to the final edit of your memoir. I’m pretty sure you’ve answered this in the past, but I’ll ask anyway. Where did the title “And the Blind Shall See” come from, and what is the significance of the title. By the way, I love the title.”

Hi Bill! I was blind for the first nine months of my life. That’s the origin of the memoir title…but the deeper meaning is it took me a lifetime to actually see the truth about me and about life. You’ll have to read the memoir if you want any more information about it. LOL I promise you it is uplifting. I don’t kill a single person in it.

Rest in peace, Frank!
Rest in peace, Frank!

And Life Goes On

I love my life. I love the fact that so many of you cared enough to reach out to me during a tough week. Human connections are what it is all about . . . love is what it is all about. It just doesn’t get any more real than that, my friends.

In the words of Jesse Colin Young:

”Come on people now
smile on your brother
everybody get together
and try to love one another right now”

Have a great week ahead. I know I will.

Peace and blessings to you all!

Bill

2019 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Lawrence, thanks for your thoughts on Grammarly....and about HP. It is a struggle trying to keep up, and I don't have a job like you do.

      Blessings my friend

      bill

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      5 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      So sorry to hear about your friend Frank. I had thought that I'd read this hub before, but checking just now I realised that I hadn't.

      Regarding grammar software. Grammarly is a good basic tool, but the free version, I wouldn't bother with the paid or 'premium' version as there are better types of paid-for software out there.

      I use the free version of Grammarly because it runs on any device and I can even use it with Google docs (I use that a lot).

      I think I'm one of those who constantly struggle with trying to keep up with all the writers here on HP, I've tried culling my lists to only those who comment on my own hubs, but even that still doesn't give a huge amount of time, so I add the extra bit in, that I only comment on hubs that spark an interest.

      Blessings

      Lawrence

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate that, Sha! Knowing it was coming, and being able to prepare for it, talk to him about it, that all helped greatly. :( Still hard, but better than a sudden death. Anyway, thank you always, my friend.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 months ago from Central Florida

      Bill, my condolences to you for the loss of Frank. I know you knew it was coming, but that doesn't make it any easier. I'm sure the memories the two of you created will continuously play in your mind. And you heart will always be full.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mel, and I'm sorry to hear about your friend. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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      Mel Carriere 

      6 months ago from San Diego California

      Sorry to hear about your friend. A high school buddy of mine recently died with brain cancer at the age of 48. A sad reminder that any of us can go, any minute, and I guess we have to make hay while the sun shines.

      My writing limit is about four hours too. After that I get brain cramps, and I have to get up and do something physical.

      Great work as usual. Merry Christmas!

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Striker is a tough one, Zulma. I'm going to have to give it some more thought. I agree with your thoughts on Craig and Statham. For the time being, Striker will remain an enigma. :)

      As for your kind words, I thank you. I don't like praise....not worthy of it, that sort of thing...but I thank you.

      Enjoy the heck out of your weekend, my friend.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      6 months ago from United Kingdom

      Daniel Craig has the right build and the cool, uncertain demeanour. Uncertain in that he can give the impression that anything could set him off, so tread carefully. I've heard him do an American accent. It needs work, lots of work. If he can sort that out, I think he'll fill the bill nicely.

      I think Jason Statham can definitely pull off quietly menacing. We know he can do action but I've always felt that Striker isn't the showy type. He does what he needs to get done efficiently with little wasted effort.

      The key thing for any actor to play Striker is to show he isn't one-dimensional. We know he's a remorseless killing machine when he needs to be, but he is also capable of fierce loyalty to those who've earned it and can show his softer, caring side to those he feels safe in doing so.

      You've done an excellent job in creating such a well-written, nuanced character, Bill. I can't wait to find out more about him and see how he takes on Old Blighty.

      Have a great weekend, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma, how about Daniel Craig or Jason Statham?

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Mary, for everything. You are a loyal friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Hooray!!!! All things come to those who wait patiently, Verlie. That explains why I don't own much. lol

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I know Zulma, he doesn't work for me either. I'll have to give it some more thought....suggestions???

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      6 months ago from United Kingdom

      Oh, yes, definitely a young Sam Eliot. Matt Damon, though. A fine actor, to be sure, but don't you think he's too good looking for the part?

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      Mary Norton 

      6 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I feel for you about the loss of your friend, Frank. About Devika's question: I use Grammarly, the free version, but it has given me added confidence that I am contemplating the upgrade. I am looking forward to reading your memoir.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      6 months ago from Canada

      Oh! I see Venkat is here. Hi Venkat! (Venkatachari M). Thanks Bill for keeping the writing community together on one page :)

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Wednesday, Zulma! I'll tackle your last question on Monday. As for Striker, I see a young Sam Elliot, perhaps, or I can see Matt Damon doing that part. He was scary in a movie called "The Amazing Mr. Ripley."

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very kind, Audrey! Thank you for your kind words about losing Frank. He was a gem in my life. As for HP, I love this community. I will never be able to give back all that I have received on this site.

      Blessings and love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very kind, Ann. Thank you! Frank was one in a million, and I was so lucky to have him as my friend. We all could use a Frank in our lives.

      As for your question, I'll tackle that on Monday in the Mailbag. Thank you for it!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Always a pleasure, Dora! Thank you for your loyalty and friendship.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, who would have guessed that retirement could be so busy and demanding? LOL Thanks my brother.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Excellent point about context, Heidi, but then I expect excellent points from you...nothing less will do. :) Enjoy your Wednesday!

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It is my pleasure, Devika. I'm glad you found this article helpful.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Venkatachari M. Forgiveness is not necessary. Time is not always on our side, and it is hard to get to everything we feel we must do. Blessings to you always,my friend.

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      Dora Weithers 

      6 months ago from The Caribbean

      This mailbag is rich with good questions and great answers. Thanks to you Bill, and to those who ask the questioners. Thanks also for your regular comments on my articles.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      6 months ago from United Kingdom

      Aww, thanks Bill. That's really kind of you to say. I feel the same.

      Bradley Cooper, good choice. What about Striker? In my head, he always shows up as Lee Marvin or James Coburn. Since neither are available, who would you choose? It should be someone who comes across as stone-cold yet caring.

      That reminds me. I've been meaning to ask if when your writing, do you see your characters acting out the scenes as you write or do you wait until your editing to see how it plays out?

      Have a great day, Bill.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      6 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Well, what happened to my comments...hub pages, what did you do? (probably deleted my comments just because I wrote "I want to buy all your books, Bill" :)

      Losing a friend like Frank leaves a big void and I'm sorry. It's especially hard when it's unexpected.

      If I had to choose my favorite mailbag it would be this one. The questions are so good and your answers, as always, so helpful.

      We're a blessed bunch of writers, here in our community, for knowing you; for your willingness to guide us on the path to writing.

      Enjoy the spirit of Christmas, dear Bill.

      Love,

      Audrey

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      manatita44 

      6 months ago from london

      I'm sort of retired too. You didn,t say that the work can increase. Lol

      I feel for your emotive state as covered in your blog. Worth reading guys. My Spirit is with you ... the inner Master is with you. Keep smiling.

      I think your title is awesome! Peace!

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      Ann Carr 

      6 months ago from SW England

      Sorry to hear about your friend. It is so hard to accept, isn't it, even when we think we're prepared.

      Thank you for your answer. I think I would have the same reaction, not that anything so exciting is ever going to happen to me! I think I'd be scared actually!

      The mailbag goes on and is always up-to-date, informative and helpful. How do you manage to keep coming up with such great answers? I bow to your perseverance, loyalty and commitment, standards that are hard to maintain - but you do it in spades, bill.

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma, I don't know about your subconscious. I can barely stay ahead of mine, and it is a rare day when I actually understand what mine is doing. :)

      I'm wondering who I would have play the part of Eli in a movie. I'm leaning, at the moment, towards Bradley Cooper. I think it's important for me to be ready with suggestions should Tarantino finally call, don't you?

      An early Merry Christmas to you! I hope you know how much I appreciate you.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It is my pleasure, RoadMonkey.Thanks for finding the time to stop by and comment, and an early Merry Christmas to you.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Bill, and my sympathies to you and your in-laws. Here's hoping 2020 starts out better for your family.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, I don't think anyone would take offense at that statement. A good portion of the American public wouldn't know good grammar if it hit them over the head. LOL Just one man's opinion.

      Thank you for your kind words. I was a lucky man to have a best friend that long.

      Blessings to you, my friend, and an early Merry Christmas for good measure.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Verlie good to see you and no, I have not seen Venkat for quite some time. I hope that doesn't mean dire consequences.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz, thank you very much, for the sympathy, for your thoughts about Grammarly, and for always finding the time to stop and comment. You are appreciated!

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      Heidi Thorne 

      6 months ago from Chicago Area

      Again, my sympathies on Frank's passing. Glad you have wonderful memories of your years of friendship.

      Re: Grammar Check. I do think the likes of Grammarly are helpful. The grammar check in MS Word is okay, just okay. But what I find with all these tools is that they often cannot interpret context. Dialogue is the worst for them to check. So do use them for additional editing help, but don't blindly rely on them.

      Well, got a lot going on here and gotta run. Have a great week!

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      Devika Primić 

      6 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Sorry to hear of the loss of your friend that many years to have a friend is just priceless. Thank you for the helping about the grammar check tool. I appreciate the useful hub you put forward.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Mary..I agree, just starting out on HP these days must be hard. I'm glad I signed on when the site was still a big family.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Denise! It's something I needed to write, for me; if there are lessons other can find value in, that's a bonus.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for everything, Ruby! You know all about loss, so your words carry extra weight. As for HP, never heard back from them...sigh!

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alyssa! I can help you get over that fear if you ever decide you really want to write that book.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Flourish! For Frank's sake, I'm glad the pain is over. He was ready!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      6 months ago from United Kingdom

      What? No video of The Youngbloods doing 'Get Together'? You're slipping, Bill. lol

      Since you won't be approaching Tarantino it's a good thing I have a mental movie running through my head when I read you 'Shadow' series. For some reason, it's always in black and white similar to classic noir films like 'The Maltese Falcon' and 'The Big Sleep'. Was that, perhaps, subconsciously intentional?

      Just want to say, I absolutely sweat by Grammarly. It not only checks spelling and grammar errors but also explains why they are errors, suggests alternative words if you're using the same repeatedly and you can use it to check for plagarism issues. The only thing I should emphasize is that Grammarly is there to help you and you shouldn't take its suggestions as gospel. For example, it highlights errors when I write a character's dialogue. I know they are mistakes, but that is how the character speaks so I don't change it. It's your writings and the author should always have the final say.

      Hope your week is a good one.

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      Venkatachari M 

      6 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      A very interesting mailbag and with more unique questions, this time.

      For grammar cheque, I use Grammarly and it is very good. It always suggests mistakes and recommends correct words. If there is a unique word that you want to use even after Grammarly points it that it is a mistake, you can add it to your dictionary by clicking the add to the Dictionary option in its suggestions.

      Regarding your title for memoirs, I already understood your intention and purpose of choosing that Title much earlier, when I heard that title from you. It is an excellent title for it.

      Here I have to confess that I am unable to view and read all the articles published by people whomever I am following or being followed. I simply get to some of them randomly. So, I request all my friends to forgive me for my inability.

      I wish you and all my hubber friends a Happy season and a Merry Christmas.

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      RoadMonkey 

      6 months ago

      Great hub again, as usual. I bet ebay will be flooded with people looking for a copy of that book. I know I will be taking a look at it. Thanks for the tip.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      6 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. Thanks for answering my question, I look forward to reading your memoir. I’m sure it will be a very uplifting read, something I could certainly use right now. It’s been a difficult end of 2019 with elderly in-laws who have faced a number of health issues as well as my mother.

      My condolences on your friend, Frank, it’s never easy.

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      6 months ago from Beautiful South

      Bill, I'm so sorry to hear about the death of your friend of so many years. I think I'm just now reading about it because I haven't kept up with HP much in the last couple of weeks. I know it's difficult to say goodbye to a loved one, but just remember that it's only temporary.

      I don't use any grammar programs simply because being an editor for 33 years, with the last 30 as a legal editor, I find that the little blue or red squiggly lines in Word are enough alert for me to go back and reread the sentence in question to decide if a correction is needed. Usually not. Legalese is written in such a manner as to drive a grammar program crazy, therefore we couldn't use one at work. I was forced to learn grammar past the 8th grade point where the average reader is proficient. That's not my opinion, it came out of one of my textbooks, so I hope nobody takes offense at that. (Note: Most writers are avid readers, therefore they are exceptions to that statement, so I'm certainly not aiming it at this crowd. I would bet most of HP writers read on the college level or postgrad.)

      It's cold, ugly and rainy here. I hope you're having better weather in WA. Here's wishing youa better week this week, my friend.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      6 months ago from Canada

      Bill, I'm sorry to hear of the passing of your old friend Frank. Fifty-seven years is a long time. And a long time to stay good friends.

      This mailbag is full of writing resources (as usual). Thanks for all you do. Oh by the way I haven't seen Venkat around for awhile, have you?

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      Liz Westwood 

      6 months ago from UK

      I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your friend, Frank.

      I hope that, as you're not looking for fame through movies, maybe it will find you by someone picking up your books and seeing an opportunity.

      The recommendation of a book about self publishing is definitely a tip to bookmark.

      I'm a Grammarly fan. Mary recommended the free version when I started out on Hub Pages and now my American English is coming along okay.

      I always feel reassured that I'm on the right lines when you confirm my thoughts. I have a similar approach to following and commenting. Now I don't have to feel guilty about stopping to make a coffee while I'm writing either!

      I think your title 'And The Blind Shall See' is very clever and works so well.

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      Mary Wickison 

      6 months ago from Brazil

      Fifty-seven years, I doubt most people have had a friendship last that long. I'm sure he will be missed.

      Regarding followers on HP, I feel bad for new people just starting out on the site. It must be difficult to gain followers that are committed. I think the site has changed and has less of a community atmosphere.

      Have a wonderful week.

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      Denise McGill 

      6 months ago from Fresno CA

      I like your frankness about your memoir being for you and you don't care if it makes money. That's confidence.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I am sorry you lost your friend Frank. I lost a friend of mine a few months back. Her name was Mary. We worked at the same hospital many moons ago. We loved to dance, and we danced together when no one thought we were lovers. My how times have changed! Keep on doing what you do best. It is my hope that you will soon be a contributing factor on HP. They couldn't hire anyone better. Good luck.

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      Alyssa 

      6 months ago from Ohio

      Another fabulous mailbag! I'll be keeping that suggestion for self-publishing in my back pocket. One of these days, I'll get over my fear and commit to writing a full book, instead of starting one and turning it into an article. haha! I hope you have a wonderful week!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      6 months ago from USA

      I’m sorry to hear about the death of your dear friend. Losing someone that close is really difficult.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks a bunch, William, for the kind words of support and for helping to answer the grammar question. Have a fantastic week, my friend.

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      William Kovacic 

      6 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      It certainly was full mailbag, Bill. First of all, let me say I'm sorry for your loss and I'll leave it at that. Words don't always bring comfort, but I'm thinking of you and praying for you. Thanks for taking my question, and your answer makes perfect sense. I just wanted to add for Devika that ProWritingAid.com seems to work well for me. It does a lot more than just check grammar, and it's free to use online. I used to use Grammarly, but I've found PWA does the same and more. Thanks again for taking my question.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Linda! For sure you will have that memoir by the first of 2020. I'm on my final read-through.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Melissa! Seeing Frank before he died, and knowing he was going to die, helped in losing him. I'm not a big fan of sudden deaths like heart attacks...so much left unsaid. But with Frank, there was sweet closure and I am grateful for that.

      Have a wonderful week, my friend.

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      Linda Lum 

      6 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, I'm looking forward to that memoir; put me down for a copy, OK? The holidays are always difficult after you've lost a loved one. Know that you and Bev are in my thoughts and prayers.

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      Melissa Propp 

      6 months ago from Minnesota

      Happy Monday Bill! I was sorry to hear about your friend's passing...but thankful that you got to visit him recently, right? It's always hard to lose someone special and for some reason it seems even more sad when it happens during the holidays...but as you said, life moves on.

      I really like your title for the memoir, that sounds perfect!

      Hope as always that you have a great and productive week! :)

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks so much, Pamela, and thanks for mentioning Google docs...good suggestion. And always read out loud...it's cheap and effective. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      For sure, Becky! We are getting to the age when death is a lot more common than we would like it to be. Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks so much, John...and thank you for helping Devika with her question.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Erick that brought to tears to my eyes.Thank you for your friendship, compassion, and love.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      6 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your lifelong friend. We have been visiting family in TX for the past week, so I somehow missed the news, but I know while we try to prepare for that loss, it is still difficult.

      On a brighter note I like the title of your memoir. As for grammar. I found grammerly was taking up too much memory on my overloaded computer. So, I write on Google.docs. It highlightes misspelled words. Since I have some arthrtis in my fingers my typing is not good and a little help is good. I also try to read my articles out loud before publishing.

      Have a better week, my friend.

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      Becky Katz 

      6 months ago from Hereford, AZ

      Bill, I am so sorry for your loss. It is tough losing old friends. I lost 4 in one month a few years ago. I discovered that they had all died, when I was trying to tell them my husband died. I finally reached the widow of one that had died a few years earlier, and she told me. Some weeks are really rough.

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      John Hansen 

      6 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Bill, it was sad to hear of Frank’s passing. It doesn’t seem long ago that you wrote about him coming to visit. In regard to Devika’s question...I use the free version of Grammarly and find it is quite efficient as a grammar check tool. I may try to get a copy of that book by Chris Mullen too.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      I was up and waiting for this installment. I don't give a damn about any of these subjectst but I give a good goddamn about you and love your writing no matter the subject.

      I figure I just don't like people passing on so early, especially when it touches my buddy. My words mean nothing but I understand just maybe my prayers and good intentions might mean something.

      Of this time of Bill's loss we send love that is truly love

      We call upon others but maybe more from above

      Look at as a man who does serve

      Stop that heart of love reserve

      Take up the mantle of what we can

      And give our souls and heart to a good man

      We do n ot know of who he grieves

      But of our love we know what he leaves.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, I'll take all the virtual hugs you want to send.Thank you for caring, my friend.

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      Janine Huldie 

      6 months ago from New York, New York

      Aw, Bill I am so very sorry for the loss of your very good friend. I really have no words. Just hope you know I am thinking of you, my friend and sending some extra virtual hugs this week before Christmas you. Hoping this week is a bit of a better one and thanks Bill for still doing what you do so well here and pay it forward with your writing advice.

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