ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Writer's Mailbag: Installment 290

Updated on January 6, 2020

Happy New Year

2020 . . . hard to believe for me, honestly . . . I was thinking, on New Year’s Day, that I have been breathing in nine different decades. That just blows me away, quite frankly. My mind is still sharp. Physically I’m in damned good shape, thank you very much. I still do what I want to do without making any adjustments due to age. I can still write with a clear mind. I still feel young . . . but nine different decades? HOLY COW!!!!

Party lines and cars with engines you had to crank . . .those things existed when I was a kid. The science fiction we read about in comics back then is everyday stuff in today’s world.

Anyway, that was all a lead-in to wish you a brilliantly successful and Happy 2020? Tell me, what are your goals for 2020? What is the one thing you would most like to accomplish in this New Year?

While you ponder that question, I’ll ponder some Mailbag questions. I’ll meet you at the end.

The Mail Room
The Mail Room

Footnotes and Fiction

From William: “Just wondering, Bill. Is it ever proper to include footnotes to document your research for a fiction novel?”

Is it ever proper, William?

A surprising number of people believe that footnotes can only be used in nonfiction. This is not correct! Anyone who has read J.R.R. Tolkien is quite familiar with Tolkien’s use of footnotes to add an academic air to his story. David Foster Wallace, in his book “Infinite Jest,” uses footnotes to add information about the characters.

I will say this about footnotes in fiction: it is certainly all right to do so, but you should have a creative reason for doing so. A creative use of footnotes adds to the story; just using them to use them bogs a story down.

Writing Coach

From Brenda: “I saw on your blog, or on Facebook, I don’t remember, but you were offering your services as a writing coach for $50 per month. Don’t misunderstand me here, I think that’s a remarkable service/value, but my question is this: does every writer need a writing coach? Is there value in hiring one for any writer?”

Brenda, here’s my one-word answer to your question: NO!

Now please allow me to expand on that a bit.

My friend Heidi Thorne, a writer on HP and a marketing guru, thinks I’m crazier than a loon for offering coaching services for so little money. She’s probably right. LOL It’s not the first time I’ve been called nutso. But here’s the thing: I’m a teacher by nature. .I spent twenty years in the classroom because I love teaching and helping people. I used to tutor for spare cash back when I was a teacher, and I tutored for $20 per hour, which was a ridiculously low price back then. I had peer teachers who also tutored who were mad at me for doing it for such a low price. I understand where they were coming from, and I understand my friend Heidi.

But I’ll stick with covering expenses and helping people, thank you very much.

Now, do all writers need a coach? Of course not! If you are just writing to fulfill a need, or because you just enjoy writing, you probably don’t need a coach. If you really don’t care much if you grow in your skill, you don’t need a coach.

But, if you write to make money, or you have a goal for the future to make money, or you have a desire to be the best writer you possibly can be, then it is my opinion that a coach can help you.

End of speech!

Your friendly writing coach
Your friendly writing coach

Freelance/Seo

From Frederick: “I know you do work as a freelancer for companies, and I know you know a thing or two about Search Engine Optimization. Can you give me one tip which will help my articles to gather more views online? Just one; I know there are many things which help with Google. I’m just looking for one.”

Well Frederick, kudos to you for not being greedy. LOL

You are correct, of course. There are many things which can help you with SEO. You asked for one, so here it is: if you are doing nonfiction, add a list. Google loves lists and bullet points. Don’t ask me why because I don’t know the tech reason for it, but you can boost your Google value by including a list or bullet points.

And how about I give you a bonus? HP is absolutely correct in offering all the different capsule options in their article formats. Google loves variation. Google loves photos and videos and podcasts and polls and on and on and on. They love good subheadings. They love articles to be of a certain length. They like four or five relevant links per 500 words. They are placing more and more emphasis on quality writing.

Back in the good old days, it was relatively easy to play the SEO game and get Google’s attention. Back then, you just stuffed an article with links and Google loved you for it. Today it’s not so easy.

Good luck!

Excerpt From “Shadows Across the Pond

I promise, my memoir will be available this month. In the meantime, how about an excerpt from the new Shadow novel I’m working on, “Shadows Across the Pond?”

Striker finished packing his duffel a full eight hours early. No reason to wait. You have a job to do, you do it, no hesitation, and move on to the next. The Army could be a pain in the ass for many, but for Striker it had been his salvation, teaching him direction and discipline, smoothing his jagged edges, giving him a means to curb his anger, channel his temper, and providing purpose for a teen desperately in need of it.

He had originally enlisted to get away from his old man. It was either that or kill the sonofabitch. It turned out the Army was exactly what had been missing in his life. He found purpose in the service to his country. He loved the physical demands in basic training. He embraced the rigid standards, and he even found value in the brotherhood, a large, extended family he could call his own, a family he could actually trust, and a family which rewarded him when he excelled.

And excel he did! He was simply faster and more athletic than anyone in his class of enlistees. If he had failings he worked harder than anyone else to correct those deficiencies. Weapons became an extension of his body. Stealth was his friend. He was praised for his problem-solving skills, which usually followed the principle that the shortest distance between two points was a straight line, and heaven forbid anyone who got in the way of that straight line.

Exactly one year to the day after he enlisted, the NSA came calling. They were followed by the CIA and then Homeland Security. His specialty, elimination, was in high demand in the shadow world of global terrorism, and during two decades of serving his country, he had only come close once to having his ticket punched, an ambush in the desert, no way he avoided that mess if it hadn’t been for one Sergeant Eli Baker.

So he owed Baker, a debt which would never be paid in full, and that’s just the way it was. Besides, within the Brotherhood, one-point-three million strong, Baker was as close to an actual brother as Striker would ever have, and brothers always protected brothers. If Baker needed him in London . . .


Shadows Across the Pond
Shadows Across the Pond

A Short One Today

Well, what did you come up with for a goal? I hope you’ll share in the comment section. I’d love to hear about your plans.

If you want to get in touch with me, with a question for the Mailbag, or for coaching, you can email me at holland1145@yahoo.com, or leave a question in the comment section below. I promise to respond ASAP.

Have a brilliantly lovely week in January, 2020, and Happy New Year to you all.

2020 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy New Year, Ann! I like your 2020 goal very much. I should try that as well. :)

      bill

    • annart profile image

      Ann Carr 

      12 months ago from SW England

      My goal for 2020 is to be nicer to myself, not to worry and spend more time with my friends. Of course I also want to get some more writing done after so much concentration on the house. I have so many projects so I guess I'll have to just stick a pin in the list and start from there!

      Rather belatedly, bill, Happy New Year!

      Ann

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Best wishes on that goal, Mel! It's a good one.

    • Mel Carriere profile image

      Mel Carriere 

      12 months ago from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado

      My goal for 2020 is to take advantage of unexpected opportunities. Life is too random, and too much structure can derail us. Great advice, Happy New Year

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate that very much, Dora! I truly do!

    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 

      12 months ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, we here on this writing site get an abundance of coaching from you for free. Thank you very much. I will get a copy of your memoir.

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Glad to hear that, Gilbert. I hope that helps you. Best wishes in 2020 and Happy New Year to you.

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you whonu, and Happy New Year to you.

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Best wishes to you, Bill! I hope things settle down for you and your family soon.

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Nell, it takes as long as it takes. You can't rush creativity, my friend.

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I completely agree with you, Venkatachari M. I marvel at the technological advancements, and I mourn the lack of values I witness.

      Happy New Year my friend!

    • rebelogilbert profile image

      Gilbert Arevalo 

      12 months ago from Hacienda Heights, California

      Happy New Year, Bill. I'd like to submit more stories this year. I recently purchased a Kindle Fire 8 to help. It makes it easier and less expensive to read stories from other writers, and get a better idea what publications are looking for.

    • whonunuwho profile image

      whonunuwho 

      12 months ago from United States

      Thanks for sharing this Bill. Happy New Year. whonu

    • bdegiulio profile image

      Bill De Giulio 

      12 months ago from Massachusetts

      Happy New Year, Bill. No goals yet for the coming year, just taking things one day at a time. Our lives has been consumed lately with aging parents and in-laws. I hope to start writing again soon. Loved the excerpt from “Shadows Across the Pond.”

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 

      12 months ago from England

      Still searching for that elusive goal Bill, lol! I know I wrote lots about what I would do this year, but the main one being my writing seems to be getting left behind at the moment, but hopefully, another book will be out shortly. Great advice as always.

    • Venkatachari M profile image

      Venkatachari M 

      12 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      True, Bill Holland! Seeing the things taking change through the decades is an amazing and strange experience. I stepped into the eighth decade just. And, so much better as well as so much worst have things gone since my birth. I feel happy about some changes and very sad about the other changes in our social values and environmental conditions.

      I enjoyed the excerpts from your new novel. I wish you a Happy New Year 2020.

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, at our age, our goals should be obvious, right? lol I do have some, but they are fewer in number than they once were, and that's fine with me.

      Wishing you a brilliant 2020, and thank you for your friendship.

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy New Year Heidi and thanks always!

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you RoadMonkey! Greek? The only other language I can stumble through is Latin. LOL

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for trying, John! Have a great week!

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith! What a pleasant surprise, my friend. Where have you been keeping yourself? You have been missed.

      It sounds like you are staying quite busy. A comedy class is something I think would be loads of fun. I'm not sure I would have the courage to do it, so kudos to you.

      Screenplay? Wait until Monday and I'll have an answer for you.

      blessings always

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy New Year, Liz! So far I am not inundated, but hope springs eternal.

      I do hope you see a payout with HP....I think you are long overdue, my friend.

    • MizBejabbers profile image

      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      12 months ago from Beautiful South

      Nine different decades! Me, too, Bill. How the heck did we manage that? Neither of us is 90 years old, at least not yet. Just have to be born in the right decade, I guess. I don't recall seeing footnotes in Tolkien, but heck, I was only 27 years old when I read the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. That was a long time ago.

      I enjoyed your excerpt from your new novel. I guess I'll have to check them all out. By the way, I don't have a goal for 2020. We old retired folks who've seen nine decades don't need one, do we? I guess staying alive is enough of a goal, considering the times.

      I don't know what's wrong with HP. No notification of the Mailbag. I had to look for you this week. Have a great rest of the week, my friend.

    • heidithorne profile image

      Heidi Thorne 

      12 months ago from Chicago Area

      Happy 1st Mailbag Monday of 2020!

      Re: Fiction Footnotes. I suppose if it helps. But I do think it's a disruptive thing in fiction.

      Well, gotta get going on the New Year! Cheers!

    • RoadMonkey profile image

      RoadMonkey 

      12 months ago

      I have several goals, one is to improve my Greek back to what it was 10 years ago. It was only ever basic survival level but it would be good to get back to that to greet my friends coming over in February. That excerpt is taut and tantalising!

    • Jodah profile image

      John Hansen 

      12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I did read this and post a comment Bill, but as has happened a few times it seems to have disappeared. I won’t repeat it all, but great mailbag anyway. Love the excerpt.

    • Faith Reaper profile image

      Faith Reaper 

      12 months ago from southern USA

      Happy New Year, Bill!

      Installment 290! Now that’s impressive, as is your excerpt from your new novel.

      Try not to fall out on the floor laughing, but I’m going to attempt to write a screenplay. I’ve been reading the best of the best screenplays and plan on reading the top couple books on writing screenplays, while also watching the great movies to help me along the way. In other words, I’m doing a lot of research. I know the one main thing one must have ... a great imagination! I have that, believe me. Hahaha ...

      Since retiring last year on February 1, I’ve been in limbo making that transition, and now I am ready to get my creative juices flowing again this year.

      I’m also taking a comedy class this month, as I’ve always wanted to do stand up ... so we shall see what this new year has in store as a result of my efforts.

      Do you have any pointers on writing a screenplay?

      God bless you and your family.

    • Eurofile profile image

      Liz Westwood 

      12 months ago from UK

      9 decades is quite an ahievement. Congratulations, Bill. My goal for 2020 is to make pay out on Hub Pages.

      I tend to find footnotes interesting in fiction and nonfiction, with the proviso that they need to be relevant.

      I'm sure that you are going to be inundated with requests for your services as a writing coach.

      I read your comments on Google and SEOs with great interest.

      Thanks for the excerpt. It's a great appetite whetter for your next book.

      Happy New Year.

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, you aren't playing fair! LOL You know I won't deny you a favor or request. I'm not sure I can promise two per month, but I'll see what I can do.

      Keep on the lookout for the next week or so.

      Friendship matters, old friend

      bill

    • bravewarrior profile image

      Shauna L Bowling 

      12 months ago from Central Florida

      I love the new Shadows excerpt, Bill. I don't recall learning of the connection between Striker and Eli in previous editions (or maybe I missed it). Nice touch!

      Now for the question I promised in a comment to a previous post and I'll preface it by saying I'd like to get back in the writing groove in 2020. I've been MIA since I went back to work five years ago. Holy Mackerel! Five years ago???

      Back in 2013, you frequently posted contests or challenges based on picture prompts. My muse found those very motivating. She apparently loves a visual that jump starts her creative juices. I know other writers enjoyed your picture prompt challenges as well. They really helped your fellow writers spread their wings and fly.

      So, my question is this: will you consider bringing back your picture prompt challenges? They don't even have to be contests, just something to help your fellow writers exercise their creativity. I know you're really busy with your new writing endeavors, downsizing, etc. So, how about one or two challenges per month?

      What say you, my friend?

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Always a pleasure, Chitrangada Sharan, and I thank you for always being here. Best wishes as you tackle your busy schedule.

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Too funny, William! No, you will never catch up to me, and that's a reason to rejoice! LOL Happy 2020 to you.

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I love it, Zulma! Pushed your entire life? I think taking it easy is the only intelligent decision. Carry on my friend. Enjoy those walks and I'll catch you down the path of life.

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Linda, but no such luck. The weather is terrible. lol Oh well, it's Washington and we expect it.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      12 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Happy New Year, once again Bill.

      I have many responsibilities to fulfil, in the coming days/ year. I just wish and pray, that I am able to do it well.

      Your first paragraph is motivational and thank you for that. We all need a little bit of inspiration everyday.

      The question by Frederick and your answer is helpful. Thanks for sharing another wonderful mailbag.

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy New Year Alyssa! I hope your week is fantastic.

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Denise! Just call me a big tease. lol

      Blessings always

      bill

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Sorry, Verlie, I didn't take the job. It turned out to have some time demands I wasn't comfortable with, so I declined.

      No romantic comedies from me, my friend. lol

      Good luck with those chores.

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Devika! Happy New Year to you!

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Tuesday Melissa! The flu got Bev big time. She has been feeling poorly since Thanksgiving. I hope your family is starting to feel better.

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Good point, James! Thank you for sharing that information.

    • lifegate profile image

      William Kovacic 

      12 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Thanks for taking my question, Bill. Nine decades, Bill? I'm not too far behind, but I'll never catch up with you. Thank you for sharing your academic knowledge as well as the many life lessons you've come across. Have a Happy New Decade!

    • phoenix2327 profile image

      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      12 months ago from United Kingdom

      Happy New Year, Bill!

      As far as goals for the year, I have none. Nothing I've put down to paper with deadlines at any rate. I tried this in the past and it only served to set me up for failure. I'm a procrastinator by nature. A deadline only makes me procrastinate more, so in the end, the goal is never achieved. It seems the less pressure I put on myself to achieve, the better the chances that I will achieve something. Yes, I am aware that a better application of discipline and determination will push me to realizing my goals, but quite frankly, I have been pushed my entire life and I am sick to death of it. Nowadays, I just take a leisurely stroll towards whatever it is I have in mind. I know I'll get there one way or another so why not enjoy the journey.

      Catch you later, Bill.

    • AliciaC profile image

      Linda Crampton 

      12 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for sharing the interesting excerpt from your novel. I hope the weather is better for you this week.

    • Alyssa Nichol profile image

      Alyssa 

      12 months ago from Ohio

      Happy New Year! A great mailbag to kick it all off. Have a wonderful week! :)

    • PAINTDRIPS profile image

      Denise McGill 

      12 months ago from Fresno CA

      I'm intrigued by the excerpt. Very intelligent of you to give us a preview and then leave us wanting more. I know I want to read it now.

      Blessings,

      Denise

    • snakeslane profile image

      Verlie Burroughs 

      12 months ago from Canada

      Afternoon Bill, nine decades! Awesome. I fully expected to hear a report today about driving the toddlers to daycare. Sorry, was kinda looking forward to that. I'm feeling pressured to come up with some goals. Maybe too many to list. Thanks for the Striker character sketch. I have a feeling the story is not going to be a romantic comedy. Okay, later Bill. I have to go start working on my 'goals' which are fairly mundane at this juncture. Do the dishes, clean the kitchen etc. boring...

    • DDE profile image

      Devika Primić 

      12 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A great start to the first week of 2020. It has been cold, windy and no planes can land here at Dubrovnik airport. You have helpful tips on this series. Glad you are feel fitter and upbeat so am I. Good luck and look forward to your next hub.

    • mpropp profile image

      Melissa Propp 

      12 months ago from Minnesota

      Happy Monday Bill! And Happy New Year! We are starting the year off with a bang in my household...the flu. Still on the mend today, so that is my excuse for not having a goal for 2020 nailed down just yet.

      Thanks for sharing the excerpt from the new shadow book, I anxiously await the full version!

      Have a great and productive week!

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That's a lot to be thankful for, Linda, and I appreciate the last thing you mentioned. As for the physical pain, you take care my friend. I want our friendship healthy and vibrant for many years.

      Exercise? Ugly word! lol

    • justthemessenger profile image

      James C Moore 

      12 months ago from The Great Midwest

      Again, stock full of useful info. With regard to footnotes and fiction, I notice that fictional "classics" include footnotes to help the readers with context. And, of course, your example J.J.R. Tolkien is a classical writer. Currently, even non-fiction doesn't footnote if it can avoid it. Also, I look forward to shadows.

    • Carb Diva profile image

      Linda Lum 

      12 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, so many thanks to extend to you today. Thanks for sharing more of your Striker novel. I'm hooked. Thanks for explaining what the Google gods are looking for. Thank you for continuing this series. And thank you most of all for your friendship.

      My goals in 2020 are to not allow physical pain to get in the way of exercising, and to work smarter, not harder.

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Kari, there are online apps which will kick out keywords for any topic.Finding keywords for nursing should not be difficult at all. Good luck!

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, I've been transcending now for seventy-one years, and loving most of the journey. Chuckle indeed. Thanks my friend and peace always.

    • k@ri profile image

      Kari Poulsen 

      12 months ago from Ohio

      Hi Bill, I did not realize that Google liked 4-5 relevant links per 500 words. I do not know how I will do that writing about nursing, but I will figure something out. Now I have my goal for 2020, go through my articles and increase links. Thank you!

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I can't find any information on this offer, but I'll keep looking this week and have a definitive answer next Monday. What's the name of the company? This just stinks like a scam, but the fact it's on Facebook makes me believe it is partially legit. Anyway, thanks for the heads up. If you have the name of the company, let me know please.

    • manatita44 profile image

      manatita44 

      12 months ago from london

      Thanks Bill.

      I like the coming Shadow Across The Pond series. A fine piece of writing! Yes, Coaches and Agents are part and parcel of the plan, but yes, many made it without them.

      Sri Chinmoy would say the same thing and add that for anything we need a teacher, be it Kindergarten, High Scholl or College and eventually Uni. It helps. Peace bro, another 10 for another milestone? Perhaps you prefer the words 'transcending Journey'. Chuckle.

    • Blond Logic profile image

      Mary Wickison 

      12 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Bill,

      Happy Monday.

      I have mentioned your coaching services to a friend.

      I have a question you or one of your readers may be able to answer. I have seen ads (mainly on Facebook), for 'free books' cooking, gardening etc. These are not a digital copy, but a hard copy. The company refuses to send a digital copy or a PDF. The cost of postage was high and that was to the USA. I have a feeling it is not a way of shifting books for reviews, but skimming money from the postage. Any idea what their line of thinking may be? Plus they are paying for Facebook ads.

      I didn't fall off the cabbage truck yesterday and this just smacks of dishonesty, in my opinion.

      Have a wonderful week.

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine, and Happy New Year to you!

    • Janine Huldie profile image

      Janine Huldie 

      12 months ago from New York, New York

      Happy, Happy New Year once again and now wishing you the best first full week of 2020, my friend :)

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Pamela! I know my excellent health will come to an end reasonably soon, but it's been a great ride while it lasted. :) Happy Monday to you!

    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Mr. Happy, I probably should have said I've seen parts of nine different decades, and I should have known you would catch that ambiguity. lol Thank the gods I have people like you to keep me on the accurate path.

      Screw Google indeed, and toss in Amazon while you are at it. Pretty soon this country will be known as the United States of Amazon.

      Peace be with you this week and beyond.

    • Pamela99 profile image

      Pamela Oglesby 

      12 months ago from Sunny Florida

      Bill, you are very fortunate to be in such excellet health, both physically and mentally. That is surely not the case for many people.

      I am glad to know bulleted lists can atrract the attention of Google as I use them quite often just to help the article make more sense.

      Your new book sounds very good and it is good news that your memoir coming out this month. Sounds like things have fallen nicely in place for you in regard to your writing.

    • Mr. Happy profile image

      Mr. Happy 

      12 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      "but nine different decades" - I am not good at math but isn't a decade ten years? Nine decades would make You ninety, no? I got the feeling I got something wrong here, haha!!

      "engines you had to crank" - I remember that but life growing up in Romania 30 years ago, I suppose is like life growing up in the US 70 years ago LOL We were a little behind due to that WWII and Soviet dictatorship stuff.

      "What is the one thing you would most like to accomplish in this New Year?" - I got that Canole Heritage Trail (380km/236miles) hike on the back of my mind still. It's gotta get done.

      "I’m crazier than a loon for offering coaching services for so little money" - Yes, You are!! Haha! You know what I get with 50 bucks? A 4l bag of goat milk, a packs of organic baby spinach, a loaf of bread and a handful of organic avocados. I'll have some change left after. 50 bucks ain't nothing these days.

      "Google loves ..." - %$#^ Google! Sigh ... they bend and shape us the way they want huh? Not here, not me, not ever.

      Alrighty, You have a wonderful week ahead and all the very best for the year that just began - cheers!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://maven.io/company/pages/privacy

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)