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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment 292

Updated on January 20, 2020

The Beauty All Around Us

We finally had our first snow of the winter. Not much, about two inches, but it was enough to cover everything in a blanket of white, to muffle the sounds of the city, and to provide wonder for our two dogs, Maggie and Tobias.

I am reminded, again, just how beautiful nature is. Yes, I get it, many of you have long, cold winters with more snow than any sane person could ever want, but I also know that there is beauty in the stillness of a snowfall, and there is majesty in the blanketed cleansing of a city after the snow, for just a few moments, brings the hectic pace of life to a standstill.

The older I get, the more I come to appreciate the little things in life.

Look around you! Writers are storytellers, but we are also chroniclers. I have writing friends in Africa who have never seen snow. If I do my job correctly, they can experience it through my words.

Get out there and chronicle! Get out there and tell a story! Keep the tradition alive!

The Mail Room!
The Mail Room!

Organizing for Publication

From Chris:

“I have a question for you regarding how to break up my short stories for publication. You can use this question for the mailbag if it seems appropriate. My writing covers the following genres:

  • Drama
  • Suspense
  • Comedy
  • HIstorical Fiction
  • Horror
  • Fantasy
  • Science Fiction

“Should I publish separate books for speculative fiction (Horror, Fantasy, Sci Fi) and realistic fiction (Drama, Suspense, Comedy, Historical Fiction)? My "good" stories total about 87k words. 62k are speculative and 26k are realistic. One, two or three books? What do you think?”

What do I think? That’s really what my answer is all about, a gut reaction flash-thought. There is no right or wrong answer to this question. If it were me I would publish two books. The speculative fiction would be about the size of a normal novel. The realistic fiction would make a good novella in length. Price them accordingly and turn them loose to the world.

I honestly have no logical reason for my answer other than my need to be “orderly” in a chaotic world. I’m sure someone in the comments will say one book, and I’m sure they will have a perfectly good reason for saying that.

Good luck with your project, Chris!

More on Screenplays

From Faith: “I believe I read where one can write a screenplay without already having a written story ... or is that unheard of in this area?”

I don’t think it’s unheard of at all, Faith. It seems to me it would be harder to do, but that’s just because it would be harder to do for me if I were to try it. If you had a rough story in your brain, and you wrote an outline of that story, it seems to me it would be possible to develop a screenplay from that outline.

Mind you, I’m not brave enough to try it, but I do think it would be possible to do.

COACHING

From Melissa: “Happy Monday Bill! For your writing coach services, do people pay for 1 month only? Or do they continue to do it month after month? And have all your slots been filled? I am not in a position to do it at the moment, but I am very curious as to how that works!”

Happy Monday to you, Melissa. My coaching services are month to month . . .pay for one month and quit, or continue using the service for as long as you want.

And I would love to work with you! I will always have room for you, my friend. $50 per month, for as long as you want me, and the same goes for all of you reading this. I picked up two new students this week, but there is still room for you!

We can all benefit from coaching
We can all benefit from coaching

More on Screenplays

From Faith: “Bill, you really should give it a shot, especially being you already have your own books from which to write a screenplay! Some of your books would certainly make excellent thrillers. From my research, I learned that one page of a screenplay is equal to one minute of screen time of a movie. Movies are generally two hours long, so that translates into 120 pages for a movie. If you were to write one for a tv series, of course each episode is a whole lot shorter, keeping in mind commercials. I’ve been watching that SVU crime show and paying close attention to each scene and the dialogue. That show has really good writers. Each line propels the story, which is key, I’ve learned. In other words ... not a lot of wasted chit chat going on, but only that which moves the story forward. I’m not sure if one must be a member of the Screenwriters’ Guild or not to submit screenplays, but probably so. Do you know?”

Well, Faith, I went to the Screenwriter’s Guild website and found the answer. Being a member of the Guild means you can pitch a screenplay to another member of the Guild. If you are not a member then other members are not allowed to review your screenplay according to the bylaws of the Guild. Now I’m sure there are producers out there who are not Guild members, and I’m sure they read pitches quite often from non-Guild members, but I think you increase your options by being a member of the Guild.

How much are dues? First you have to pass an application process, which can be quite daunting. Then the time arrives to pay your annual dues. The necessary evil: WGA union members have to pay annual dues. They range from person to person, but are always 1.5 percent of applicable earnings, plus $25. A person I contacted paid approximately $1,200 for his yearly membership, and he said that was fairly normal but he thought it was worth it.

I don’t know why, but the “plus $25” makes me laugh. After paying $1,200, why is that last $25 so important that it is actually listed in the information on the website?

Anyway, there you have it!

MEMOIR

For those of you interested, my memoir is now available for purchase. You can find it by going to my Facebook page. The links are listed there. I would put the link here but I'm afraid HP will tag it as self-promotion and delay the publishing of this Hub.

Available now on Amazon
Available now on Amazon

Back to the Beauty All Around Us

I live in a truly beautiful part of the world. Olympia sits between two mountain ranges, the Cascades and the Olympics. It is on the shores of an inland sea called Puget Sound. We are surrounded by rivers and lakes, islands and snow-capped peaks. Washington is called “The Evergreen State” for good reason. One would have to be blind not to appreciate the bounty that surrounds us here in the Puget Sound region.

But there is beauty everywhere. I love looking at a thousand acres of wheat, or corn, in Iowa or Kansas, the stalks blowing in the gentle breeze. I loved the sugar maples of Vermont in late September, an absolute explosion of color to dazzle even the most jaded among us. I loved the stark beauty of the Mojave Desert, and the windswept cold of the Alaskan tundra.

It is all there for us writers to experience and record.

It is all there for us to share with readers who cannot see it for themselves.

You have a calling, a job to do, so get out there and do it!

2020 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for purchasing the memoir, Denise. I'm so happy to hear you are enjoying it.

      Blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      We all do, Bill! We were bragging last year at this time about no snow, and then we got 18 inches in February. lol Thank you and have a fantastic weekend.

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      Denise McGill 

      5 months ago from Fresno CA

      I'm enjoying your memoir so far. Glad I bought it. I like your comments on screenwriting. I didn't know the dues for the guild would be that high. I assume to sell a screenplay pays big.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Bill De Giulio 

      5 months ago from Massachusetts

      Congratulations on publishing your memoir, Bill. After an early large December snowfall it hasn’t been too bad here, but we certainly have a long way to go.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Mary! I am humbled that you would buy one.

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      Mary Norton 

      5 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love reading the mailbag as there is always something to lift my writer spirit up. I would love to read your Memoir and will be getting my copy.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kristen!

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      Kristen Howe 

      5 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      I agree with you on that Bill. And you too stay warm!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you William! You and me both on screenplays. Way too much work for this boy.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very sweet, Dora. Thank you so much!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, I don't know about the screenplay questions. It sounds like work to me, too, especially since I don't have clue One on how to do it, and I don't feel like learning it.

      The snow is gone. The constant rains have returned.

      Sigh!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Mr. Happy, I'm afraid there is no way to purchase the memoir without Amazon. I could purchase it and send it to you, but the postage would put the cost over twenty, and it's debatable whether my book is worth that much. lol

      Thanks for sharing the link.

      Blessings always my friend

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      William Kovacic 

      5 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Screenplays, eh Bill. I wouldn't even know how to write one with or without a book or complete outline. Too complicated for me. I'll just stick to writing. It's exciting to hear your memoir is finished. Congratulations and have a great week!

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 months ago from The Caribbean

      I'm having someone in the US purchase your book and get it to me. Thanks for sharing your story. And thanks for all the free advice you dish out on this site.

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      5 months ago from Beautiful South

      Oh, Bill, I loved the last part of this edition. I haven't been to Olympia, but two trips to Seattle convinced me that you know what you are talking about when you speak of Washington State's beauty. Fresh new snow is always beautiful. We don't get to experience it much here anymore. Isn't America beautiful?

      I have a question that doesn't deserve an answer. Why all the sudden interest in screenplays? Sounds like a lot of work to me, and "work" is a four-letter word. I have a story that I may consider turning into a live theater play though.

      Verrrry cold here today, but sunny. My little cat from hell just tore a hole through a "wing" on our bedroom AC. (I ought to fix his butt by letting him go outside.) I've got to go to the hardware store for some duct tape to fix it. See you later. Stay warm, my friend.

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      Mr. Happy 

      5 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      I gotta agree with You, that snow makes things look gorgeous. We had a bunch of snow fall here this last weekend (I literally asked for it) and everything got a beautiful white coat on now, minus the roads which got cleared.

      "The older I get, the more I come to appreciate the little things in life." - I feel ya. Nature is especially full of magic and wonder. It is a pleasure to just watch it. That's until De Beers comes and starts destroying things to dig-up a mine. Or, until fires start burning-up entire forests. Life itself is indeed beautiful, just can't talk about Native Treaties which are not respected. Or, as long as we don't mention the issue of the rich getting richer, while many ordinary elders have to pick between food and medication because they cannot afford both. Sigh ... that's my problem: I can't get far enough from humans and the dumb shit they do.

      "I honestly have no logical reason for my answer other than my need to be “orderly” in a chaotic world." - "Chaotic world"? So You agree, huh? Haha!!

      "After paying $1,200, why is that last $25 so important that it is actually listed in the information on the website?" - If You make no earnings, You still pay $25. They get a base fee from all members. Haha!! I realized I am so serious in my answer but I do not know this for a fact. Logic and Intuition gave You this answer (not me).

      "We are surrounded by rivers and lakes, islands and snow-capped peaks." - That sounds quite majestic. I love "snow-capped peaks". They make me want to climb them in the summer, when it's hot and I want to get to snow/ice.

      So if one is not on FB and if one does not agree with feeding Amazon/Jeff Bezos (presumably your book is on Amazon) more money, how does one purchase this memoir? They say You're not supposed to mail cash but I have, many times LOL

      "I loved the sugar maples of Vermont in late September" - I don't usually link my own stuff but these are just photos so, I do not feel like I am promoting myself. I'm promoting Nature with it's beauty here and I do not make money on this site so, no profit for me: https://hubpages.com/travel/The-ending-of-a-year-i...

      "It is all there for us to share with readers who cannot see it for themselves." - It's true. I like to read travel hubs sometimes and I feel like I have taken a small journey with the writer wherever they went. It's a very cheap way of travelling, haha!!

      Alrighty, You have youreself a good one - cheers!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Melissa and Happy Tuesday. That's me in a nutshell,absurd to the core. lol

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      Melissa Propp 

      5 months ago from Minnesota

      Happy Monday--er Tuesday, Bill! Sorry, those holidays throw off my whole week, lol. Thanks for answering my question! That is a fantastic price for your services, actually bordering on absurd...but very awesome. I need to actually finish some rough drafts, etc. so you'd have something to critique...but some day... :)

      Have a wonderful and productive week!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      And thank you once again, Pamela!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh my, Pamela, Lake Erie and the snow effect...piles of snow....yes, for sure, you know all about snow. No wonder you love Florida. lol

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Manatita. Peace and love, over and out!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      RoadMonkey, thanks for your thoughts about publishing. I tend to agree with you on that....mixing is hard for me, for whatever reason. Nice to know I'm not alone.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Tom Hanks is way out of my league, Zulma, but what a lovely thought. I'm afraid he's not quite homely enough. lol Yes, we saw the movie. I thought it was brilliant and Hanks his normal excellent self.

      Big rains heading our way. The dogs and I will look like drowned rats on our walk.

      Happy Tuesday my friend!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for stopping by, Venkatachari M. It's always a pleasure when you visit the Mail Room.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Glad to hear it, Linda. Now you can get back to normal, whatever normal is for you. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Always my pleasure, Audrey! Thanks so much. Stay safe and warm in the forested paradise of yours.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate that, Chris! Good luck with that project of yours.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Flourish! I think it's safe to say I won't be joining The Guild anytime soon at that cost.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey, Eric, welcome back. You had me worried for a bit. Stick around, okay?

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alyssa! I hope you have a brilliant week in the frozen north.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, I love your no-nonsense approach to marketing and writing. There are no short-cuts and there is rarely any luck in this business. If you want to succeed, be prepared to work your butt off, period.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, spring can't get here fast enough to please this old man. Stay warm my friend, and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for stopping by, Kristen, and for sharing your thoughts on collections. Stay safe and warm,my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz, I would love to see some winter sun right about now. LOL I can't complain. We had a spectacular fall with very little rain, so now we are getting the yearly average back up where it belongs. :)

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      5 months ago from Sunny Florida

      There is a nice variety of information in today's mailbag. I look forward to reading your memoir now that it is published. So, Congratulations!

      You described the first snow beautifully. I grew up by Lake Erie so I have seen plenty of snow. I miss the first one but not the long cold months that followed. Now, I live where it is 39 degrees this morning but it doesn't snow and cold temps don't last for long.

      Have a great week Bill!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      5 months ago from Sunny Florida

      There is a nice variety of information in today's mailbag. I look forward to reading your memoir now that it is published. So, Congratulations!

      You described the first snow beautifully. I grew up by Lake Erie so I have seen plenty of snow. I miss the first one but not the long cold months that followed. Now, I live where it is 39 degrees this morning but it doesn't snow and cold temps don't last for long.

      Have a great week Bill!

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      manatita44 

      5 months ago from london

      Some tough questions but you answered well. Congratulations on getting the book out.

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      RoadMonkey 

      5 months ago

      Another great hub. In terms of the number of books to publish in different genres, I can only point to my reading excursions as a teenager. I used to spend hours in the library and then borrow enough books to last me the week until I could cycle to town again. One of my favourite authors was Arther Conan Doyle, who wrote not only Sherlock Holmes but also an historical series on Alleyn Alleyn (I think). I would not have enjoyed both sets of short stories in one book. When I was reading about Sherlock Holmes, I did not want to read the historical stories. They totally different and mixing them would not have worked for me. It may be different for others. After all, I have also read anthologies of short stories and enjoyed them, with different authors but each anthology had a THEME, whether SciFi, Russian, romance, horror, etc.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      5 months ago from United Kingdom

      Congratulations, Bill, on publishing your memoirs. I've added it to my Amazon shopping list and will be picking it up when I do my next big shop.

      I do love the silence after the snowfall. It feels like the world is holding its breath, readying itself for whatever comes next. No snow in our neck of the woods yet. It's just a very cold morning that's frosted the grass in the backyard. The days are slowly getting longer and I heard the geese flying overhead last week. Spring is on its way. I can't wait.

      Good choices for actors who could play you the younger and the senior. I would like to nominate Tom Hanks as he can play practically anybody. Which reminds me, will you be seeing his new film about Mr. Rogers?

      Have a lovely winter's day, Bill.

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      Venkatachari M 

      5 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      This is a very interesting mailbag with so much of the portrayal of the natural scenery around you and the location details explained beautifully.

      The information about screenplays and the publication are worthy of being kept in mind for future options.

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      Linda Crampton 

      5 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Congratulations on publishing your memoir, Bill. Most of our snow has gone. The piles deposited by the snow plough that went along our road are the biggest reminder of what we experienced.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Dear Bill,

      I'm looking forward to reading your memoirs and congratulations! What an achievement. I wouldn't begin to attempt writing about my family..we're all a little nutty. I love them all the same.

      Patches of snow and ice still cling to the ground here in the mountains. Be careful where you step!

      Thanks for another informative mailbag.

      Love

      Audrey

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      Chris Mills 

      5 months ago from Green Bay, Wisconsin...for now

      Bill, thanks for taking on my question about publishing multiple genres of short stories. You gave me your gut feeling, and I also got valuable feedback in the comments. I appreciate your time.

      Congratulations on the release of your memoir. Can't wait to read it.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      5 months ago from USA

      Congratulations on your memoir. I was intrigued with the screenwriting answer, not that I’ll be doing that type of work. There are definitely entry barriers to every career. Membership in certain associations is one of them.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Another stellar mailbag. I was quite interested in your response to Chris - great issue there. I hope to face it in the near future.

      I visualize all my writing so I think a screenplay maybe somethiing I should try.

      We called your snow type as a dusting, the best being in March through April

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      Alyssa 

      5 months ago from Ohio

      Such an inspiring mailbag this week! Thank you for all that you do, Bill! Have a wonderful week! :)

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      Heidi Thorne 

      5 months ago from Chicago Area

      Happy Mailbag Monday!

      Re: Snow. Glad you got just enough snow to appreciate it, and not enough to make it challenging. Everything that came down here, came with rain. So now there's ice everywhere with nighttime temps dipping below 10. Ice is only thing I don't like about winter. Otherwise, let it snow!

      Re: Organizing or Prioritizing? Wow, the writer with the question about organizing covers a LOT of territory. I understand that writers often want to stretch and flex their writing muscles. But this hodgepodge of genres makes a confusing lot for readers, and makes it difficult to build an author brand. I'd rather be the "master" of something. Before publishing, I'd suggest that authors figure out who they want to be by prioritizing the genres (1-2 at most to start) for which they could gain a master reputation.

      Re: Screenplays and Being a Part of the Industry. Whether it's screenplays, novels, poetry, or whatever, one of the mistakes I see self published authors make is that they think they can catch a big break into a hyper-competitive industry without being a part of it. They still believe that they will be "discovered" for their talent. Sorry, folks, you need to be a part of the community and that can take years and some money for memberships. Some organizations, especially in the screen scene, are union, too. So be prepared to pay your dues, literally and figuratively. Directors, producers, etc. may not even give you the time of day if you're not a card-carrying member.

      Re: Memoir. Yay, you got it done! Don't forget to post that in tomorrow's Tuesday Newsday in our FB group.

      Have a great week!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi Bill, I thought I better sign in to tell you that we have ice all around us and it snowed this morning but now it's just cold. We also have high water, it's up just under the Wabash bridge. Oh come my sweet summertime.

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      Kristen Howe 

      5 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Hey Bill, I'm stopping by to say hi and congrats on your memoir! We've got cold snow here in Ohio too. As for Chris's question, yes one book and have the collection focus on one theme or subject matter. The same you would do for a poetry book or an anthology. As for screenwriting, it's hard to do. I've tried in the past to do it and prefer novel writing, though two agents said one of my mss reads like a script than a novel. Stay warm!

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      Liz Westwood 

      5 months ago from UK

      Snow is getting rarer in our part of the UK. Even in Scotland they struggle to have enough to ski.

      I have read your comments on short stories with interest as I know someone who has a collection in need of publishing.

      Screen plays are an interesting topic especially as we approach the film awards season.

      Congratulations on taking on new students and also on the publication of your memoir.

      Your phrase 'beauty all around us' resonated with me today as we drove cross country on a bright and clear day. Winter sun can show off the landscape well.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That's a lovely idea, Mary. Now all I have to do is figure out how to make a banner. lol Thanks my friend and enjoy that 87 degrees. I am suddenly green with envy.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Nell! You guys have similar weather to us here in Olympia. Hopefully you won't have to walk on ice this winter.

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      Mary Wickison 

      5 months ago from Brazil

      Congratulations on completing your memoir.

      No chance of snow here, it's 87° F. Just the sound of birdsong and the wind through the palm leaves.

      I think your coaching services are a great idea. Would you consider making a banner for sharing on social media? I'm sure many of your followers would love to promote your services.

      Have a great week.

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      Nell Rose 

      5 months ago from England

      Congrats on your book Bill! looks amazing. And yes I totally agree about the snow. We haven't had any this year, which I don't really mind, but I do love it.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, a part of me misses sledding and snowball fights, but a bigger part of me enjoys the warmth of a fire while watching it snow outside. :)

      Thanks for your constant encouragement and support, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Peggy, the older I get, the more I enjoy just looking at snow from the cozy confines of my home. lol Thank you for stopping by. Have a great week!

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      5 months ago from Central Florida

      Snow's pretty to look at, but I don't miss it. I know what you mean though about the silent stillness. It is pretty magical. But I don't like being cold. It's in the low 60's here, a tad too chilly for this little girl. It does give us an excuse to don the boots and sweaters, tho!

      Congrats on the release of your memoirs. I'll be picking up a copy a bit down the road. I still have two Shadows books to buy and devour.

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 months ago from Houston, Texas

      I well remember the beauty and fun it was as a child experiencing those beautiful snowfalls in Wisconsin. Having lived in Texas now for most of my life, seeing photos of snow and hearing about it brings back pleasant memories. That being said, shoveling it and driving on snow-packed and icy roads is not fun. Enjoy the beauty of it in your area!

      Again, congratulations on your memoirs. If it is anything like Resurrecting Tobias, it is sure to be a winner!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks a bunch, John,and I'm sure happy to hear that rain has returned down under. You guys have paid your dues in full this summer.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Mel....I know about the date on the photos...a nice little touch that I miss for whatever silly little reason.

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      John Hansen 

      5 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes, Bill, beauty is everywhere. I would actually love to experience some snow right now after this long drought and fire season, but at least we are getting rain at last. It hasn’t cooled things down though just increased the humidity.

      Congratulations on your finished memoir, I will head over to your Facebook page shortly. I am looking forward to reading it.

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      Mel Carriere 

      5 months ago from San Diego California

      I love your snapshots. In May 66 I was a little over two years old. I had forgotten that back in those days, when we still used to develop film, that they would print the month and year on the bottom. A little trip down memory lane.

      No questions to ask, but your answers to the questions of others are always revealing. Great work.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Verlie...it does feel good to finish the memoir. Too much personal stuff and Bill becomes a dull boy. :) You had much colder weather than we had, thank goodness. The image of the bungee cord had me smiling, although I'm sure there was nothing funny about it at the time. Many times I've driven around with rope or cords holding my car together.

      Have a brilliant week, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Monday Linda!

      I don't love snowy weather nearly as much as I once did. I know all about achy bones, but thank you for the kind words.

      An actor playing me in the memoir? LOL It would have to be someone pretty plain....the older me would be Robert Duvall.....the younger me maybe Jesse Eisenburg.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Devika, thank you for the kind words. My best to you!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Ann!

      Eerily quiet indeed, and I will always love that type of quiet.

      It is a bit of a gamble, no matter which route you take on a book of that sort. I think going with your gut really is the best any of us can do. It is so hard to sell self-published books; I'm afraid, in the end, it really won't make much difference in sales no matter that approach. My goodness that sounds demoralizing, doesn't it? lol

      Cloudy and showery here, which it will continue to be until April. :)

      Have a superb week, my friend.

      bill

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      5 months ago from Canada

      Morning Bill. I been bumping into you everywhere today :)

      Snow's okay, but look at Newfoundland this week. Now that's snow!

      We had some snow on the island, but along with that were Arctic outflow winds that froze my car up for a week. I was driving around with a bungee cord to hold the driver's door shut because the latch mechanism was frozen solid. It's thawed now.

      Congratulations on getting your memoir published. That must feel good! Looks good too.

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      Linda Lum 

      5 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Happy Monday Bill. My achy bones and joints don't appreciate this cold weather, but somehow you make it sound magical and beautiful. You really ARE a master of words.

      Congratulations on your book. I'll be ordering a copy soon. Here's a question--if your memoir was turned into a movie, who would play the part of Bill?

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      Devika Primić 

      5 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      You are the best! Sounds helpful for $50 per month. I am glad you are doing this. Another useful hub from you

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Monday Janine! The older I get the less I like winter, which I guess makes a lot of sense. :) Thanks so much. Have a splendid week.

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      Ann Carr 

      5 months ago from SW England

      I love seeing fresh snow fall - it goes eerily quiet, doesn't it? Not even the birds make a noise. The hush is peaceful and when the snow ceases and a deep white carpet pile remains, the virgin snow is the best part. No one has gone there, no dog prints, no evidence of human contamination. The world is at peace and is renewed. Anticipation is in the air, our imagination is suspended.

      Then something comes crashing through and life is put on 'forward' again, to see what we can make of it all.

      I was thinking about the short story question lately. I too am not sure how to present them. I came to the conclusion that I would put a selection together, for a short book to test the waters, then do parts 2 and 3 or more should they prove successful. It could show the versatility of a writer or, then again, it could show we're not so good at some genres as others! Bit of a gamble either way. I say, go with your gut feeling!

      It's a crisp cold winter's day, the sky is blue and the sun is just warm enough to get us snug when walking. I love it like this - proper seasons at the proper time!

      Congratulations on the publication of your memoirs; I have no doubt it will be successful and I'm looking forward to reading it.

      Have a great week, bill!

      Ann

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      Janine Huldie 

      5 months ago from New York, New York

      Happy Monday, Bill!! We just had some snow this weekend, as well. Not more than an inch or two. But I agree was pretty when it first was snowing. That said, you know I am not a true fan of winter or snow. Yet, I love the challenge of trying to explain it in writing to someone who has never experienced it. Sounds like a fun writing experiment to me. That said, also congrats on the memoir being published finally and so excited that you finally do have it out there for us to read. Now, want to wish you a wonderful week ahead ;)

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