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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment #304

Updated on April 13, 2020
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Bill is a freelance writer. Bill is an author. Bill is a human. What "expertise" he may have has been gained from experience.

Bone Weary and Soul Happy

My wife and I have attacked our To-do list with a vengeance during this Coronavirus lock-down thing, and I mean with a vengeance.

I sleep quite well lately, thank you very much.

Painting and preparing the garden and cleaning all around and downsizing and runs to the city dump and . . . and . . . and . . .

There is no end to it, which should be discouraging, and yet it is oddly satisfying.

Toss in two mile daily walks with the dogs and you have two elderly (LOL) people who collapse into bed at night and sleep the sleep of the self-righteous.

How about you? How are you doing during this upheaval to our lives? Having trouble? If you want to reach out, I’d be happy to be your pen pal. Email me at holland1145@yahoo.com and we can connect, or you can call me if you want to speak to a real human being. My number is 360-878-1757. Just let me know in advance you are calling because calls without names attached are usually someone trying to sell me something, and I don’t answer those calls.

Anyway, if you need to talk to someone, and you are feeling depressed and/or disconnected, I’m around and willing.

Let’s do this Mailbag thing, okay?

The Mail  Room!
The Mail Room!

Organization Tips

From William: “Bill, I have a lot of information on writing stored from various sources, emails, different authors, Youtube, etc. What I don't have is organized information. Is there a quick way I can organize this mess in a logical manner so I can find what I need when I need it? I'm sure you have an answer. Thanks in advance.”

William, that question is a first, so congratulations!

I organize all of my stuff on the computer by simply creating folders. I have a folder for clients, I have a folder for activities I’m involved in, and I have folders for writing projects which are pending. That works for me and it’s a very simple solution as long as my computer doesn’t totally crash. Lol

There are quite a few online apps and programs which can help you, and the include the following:

  • Google Docs
  • Microsoft OneNote
  • Trello
  • Canva
  • Evernote
  • Airtable
  • Asana
  • Penzu

Check them out and see if any of them are what you need. Several of them are free, so why not?

My best organizational tool
My best organizational tool

Publishing Rights

From Greg: “Hi Bill - you seem to be just about the most knowledgeable among the Hubbers on this site, so I'm coming to you with a question. Hope you can answer it:


“Let's say I write something and post it on here, then down the road decide I want to publish it elsewhere. Like , say, an essay on some major event in my life for example. Then downstream I decide I want to publish a memoir, like you did (I'd also like to know if you went through a publisher to publish your memoir, which I saw on Amazon)...can I use the story I publish on HubPages and put it in a subsequent printed publication? I guess I think I am asking if the material I put on here is mine or, if by virtue of posting it on HubPages it's not mine any more in some sort of complicated way.

“Thanks for any help you can offer on this front. Hope you have a good Tuesday.”

Greg, I give you this from the HubPages terms of use:

(a) Our Platform may allow you and other users to post or otherwise submit comments, messages, photos, ratings, and other materials (collectively, “User Content”) on Partner Content, Author Content, or otherwise on the Platform. You grant Maven a perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, fully paid, and sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, publicly perform and display your User Content and any name, username or likeness provided in connection with your User Content for any purpose and in all media formats and channels now known or later developed without compensation to you for any purpose.

Please note the word “nonexclusive” in that section.

Now allow me to clarify using my own experience and pertaining to your specific question.

I wrote a book titled “Resurrecting Tobias” and in that book I included ten “articles” which were posted on HP. In my recent memoir, “And the Blind Shall See,” I included, verbatim, an article from HP. It is perfectly all right to do so.

The problems arise when we are reproducing the HP online information to another online site, but even that seems to be a hit and miss thing. I always post a link to my HP articles to social media. That is fine! I have posted HP articles on my blog, verbatim, and that is sometimes all right and sometimes not all right. Sometimes HP will flag me for duplication, and sometimes they won’t.

I sold an article I had on HP to an online article and HP immediately flagged it as a duplicate.

My advice, and I’m certainly not a lawyer, is go ahead and use an article in your memoir, but if you are using that article on more than one online site, you might want to remove it from HP to avoid problems.

Having said all of that, check the comments below because I’m sure the correct answer will be given to us by Heidi sooner or later. She had knowledge about this stuff I will never have. My approach to HP is hit and miss. IN other words, I do it until they tell me I can’t do it. Lol Not exactly a professional approach, but there you have it.

These are all mine, so back off, HP!
These are all mine, so back off, HP!

Excerpt From My Latest Novel

We have a small Mailbag today, so allow me to share an excerpt from “Shadows Across the Pond,” my latest “Shadow” novel. I hope you enjoy!

“He did not fear death, and that made him a most dangerous opponent. Fear crippled. Fear took split-seconds of reaction time away from a man, rendering him vulnerable, and Striker would not allow that to happen. There was either an afterlife, or there was nothing, when one died. Neither sounded particularly frightening to Striker, and he often wondered why so many true believers feared dying. It seemed counterproductive and a bit inconsistent to Striker.

“Pain, on the other hand, should be, and was, feared by most humans, and that was completely logical to Striker. Pain was crippling. Pain could be incapacitating. Pain could rob a man of his principles, of his honor, and of his manhood. Pain could be used in any investigation. Killing was only an option when no other option was available. Pimps understood that truth. Abusive husbands understood it, as did CIA interrogators. You did not kill the goose who laid the golden eggs, not until every possible egg had been laid. At that point the goose was no longer valuable.”

Have a Fabulous Week

I’m serious about my offer. These are unsettling times, and many people are finding this to be depressing and “unmanageable.” If you are one of those people, and you need someone to “talk” to, I’m available. Just email me or call me, and we’ll both grow stronger through the connection.

And if you are looking for a writing coach, email me and we’ll do a little one-on-one. I work cheap.

Have a fabulous week, all of you, and remember to do all things with love.

Bill

2020 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)’

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      15 hours ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Peggy! If talking to me helps anyone, that seems like the least I can do to help. I know you would do the same, my friend. Be safe and best wishes to you.

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      Peggy Woods 

      36 hours ago from Houston, Texas

      That is kind of you to offer your services as a counselor of sorts to people who are feeling lonely during this pandemic. I am wondering how many people are taking you up on your offer?

      Like you, we keep working at culling and organizing things with seemingly no end in sight. It looks like we will have many more days of staying socially distant given the spread of COVID-19. We are being badly affected now in Texas as well as elsewhere in the south.

      It was interesting reading Heidi's comment with regard to publishing on HP.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Same here, Lawrence. I'm getting tons done lately. As for your question, that's an interesting one. I'll have an answer for you on Monday. Until then, have a great weekend.

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      2 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      I had a very enjoyable time during our lockdown.

      I even got the first draft of the latest Scorpion one novel done which felt really nice!

      But heresa question for you, I've already started my next project, its a story I've wanted to write ever since I uncovered a few things researching family history, but it's a totally different genre to what I i normally write!

      I'm going to go with a pen name similar to my own, but would that be confusing? Should I use a totally different name?

      This book will be in the Historical fiction romance genre set in WW1.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks MizB! I don't know what's up with HP lately. I think they need to scour their system and clean it up a bit. It usually takes me a couple weeks to figure out I haven't heard from someone in awhile, so you are ahead of me in that case.

      Be safe and Happy Tuesday to you!

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      2 months ago from Beautiful South

      Bill, I could not find you last week, so I went through your latest article to get here. Better late than never. I don't know what is going on with HP. No notifications for several days and the Mailbag was not in any my feeds. But then I can't find a lot of the people I follow, so it's a real treat when a stray one of theirs pops up. It gets kind of boring reading the same five or six writers all the time. I believe you mention boring in Mailbag 305. So I won't go there now. Pardon me while I get back to your latest Mailbag. Have a good one, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It was my pleasure, Greg! Thanks for the question.

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      greg cain 

      2 months ago from Moscow, Idaho, USA

      Thanks, Bill, Heidi and Brenda. I appreciate all the clarification on the publishing business. Very helpful. Hope everyone is well and now sending best wishes to all for a great weekend. Be safe. Be well.

      greg

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rosina! If you like macabre and the dark side of life, you would like the Shadow series.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate that, Nithya! I hope this finds you healthy and happy, my friend.

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      Rosina S Khan 

      2 months ago

      Great advice on folders to keep stuff category-wise. About HP principles and rules, I also go through hit and miss many times. And my God! That excerpt from your novel blew me away and I shuddered in fear. Great style of writing, Bill!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      2 months ago from Dubai

      Great organization tips Bill. You have mentioned great apps that help a great deal to organize and keep track of the many work related documents. I loved the excerpt from your latest novel, thank you for sharing.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma has spoken! lol I'm listening, my friend, and thy will be done.

      Happy Thursday, Zulma!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      2 months ago from United Kingdom

      OH NO, YOU DON'T!!!

      NOT TILL YOU FINISH THE LATEST 'SHADOW' NOVEL. AND YOUR NEXT MEMOIR, WHICH I LIKE TO CALL THE 'PUPPY CHRONICLES. AND THE SEQUEL TO 1259 SHUTTLE AND WHATEVER ELSE IS ON YOUR TO-DO LIST.

      Can you hear me now? lol

      Have a great day, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Umesh! I appreciate it.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, you made it!!!

      I can echo everything you said. It's the same here in Olympia and I love it. The yards look spiffy, the people wave at us as we pass on our walks, and we go to bed tired and satisfied.

      Life is good, my friend!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you John!

      My wife and I are doing the same with our garden, and we are quite pleased with the results so far.

      Blessings always

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for your input about the publishing rights, Brenda, and thank you so much for the nice words about my soul. :) I am trying to make up for a few years when I was not such a wonderful soul. I still have some work to do.

      Blessings to you always

      bill

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      This is a test, this is only a test of the EBS. This should be interesting.

      Bill I got out a bit late this morning - still before sunrise but I like that dawn time. My neighborhood has never looked so good. I bet my property value has gone up. Painting, yard work and gardens, small repairs and projects completed.

      We have a lot of walkers here. Kids and dogs need some space. In the middle of the day, we walk down the street instead of sidewalks. We pull our masks down and smile and wave and shout out a hello.

      It is more vibrant than a typical Saturday.

      I get up excited about the chores for the day. My wife is loving her role as 3 star general. There simply is not enough time in the day to enjoy all of it.

      Perhaps I should watch some news and cop a downer? Nope.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      What's that you are saying, Zulma? I can't hear you! I'm falling over the edgeeeeeeee

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, you and Paula have been hijacked! Put out an APB and let's find you two. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I don't know, Sis, but it's annoying as hell. I'll bet it pops up in a day or two, no explanation given, because we're only the writers here, right?

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Once again I commented - as evidenced by following this and once again it does not appear. What up with that HP

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      Suzie 

      2 months ago from Carson City

      Bro....It happened again. I commented HOURS ago......where do they stash them?? Annoying!

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      2 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      This instalment like earlier ones is very useful, Informative and helpful. Great writing Bill.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      2 months ago from United Kingdom

      Hi, Bill.

      I get that you're a 'fly by the seat of my pants' sort of guy and it works for you. As for living on the edge, cool. Just make sure you don't go over it.

      Enjoy your day.

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      John Hansen 

      2 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I'm a bit late popping over to read the mailbag this week, Bill. Good content once again. I think your kind offer for people to email or phone you if they need to talk during these trying times is t be commended.

      My wife and I are taking advantage of the extra home time to spend time in the garden. The weather is great at the moment so makes doing so a pleasure. All the best.

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      BRENDA ARLEDGE 

      2 months ago from Washington Court House

      Bill,

      You seem like a wonderful soul.

      To reach out to others during this time is quite remarkable. Especially when it seems your plate is full.

      I envy you and your wife working together. I am struggling to do everything by myself but I am making it work.

      As far as publishing work elsewhere I was told by Hubpages it was fine. If I had posted it on hubpages first then there is no need to take it down.

      Since I am still relatively new here...who knows. I am venturing out into the publishing world so I guess time will tell.

      I also guess it is best not to publish all work on here as some journals do not want previously published material.

      Thanks for the share.

      Stay safe and keep writing.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Dora! Thank you and I hope this finds you healthy and happy.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I will do both, Flourish, thank you, and the same to you...stay safe and be happy!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Another great question, Ann. My quick answer, go with the short story anthology. I'll give you my longer answer on Monday and the reasons for it.

      Thank you always! Be safe my friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for the visit, Zulma. Me, know what I'm doing? Rarely, my friend. I just wing it. But there are people who are feeling the Dark weigh down on them, and I want to help if possible.

      Toby is still quite frisky at home, but he's a dream on a leash, much better now than Maggie. :) We are all doing well, and I hope the same for you.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for weighing in on the organization question, Venkatachari M. It's very helpful to hear how others handle similar situations.

      Glad to hear you are staying busy. Be safe my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm happy to hear that, Rajan! Thanks for taking the time to comment. Be safe my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Shannon! I just think we all need to do our part to raise others up during adversity. It's the way I was raised and it's the way I'll continue.

      Have a spectacularly safe week.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks so much for your lovely words, Lora. I just think we all need to reach out to others when times are tough. Not everyone can breeze through the trying times.

      My characters are always introspective. I love complexity in characters, so you'll always get that in my novels.

      Blessings to you always!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa, you are always busy! I hope you find a way to take some time for yourself and recharge your personal batteries. Take care and stay safe, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Linda, and I wish the same for you.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      No worries, Janine. You have your hands full with those two girls of yours. Thanks for taking the time to comment. Take care of all of you.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You will for sure, Denise. I have no doubt about that, good Lord willin' and the creek don't rise. Stay safe and healthy, my friend, and blessings to you always.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Actually, Mary, I love that your town has road blocks. I wish the State of Washington prohibited visitors. Our state is doing quite well and we don't need any infected people driving in from the other 49 states. :) Happy Tuesday to you!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for stopping by, Bill! Our garden is just about ready for planting. I'll be out there today putting on the finishing touches; then in two weeks we can plant. Hooray!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm sorry to hear that, Ruby. I'm sure we will slowly return to normal, whatever normal may be. Each month will be a bit easier. Of this I have no doubt. Take care my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      There you go, all of you. Heidi has spoken about publishing rights. Take this to the bank, my friend, from her mouth to the Mount of Truth!

      Thanks Heidi! All is well here. The dogs want me to say howdy to you. They will be on your screen tomorrow if you want to work with us.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I understand completely, Jo! We are really doing quite well here, and I feel almost bad about it . . .almost! lol

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It is for sure, Kari. I hope this finds you well, my friend. Stay safe and be happy.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathy, somewhat satisfied having kids and hubby close? Somewhat? LOL I think I understand perfectly.

      Glad to hear you are well. Stay safe and blessings to you always. Have fun cooking!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I do appreciate that, Devika. Thank you very much.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Pamela. I need those dog walks as much as the dogs need them. They are my touch with sanity. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Mr. Happy, good to hear from ya. Great question about legalities. I'll have an answer for you next Monday. As for my phone number, let's just say I like living on the edge. :)

      Happy Tuesday to you, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      There you go, Meg! Thanks for the great tip on saving everything. Wonderful idea!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That is very cool, Sha! Next to you getting time off, that's a great second option...have the kid do the work and you get to sit back in the evening and enjoy it. :) I'm glad to hear you are doing well, my friend.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for you thorough answer to the question under publishing rights. Your personal examples are helpful.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 months ago from USA

      Glad you are keeping busy during the lockdown. Stay well and keep walking those happy dogs.

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      Ann Carr 

      2 months ago from SW England

      I have another question, bill, on a subject you might have already dealt with. I have several short stories which I'm trying to put together, as well as my 'Take a Word..' series. Which do you think would work better? I have a feeling it would be the short stories but even then I'm not sure if there's a big enough market for them. I would like your esteemed advice please.

      Ann

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      2 months ago from United Kingdom

      Hi, Bill. Hope you had a good Easter.

      With my daughter moved into her own place, space has opened up in my home. I've been spending my days rearranging things, throwing stuff out, etc. It's amazing the stuff I've found that are no longer relevant thanks to technology, ex. old CDs. I've got Spotify now, so there's no need to keep these hanging around. Not that I intend to throw them out, too much money and memories invested in them to do that. But they can be packaged and stored away freeing up some shelf space for books.

      I have to keep reminding myself I can't get it done all at once nor do I need to. This week I'll be working on the living room and setting up a small work area where I can set up my cross-stitching. Crocheting is not an issue as I can put everything I need in a bag and work on it anywhere.

      I'm with Mr. Happy regarding your posting of your phone number. I hope you know what you're doing.

      Nice to hear Toby's up and about and feeling frisky. Have you taken out for a walk yet? Is he any easier to handle off the leash?

      Well, I need to get back to it, Bill. You have a lovely day.

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      Venkatachari M 

      2 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Nice to see you are engaged fully in this COVID lockdown period. Even though it is not warranted, to keep oneself engaged and be healthy this is the best method. I am also very busy from early morning till night, cleaning the house, cooking, washing clothes, etc., etc.

      Regarding organizing of information, your method of keeping a separate folder or file is the best thing to do it. I hope William can do that by saving the information folder-wise according to the topic or article that he wants to publish. All content related to one particular topic should be collected and saved in one particular folder and so on for each topic.

      My best wishes to you both. Stay safe.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      2 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Thinking about it both the questions in this brief mailbag, not brief in the answers to them, are the very things I wanted answers to. So thank you very much, Bill.

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      Shannon Henry 

      2 months ago from Texas

      Hi Bill....How nice of you to offer a way for people to feel connected. I saw a thing on the news out of California somewhere, I believe about an organization that is making calls to seniors right now so that they can feel connected. Reminded me of a program I was a part of in college that helped keep seniors in their own homes as long as possible. We had home visits and letter and phone correspondences. I remember a piece of advice given to me before I started and that was that it's okay to mess up and to accidentally miss a meeting. Just pick back up and try again because it's the connection that counts.

      I love Google Docs for organizing files. It's both easy and convenient.

      I hope you and Bev continue to thrive!

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      Lora Hollings 

      2 months ago

      I really enjoyed your mailbag, Bill. Thank you for your offer of helping other hubbers feel more connected during this challenging time. I loved your excerpt from your latest novel, "Shadows Across the Pond." I think that I would really enjoy your series as you really seem to get into the minds of your characters, and Striker certainly seems like an interesting character! I like stories that are introspective as far as the characters go. I applaud your energy and your generosity. Don't forget to take care of yourself, too, and best wishes to all of your loved ones and your two dogs!

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      Melissa Propp 

      2 months ago from Minnesota

      Happy Monday Bill! This is my craziest time of year for work, add all the shutdowns and it is insane. But I always enjoy taking a break to read the mailbag. And bonus, I love getting a taste of the next Shadow novel! I am really looking forward to this next one!

      Stay safe, Stay sane, stay productive!

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      Linda Crampton 

      2 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I have a list of things to do around my home, too, which I'm gradually working through. I hope everyone in your family continues to stay safe, Bill.

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      Janine Huldie 

      2 months ago from New York, New York

      Bill, I am so sorry that am so late today. With having the girls home with homeschooling and having taken on a new design project of sorts my day has been a bit crazy. But just wanted to stop by finally to let you know that I hoping you had a wonderful Easter weekend and also wish you a great week ahead now, too ;)

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      Denise McGill 

      2 months ago from Fresno CA

      I'm glad you are feeling productive and fulfilled getting things done at your castle. I'm working on another alphabet book because I'm still unsure of my Mean King book. Oh well. I'll get there sooner or later.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Mary Wickison 

      2 months ago from Brazil

      I was glad to see your organizational question. I too get overwhelmed with knowing how to organize files on my computer for ease of use.

      It is easy to keep our social distance on our farm. Our town has road blocks up to keep out tourists.

      Have a great week.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      2 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. We are hanging in there, just continuing to work from home. It was good to get outside over the long weekend and get some yard work done. Also, started prepping the garden and started some tomato plants inside. A short mailbag but excellent questions and answers. Have a great week.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I must admit that I'm not the happiest of happy campers, but I'm a survivor, and I will prevail. I cut my own hair, it's not perfect but not too bad. I'm always happy to read your thoughts and actions. Have a great week!

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      Heidi Thorne 

      2 months ago from Chicago Area

      Happy Easter Monday Mailbag!

      Re: Publishing Rights. Okay, so it's "sooner or later" and here I am. You are right in that the most important term is "nonexclusive." We are basically licensing, syndicating, whatever our posts to HP. Nonexclusive is also what you want to make sure you have when you're self publishing books. But don't publish on multiple sites. Pick and stick with one, whether it's HP, your blog, or someplace else.

      KDP is similarly nonexclusive. But, like HP, KDP has some restrictions such as that you can't offer the book for free on your website.

      As always, read the Terms of Service before you join any blog or line writing site, or self publishing platform.

      Re: Coronavirus Busy-ness. I am completely worn out from this whole virus thing. I feel like I'm not getting anything done. We have additional concerns since hubs works in a--yikes!--hospital. It's day to day monitoring, cleaning, temperature taking, face mask making, etc. thing. And, like you, I decided to wrap up and finalize a major survey research project. Then a new client has a follow-up edit project. I'm wondering what that whole "bored at home" thing is that so many are complaining about.

      Anyway, don't get too tired out so that you and Bev can stay healthy. Be well!

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      Jo Miller 

      2 months ago from Tennessee

      We are surviving quite well here on our hill in Tennessee. Every day that weather permits we're outside working on our little plot of land. With our five acres, there's always something to do. We usually end up late in the afternoon watching the fire burn in the fire pit and the sun go down behind the trees. It's a hard life and I sometimes feel a little guilty sitting there by the fire feeling so content when so many folks are suffering.

      We miss seeing our family dreadfully, though.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      2 months ago from Ohio

      I'm glad you are staying safe. This is a good time to get spring cleaning done.

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      Kathy Henderson 

      2 months ago from Pa

      Hello Bill -

      Glad you are safe and using this time to get - r - done. (LOL)

      I have my youngest home from Princeton and I am learning lovely Chef recipes. He also organized our kitchen in a wonderfully functional way. I am somewhat satisfied to have my kids and hubby close during this season of uncertainty.

      Always grateful for the Mail Bag and its helpful tips.

      Peace and Blessings to you, always.

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      Devika Primic 

      2 months ago

      Hi Bill You share the greater part of your life here and I am impressed with each mailbag. You surprise me with another perfect hub.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 months ago from Sunny Florida

      Bill, it sound like you and Bev are busier than you every hoped. :) Getting your walks in with those adorable dogs is obviously still very important to you.

      I would also be available to talk for anyone that is depressed and needs to talk to someone.

      You newest novel sound good. I hope you have a great week.

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      Mr. Happy 

      2 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      "preparing the garden" - do You germinate seeds?

      Ahmm ... haha, I do not know how to feel about You putting that number out there like that. My jaw literally dropped. May the Gods be with You!! (Maybe it's 'cause You already live in Olympus ...)

      Ohh, I got a question!! As I was starring at the "publishing rights" sub-title, I remembered one of my long-standing questions about writing: say I am writing a story, article, memoir and there are matters of illegalities being written about ... could that be considered as "evidence" in a court of law?

      " many people are finding this to be depressing and “unmanageable.” - "German state finance minister Thomas Schäfer found dead" https://www.dw.com/en/german-state-finance-ministe...

      Alrighty, I gotta go shave and shower. At least once every three days, right? Haha!!

      You have a yourself a good one and I gotta send You a card soon but I haven't been to the bank to get those American notes. Soon, soon.

      All the best!

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      DreamerMeg 

      2 months ago from Northern Ireland

      I have a lot of information that is on websites of one kind or another. I have written a small webpage (a table) that sits on my computer desktop with all the links to all the pages, so I can access what I need. You can also link to pages on your own computer, so everything is in one place. It's a simple HTML table that you write in Notepad and name it as myfile.html or whatever you want, as long as it ends in .html not .txt. Save it to your desktop and you're organised and ready to go.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      2 months ago from Central Florida

      Hey, Bill! I'm still working full time, so not much has changed in my world, other than having to wear a mask when I leave my office and meander the halls.

      My son's company just laid off a great percentage of their staff, so he's been busying himself with cleaning up the backyard, creating new plant beds, and building what will eventually be a huglekultur bed. He's not one to sit idle. I'm very grateful for everything he's been doing in the yard. It looks great!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I really appreciate that, Liz! Thank you for the recommendation. If I can help another writer it just makes my day.

      I hope this finds you well, my friend. Stay safe!

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      Liz Westwood 

      2 months ago from UK

      That's a very thoughtful offer, Bill. I am spending much more time these days keeping in contact with friends mainly via the phone. It's good to talk.

      As always, you offer great advice. It reminds me that another job to add to my list is to sort the files out. I would also add back them up, just in case my laptop packs in.

      It's great to hear advice from an experienced hubber about the tried and tested dos and don'ts of reproducing hp articles.

      Thanks for sharing an excerpt from your latest book.

      I recommended your mailbag and tuition services recently when commenting on another hubbers article, which listed useful instruction books for fiction writers.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, I'm a big fan of puns and play on words, so My Corona works for me.

      All is well here. Preparing the garden for planting will keep me busy through the week; toss in a couple trips to the dump and I'm a happy camper. Sure wish baseball would start soon so I could listen to a game while working outside.

      Take care my friend!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Becky, that is the kind of boss we would all like to have. What a great guy! He improves my opinion of large company CEO's. :)

      I hope this finds you well. Have a great week ahead and stay safe.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      it was my pleasure, Aishatu Ali! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, I love your take on duplication. I have played with the restrictions quite often over the years and only got caught once. lol Shhh

      A great day today? Works for me as well.

      Toby is rid of the cone and still quite frisky. I just kicked him out of the house so I could work.

      All is well here, my friend. Enjoying the heck out of this weather.

      love and best wishes to you and yours

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Always my pleasure, Chitrangada Sharan. Blessings and good health to you always!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Greg! I'm only working from my experience, though. Check back here in a day or two and look for Heidi's comment. She is the expert on publishing among my friends.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well done, William! I hope those sites help you. Have a fantastic week ahead.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh Ann, I love your question. My favorite barista recently said that when we stopped in for coffee. She was bored and needed something to do. I invited her to our backyard and assured her she would not be bored for days. I would gladly share my to-do list with her. :)

      I understand what you are saying, my friend. We are hunkered down and really enjoying the "down time," but that in no way means I don't feel for those who are suffering.

      Anyway,I hope you hare a brilliantly-productive and safe week.

      bill

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      Mr Archer 

      2 months ago from Missouri

      Hey Sir Willam! Great mailbag with your as per norm great answers. We are surviving albeit with minimal sanity. At present i am watching a cartoon (The Iron Giant) and putting the finishing touches on a parody to My Sharona entitled My Corona. Bad, I know. Also doing a little writing, a fiction story on our whole situation here in America today. We will see how it goes. Got a good start in. You and Bev take care in the garden, I had to bring my tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers in last night due to frost warnings! See ya buddy!!

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      Becky Katz 

      2 months ago from Hereford, AZ

      Hi Bill, I have been busy here, cleaning up my yard, getting my garden going for food, and running my son to work. He works at a restaurant, that is helping out our community. He works for Texas Roadhouse, and they have been selling raw food at cost, since the cost of food has gone up so bad and is getting so hard to find. I went to the store to get some hamburger, and there was only one pound, and the price has doubled on it, since the beginning of March. I ended up getting some meat from the restaurant, at their cost. Nice to have a backup.

      The Ceo of his company also has donated his salary for the year, to help make sure their employees get a little bit more money to get through this craziness. They are only working about half the hours that they were working before they closed to indoor eating. My son really loves working for this guy and swears this is the best company he has ever worked for.

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      Anya Ali 

      2 months ago from Rabwah, Pakistan

      Thank you for an entertaining read!

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      Linda Lum 

      2 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Good morning Bill. My daughter just breezed in to grab a cup of coffee and said "Today's going to be a great day." Hey, it works for me.

      Your advice on duplicating things that have been published on Hub Pages was accurate. The HP editors can be sticklers, but sometimes if you're crafty they won't notice what you've done (if you don't call it "your article" it typically goes unnoticed. (Shhh, don't tell anyone, OK?)

      The Carb Diva nature preserve has never looked so spiffy and we haven't put gas in the car for 6 weeks. I've written articles from here to mid-August (at the rate of 1 per week on HP). Boredom, what's that?

      You're a great guy to reach out and let others that there is a kind voice and a shoulder to lean on if times get tough. Some people are really struggling with the isolation. I'm feeling great but I might just call you again for the heck of it.

      How's your little puppy doing; is he rid of the cone of shame now and perhaps a somewhat tamer version of his former self? Stay well my friend; my love to you and Bev.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Happy Monday Bill!

      Glad to hear that you are busy as always and doing well.

      The questions in this mailbag were the ones, even I had some doubts about. Thanks for the explanation. Take care.

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      greg cain 

      2 months ago from Moscow, Idaho, USA

      Hi Bill, and Happy Monday - Thanks much for the quick answer to my question. I think in summary what I've heard is that what I write here is mine, but they can use it, too, for whichever purposes they'd like. I'm ok with that, I think. I was most concerned I might not be able ever to use it as my own again. For now, anyway, I don't think there's much danger in me getting into duplication issues with my own works. I'm only working here at the moment. Thanks again, and have a good week.

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      William Kovacic 

      2 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Bill, thanks for taking my question. I'll check out the sites you listed. I just happened to end up here and can't believe I'm one of the first to respond.

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      Ann Carr 

      2 months ago from SW England

      We're exactly the same in this house, bill! There are odds and ends to finish, there are projects which have been on the back-burner for time immemorial and now they are surfacing. There are fun things that we could not justify when life was 'busy' but that can be done now with no guilt. So, yes, we're fine, thoroughly enjoying our peaceful time in our little corner of the world. But don't get me wrong; we are worried about the situation and our hearts go out to those who are suffering, physically, mentally, financially, etc (there but for the grace of God etc). We count our blessings, do what we can when we can and get on with our lives.

      I hear some say 'I'm bored'. What! How come? Impossible to be bored, even when life is curtailed a little, especially when we have the internet and all it offers.

      So, I have a question: How would you 'jump-start' anyone who claims to be 'bored'? What fire and damnation could you aim at them in order that they never felt bored again?!!

      It's just a fun question so you can ignore it if you like, bill. I just can't understand those who say it.

      Hope your week is wonderfully stimulating, busy, imaginative, exciting and happy. Stay safe and keep well!

      Ann

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