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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment #315

Updated on June 29, 2020

The Wood Is Stacked

I know you were just waiting with baited breath to find out how I was doing with my wood stacking, right? And what does “baited breath” mean? We’ll tackle that one at the end of today’s Mailbag and yes, I know, I misspelled it there, but it was on purpose so it’s okay for now. All will be revealed when we finish up the mail-sorting.

Back to the wood!

Two cords are now neatly stacked in the aviary/greenhouse/outbuilding. There the wood will be hit by copious amounts of sunshine, a good breeze, and it should be dry and ready to burn by October.

Now on to the next project/job/labor.

I want to extend the front porch by three feet so it’s not so cramped out there. It won’t be a difficult fix. I can probably get it done in two days if I’m really motivated.

I think I’ll do it!

What about you? Any big plans for this summer? Any major projects for any of you?

While you ponder that question, I’ll open up the mail bag and see what’s on your collective mind.

The Mail Room
The Mail Room

Walking the Dogs

From Ann: “Question, first part: When you take your dogs for a walk, do you make new friends or are they all 'kids on the block' (and the people!)? Second part: Do any of your walk-acquaintances or neighbours know that you write and, if so, what is their reaction? Just wondered if it made them look at you differently!”

Well, Ann, I was all primed to answer a question about writing, and you tossed me a curveball.

New friends? I can’t really claim that I have formed lasting friendships on these walks, but I have reached the point where I know a few people by their first names, and look forward to seeing them daily. That’s not bad for an introvert, right? Lynne and her dog Daisy; Pete with the Australian accent with his dog Buster; Heidi with her dog Choo-Choo; Joanne, with no dog, but a bike she loves to ride; these are the people who smile at me and ask me how I am doing, human connections which are so important. Or so it seems to me!

None of them know that I write. For whatever reason we have never gotten around to asking about our work history. It’s all surface stuff i.e. nice weather, what’s the new construction going on, how are you coping with the new reality, those sorts of things.

I do, occasionally, meet someone out in public, other than walking, and they ask what I do for a living, and the reaction to my writing is always “Oh, really, what do you write?” They always seem a bit surprised. Maybe it’s the way I look. I dress like a college dorm kid who never got the memo about proper apparel and style. They probably have a different image of what a writer looks like, and I definitely don’t match that image.

Let's go, Bill!!!!
Let's go, Bill!!!!

Shadows Over the Pond

From James: “How would I go about getting " Shadows Over the Pond" when it comes out?”

Thanks for asking, James! I’ll be sure to let everyone know when that baby is delivered. All of my books are on Amazon. I think my author page is under William Holland. Anyway, I’ll let you know in the Mailbag when I’ve published. Look for it in September. I’m about 2/3rds of the way through the first draft, so it’s moving along nicely.

Getting Stuff Done

From Manatita: “Now how do you put in so much in one day? I'll wait for No. 315”

I have no major secret here, Manatita. I’m just anally organized, plain and simple. I set a schedule for myself daily, I stick to the schedule, and I get things done. Following a schedule minimizes “wasted time” for me and allows me to be fairly productive during any given day.

My wife? The exact opposite. I’m serious! She is spontaneous through and through. It works for her. It definitely would not work for me.

Always something to do around our house
Always something to do around our house

Hp Earnings

From Liz: “I read your comments on Hub Pages with interest. How much do you think that the job in earnings is linked to the general downturn post COVID? It will be a shame if it goes.”

Liz, I honestly can’t even give an informed guess on this one. I have never understood the payouts on HP. I barely understand Google and its algorithms. It’s all this big mathematical formula/secret which will forever be a mystery to me. Some are doing well right now. Some writers are bombing.

I just don’t know if COVID has affected the earnings or not. It would seem to me that with so many people home there would be more articles read and more ads clicked, but that does not seem to be the case for many HP writers. So I’m stumped.

I’m also not terribly concerned about it. I never, and I mean never, stayed one day on HP because of earnings. I’ve always been here for the community.

Writing Resources

From Stanley: “What are some excellent resources for writers and writing? What would you recommend?”

I don’t think anyone has ever asked this question, Stanley. Congratulations on that!

Obviously, whatever I tell you is based solely on my opinion. There are so many resources out there.

I do like Writer’s Digest. I’ve found articles in that periodical which are very helpful and interesting. The same for The Writer, another magazine with some great perspectives and suggestions.

I also consider the library to be a great resource. I love to go there and thumb through the writing section of our library.

But for me the best resource, hands down, is life in general. I get all of my ideas for novels by simply observing life around me. Most of my character descriptions come from just observing people. Many stories about characters come from stories I have heard over the years. Now, if you combine observation with imagination, I think you’ll find a pretty extensive resource for your writing.

That’s It, Folks

A short one this week, but that’s okay. I have a front porch to enlarge. A trip to Home Depot is in the plans this week, and then I’ll just peck away at the job until I get it done. As for “baited breath?” It’s not “baited” at all, but rather “bated,” even though a large percentage of people think it is spelled “baited.” It is a shortened version of the word “abated,” and it’s been in literature for quite some time. Even Shakespeare used it in one of his works back in the 1500’s.

So, there you go! You bait a fish hook. You have bated breath. Don’t try to thank me. It’s just one more bonus for reading the Mailbag.

I hope you have a brilliant week ahead. Stay safe, be happy, and thank you for always being here.

Remember, please, to do all things with love.

If you need to get ahold of me, you can leave a message in the comments, or email me at holland1145@yahoo.com. I love to hear from people, and I will wait to hear from you with bated breath.

And to my U.S. friends, Happy 4th of July! Be safe and enjoy the extended weekend.

2020 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Bill Holland 

      18 hours ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rochelle! I'm an introvert, but I do enjoy talking to people. They are always interesting.

      Be safe and happy, my young friend.

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      Rochelle Ann De Zoysa 

      3 days ago from Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

      Being disciplined gets your work done :) For me being quarantined with mom means extra chores :) Didn't really have much time to read or write up until overwhelmed with thoughts. I think it's nice that you get to be friendly and talk to people. Who knows one could be a story character one day :) It's always interesting to read your articles :) Stay safe and healthy Sir Billy :) God bless you!

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      Bill Holland 

      3 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Do what works best for you, Nithya! That's my best advice.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      4 days ago from Dubai

      I write here because of the HP community who support each other with their appreciation. You accomplish so much with your efficient planning schedules, I think I should start planning too.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Mona, that is fantastic news, my friend. I'm proud of you for undertaking that task. I wish you the best in your endeavor.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 days ago from Olympia, WA

      The older I get, Devika, the more memories I have. That's one good thing about getting older.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      4 days ago from Philippines

      Dear Bill, you said that at the end of your article you will tell us something about stacking wood. No worries though, there are no fireplaces in the Philippines. You gave, as always, some really helpful tips here. I always look for your latest writing tips because they are so practical and okay, I confess that because of you I am putting together a book for REAL publication this time. I know it's been eight years, so I'm doing this because I'm 65 years old, allergic, and have high cholesterol which makes me a target for COVID. So I am gonna do the book. Please believe me.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 days ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Bill your adventures are curios and well worth reading of and in so many ways you show us your great memories

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      Bill Holland 

      5 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, thank you always! I hope this finds you well and healthy.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 days ago from Olympia, WA

      No, it really isn't normal conversation , is it, John? Let's keep it that way. lol

      Nice job on that she shed. Sounds to me you've got it going quite nicely. Keep up the good work, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, Rajan! I can count my good friends on one hand, and that's after seventy-one years.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Heidi! I know you're right about topics like viruses and protests, but I just don't have the interest in either. Been there done that and ain't going backwards.

      Happy July my friend!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Venkatachari M, you and my wife would get along smashingly well. No schedule at all for both of you. lol

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      Bill Holland 

      5 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mary! Motivation is always an interesting topic. I'll tackle it next Monday. Until then, have a splendid week.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Mr. Happy, I always look forward to your comments.

      Olympia is actually smaller than that. I don't think it's much larger than 40,000. Someone is fibbing to you. And no, no bingo for this boy, although I played a mean game when I was younger. lol

      Moderation? I learn more about that with each year I age, my friend.

      Blessings always

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 days ago from The Caribbean

      The question on Maggie surprised me too, but only for a second. Writing is a part of you, so is Maggie. Why shouldn't they appear together? Thanks for another encouraging mailbag.

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      John Hansen 

      5 days ago from Queensland Australia

      This may be a short mailbag, but it of no less value. Thank you for setting me straight on “Bated breath.” I always thought it was “baited.” Haven’t noticed a downturn on writing income once the COVID-19, either here or elsewhere on the Internet.

      My major project is converting the old garage into a she-shed/craft studio for my wife. So far I have painted the walls and stapled hessian to the rafters as a ceiling feature. It has clear cafe blinds temporarily in the doorway until we can build a feature wall/entrance of recycled windows and French doors.

      The only people who know I am a writer are family and close friends. It isn’t something that gets mentioned in casual conversation.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 days ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Some unique questions in this mailbag and interesting answers. Come to think of it of the very many people we come across in our daily life most remain mere acquaintances. Still, it feels good to get and say a hi...hello...when we pass one another.

      Have a great day, my friend.

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      Heidi Thorne 

      6 days ago from Chicago Area

      Well, okay, it's Tuesday night to the Mailbag. Oh well...

      Re: Dogs and Neighbors. I've made some casual and a couple of closer friends due to our dogs. But I rarely tell them about my work. I've tried to explain what I do (editing, write, etc.), but it doesn't seem to register. So I've given up and just keep the topics on them and our shared experiences. BTW, I think you totally look like a writer.

      Re: HP Earnings and COVID-19. A bit of a dip, but not terrible. In fact, I've been surprised. And I'll say it again, during this time, people are looking for information on the virus, protests, elections, etc. It'll be difficult to lure them to lighter or non-crisis topics for a while. We should be glad if it stays steady with minimal decreases in traffic and income.

      Gotta run. Have a great week!

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      Venkatachari M 

      6 days ago from Hyderabad, India

      A short but interesting mailbag. Regarding getting things done, I also do most work spontaneously with no pre-scheduled time-table. I simply keep a list-type in my mind that such and such jobs are to be done. But, no schedule.

      You provided some good examples of the words "baited" and "bated". One is the offering of bribery and the other one is of reducing the tension or force. Thanks for this recap.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 days ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very kind, Chitrangada Sharan. Thank you for always being a part of our little community here. I appreciate you.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Linda. I think I'll start in on the porch project tomorrow since it's supposed to be cool.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 days ago from Olympia, WA

      You are too kind, Eric. Thank you sir! My love is bigger than me...I love that. Thanks for the gift this cloudy Tuesday morn.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 days ago from Olympia, WA

      I certainly cringed when I saw it, Rochelle. lol Love the Stuart name. Clever! I would have never thought of that.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 days ago from Olympia, WA

      I have to stay busy, Peggy! One step ahead of the Grim Reaper, always one step ahead. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      6 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Love it, Manatita. Good luck with the poem sifting. I'm tired just thinking of it. lol

      Bev's birthday is December 20, whatever sign that is.

      Don't travel too soon, buddy. I don't trust the authorities with regards to the virus. Money will always trump logic.

      Blessings always

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      Bill Holland 

      6 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Alyssa! I like projects like the porch. I get done with them, look at them, and find great satisfaction in a job pretty well done, me not being a carpenter. :) Happy 4th!

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      Bill Holland 

      6 days ago from Olympia, WA

      A long way to go for sure, Bill, but with airlines returning to normal bookings, I think there will be a huge upswing very soon. Good luck and Happy 4th to you.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Then you don't need my help, Ann. Arthur has it under control. :)

      bill

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      Bill Holland 

      6 days ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, I had on experience renting a home to someone, in Vermont, while we were in Washington. They chopped up all the furniture for firewood. Grrrr!

      Good luck with your projects. The good news is we are healthy enough to tackle projects. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      6 days ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very kind, Denise. Thank you! Hey, putting one word in front of the other is what it's all about, my friend. We call it communication, and I love it.

      Blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 

      6 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz, I love your question "is writing a commentary on life?" I believe it is, all of it, and what a fascinating commentary it is, my friend. Thank you!

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      Mary Norton 

      6 days ago from Ontario, Canada

      I am in the cottage now and happy to be away from the city. Here, I observe mostly Nature, whereas, in the city, it's usually people. We have several projects, but because our kids don't live in the country, we have to be at the mercy of our builder friend, so the roof of the boathouse still awaits. I am no longer bothered by things. They happen when they do. Just keep doing things in love. Sometimes, I wonder about being motivated to write. Why are some writers motivated and others not? Thanks again and have a great week, Bill.

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      Mr. Happy 

      6 days ago from Toronto, Canada

      "For whatever reason we have never gotten around to asking about our work history." - I had to look-up your town. I'm a curious creature. You got like fifty thousand people. That's a small town. You could know everybody. Don't You attend the bingo hall? lol

      "She is spontaneous through and through." - Ya, I'm kinda like that and it works. I ended-up cooking-up a storm Sunday, while hanging out by myself lol I even baked and I don't often bake ... it just happened.

      "I also consider the library to be a great resource." - I love libraries! Especially the Toronto Reference Library - it is awesome!! It has 1,653,665 catalogued items. You know, I bring lunch when I go there because I end-up spending endless hours. I'd live there if I could. How can anyone get bored with 1,653,665 catalogued items? LOL

      You basically defined fiction in a pretty amazing way: "Now, if you combine observation with imagination, I think you’ll find a pretty extensive resource for your writing." - I wish to stick with just the first part "observation" and leave my imagination to the side. I have a wild imagination which does not fit well in this three dimensional perspective. Thus, I prefer to stick with things we can work with, or "observe".

      "You have bated breath" - I had to look this up as I wasn't "getting it". I thought it had something to do with "bad breath", haha!!! Geez ... suspense, huh? Alrighty, thanks for clearing that up.

      "Remember, please, to do all things with love" and moderation.

      All the very best! : )

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      7 days ago from New Delhi, India

      Interesting question by Ann, and your answer is relatable. A writer’s world is a different kind of (happy) world, and it’s the fellow writers, who understand it better than others.

      Thank you for sharing another wonderful one in the series. Happy and productive week to you.

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      Linda Crampton 

      7 days ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Good luck with your porch, Bill. Thanks once again for sharing another installment of the mailbag.

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      Eric Dierker 

      7 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill, There are wonderfully 6 new writers that I have the outstanding pleasure to know. We email and work on things. They are here in our HP buddies learning to spread their wings and fly. I only seen rules I meant to break, but they have to know the rules of the game to beat them. So I pass you forward. Your love is bigger than you.

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      Rochelle Frank 

      7 days ago from California Gold Country

      In our neighborhood, I always know the dog's name before the owners. I hear, "Charlie !", "Buddy !". "Stuart !" (Yes, he was Little), being yelled.

      Your "brief" mailbag still held lots of food for thought.--- And, yes, I was thinking that you had the baited and bated confused. I should know better about you.

      Congradulations! (Ha, another favorite cringe.)

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Like you, when we use to walk our dogs, we got to know other dog names, and occasionally the names of owners, but never got much beyond those types of greetings.

      I will wait with bated breath for your next weekly installment. You are one busy man!

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      manatita44 

      7 days ago from london

      Happy 4th of July, Bro.

      We have some time, God's willing, but yes, we can make a start, can't we?

      Nice talking to your walking friends. It all helps.

      Bev must be an Aquarian, as you are speaking about me. A non-planner! Yet there's merit in the way that you and Linda L works, indeed Linda C too. I hope life changes before I hit the biblical guide to heaven... eh... 70, I mean.

      My plans? I have moved from Hubpages x3 to publish my books and still not done it. The thought of sifting through 800 poems to choose 150 is a bit daunting. My book Maxims For Our Children has not been touched for about 3 years. Nearly done though.

      That apart, as soon as it's safe to, I'll travel again. NY should be August, but it's not looking likely. Maybe I'll go back to work or become a writer, maybe I'll go shake hands with Fidel's spirit in Cuba. Lol.

      Meanwhile, I'm having fun. Pax Vorbiscum!

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      Alyssa 

      7 days ago from Ohio

      Wow! You certainly are busy, Bill! Your porch project sounds fun! I'm sure you and Bev are looking forward to the extra space to relax and enjoy your porch. I miss having one. Thank you for the fun fact on bated. I can't wait to share it with my family! Have a wonderful week and good luck with your projects! :)

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      Bill De Giulio 

      7 days ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. Glad to see you are getting things done around the house. Regarding the question on COVID and earnings I can say with certainty that one niche that the virus is having an effect on is WanderWisdom. With travel around the world grinding to a halt this has had a huge negative impact on traffic to my travel articles. I do see small signs of improvement but there is a long way to go. Have a great week.

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      Ann Carr 

      7 days ago from SW England

      Thanks, bill, we will, though Arthur has had them before when he had a smallholding in Wales. There are always new things to find out though!

      I find them so entertaining!

      Ann

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      7 days ago from Beautiful South

      Hi, Bill, I used to think it was "baited" breath, like a cat baited its breath to catch a mouse until I learned better, LOL. You asked what we were doing this summer. Larry and I are trying to fix up our last rent house. Our renters trashed the place before they moved out, and our insurance won't pay for any damages, including accidental or vandalism. Not when the jerk went into the attic and fell through the ceiling, or stole the sink out of the kitchen. They explained that since we gave them permission to live there, it automatically gave them permission to vandalize the place. Insurance is a racket, an insult, but don't get me started. Then I'm going to call a good agent and sell the place to another fool.

      We are fluctuating between Saharan dust and rain, so taking a walk right now is rather uncomfortable. Glad we have cats that don't have to be walked.

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      Denise McGill 

      7 days ago from Fresno CA

      I look forward to Mondays just to read your responses on writing questions. You can't imagine how many times someone asked a question I never even thought to ask but your answer was of great help to me. I bet most people feel the same way. I know writing isn't my strong suit, but I can put one word in front of another just to be able to share my art. It beats leaving it behind the couch and gathering dust in the closets. Thanks for another informative mailbag.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Liz Westwood 

      7 days ago from UK

      I hope you get the porch project done. We have a stack of projects to do, but just mot sure where to start. There are never enough hours in the day.

      In our village there's a community of dog walkers, but I suspect that they know more about the dogs than their owners.

      It's good to know that Amazon is the place to go for your books.

      Your scheduling is impressive.

      I am as puzzled as you about earnings, but thanks for addressing the issue.

      Resources is an interesting topic. Is writing a commentary on life?

      It's amazing how much Shakespeare has influenced the English language.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 days ago from Olympia, WA

      And a dandy short list it is, Flourish! Thank you and Happy 4th to you and yours.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Truth be told, Melissa, I spelled it wrong for years until a friend corrected me. lol Who would have thought it was bated???

      Happy 4th my friend!

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      Bill Holland 

      7 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Hooray, Ann! You know how much I love chickens. If you have any questions about raising them, feel free to contact me. I'm filled with information and Lord knows I did everything wrong until I got it right.

      Have fun with those cluckers!!!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 

      7 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Those dang weeds, Ruby! They never take a day off, do they? :) Don't overdo it, my friend, and Happy 4th to you.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      7 days ago from USA

      There are some resources out there that contain stellar writing prompts, plot/setting/character/story generators that are pretty cool, always build your vocabulary, yep that’s a short list.

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      Melissa Propp 

      7 days ago from Minnesota

      Happy Monday Bill! Okay, spelling is not my forte (I might have even looked up how to spell forte..lol), but I learned something new today, as I thought it was baited, not bated. So thanks for teaching me something new. Even more excited on the update for the book, can't wait till Sept! :)

      Have a great and productive week!

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      Ann Carr 

      7 days ago from SW England

      Great mailbag, bill, and thanks for the answer to my two-parter. It's interesting that you know the names of so many that you meet on your walk! I don't know any names of those I see fairly regularly. Just a smile and a 'hello', or 'gudday' if you're Arthur with his Ozzie accent. If I mention to new friends that I write, I don't get questions, just 'Oh'!

      As for projects, apart from the ongoing house stuff, A has built a chicken coop, just for fun and a change from the house. On Saturday, we were brought 3 chickens from a friend of a friend. They are a breed called 'Sasso' (French!). This morning we got our first egg! They have settled really well and make such a noise asking to come out. However, we're giving them a couple more days before we free them for a garden walk, just to make sure they don't skedaddle. So the project has grown to fruition at last! I might do a hub about them.

      Hope you have a marvellously mellow Monday, bill!

      Ann

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 days ago from Southern Illinois

      I liked your answer to Stanley. Everything I write has a bit of me inside, or how I would react to a certain situation. Don't work too hard on the extension, and don't forget to take the doggies for a walk. As for me, I will probably pull weeds out of my flower beds. Have a good one.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine! I know you are super busy and I appreciate you finding time to write. Happy 4th to you.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 days ago from Olympia, WA

      No on the roof extension, Sha. I'm actually expanding the porch to meet the edge of the roof, so much easier.

      Thanks for the Amazon information. lol I kill myself. I really shoujld care more about this stuff.

      #1??? Yippee! I made #1 at something! I'm a happy man.

      Happy 4th my friend!

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      Bill Holland 

      7 days ago from Olympia, WA

      You bedazzle me, Linda, and I thank you for it! Me? 100? It ain't going to happen. Not really sure I would want it to happen. Seems quite restricting, doesn't it? lol

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      Bill Holland 

      7 days ago from Olympia, WA

      We never know what we are going to get here, Pamela, but the questions are always interesting, and that makes the Mailbag fresh weekly.

      Happy 4th of July, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rosina! It will turn out adequate, which well-describes most carpentry jobs I do. lol

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      Bill Holland 

      7 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, I've done my share of chumming. Stinky job, that, but it nets good results, eh?

      No clue and proud of it!

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      Janine Huldie 

      7 days ago from New York, New York

      Happy Monday, Bill and thanks always for your sage writing advice. I hope you are staying busy (but have no doubt you are!). That said have a wonderful week ahead and also wish you a fabulous extended 4th of July weekend, as well ;)

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      7 days ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I enjoyed meeting your neighbors and their dogs. This is a short but informative mailbag.

      By the way, your Amazon page is under William D. Holland. Put your full name in the (Google) search bar and your Amazon page is listing number one on page number one.

      Have fun extending your porch. Will you be putting a roof on the extension?

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      Linda Lum 

      7 days ago from Washington State, USA

      Stacking wood and now rebuilding the porch? At this rate Bill, you'll live to be 100 and that's alright by me. That Shakespeare guy (another Bill) certainly colored up our language, didn't he (like dauntless, dwindle, and bedazzle)?

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 days ago from Sunny Florida

      Billl, It sounds like you have a lot of energy with on these summer days. Stacking the wood and enlarging the porch can take a bit of muscle.

      The questions were different today from the usual ones, but they are always interesting. Have a great week, Bill.

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      Rosina S Khan 

      7 days ago

      In today's mailbag I especially liked the information on writing resources. Best of luck, Bill, on extending your porch.

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      Eric Dierker 

      7 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Of course I waited for this addition until 6:30 with some abated respiration. I was going to say you baited me in years ago here but it might need to say you hooked me in? This reminded me of chuming the waters.

      I must say you make me feel better when you suggest you haven't a clue on something.

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