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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment One-Hundred and Thirteen

Updated on September 5, 2016

The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round

I know, I’m weird.

Live with it!

That song is stuck in my brain. Why? Because kids are getting ready to return to school, and that song always reminds me of school, so there you go….plus I’m ecstatic that I no longer teach school, that my summer vacation will now morph into my fall vacation, which in turn will become my winter vacation and…..well, you get the point.

And here we go with another great group of questions. Hopefully I’m up for the challenge.

Welcome back to the Mail Room
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Keep It Fresh

From Lawrence: “My one question would be how do you keep the inspiration for the stories fresh? I mean when you're in the middle of writing one story and have an idea for another one, do you start it, or do you make a note somewhere and think to come back to it? (and if so how detailed is the 'note'?)”

Okay, Lawrence, what are you doing, spying on me? This just happened the other night. I was outside at dusk, making sure the animals were all locked up and safe, and I was thinking about a short story I’m working on, and suddenly the ending to my current novel popped in my head. My subconscious had been wrestling with how to end that novel for a week and out of nowhere the answer came to me.

So I finished locking up the animals, went inside, sat down at the computer and started a new file with the name of the future novel and the word “solution” on it. Then I wrote the solution in sufficient length so I’d understand it when I returned to it, and I relaxed. My muse had spoken and I listened.

Yes, I always stop and write down new ideas, no matter what I’m doing. I have four separate files right now with future books as the titles. I haven’t started two of them and on two of them I’ve written the opening chapters. I’m good to go on them once I find the time.

FICTITIOUS PLACES

From Rasma: “Thought provoking as always and as always the week has run by and I haven't been able to catch it by the tail. Here's an interesting question - is it possible to write about a fictitious place you just make up and can you make it seem real to your readers?”

Oh my, Rasma, I think my answer is a resounding OF COURSE IT IS POSSIBLE! Isn’t that what we writers do, make up stuff?

I’ll tell you my approach for town’s with fictitious names. I think of a real town I am familiar with, usually one here in Washington State. I just write a description for that real town using a fictitious name and presto, I have a fictitious town that seems “real.” I admit to being a bit lazy in this regard. I don’t have the time or the inclination to dream up a completely unique city, so I just borrow from cities I’ve known in the past. The other approach I have taken is to go online and find pictures of some random town. I look at as many pictures of that town as I can, until I get a real feel for it. Then I’ll use that town as my fictitious city.

Where one is really pushed in this matter, I believe, is in science fiction, where the futuristic city is described. None of my aforementioned tricks will work then, and the writer truly is constructing an imaginary city from scratch. Now that, to me, would be a difficult task.

The real town of Pe El in Washington State has been a fictitious town in two of my novels
The real town of Pe El in Washington State has been a fictitious town in two of my novels | Source

Sites for Creative Writers

From Shannon: “Besides HubPages, what (if any) other website communities do you recommend for creative writers?”

Well, Shannon, the first place I’m going to send you is The Creative Exiles, a site started by my buddy John (Jodah on HP) with a little help from his friends. Check it out. I’m pretty sure it’s right up your alley. It’s a place where your creativity is encouraged and no restraints are placed on you. I just know you’ll fall in love with the format and the community there.

The second site I want to mention is for those looking to make a little money. It’s a relatively new blogging community called NIUME. It’s creating quite a stir, like HP once did six years ago. It’s got the financial backing to pull it off, and they are starting to make payouts to their writers, so check them out and see what you think. They call themselves a collaborative blogging site, but really, think of HP with freedom and better payments.

Mind you, I am not giving a recommendation to this site, but merely mentioning it. I’ve posted one article there on a trial basis, so we’ll see what happens.

I can come up with more but that should be enough to keep you busy for one week at least.

Making strangers come alive means finding commonalities that the readers can relate with.
Making strangers come alive means finding commonalities that the readers can relate with. | Source

Come to Life

From Eric: “I got a real live question for you. I am working on a project where it is my job to personalize a diseased person who was shot and killed by Federal Agents while unarmed. (yes the kind of stuff in the news) Can you give me something like 5 steps to make a person real to others and not just a statistic?”

Eric, it’s a great question. One thing I would have to know before starting….do you know this person? Do you know someone who knew this person? You need some input before you can produce output. Interview people who knew this “diseased person.” Get a feel for the person, their hopes, their dreams, their philosophy of life, how they treated others….you know, what made him/her unique and memorable.

Then you can start making them real to others. I always return to the simple fact that really, when you boil away the bullshit, we are all very much alike. The Homecoming Queen in Topeka, the wounded vet in the Bronx, the homeless guy in L.A., and the coal worker in West Virginia, they all have similar hopes and dreams. They all knew, or know, of love. They all have favorite memories and experiences and yes, they have all suffered.

Then remember that we all share the same five senses. We all know what it means to cry over a loss, or cry over an act of love. We all know anger, fear and elation. We all have smelled death, felt a touch of kindness, seen the beauty of nature, heard a sparrow early in the morning…..well, you get the point.

To make a person real to readers, you need to connect the readers to the commonalities. Make that person someone they can connect with by pointing out those commonalities….that, I believe, is the key.

Good luck! I’d love to know more about that project.

More Questions Please

That’s it for this week, but I’m already fielding questions for the next Mailbag, so send them to me via email at holland1145@yahoo.com or leave them in the comment section below.

Thanks so much for the visit. I know you are all busy and I greatly appreciate you taking the time to spend part of your Monday with me.

Be looking for my new Shadow novel, “Shadows Over a Hangman’s Noose,” coming in late October.

Peace and blessings always!

2016 William D. Holland (aka billybuc) #greatestunknownauthor

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Mark G Weller 9 months ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      I have 8 posts on Neume Bill, and after only the third day, I have two featured posts, two followers, and over 200 reads. Looks like it might be a good place !

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      Janine Huldie 9 months ago from New York, New York

      Love how you started this and am with you on summer vacation turning into fall and winter for me, as well. Currently Labor Day though and my girls have two days left before their own summer vacation ends now. But just had to stop in and wish you a wonderful Monday and week ahead :)

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mark! I'm slowly becoming a believer in that site.

      blessings always

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Monday, Janine. Thanks for spending part of your holiday with me.

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      Faith Reaper 9 months ago from southern USA

      Happy Monday Mailbag/Labor Day, Bill!

      I've tried my best to be the first commenter, but I see I've been beat. I smiled at your introduction there about vacation. I'm enjoying writing on this Labor Day morning, as it is certainly not "labor" to me but a creative release. I hope to finish up my response to your Mountain challenge.

      John and friends' writing site is really cool and certainly creative. I'll have to check out that new site too. Thanks for mentioning it. Sounds intriguing.

      It's so important to write down those gems for future use in our writing endeavors, for, if you're like me, they tend to go away LOL ...what's great for me now is that I use my cellphone to send myself a text of an idea and then it is right there at my fingertips. It is convenient being I don't always have a pen and paper in hand.

      What a cool question by Eric! And I love your response, Bill.

      Peace and blessings always

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Faith! It's hard to beat Janine as first comment....she is sitting there just waiting for the Mail to be delivered. LOL

      I am trying those two new sites. I've about had it with HP and their quality control. I'll keep doing the Mailbag here but most likely will start doing my creative writing elsewhere.

      Great suggestion about the cell phone. I hadn't thought of that, duh!

      blessings, my friend, and thanks

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 9 months ago from Western NC

      I need to find this Jodah dude and see what he's up to. :)

      And I'm enjoying a fine 3-day weekend having spent WAY too much time on HubPages. LOL.

      Happy Monday, Big Bro. And I'll check out that site!

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I hope you do, Lil Sis! John's a great guy and one heck of a writer. You will be embraced there.

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      Eldon Arsenaux 9 months ago from Cooley, Texas

      Always refreshing for my Monday Morning blues. Reading the mailbag and listening to Hank Williams. Am I living in the past? No. Maybe. I enjoyed the stories set to your challenge last week. They were really good. Keep truckin' Bill!

      -E.G.A.

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      breakfastpop 9 months ago

      Happy Monday, billy. This is a series that keeps on giving. I am going to check out the new sites you mentioned.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 9 months ago from Norfolk

      It is funny how often it happens that one is outdoors and away from a pen, paper or computer when the good ideas start flowing in. I always thought that lawn mowing was synonymous with creative content! I can't tell you how many times I have had to rush into the house to write it down before the grass was cut and the idea was lost!

      You have a great week Billy.

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      manatita44 9 months ago from london

      Very enjoyable as usual. Even more so! I used to create characters. In my science fiction stories I create worlds, characters, alien differences ... now I just let the memory bank do its stuff.

      A truly great read today. Peace, Bro.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Do that Pop! You might be pleasantly surprised and pleased.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Keep truckin' yourself, Eldon, and thanks for spending part of your Monday with me, my friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I love that, Sally, and I completely understand it. Thanks for sharing that...have a great week and don't forget to mow the lawn. LOL

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for sharing that, Manatita...it's nice to have that memory to fall back on.

      Peace my friend

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      Denise McGill 9 months ago from Fresno CA

      Absolutely glorious morning, Bill. I feel once again, we are kindred spirits, as I like to keep 4 to 5 painting going at one time, sometimes in different mediums. When I get a little bogged down with one, I just set it to one side and suddenly see all the flaws or possibilities in another one as I pick it up and put it on the easel. Or I'll be in the shower (funny how inspiration hits me there) and "see" a new creation. I can barely contain myself before I can get to my sketchbook to note down the particulars to be expanded at a later date (sometimes still dripping and nude). Seems to me all creatives work that way. I also have several files of possibilities for future Hubs to be written with opening lines included. I love that I'm not alone in this process. I must be doing something write/right. Ha. Thanks for another great inspirational Monday morning.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Word 9 months ago from Chicago

      So far, so good buddy. Anything that can keep you writing consistently, be it fiction or non-fiction is an interesting phenomenon. Bill, your mailbag is full of gaiety.

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      Venkatachari M 9 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very interesting and informative, as always. The first question is that which always happens with writers. Noting down ideas as and when they strike to mind is the best thing that needs to be done. Otherwise, they fleet.

      Coming to fictitious places and names, I also get many problems in doing it. If I want to retain a particular character with his real name and then want to deal with his life events and change names of the spouse and other characters, it looks much awkward to me in narrating the story. How can I put it satisfactory and appealing to my own mind as well as the readers?

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      Eric Dierker 9 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks buddy that was really helpful -- and who knows, maybe it will be helpful to others. I like to think so.

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      Heidi Thorne 9 months ago from Chicago Area

      Happy Labor Day Mailbag Monday! Interesting to see how many of us are here on a "holiday." (No rest for those whose labor is writing?) Anyway...

      Re: Keeping It Fresh, Keeping It Real and Inconvenient Muses. I ALWAYS have a pen and paper with me (except when walking the dogs). My ideas for multiple current and future writing projects show up at the most inconvenient times, particularly 2-3 a.m. And I've found if I don't write it down somewhere, somehow, two things happen: 1) I completely forget my great ideas; or, 2) I can't concentrate on anything else (even sleeping) until I get the ideas logged.

      Now go and enjoy a labor-less rest of your Labor Day! Cheers!

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Denise, it's very helpful hearing from other writers/artists, and I thank you for sharing that. I think many in the Arts feel they are operating on an island of one and that simply is not the case.

      blessings to you, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It's a good place to hang out, Word, and that is a fact. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Good question, Venkatachari M. Thank you my friend and I'll have an answer for you next week.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Eric. It's always a pleasure seeing your smiling face on Monday.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, it's almost two and I'm still going strong. We're moving our daughter to college tomorrow and Wednesday so I have to make up for the time lost today. Oh well, I get to hang out with the cool people like you, so how great is that?

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      Brian Leekley 9 months ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      I wonder if Eric meant to say deceased person instead of diseased person.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm not sure, Brian, but now that you mention it, that makes much more sense. LOL I never thought of that.

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      Buildreps 9 months ago from Europe

      Thanks for the great tips of these two writing sites. I didn't know that Jodah made such a site, looks good. I wish you a great week and a good beginning of the fall!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 9 months ago from The Caribbean

      Lot of your good-natured sharing in this one. Thanks for your continual giving of information and suggestions.

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      John Hansen 9 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Good questions, Bill, and I found the one about the creation of "fictitious places" and your answer spot on. Thank you for the mentions as well. I am pretty proud of The Creative Exiles and we have been attracting some great new writers recently :)

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Buildreps! Have a great week yourself, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It is totally my pleasure, Dora! Thanks for always being here.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Glad you enjoye it, John! You always attracted me to your new site. It was just a matter of finding the time. I won't give up HP; thus, I had to squeeze yours in somehow.

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      Nithya Venkat 9 months ago from Dubai

      It is a great idea to listen when the muse calls and write down what it is all about or else the idea will be gone with the wind. Great answers and questions. Thank you for sharing.

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      Melissa Propp 9 months ago from Minnesota

      Happy Tuesday Bill! I read this yesterday, but didn't get a chance to comment...but now I get to read all the additional comments, so I'm glad I came back! I had not heard of that new site NIUME, hopefully it isn't another bubblews! I'll have to check it out.

      Hope you had a great weekend! We dropped off our oldest at college last month and today I had to take the youngest back to high school. Schools in session! :)

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      MizBejabbers 9 months ago

      Bill, right on about your “wheels”. I told my brother yesterday that I envied him because he didn’t have to go to work today.

      Thanks for mentioning John’s new website. I’d heard that he was starting one, but I didn’t get any particulars on it. I’ve been having technical problems writing and posting on HP, and I don’t know why nor do they.

      I noticed that you noticed the "diseased" person, too. Maybe the federal agents did him a favor.

      Good mailbag with good answers, by the way, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Vellur, with my fading memory, it is the only way for me to retain ideas. :) Thanks so much for always being here.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Melissa! Happy day after Labor Day to you. All is well here after a couple trips to the hospital for family members...we are slowly getting back to normal.

      Good luck with the new school year. Hard to believe you have a child in high school. You look about eighteen yourself. :)

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Howdy MizB! So far I really like Niume, but of course it is too early to make any lasting judgments. We shall see.

      Have a great week, my friend.

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      William Kovacic 9 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Loved the questions this week, Bill. I especially liked Lawrence's question and your answer. I always have three or four things going on at the same time but try to write only one at a time. By the time I get to the next project I forget some of the good stuff. Thanks for another mailbag full of answers.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 9 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I'm happy to learn of another site like NIUME. I love writing on The Creative Exiles. The people are friendly and helpful. The poets are great, my first love. Thank you again for all you do to help us spread our wing's..

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      Rebecca Mealey 9 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I've still been enjoying these, Billybuc. And drop in from time to time. Good stuff here.

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      Linda Crampton 9 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I always write down ideas for stories as they come to me, too. If I didn't, I'd probably forget them. I like your techniques for creating fictitious places. Thanks for sharing them, Bill.

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      Linda Lum 9 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Happy Labor Day, and sorry I'm late. Just got back from the wilderness, so have lots of catching up to do. I loved each of these topics, and the answers to boot. I have 5 pages in a notebook full of ideas for future hubs. Oy vey!

      Fictitious places? Tolkein created an entire world, and the language to go along with it.

      Sites for creative writers--I have one post on Jodah's Creative Exiles and am planning a few more. I am also REALLY interested in the new site you are trying out. I would love to move my travel-related hubs there if doing so would be profitable. They don't really fit my profile here.

      Bringing a character to life--I love your answer on this one. I've not done much writing that requires that skill. I hope that when I do, you will give me an honest assessment and let me know how I can improve.

      Thanks for another great mailbag.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You and me both, Bill! I set aside specific days for specific projects. It's the only way I can keep it all straight in my brain.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for that review, Ruby! So far so good for me on those new sites.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rebecca! I look forward to the questions and sharing thoughts as well.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Alicia, there is no probably for me. I would forget the ideas for sure if I didn't write them down.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, welcome back! My suggestion, even though you didn't ask for it, would be to do the food articles here and the travel articles on Niume....just a suggestion, but I think it would be a great fit.

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      Shauna L Bowling 9 months ago from Central Florida

      I've never heard of Niume. Have you had time to see how your post is doing there?

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      My posts are doing quite well there, Sha, for the first week. Check it out!

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      Ann Carr 9 months ago from SW England

      I do so wish I had the time to read all these new novels/compilations that everyone keeps coming up with - you, Mike.... I'm so looking forward to the house being finished so that I can indulge my reading and writing afresh.

      I know exactly what you mean about the new school year; I don't miss being a teacher (though I enjoyed it). I just love being able to see all the seasons as they come and go, all the people I love just about when I like and for as long as I like and being able to spend my time as I please. It's so great being retired!

      Great mailbag and those questions just keep on coming - it's amazing, it's wonderful and you do such a great job at being our friend and mentor, bill.

      We're trying to sort out everything before going off to France on Friday so it's washing, packing and panicking until we actually get going on Friday morning!

      Enjoy your wicked Wednesday, bill!

      Ann :)

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh Ann, you and your traveling about! When will you stop rubbing my face in your good fortune? LOL

      Life begins after retirement, don't you think? I love the freedom, and the fact that I'm healthy enough to enjoy that freedom. Thank you for always being here and Happy Travels, my friend.

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      Ann Carr 9 months ago from SW England

      Thanks, bill. Yes it definitely does get more lively! The freedom is indeed the key.

      I just like to share our travels with you, bill, you know that!! We're going because it's an old friend's birthday and retirement combined (not bad retiring at 60, eh?). It's a weekend party, would you believe? We arrive late Saturday afternoon and leave on Monday morning - I know from experience that the food and the wine in between will be remarkable, as will the company, much of which we know well. I'm blessed to have great friends both here and in France.

      Then we'll get back to the campsite in Brittany to soothe our heads and stomachs for a week or so. The peace and lack of renovating is really what I'm looking forward to!!

      Ann

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      Dianna Mendez 9 months ago

      I am slow getting to my mail this week but always good to know your information is current on all topics. Your idea on the photo inspiration for a town is exactly what I am using right now for reference. Good to know I am on track. Have a great week, Bill.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 9 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Thanks for the answer. Lots of places I know that are well worth remembering so I will keep this in mind when creating a fictional place.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I thank you for your unselfish spirit in sharing your travels with this homebound man. LOL

      Peace and quiet...that's what this boy lives for.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Dee, you are never late getting here, and if using a photo works for you then you are always on the right track. Thanks so much for being here.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad that helped, Rasma! Thanks for stopping by and for asking the question.

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      mckbirdbks 9 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Bill. It is a great idea to get those ideas and notions jotted down some place, and quick. They do not show up on demand. You have offered a lot of insight in this weeks mailbag.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Mike, and thank you for all the support you give, not only me, but all of your peers. If you don't receive the Hubbie for Most Supportive then there is no justice on this site.

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      Martie Coetser 9 months ago from South Africa

      Excellent, inspiring answers! Writing down all new ideas is so important, because they go right through your head like a bullet if you don't catch them in a note. I just love this Writers Mailbag series of yours. Thanks, billybuc!

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      Eric Dierker 9 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hey buddy, my son just got awarded a star for the week deal -- what the hell it means is that we got a crap load of work to do over the weekend, obviously with parent involvement to let him "shine like a star" next week.

      I kind of make it fun - though I could pull my hair out. And so the question: Are we perverted bastards to write of horrible tragedy and enjoy the hell out of it? Are we necessarily sick to conjure up hell with joy in our hearts and a feeling of accomplishment? Is my sanity on the brink here? Am I the gal on the evening news reporting a hurricane with a smile on my face?

      Just take Frank A for example.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You are too funny, Eric. I'm not sure how much of this was meant to be funny, but I laughed most of the way....star of the week means work for you....LOL

      I'll squeeze your question into the Mailbag and deliver it tomorrow.

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      Eric Dierker 9 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill my buddy we are blessed by not taking this wacky world to darn serious. I am laughing at the latest report of my cancer. They act so serious. Lighten up world and enjoy the love.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Martie. I'm blown away by the success of this series.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheez, Eric, if you are laughing over that news then there really is no hope for you. LOL I'm kidding....love you, buddy!

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      Shannon 9 months ago from Texas

      Thanks, I missed this when you published it. I'll look into those sites, for sure. I knew of Creative Exiles, but not the other one. At this point, I am not necessarily looking for revenue sharing. In my experience, that never pays well enough to be worth it.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Shannon, it has to be the perfect marriage, in my opinion, of revenue sharing and a supportive community. I also heard RedGage is good, but I'll have to do more research on that one.

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      Shannon 9 months ago from Texas

      Oh, and speaking of jotting things down. . .I do that too. Do I want to this time? Hmmmm. My sleep schedule is all kinds of messed up right now. Even though it's 1 pm, I just woke up from a sort of nap. Know what was fresh on my mind? A stinkin' mini horror movie starring myself and friends. What weird dreams I have sometimes! So I had to write the plotline down as far as I got and without a couple of way too dreamy elements that don't make sense. And I have to come up with an ending because, of course, I woke up before seeing any actual monsters or bad guys and no one died. LOL. You know, it might make a good short story, but I can do without any nightmares, please!

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Shannon, you are too funny. It is interesting how our subconscious can write a story for us. The trick is to be listening when it does.

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      Frank Atanacio 9 months ago

      so if you boil away the bullshit.. you are similar to Eric? LOL... like the answer to his questions ... and still enjoying these mailbags.. thanks for continuing :) Frank

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Frank, true words. I think Eric and I have a lot in common. I'd love to meet him and many of you. What a great reunion that would be.

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      Lawrence Hebb 8 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      Thanks for the answer at the beginning of the hub. Kind of reassuring to know other writers have the same issue. At the moment there's a few 'projects' on the go, and more appearing!

      Now to go back and read the rest of the hub.

      Lawrence

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Lawrence, I don't know any writers who don't have several projects waiting for them. Such is the nature of our craft...endless. :)

      Thank you!

      bill

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