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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment Thirty-Two

Updated on February 2, 2015

And Here We Go Again

Happy February to you all! I don’t know about you, but once January leaves, I start thinking about Spring and gardening. For those of you in Canada or on the east coast, I’m sure this sounds weird, but that’s the way my mind works living in balmy Olympia, so there you go.

We’ve got some great questions this week and some really terrific “average” answers, so let’s get started. Remember, if you have questions pertaining to writing, just leave them in the comment section and I’ll include them in next week’s Mailbag.

Welcome to the Mailbag
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Body Language

From Faith: Maybe you can address the issue of how to effectively portray body language in a character when writing? That seems to me to be a tricky one, unless you just come straight out and state such as ...she did not make eye contact. Just stating that will make the reader immediately aware that the person was not interested in helping, or too distracted or just rude.”

Well, Faith, you are on the right track. Basically there are four ways to portray body language in a character. They are:

  • Facial expressions….eye contact is the biggie in this grouping.
  • Gestures….fidgeting, steepling of fingers, crossing arms…all of these can stand for something
  • Posture….closed or open posture can mean withdrawal or welcoming.
  • Space….one standing while another sits might mean dominance….invading personal space can mean something else….facing someone while speaking can mean acceptance and respect.

Those are the four main categories when we speak about body language. I hope that helps.

The woman in blue...what does her body language say to you?
The woman in blue...what does her body language say to you? | Source

More on Creating a Mood

From Catherine: “I noticed that you didn't use quote marks for dialogue and somehow that worked, adding to the mood of being a "lost soul." It is a technique I have rarely, if ever, seen used. Maybe you could comment on that in another mailbag.”

Catherine is referring to the short story “The Invisible Man” I published last week; here is the passage in question:

“Delightfully wasted now, I stumble down forty-fifth to Beacon, and glancing into the smog-covered night I see Debbie, manning her post under the red light. What’s the haps, pops, she says, nothing I say, just keeping it real, Deb, and fighting back the heebie-jeebies with guns blazin’ and hopes sinkin’. Quiet night she says, no soldiers looking for a twenty buck blow, no restless husbands desperately seeking respite from married bliss, just that goddamned cold seeping under the door and through the windows and say, how about sharing that bottle? Give old Deb a drink now, soldier, and I comply, cuz’ Deb’s good folk, she’s paid her dues on her knees, on her back, and straddled from behind by self-righteous church-goers who will trade all the Bible preaching in a month of Sundays for a half-hour of carnal pleasure under stained sheets and a dull street lamp.”

In that passage, I wanted to set a bleak mood in a scene that was stark and foreboding. I felt run-on sentences with no quotations would give the story that feel. I’m talking about two street people, and I didn’t want correct English spoken because on the streets, correct English is a luxury few are treated to. It’s just down and dirty communication and that’s what I hope I achieved by not using quotation marks.

Remember that there are times when incorrect grammar can prove to be a strength rather than a liability, but you have to choose your situations carefully and don’t overdo it.

The Numbers Game

From Sally: “I have been wondering how you manage to update your 926 hubs and keep them up-to-date and fresh. Do you think that earnings are really relative to having more hubs, or having hubs which people visit on a day to day basis. Is this really only a numbers game or is there more to it than that?”

Sally, it’s a great question, but I would never suggest my track record on HP be followed by anyone truly trying to make some passive income.

To answer your first question, I’ve only updated my hubs once in three years. I simply don’t care to waste my time doing that, and it’s a waste of time for me because I’m not on HubPages to make money. I like being part of a writing community, and HP is a place where I can store my stories and articles until I need them for books in the future.

I do not think earnings are based on more hubs. I know of several writers on HP who only have 100 or so Hubs, and they far out-earn me. They write SEO-friendly articles with great keywords about topics that the online community is interested in. I don’t do any of that.

So, is it a numbers game? Yes and no! The more articles the better, as long as those articles are about search-friendly topics and keywords are used correctly in those articles. If my 926 articles had been written according to HP guidelines as mentioned in the Learning Center, I’d be making a ton of money right now.

Length of Hair

From DJ: “Bill, please tell me you’ve cut your hair by now.”

Well, DJ, you’ll be happy to know that Bev did cut my hair, for the first time in a year, and I now look respectable once again. LOL I’ll get it cut next year at this time whether it needs it or not.

Content Mills

From Patty: “What do you think of content mills? Is it possible to make a good supplemental income by writing for them?”

Well, Patty, the answer to the second question is yes. You have to write a lot of articles at ten bucks each to make an income, but if you did it full-time, it would be possible to make five-hundred dollars or more each month.

The answer to your first question is I think they are a joke. Ten dollars for 500 words…it takes me about twenty minutes to write 500 SEO-friendly words, and that’s if research is not required. If research is required, then one article will take me an hour. I don’t know what you think your time is worth, but mine is worth more than ten dollars per hour.

Look at it another way: if the content mill is paying you ten bucks to write the article, you can bet they are charging their customers between thirty and fifty dollars for that article. The smart thing for a writer interested in this type of writing to do is cut out the middleman. Go out and find your own customers, and charge them thirty to fifty bucks for an article, and leave the content mill in the dust.

Content mills will continue to exist as long as there are writers willing to work for slave wages, and it should be noted that in a world of supply and demand, writers who write for these content mills are the ones driving the price down. If no one was willing to do it, the content mill would be forced to pay more money. This is simple economics.

Bottom line on this question: I won’t do it.

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More Next Week

I’m continuing to enjoy this series, and based on the comments I receive, all of you are enjoying it as well, so I’ll see you next Monday, same time, same place. Until then, enjoy what you are doing. We are writers, and that means we are wordsmiths, and civilization needs us. We are the recorders of history, and I happen to think that’s pretty cool.

2015 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      I would love to see the new haircut! But seriously, it is snowing, sleeting and raining here today, but still I truly want to think that spring will be coming soon, because as you know my loathing and despising of this weather truly only makes me want it to be so much more. And as always, thank you for the Monday morning writing tips. Have a great one :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, for two years in a row your weather there has sucked in January and February....here's hoping spring arrives soon back there. Meanwhile, I'll do some gardening in your honor.

      And thank you dear friend. Happy Monday to you!

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. I know yesterday was tough with the way the game ended. To be honest as a Patriots fan I was certain we were going to lose that game, especially after that miraculous catch down at the five yard line. My brother and his family, especially my nephew, are extremely disappointed today.

      On a different topic this is another great addition to the series. Wonderful job. Have a great week.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I'm not sure there is a gentle way to lose, so that's just the way it goes. If our defense had played well in the second half we had that game comfortably. So be it. On that day the better team won, so congratulations. And thanks for the visit. Have a super week, buddy.

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      Maria Jordan 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Writing from my phone as puppy had other plans for my tablet.

      Six more weeks of winter says our ground hog. Your words warm my heart, my friend.

      Happy Monday. Love, Maria

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm kinda bummed to hear you cut your hair, Bill. What made you do it?

      Another great Mailbag. I always look forward to this series. Now I've got to get back to work on this blustery day. Enjoy!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, I wish I could send you some of our winter, which really did not exist this year. We went from fall to late fall to early spring. Sending you the warmth of friendship. That's the best I can do.

      Thank you my friend.

      bill

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      Marilyn L Davis 2 years ago from Georgia

      Good morning, Billy; insightful and candid answers as always. Since this is Installment 32, I've got a lot of catching up to do. I'm planning a marathon this weekend so, your previous 31 are on the To Read list. ~Marilyn

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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

      As always, informative and enjoyable. So glad to hear you address how there are rules, but how it is just as important to know how and when to break them. Sitting here wearing thermals and a scarf--'cuz it far from balmy--Smiles.

      Wishing you warmth every day,

      Kim

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I cut or not cut my hair on a whim. When it gets too annoying I cut it; when I like it long I leave it. One thing that is a constant: I don't like cutting my hair, so I usually look shaggy for most of the year. :) Have a great day in that blustery weather and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marily, I'm honored that you would have a read-a-thon of my mailbag series. Thank you and Happy Reading!!!!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kim, I think knowing when to break the rules is crucial. There are times when breaking those rules will make or break a piece of creative writing. Stay warm and I'll send you warm thoughts from our balmy part of the country. Thanks for the visit.

      bill

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      Rachael O'Halloran 2 years ago from United States

      Another great mailbag, Bill. I may not comment every time, but I do read them all. :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      It's spitting snow here this morning, but I'm still thinking spring. I made a whole dollar yesterday on the game. I didn't watch it all. Walton's had a special hosted by John Boy, he looks so old! Some of my hubs have a run-on tag, so this was helpful to me. Smiling sunshine..

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      I love long hair and I agree about the content mills. Enjoy the day!

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

      billyhbuc

      In S Cal we only have two season a long dry season, and a very short wet season, the only bodies of real water are the collective body of water derived from so many swimming pools. lol

      As for making money writing, here on hp it would be below the money received by children in the third world that we all think is so criminal and terrible.

      The voice over business is similar, there are voice mills where voice over artists or want to be VO artist gather on the Internet waiting for the fifty dollar feeding. And there are so many people competing for that pawltry sum, it is like winning the lottery to get the fifty dollars. So these VO artists work on their version, and submit it, only to never hear anything back. They did the work, but didn't get a penny, and not even any recognition for their work.

      I am also amazed when I see all the human scenery in TV shows. These people are on the set but they never speak, most do even have a camera shot, but they probably get more money than the VO artist, and the Hp writers for their work.

      I look at my writing on hp, as if I were on an island in unknown waters and I am putting digital messages in the classic bottle, capping it with the publish hub, and casting it adrift in the Cyber Sea.

      Fortunately, I have a large supply of bottles, and a huge supply of ones and zeroes to create the digital messages. I would be rich if I would just turn in these bottles for their deposit value. Sadly, these bottles didn't have a deposit value.

      How many ways can I count the money that is made from hp, it is with one hand, and it is tied behind my back. I open my hand and I hear nothing fall to the ground, I guess it all must be folding money. Yet, when I turn around the floor all around me is institutional clean. I dawned on me then, am I in an institution? Hark, I hear loud voices, and heavy footsteps coming, I feel something spine chilling coming my way, and now, it is behind me. as I tur nn ......

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I really appreciate that, Rachael. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, you won a dollar? Congratulations!!!!! Don't spend it all in one place, as my dad used to say. Needless to say, I lost money on my Seahawks yesterday. Sigh!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Pop. The hair is growing as we speak and content mills suck! How's that for a quick summary? :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Brad, I'll be laughing the entire day thinking about this comment. Way too funny, buddy. As for Southern Cal and the seasons...did you ever see the movie with Burt Lancaster....what was the name of that....The Swimmer??? Where he goes on this odyssey of swimming in pools across Los Angeles? Don't bother seeing it, it was horrible, but you reminded me of that.

      Have fun spending your HP earnings. :)

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

      billybuc

      Don't let the chickens see you in this state, they may talk about you behind your back, but not until you feed them. They are not that dumb.

      Yes, I did see that movie, and I agree on both of your counts about it.

      I have to get back to the island, I think I hear a plane.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL....take care, Brad! I have to go...the chickens are calling me.

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      MizBejabbers 2 years ago

      Bill, on the body language issue, that is a big deal for new writers and I suggest that they study some terminology for body language, especially facial expression. While reading one book, I thought to myself that if the author says "his eyes narrowed" one more time the guy wasn't going to have any eyes. It's the SEO friendly articles that confuse me. What are some of the subjects of interest that people read? Thanks for your mailbag.

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      Melissa Propp 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Great questions and answers, as usual. I didn't really think that you would bother with updating your hubs, but I am curious if they remain featured or if they eventually go inactive? I know you don't rely on SEO, but you have so many fans that I would hope most of your hubs remain featured...

      That was a pretty exciting game yesterday. I'm not even a football fan, but I still found myself watching the whole thing! Take care!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      Hi Billy

      Thanks for answering my question. I think I had already figured out in my mind that this was probably the case but it is good to hear that you don't bother updating those hubs. Do you ever worry that any of them might become unfeatured for any reason or are you one of these rare people where this never happens.

      As it is I think I might just get to 100 hubs and then I will start considering my own options. I was looking last night at perhaps submitting something to one of the craft magazines! It does seem that I could make about a years earnings on HubPages from one article plus images if I were successful. Makes one think - or of course there is always the book.! Unless of course, if something really fantastic happens with the earnings here, in which I could just put my feet up and watch the money roll in:)

      As regards Catherine's question, It was good to see the lack of quote marks. I pondered this question when I wrote my response to your challenge, whether or not to use quotes marks! I decided to leave them out. I know, I am a real coward when it comes to using these - better I think for me to leave them out rather than get them wrong. Thank goodness for word spell and grammar check.

      Thanks for these this week - they were particularly interesting for me, thank you.

      You have a great week.

      Sally.

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      Melissa Propp 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Hmmm, I posted a comment earlier and it doesn't seem to be appearing? Did I offend or do I have a glitch? I think the glitch is a much more likely scenario but just in case....I thought I should attempt to see if I am able to post, maybe eventually there will be 2 comments from me. Take care!

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 2 years ago

      Another great installment Bill! That was so interesting to learn about the quotations with run on sentences. And it would make sense to try to capture the mood when your telling a story. :-)

      Okay, my question for you is...when you formulate your characters in any given story. Could a person have up to three protagonists?

      The reason I ask, is if the three characters are part of a "gang" in a story.

      And I wish to build on each of the character separately, yet convey that all three are equally disturbing when together. Would this make sense? And I don't want to mess with the flow.

      Thanks Bill!

      Shared, up +++

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Sally! I think submitting your articles to craft magazines is the way to go. I think you might be pleasantly surprised by the outcome, and one sale is definitely decent money. Give it some thought.

      I appreciate you stopping by. Have a great week of writing.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa, that happens from time to time. Probably just an HP glitch. Thanks for hanging in there and trying again.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sally, to answer your other question, I don't care about my articles being featured or not, but I know I'm a bit strange in that regard.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      There seems to be a glitch in the comment section today. I'm not ignoring any of you, but HP is making it hard for me to comment today...sorry about that...Jo, I'll answer your question in Monday's mailbag...MizB, same thing.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Thanks Bill,

      I've finally asked you a question. I could have asked it here only the urgency turned up before I saw this Hub. Anyway, you may answer in your next Hub on Monday also.

      I like the way that you explained the lack of quotations in your dialogue. I liked that. Peace, Bro.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Manatita....you asked me a question? Oh-Oh...what was it? I either forgot it or never saw it.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Sent through e-mail, Bro. Would appreciate your comment.

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      Susan W 2 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Another interesting mailbag instalment, Bill! I've missed out on the last five just because I was so busy in the last three weeks, but I have plenty of time now! I am ready to get reading on those too. I'm a huge fan of this series, keep them going! :-)

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

      Informative and useful. Thanks Bill. Jamie

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Okay, Manatita. Some of my email has been going to spam, so I hope I didn't lose it. I'll go look for it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you susi10...I'll keep them going as long as there are questions.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Jamie. I appreciate it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, send it again, please. I didn't receive it.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Thanks for another good mailbag. Easy to forget about body language... thanks for the reminder! ;-)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Bill. I appreciate it.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      I found this one is funny, interesting and still educational--especially your answer to body language in a character. Thanks as always!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad to hear that, Dora. As long as all of you are interested in this series, I'll keep it going. Thank you!

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      Bill, I always appreciate that you address the most pressing questions.

      What is that DJ. girl thinking, asking such personal questions? That is simply rude. She must not have been schooled properly!

      Some people!!

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      drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

      Fascinating answers as always, billy. Condolences on the Seahawks' loss. Why oh why did the QB throw at the 1-yard line when he had Marshawn aboard?

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Drbj, if you have the answer to that question I'm all ears. The coach tried to explain it and sounded like an idiot in his attempt. LOL Thank you and wait till next year, right?

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      To weigh in on the numbers issue... it can be argued that more content can actually lead to less engagement due to content glut. So it's a delicate balance. Only web traffic numbers and trends can tell a writer what's too much or too little. Unfortunately, as with every business decision, the content quantity question is an experiment... just like the Seahawks last pass in the Super Bowl. Okay, sorry about that last one. Hope your post-Super Bowl Monday is going great!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ asks and I answer. It's as simple as that, my friend. :) Have a great week of writing, DJ!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, you just had to mention that, didn't you? I hope you feel horrible about that. LOL What a bonehead play!!!!!

      Thanks for stopping by and raising my blood pressure. :)

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      Michelle Scoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Thanks Bill I really enjoy how you tie your own writing back to the questions asked. You have really found a great place here and plenty of questions. I am still lost when it comes to SEO friendly words and all that mess so I just write what I know and throw a rock at it and hope for the best. I can say at least I get the practice. I am glad to see your perspective in regard to long-term articles versus number of articles making revenue. I too write on HP for the community and less for the money, thank goodness because I would have been dust by now.. Have a great week :)

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Great bit on body language; always difficult.

      I thought perhaps you were into being a hippy! You sound like my partner - 'I always have a bath at Christmas and birthdays, whether I need it or not'!

      Some of those who hear it actually believe it!!

      Great mailbag!

      Ann :))

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh my, Ann...a bath twice a year??? I think it might be time for a heart to heart. LOL

      Thank you my friend. I hope all is well in your little corner of the universe. Our prolonged Fall continues.

      bill

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Have to check in each week to get my dose of mailbag.

      the questions and answers always give me food for thought and while I really do not write fiction, who knows? One day I might and I will have all of this info tucked up in my knogging.

      Have a lovely evening.

      Know that Angels and many blessings are on the way to WA this evening. ps

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      I found your answer to Faith's question on body language very helpful, so special thanks to you both. Thanks also to the others who send in those great questions. Another smashing Mailbag Monday.

      My very best to you.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi there, clean-cut Bill!

      Oh, I made the 32nd edition of the Mailbag ...yippie! Thanks for the great insight. Plus, I guess eyes darting away is a sign of one lying without saying one is lying.

      That is interesting about the no quotations. I have not heard of that one before, but makes sense to me.

      Another wonderful mailbag edition here.

      Peace, hugs and blessings to you and yours

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you PS. It always means a lot to me when writers who do not write fiction take the time to read and comment. I hope all is well in your little corner of the world. I'm sending those angels back with an extra load of hugs.

      bill

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      You know my mantra, bill...every single moment of each day is a gift. My precious girl continues her fight... And we are thanfkul for each new day Many good wishes and a batallion of Angels headed your way once again ps

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for the update, PS. Give that girl a hug from out west for me.

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      Brian Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Good examples of body languge in fiction: The first few paragraphs of ULYSSES by James Joyce (online in pdf). Practically any page of WATERSHIP DOWN by Richard Adams (online in pdf).

      I like your story excerpt and your analysis of it. For the reader and the writer of fiction, the main questions are ever what is the story, evoking what emotion(s).

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Brian, for those examples of body language, and thank you, as always, for your kind words of support.

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      Michael-Milec 2 years ago

      Hello Bill.

      Finally a quote , you and me have in common, though I am a million plus miles behind of your extraordinary capacity as a writer, " I am not on Hub Pages to make money." (Ha ) Well, as mentioned some time ago, I don't know why am I here anyway; however is not about me at all, " But I do not consider my life worth anything to myself , so that I may finish ' the race I am running' ..."

      Voted useful.

      Good night my friend.

      PS. My careless words causing the loss of Seahawks I have to confess to you dear friend : as the last drive started, I've said " there will be an interception here..." the last 20 sec. I was so disappointed of my badmouthing ,I wanted to quit watching, when my son said " Is not over yet."- then it happened. ( The final score 2 to 1 interception . I just like underdog.) One have to be born and raised in this culture, isn't that true?!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, it is a very true statement. It is in the culture. It was a very disappointing ending and I sensed disaster and couldn't really tell anyone why I felt it...but it happened.

      I appreciate you here whether you write articles or not. You appreciate the power of the written word and we need more like you in this country.

      blessings always my friend

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Ah, Bill, you skipped over dear Jo and dear Faith's comments here : (

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The questions are very interesting this week, Bill. Thanks for another thought provoking installment of the Writer's Mailbag.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      There was a glitch in the comments, Faith. I don't know why that happens. I think I got them further down. I'll check. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia. My followers always ask interesting questions, don't they?

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MD, thank you so much. I wish I could help you with that SEO mess, but I gave up on that a long time ago. It ruined the flow of my writing, so I just stopped. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, I will answer your question on Monday in the mailbag. Thank you and blessings always.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Young Man, oh, we're up there, right after PS' s first comment : ) ... Blessings

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, you're killing me. I know they are there...I'm just saying there is a glitch of some sort on that article and the comments aren't connecting. LOL I'll try again.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I responded to Jo's comment...told her I'd answer in next week's mailbag....and I would never forget about you. Thanks for stopping by the 32nd and for the suggestion about the eyes darting away.

      blessings always

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Tee hee ...So sorry @@@ glitch

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, what would I do without you? Life would be so empty without you watching over me. :) Have a great evening my southern belle

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      Mark Johann 2 years ago from Italy

      Again, I appreciate your work billybuc.

      Sir, billy, sir. You nailed again and again.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great work from you and you always share the best.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      wow 32 and still going strong.. again Billybuc you show the usefulness of your mailbag weekly.. and 32 and finally Faith gets a answer... LOL kidding .... have a good Feb.. friend

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, you are too kind, but I thank you! Have a superb Wednesday, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE! I love this series and I'm happy that others do as well.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Frank...LOL...Faith is a persistent one, isn't she? February has begun with rain and more rain...but spring approaches, my friend. Thank you for your kind words.

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      You give some really great advice, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you vkwok. Have a great weekend.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Well if you ever doubt the success of this series just check the comments! Great questions with great, interesting answers. As we wait to see how much snow we'll be getting the next three days this installment warms my heart.

      I have to say, how many other hubs have comments about the author's hair? Hairy, funny situation.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, you have a good point there. This series has become hair-raising. :) Good luck with that snow. Meanwhile, we are drenched in rain, mudslides, and floods. Fun winter so far, don't you think?

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks for more knowledge, and may The Force be with you...

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Deb, and may it be with you also.

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