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The Writer's Mailbag: installment 229

Updated on November 5, 2018

Am I the Only One?

There are a number of people who read the Mailbag, and participate in the Mailbag discussions, who are not from the United States. For all of you, I apologize for the next few sentences.

But I am totally done with the mid-term election vitriol this year. The elections are tomorrow and I say THANK GOD they are. If I see one more divisive television ad I’m going to vomit. For the past couple months, this election has dominated the news, and I am so over it and the hatred it has spawned. I’m not sure any of us can really claim victory when there is so much nastiness surrounding and infiltrating us. I don’t know how it is in other countries, but here in the United States, we are like a huge dysfunctional family numbering in the hundreds of millions.

Thank God for the Mailbag. Here I can find sanity among kind, loving people.

Welcome to the Mail Room!
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I Could Have Done It Better

From John: “After you have written and published a novel do you ever read it and think “damn I could have said that better” or have a lightbulb moment of something else you’d like to add to it but it’s too late? With no fiction type articles and books you can make changes in a second edition or revision but you can’t do that with a novel can you? You probably proof read enough and have beta readers to be reasonably sure it’s how you want it before publishing but I know with things I have written, at least on HubPages where changes are easy, I often go back and change things and make improvements.”

Shoot, John, I feel that way after every single book I publish. I really think that is a malady almost all writers have and live with. I do realize I am a perfectionist when it comes to my writing, but I also think I am not alone in feeling dissatisfaction.

Actually, I have made corrections to novels after they were published on Amazon/CreateSpace. It wasn’t difficult to do at all, just change my Word Doc with the changes and/or additions I want, and download it again onto their template. Technology has made many of these things so easy for us writers, and for that I am grateful.

I could have done better!
I could have done better!

Switching Gears

From Ann: “This might be a question for your mailbag: Do you ever think that you've had enough of the 'heavy' stuff (like writing novels or stuff about how to write) and just turn to light-hearted pieces? I've exhausted myself with the stress of writing about good structure and grammar, making sure I've got it right, and I'm now back to a little poetry; that's purely subjective and no one can tell me it's right or wrong!”

Oh sure, Ann, most definitely! I’ve made several changes over the years, especially on HubPages. I go through periods…social conscience pieces…..dark fiction….humorous pieces….reflective about the inner struggle…political activism….back when I was writing three or four articles per week with HP, those periods were very pronounced and noticeable to those who followed me.

I’m actually about to do an about-face with my novels, too. I’m going to finish my current “Shadows” novel, #5 in the series, and then take a break from the paranormal thrillers. I have two other novels I want to write, and neither of them focus on killing, so it will be quite a shift for me, and that shift is happening because my muse has told me ENOUGH IS ENOUGH with the murder and mayhem.

And I made a conscious decision some time ago to no longer write political pieces. They are just too divisive, and I think we all need to learn to come together in peace. The world will get along quite well without my opinions on the state of politics, so I respectfully leave that cauldron-stirring to others who feel a need to write it.

Today I prefer to write about beauty
Today I prefer to write about beauty | Source

Authentic Repetition

From Eric: “Ann just wrote a piece partially dealing with using the same words over and over. I see it as a sign of illiteracy in the day to day. Say it from a different vantage point I say. But one of my characters is a police soldier dude and he has to start every sentence in a kind of "salute". "Yes Mum" I think is correct. It is wrote. Can I change this?”

Actually, Eric, I think that is one of the rare times when you can get away with using the same phrasing. Soldiers and police officers are trained to begin each sentence that way, so in order for you to be accurate, you really do have to do that. But . . . and there’s always a but, isn’t there . . . you can still vary it a bit by describing the stance of the police soldier just before he speaks, or his expression, or what he is doing as he speaks. It would go like this . ..

Instead of this . . .

“Yes, Mum, I hear you clearly, and now I want you to hear what I’m saying. You’re under arrest.”

It would be like this . . .

Office Pearson took a sip of water and looked at the suspect. “Yes, Mum, I hear you clearly, and now I want you to hear what I’m saying. You’re under arrest!”

That gives the reader just a bit of a different approach to each line and it doesn’t appear to be quite so repetitive.

Make sense?

What Doesn’t Make Sense Is This

It makes no sense to continue with today’s Mailbag when the questions have been exhausted, so we will wrap it up for the day.

So I will leave you with an excerpt from the novel I’m working on, “The Magician’s Shadow”

Liz was true to her word. She and Sarah returned four hours later laden with bags and boxes, Eddie Bauer, L.L. Bean, North Face, giving the impression of two mountaineers preparing for a summit of Mt. Rainier. But it was all practical wear, heavy emphasis on fleece, the default go-to clothing article of the Pacific Northwest. I then spent the next half hour watching them model their clothes, Sarah with a bewildered look on her face, Liz smiling with uncontrolled happiness as only a pregnant woman carrying the future can smile. The last item Sarah showed me was a modest skirt, turquoise in color, sandals, and a black blouson blouse/shirt. She looked like a radiant teenager. She had tears in her eyes.

“I just don’t get it,” she said. “I don’t understand why you are helping me.”

“Do you know what the name Sarah means in Hebrew?” I asked her. Our new friend shook her head. “It means lady, or noblewoman, and that’s what you are in my eyes. My name, Eli, means the ascended one in Hebrew, a name given to the high priest in the Book of Samuel. Liz says I deserve that name, even though I go around shooting dicks off of pimps, and I respect Liz’s opinion, so there you go. Sarah, there are some things in life we don’t get to choose. Your parents dying in a car crash, my old man getting knifed in prison, those things, we never see them coming, and we sure as shit don’t deserve them, but they happen and that’s just the real of it. That doesn’t mean, however, that we deserve to suffer for the rest of our lives because of them. Liz is why I no longer suffer. She is the equalizer in my life, and now we’ve decided to do the same for you. But . . . sit down, Sarah, you need to be aware of something.”

She did as instructed, sat down on the couch, and Liz joined her, taking her hand, squeezing it, smiling. I pulled up a chair, sat down in front of them both.

“Being with us can be dangerous, Sarah,” Liz started. “We are in a battle, and people die because of that battle.”

“Who are you battling?”

“Evil Himself,” I told her. “We call him the Shadow Man. We can’t kill him; he can’t kill us; but he can kill our loved ones, and right now he is active, killing young kids, and daring us to interfere so he can kill our baby or someone else we care about. He will somehow find out about you; he always does; and when he does, you will have a target on you until we find a way to stop him.”

Have a great week!

2018 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      4 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Yep, I think I am.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Lawrence! I don't know about you, but I'm looking forward to a change of pace in novel writing.

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      4 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      Thank you for your consideration regarding the political wranglings that go on. I'm just thankful we don't have 'mid-terms' and the like.

      I agree what you say regarding Eric's question, though even using the same phrases you can 'play' with how the character says them.

      Also really enjoyed the excerpt from the novel, like you, my next one will be totally different.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I don't know what the hell HP is thinking, John, but I,too, am disappointed in them.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      And you are very sweet, Flourish,and I love you as well.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Kathy,and peace to you this holiday season.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That's what I believe, too, Sha! I don't know what the HP staff thinks at times, but to me this will always be a site for writers, not soapbox wannabes who have an axe to grind.

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      John Hansen 

      5 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I returned because I read Flourish's comment about the Hubbie awards this year. I was also very disappointed with the categories..Loudest Voice in the Forums, Most likely to be Kicked Out of HP, Biggest Grammar Nazi (or something to that effect).

      Management obviously don't take them seriously and treat it as a joke. Most of us actually want to vote for who we consider good writers among our peers. There used to be awards for poetry and creative writing as well....no more.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      5 months ago from USA

      I didn't vote in the Hubbies this year either for the first time but you're grand and I love you, Bill.

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      Kathy Burton 

      5 months ago from Florida

      Bill,

      I am in Florida and the mid-term elections are under recount! The only good news is the terrible, vicious campaign ads are gone. But I agree with you, I am silent when it comes to politics. I have too many friends who sit on opposite sides of some issues. We still manage to be friends and family so I am not going to stir the pot by writing about it

      Your excerpt from your novel has me intrigued. Let us know when it is available.

      I forgot in my comments in Mailbag 230 to wish you peace during this holiday season.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      5 months ago from Central Florida

      I agree with Flourish's comment. I was quite disappointed in the categories this year. And the Loudest Voice in the Forums? I took that to mean which hubber continually puts their two cents in and in a negative, critical, judgmental way. (I actually did vote in that category because I will no longer ask for the community's advice in the forums for critique on my articles. I'm not a bad writer, but there is a forum frequenter who makes everyone feel as if they have no business posting) The Most Likely to be Kicked out of HP? Seriously????? Awards should be made to those who have a positive impact on the community as a whole and encourage those who are here to write and learn and those who are a good example of stellar composition. Period.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, for the first time since I came to HP, I did not vote for the Hubbies. It has become ridiculous to me. HP has taken a path I do not agree with, and I'm only here because of people like you. The forums are a joke to me and a complete waste of my time.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It truly is my pleasure, Genna. This is where I get to hang out with all of my friends, which makes it the Cool Place on HP.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks so much, Mary! Hopefully I'll finish it by January!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      5 months ago from USA

      Regarding your commentary on civility, I wanted to share something with you and get your take on it. The Hubbie Award categories recently came out (late, as they usually come out in September). One of the categories was "Loudest Voice in the Forum."

      This is not something I feel HP should encourage, so I wrote the following email to HP in an attempt to politely dissuade them.

      "I was disappointed to see HubPages encouraging the disturbing political vitriol that exists on the forums by designating a Hubbie category for 'Loudest Voice on the Forums'. Loudmouths by mere definition are individuals who refuse to take the time to listen and respect differences. They purposefully mow over others and forcefully push their opinions, often at any expense. Their words are not neutral. They are offensive.

      "HP has many people who never visit the forums because of such loudmouths and the forum incivility. Even if it the award is a nominal gift, it's a mistake to bring positive attention to uncivil behavior in an online community such as HP -- unless you want more of it? I cannot imagine that you do, as the behavior brings us ALL down. I sincerely hope you will reconsider that category and remove it or replace it."

      In response, I got the following:

      "I hope you understand that this category name is merely meant to be playful and fun, and that the intention behind the title is to award whoever helps others the most in the forums. It is not actually singling out "loudmouths."

      I'm so over it, so I responded, "Wouldn't that be Most Helpful? Just saying. Have it your way. You're in charge." Bill, these folks either don't read the forums or don't care. I've turned my forum settings OFF, but on occasion, someone will innocently express something or ask a question in another context and all hell breaks loose. I saw it the other day. It's venomous. What is HP getting out of continuing to ENCOURAGE (not shouting, just emphasizing, buddy) Hubbers to behave like this?

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      Genna East 

      5 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Bill. I agree with you about the vitriol in the "us versus them" rhetoric that seems to have taken over far too many narratives in the discourse of everyday life. Sheesh!

      I loved the "I could have done better," and am grateful I'm not the only one who experiences this malady of sorts that other writers feel and share. Thank goodness I'm not alone. :-)

      And thank you, again, for this series, Bill. It's always such a pleasure to read these articles.

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      Mary Norton 

      5 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love the excerpts of your new novel Bill. I love the flow of your paragraph and I just have to sit down and practice this. I look forward to reading this. Fighting evil is a great theme.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks always, Rajan! I hope you and I both always learn and appreciate the journey.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alyssa! I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment three times today. Hooray about the elections....rest up and regain your sanity.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I agree, Dora, there seems to be no escape from it.

      Thank you always!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks so much< Peg! As Popeye would say, I am what I am, so I'm very happy that people enjoy my writings.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

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

      It's been a long time since I stopped taking an interest in the politics of the country. They are all the same.

      By and large, technology has certainly made life easier for each one of us and this is most welcome.

      My learning continues. Thank you.

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      Alyssa 

      5 months ago from Ohio

      Yes, yes, yes! I cannot tell you how happy I was when Election Day finally arrived. We always vote early, and so, it was even more annoying and frustrating to see the ads on TV and receive them in the mail -- such a waste of paper and natural resources, if you ask me. It's nice to have a place to retreat from all the madness. Have a great weekend!

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 months ago from The Caribbean

      The elections are past, but there is hardly any escape from the political holabaloo. Like you, I thank God for the ability to focus on writing and the writing lessons you give through your mailbag.

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      Peg Cole 

      5 months ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      Thank goodness for an end to our mid-term elections. I'm also fed up with the hatred and name-calling, pointless finger pointing and other waste of time activity that our elected officials are engaging in. I wish they would put as much energy into making a difference and improving the human condition. So, rant over. I agree with you, Bill. Let's move on to better things.

      Your excerpt from your novel is engaging and interesting. You combine emotions and reality quite well leaving us with a cliff hanger of sorts as to future events. Nicely done.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Mess with me all you want,Zulma. I like it!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rodric! It is nice to get reactions from other writers on a piece I'm working on.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It is always my pleasure, Linda...thank you as well!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, you are never late in the Mail Room.Welcome always, no matter the date. As for retirement, I have decided that it is a myth...like the American Dream....invented by a marketing firm. lol

      Beautiful weather here and I am loving it.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Venkatachari M,for the kind words and for the cultural lesson about Deepavali Festival, which I have never heard of. Enjoy!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      5 months ago from United Kingdom

      Sorry, Bill, I was just messing with you. Please take all the time you need. After all, you can't rush perfection. lol

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      Rodric Anthony 

      5 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Great mailbag. I enjoy it when you put the book you are working on in the mailbags. It is instruction and demonstration!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma, I'm going to stop giving teasers. It puts too much pressure on me to finish quickly. lol

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Amen, Peggy! That's all I can say to your wish...amen!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, John. Now in the U.S. we can all rest for about a day before the next election nonsense begins. Presidential hopefuls are already speaking for the 2020 election.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Shaloo, I've added your question to the Mailbag for next week, but the quick answer is yes, I have written many political pieces and I just ignore the negative comments as best I can.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Heidi, you made it here on Monday, which was considerably better than me. Sorry for being so late. I'll blame it on the elections. lol

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks so much, Pamela! No more elections for awhile, thank the gods!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Manatita! We wake up today as we have always awakened, with hope and love. Hopefully the politicians will follow suit.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for the visit and comment, Robert! For better or worse,, the elections are now behind us.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, thank you! That is the highest praise you can give me about the Shadow series. I'll try not to disappoint you, my friend.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      5 months ago from United Kingdom

      Bill, I could not agree more with your view on American politics. It is a free-for-all with each side taking potshots at each other that serve no purpose. I could go on but I won't.

      Love these little teasers but it's making me more impatient for your next novel. Have a great day.

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      Linda Crampton 

      5 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I'm very grateful that technology allows us to edit our writing, too! Thanks for continuing to deliver the Mailbag for such a long time, Bill.

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      5 months ago from Beautiful South

      Hi, Bill, better late than never, I guess. I thought I'd have lots of time to write when I retired, but now I wonder how I ever found time to go to work. Well, the election will be over, but I'm sure that tomorrow will be politics as usual. I wish I could turn off the TV, but Larry does a podcast that is politically oriented, so ours blares from arising to go-to-bed for his materials. And he wonders why I never wear my hearing aids!

      I really enjoyed your excerpt from your new novel. Thanks for making it available to read. I did your meditation (I'm into that sort of thing, you know) and now I'm bewildered. The person looked more like a girl character out of a teen-age 1950s cartoon. She was a pretty girl, but now I'm confused. I have no idea what to do with her. Oh, well, maybe the idea will come to me.

      Last night it rained so hard I felt like I was driving home from dinner in a snowstorm, could hardly see the interstate. Tonight it's turning cooler. I noticed that our leaves were turning from green to brown here. No colorful autumn like North Arkansas is having, I guess. Hope you're having better fall weather, my friend.

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      Venkatachari M 

      5 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      It's another wonderful mailbag with those three questions and an excerpt from your coming book. I enjoyed the piece very much. It's a very interesting conversation with that girl imparting some important message.

      Regarding the amendments after publishing books, it is really a wonderful facility available now for writer-publishers to edit their books and update them even after publishing the book. I thank the internet for that boon.

      And, now we are celebrating the Deepavali festival here in India. The main day is tomorrow when we decorate our homes with lights. The major enjoyment that had been for most people all those years is now dwindling with crackers being becoming banned due to pollution problems. So, it is now only the Lights and Sweets festival. And, I like that thing.

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 months ago from Houston, Texas

      The election will finally be over after today except for some possible runoffs. We voted early. The vitriol is worse than ever and I am disgusted that our Congress members are so polarized that they cannot work together for the common good. That is their main job!

      Let us hope and pray that things get better in the future and that we can peacefully resolve differences and make good compromises for the good of the country and the world. If not, I fear for the future and feel sorry for youngsters growing up in this mayhem for many different reasons. We need an abundance of peace, love, mutual respect, and brotherhood.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sha! I don't think I'll completely close the door on the series. Always leave that option open, just in case. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks a bunch, Pop! Hopefully you won't have to wait too long.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa,good luckwith Nano...I hope to read something by you soon...hint,hint!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Aww, thank you William! I really do enjoy this series and interacting with all of my friends.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Whatever your process, Bill, the end result is very good. Keep at it, buddy, and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Verlie! The picture you mentioned is Hayden Valley in Yellowstone National Park...it is stunning to see in person.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      No, Shannon,the mudslinging has gotten worse over the years, without a doubt, and I'm sick of it.

      As for challenges, I sure wish I could, but where in the hell is the time going to come from? :(

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      5 months ago from Central Florida

      I'm with you on the mid-term election vitriol, Bill. I'm so over it! Thank goodness it'll end today.

      Love the sneak peak into your latest Shadows novel. Since this is the last in the series, I'm wondering if Liz and Eli will finally annihilate The Shadow Man.

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      John Hansen 

      5 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I hate election time, especially the news coming up to it. Great mailbag, thanks for answering my question, Bill, and sharing a little of your novel.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      5 months ago from India

      In India, elections are due next year and the frenzy has already started. Thankfully, I don't watch much television but the newspapers talk little of anything else. And talking of politics, have you ever written something related to politics? A political piece can give rise to much discussion and trolling. How to deal with it?

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      Heidi Thorne 

      5 months ago from Chicago Area

      Yay, in the Mailbag while it's still Monday!

      Re: Politics. I cannot wait for tomorrow to be over. That is all.

      Re: Could Have Done Better. Always. I look back and think, "Yuck." But then when I see that some of my yuck still makes a buck, I realize that I'm getting stuck in perennial perfectionism and then decide to move forward.

      Re: Verbal Tics. I wouldn't worry too much about repetition, especially of dialogue because it really is a reflection of the person saying it. My hubs has pointed out my frequent calls to the Almighty as a verbal tic.

      Well, I'm going to stop watching the election updates until Wednesday morning. Have a great week otherwise!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      5 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I am with you about the news. I have avoided it almost totally for the past couple of weeks. You would think somehow we all could work together and quite all the acting out BS.

      I enjoyed your article as usual. Your new book sample was intriguing. I would certainly like to read more.

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      manatita44 

      5 months ago from london

      You know I believe in Oneness, Bro … even interconnectedness or harmony. So why shouldn't the American elections affect me? But I know what you mean. Bring out that toilet bowl. (chuckle)

      Concerning John's question, I wrote a Sonnet-Ode for a girl yesterday and read it last night. I changed it several times! Even at the event, I was still changing it. Writer's curse, if you ask me.

      Ann would find that all things eventually wear themselves out... fade away and die. Yet she is right, it is her own inner voice that will eventually tell her, or may even be beginning too.

      "Ultimately everything becomes boring. God the omnipotent becomes boring; God the omniscient, becomes boring. But, but, God the all Love, never, never becomes boring." -Sri Chinmoy

      Enjoy the rest of your Monday. Stay away from politics, but this advice would mean you need to live on another planet. Lol. You have my empathy.

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      Robert Beyer 

      5 months ago from Seattle, Washington

      I'm with you about the midterms. Although I like to watch the different campaigns form their strategies, sometimes those strategies get exhausted. Although I do get a kick out of the different types of propaganda the different campaigns use.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      5 months ago from USA

      I love your forthcoming novel. Your stories are so deep with underlying tones it is almost scary to think about it. I don't have TV service so all I do is watch DVD's. Last night I watched Ghost Rider (the second in the Marvel movies about this character). Ghost Rider gives me the creeps, but I still watch it over and over. Your latest novel in-the-making (and I hope you don't take offense) gives me the creeps (said in the most respectful tone). Nevertheless, I can't wait to snatch it off the shelf.

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      breakfastpop 

      5 months ago

      I am intrigued by your new book, and I definitely want more!

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      Melissa Propp 

      5 months ago from Minnesota

      Happy Monday Bill! Thanks for the teaser, I enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to it (even if its the final of that series!).

      I am attempting nanowrimo for the second time. I tried it like 5 or 6 years ago, didn't come close to 50k words, but it did help me get into a daily writing habit of which I've long since fallen out of. Now, I'm hoping to really get that habit back. I know I might not reach the 50k goal, but if I can just keep writing every day, I know I'll be building a good habit for the future.

      Wishing you a happy and productive week!

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      William Kovacic 

      5 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Bill, thanks for another great week of Q's and A's. There's is always something to learn here. It's almost like being back in school. You, the teacher Me, the student. Thank you, Mr. Holland.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      5 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. I have also had enough of the political rhetoric and nastiness. Why does politics always have to be so mean. I will vote tomorrow, and then be glad it's all over with. The could have done it better question really hits home, it now takes me forever to publish a hub because I fret over every little detail. Thankfully, for what I write I can easily go back and modify, which I Always do. Have a great week.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, I'm not sure if it's nice or not. It's getting a bit cluttered up there, my friend, but thanks for the positive thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Mr. Happy, your comments always make me laugh, and that is always a good thing. I can always count on your to see the unique aspect of any topic and for that I thank you. Peace be with you, this week, and always.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      5 months ago from Canada

      Bill, your Today I prefer to write about beauty photograph is exquisite. Happy Monday (is that an oxymoron?). Thanks again for all you do. I hope your break from writing paranormal thrillers is exciting. I had to say that kind of tongue in cheek. Gosh you are prolific!

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      Shannon Henry 

      5 months ago from Texas

      You are an ever-present reminder that Monday has rolled around again, my friend. You are certainly not the only one who feels that way about politics and political ads. I've never liked the ads, but it seems like as I age, the mud-slinging gets worse. Maybe that's just because I can't really shut it all out the way I could when I was little. Ignorance truly is bliss sometimes, though.

      I've found that in writing, or just about anything for that matter, there are always exceptions to the rule. Not everyone appreciates a rule breaker, but when it works it works.

      No more "heavy" novels, eh? So you're saying you can't be pigeon-holed? Good for you! I certainly wouldn't want to be. But I probably am, for the most part. LOL

      So....buddy, ol' pal....I believe it's been a couple years since you issued a challenge, judging by the date on the one I did for your last challenge. Think you'll do another one any time soon?

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      mckbirdbks 

      5 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Bill - Technology has made thinks so much easier to make changes. That makes it necessary for all to learn we must push forward with new writing rather than keep looking back. It must be very nice to have two novels churning in your mind at the same time.

      Signed: anonymous cauldron-stirring suspect

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      Mr. Happy 

      5 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      "I’m not sure any of us can really claim victory when there is so much nastiness surrounding and infiltrating us." - "An eye for an eye leaves everyone blind."

      "I don’t know how it is in other countries" - Our last federal election was 11 weeks and that was long. Some people say too long. That's in Canada.

      “After you have written and published a novel do you ever read it and think “damn I could have said that better” - We can always continue editing things. I try not to. It's a never-ending game with me, sometimes (editing pieces of writing - I like editing, I think lol).

      "I'm now back to a little poetry; that's purely subjective and no one can tell me it's right or wrong!" - This made me laugh. Yes, nobody can tell You if it's right, or wrong. I for one, can;t even tell You what poetry is about. Haha!! I'm sorry, I'm a hard-headed creature when it comes to poetry. If You wrote Japanese I probably would understand better than poetry.

      "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH with the murder and mayhem" - I'll tell You why I don't read stuff like that. I have no need to read about murder and mayhem when I can simply turn on the news. Enough is enough, indeed.

      "Yes Mum" - I had a friend of mine watching a British show with me a few weeks ago and when a police officer called his supperior which was a lady "Mum", my friend asked me if the lady was the officer's mother. I had such a laugh!! : )

      Fun piece of writing once again - thank You!

      Have a joyful week!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Mama said there would be weeks like this, Linda. Next week will be better for sure, my friend, and I know this because we have a winning platform.

      Enjoy your week under sunny skies!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Of course it is, Flourish, but I'll sure be glad when it is over.

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      Linda Lum 

      5 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, I'm in the same boat as you; my gosh the vitriol and mud-slinging this year are disgusting. Don't tell me what "he" did wrong, tell me what you will do that is "right" and maybe I'll listen. Enough already!!

      You know you've got me hooked on your new book. I hope your Muse is happy again (thanks for sharing).

      My mailbox was like yours, echoing. I hope next week is better. Have a great week.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      5 months ago from USA

      The political climate may be divisive but it’s more important than ever that people VOTE.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, I always have hope for this country because of people like you,and that ain't no b.s. Hugs and thanks from Olympia.

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      Janine Huldie 

      5 months ago from New York, New York

      Bill, you said a mouthful starting this mailbag off today. I am truly ready for this year's midterm elections to be over and done with. I am hoping and praying that we can somehow move past recent times into less hateful and peaceful times, as well. That said glad it isn't just me and am in good company on this. Happy Monday now and just thankful for you always, my friend :)

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