The Writer's Mailbag: Installment #395 by Mr. Bill Holland

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  1. Misbah786 profile image84
    Misbah786posted 16 months ago

    Happy Monday Everyone!

    Here's the link to the latest mailbag for all the mailbag lovers to read and comment. … llment-395

    Thank you so much!!

    1. Jodah profile image92
      Jodahposted 16 months agoin reply to this

      Thank you for sharing, Bill’s Mailbag, Misbah.
      Having been at HubPages for almost 13 years I am aware of a number of wonderful hubbers and friends that we have sadly lost. Yes, they were like family. Very good questions this week, as always.

      1. billybuc profile image86
        billybucposted 16 months agoin reply to this

        Thanks John! I was thinking of Mary Craig when I wrote that segment. I miss Mary and her wonderful sense of humor.

      2. Misbah786 profile image84
        Misbah786posted 16 months agoin reply to this

        You are most welcome, dear friend smile

    2. surovi99 profile image83
      surovi99posted 16 months agoin reply to this

      Beautiful mailbag, Bill. I wasn't aware of so many HP hubbers that have passed on. It's sad. It's even sadder that your series is coming fast to an end. Anyways, I wish you every luck and success in your future endeavors.

      1. billybuc profile image86
        billybucposted 16 months agoin reply to this

        Thank you my friend. Yes, we have lost a few writers, good people, talented people, and good friends.

    3. tsmog profile image79
      tsmogposted 16 months agoin reply to this

      Hello Bill! Just desired to get in a best wishes to you with your future endeavors. I have been following the mailbag since way back when. I too believe comments were instrumental! And, some ten years back comments, too, are what fed my inspiration filled by actually writing. Fortunately I am able to keep up with of those Friends I interacted then on FB.

      Thanks for the 400 articles of experience and wisdom shared over the years!

      1. billybuc profile image86
        billybucposted 16 months agoin reply to this

        Thank you Sir!  It's been a good run, for both of us, and it's a shame HP is going in a new direction, but I will always be grateful to HP and to all of you fellow writers who I have bonded with. Best wishes to you always.

  2. Misbah786 profile image84
    Misbah786posted 16 months ago

    Mr. Bill, I enjoyed all the questions and answers. Thank you so much for sharing another interesting mailbag installment. smile

    Best wishes and Blessings!!

    1. billybuc profile image86
      billybucposted 16 months agoin reply to this

      Thank you for your kindness, Misbah, and blessings and happiness to you always.

  3. billybuc profile image86
    billybucposted 16 months ago

    Thank you for sharing, Misbah!  You are a gem, and I feel good that you are a part of the next generation of HP writers. The legacy of quality writing will continue as long as there are writers like you on this site.

    1. Misbah786 profile image84
      Misbah786posted 16 months agoin reply to this

      Aww... Sir, I don’t know what to say!
      I’m touched. You really made my day. I really appreciate your kindness and support smile
      I can’t thank you enough.

      Thank you so much for being such a sweet and caring friend.

      May God continue to bless you abundantly. Ameen! smile

      Best wishes!!

  4. Peggy W profile image97
    Peggy Wposted 16 months ago

    I miss Mary also, Bill.  We used to have telephone conversations with one another, although we never met in person.  Your mailbag will be missed!  It was the good old days when HP enabled comments on all of our pieces.  Valuable feedback was shared and friendships flourished.

    1. billybuc profile image86
      billybucposted 16 months agoin reply to this

      Peggy, I'm afraid those days have gone the way of the dinosaur, and this old dinosaur needs to fade into the background and turn it over to a new generation of HP writer. Thank you for your friendship.

  5. bdegiulio profile image95
    bdegiulioposted 16 months ago

    Another great mailbag, Bill.  We have lost some wonderful people here over the years.  Some have passed on, others have simply moved on to other endeavors, but they are all missed.  You will certainly be missed, but I think we are all looking for to your next adventure, wherever that takes you.

    1. billybuc profile image86
      billybucposted 16 months agoin reply to this

      Thank you Bill! I've been secretly jealous of your travels for years, so I think it's about time I try it.  You'll hear from me while I'm on the road, so you can't get rid of me that easily.

  6. MsDora profile image95
    MsDoraposted 16 months ago

    It will not be the same without you, Bill. I'm sad to think of you leaving, and I'm still wishing that HP would prevent that by bringing back the comment slot. You have taught some valuable, unforgettable lessons about writing and about life. You're special.

    1. billybuc profile image86
      billybucposted 16 months agoin reply to this

      I am touched by that, Dora, thank you!  I'm sure we will run into each other, from time to time, on social media and even here on HP, and hopefully I can talk you into following me on our new website once that is up and running.

  7. AliciaC profile image95
    AliciaCposted 16 months ago

    Thanks for creating another edition of the mailbag, Bill. I found Mr. Happy's question especially interesting. It's one thing to make an accidental error with a fact, but some social media posts describe a completely different situation from the one that actually exists.

    1. billybuc profile image86
      billybucposted 16 months agoin reply to this

      It's really amazing to me, Alicia, that there are people who knowingly lie online and evidently think nothing of it. What kind of moral compass is that?

  8. bdegiulio profile image95
    bdegiulioposted 16 months ago

    Haha, thanks Bill.  Looking forward to you making your way to New England so we can get together.

  9. Brenda Arledge profile image82
    Brenda Arledgeposted 16 months ago

    I sit here sighing as I read your column...knowing that in a few short weeks this series is ending....and no one at HP seems to care about this ongoing problem.
    Is anyone at HP paying attention??

    But on the plus side, I can see a smile on your face as you polish off those traveling boots to place inside that spiffy camper.

    I'm happy for you & Bev.  Traveling the countryside is a great dream.. we thought of it, but sadly we only took vacations & they were fantastic.
    But I think this is one journey you will Love.

    As for posting the truth on social media...That's a tough one Bill.
    Some people only care about how many likes they get. Telling the truth is the last thing on their mind.
    Can it ever be regulated online?  I honestly doubt it.

    Ask yourself...Is the world ever going to work together for a common goal?

    If coronavirus couldn't manage that one, then I honestly don't think anything ever will.
    But I'm glad Mr. Happy is a man of Principle.

    I've got to agree about HP helping to boost our confidence in our writing.
    Even though I knew I could write, I didn't exactly tell everyone I met that I was a writer.
    But since writing on Hubpages, I proudly tell everyone.
    I no longer hide it.

    Everyone that knows me...knows that my writing is a big part of my life & that I write every day.
    But I didn't use to tell anyone about that side of my was a private dream of mine.

    I have been holding off on that book project too.  My reasoning is the marketing.

    I want more than 20 people to want my book...but I have no extra time or money growing on trees to waste.
    But maybe one day soon, the right avenue will open for me.

    An anthology of your work sounds great, but I for one think HP should have a system in place to help publish our work for us.
    Another platform I write with does offer this service & they compile the poems you've written on their site into a book but it's too expensive too do.

    You do get to keep part of the proceeds though.

    Those good old days are like music to my ears.
    It sounds like it was divine.  A place I'd love to visit each day.

    You'd think HP would wake up.   Don't they read any of these articles?

    It must be just a numbers game to them but People are real.  We all have feelings & that's something numbers & money just can't change.

    Enjoy your week and have fun getting that camper in order.


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