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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment #352

REMODELING

We are almost all done with the remodeling projects begun in January. We have the main “picture” window on the living room wall to replace, which will be done in April, and then we are done with it all other than repainting the interior of the house.

It’s been quite a process, this remodeling. It was annoying at times. I gave birth to some rather creative cuss words at times, and there were several times we considered just stopping halfway through and not completing it, so tired we were of the upheaval.

But we kept on, always moving forward, and now here we are.

My mind works in metaphors and similes. It always has. Where some people see a simple discussion about remodeling, I see a parallel discussion about growing as a human being. It’s never easy, is it? It’s often painful, remodeling our lives. There were many times, during my life, when I just wanted to say “to hell with it,” and not be bothered with spiritual and intellectual growth.

But I kept at it, and I’m very happy I didn’t give up. I stripped my psyche down to the foundation and the studs, and I rebuilt, one board, one nail, at a time, and I’m damned glad I did.

Just something to think about. Now let’s do this mail thing.

The Mail Room welcomes you!

The Mail Room welcomes you!

Self Publishing

From Ann: “Thanks for answering mine. I was surprised at you saying self-publishing doesn't cost anything. I can't seem to find a site here that doesn't charge something - does CreateSpace, for example, cover the whole world?”

Ann, Createspace was bought up by Kindle Direct Publishing, same thing, same method of self-publishing, just a different name. I do believe it covers most of the world and it doesn’t cost a penny to self-publish if you do it all yourself using their template. I’ve done it many times.

Barnes & Noble Press is another one, and Apple Books, and Kobo. All are free to download, although my only experience is with Kindle Direct. I can speak from experience about the ease of using Kindle; I cannot speak from any experience about the others. Perhaps someone will share their experience in the comments if they used one of the other self-publishing services.

At some point in time, you just have to say "I'm done" and publish!

At some point in time, you just have to say "I'm done" and publish!

The Deluge

From MizB: “I saw someone's comment about disabling notifications. I disabled mine because google was threatening to charge me for space. Now I forget that HP is here. I'm thinking about dumping that gmail address and getting a new one. How do you and other hubbers handle the deluge?”

MizB, I assume you’re talking about the deluge of email notifications which appear daily, telling me someone I follow has written an article for HP. Every morning I’m facing, on average, probably thirty or forty. How do I handle it? I delete the ones which are written by people who do not comment on my articles.

Cold but efficient!

I know that will probably bother some people, but that’s what I do. This is a community of writers, this HP forum, with emphasis, for me, on community. I have given much to this community. I have spent countless hours supporting writers, as they have for me, but hours are limited, and I only have time for articles written by people who will reciprocate. Show me you give a damn about my work, and I’ll do the same for you.

So that process whittles things down to about ten articles each day that I comment on, and that is manageable for me.

How Many Versions?

From Ann: “All these decisions are much more difficult than writing, aren't they?! I thought I'd sorted it and then I have a better idea. How many versions do you get through before you have the final draft? You can use that for the mailbag if you like, or not...”

Ann, at some point, as you well know, you just have to pull the trigger and publish. I do understand what you are saying and yes, the self-publishing decisions are often more difficult than the actual writing, but you have to pull that trigger.

How many versions of a manuscript do I get through? I do three or four edits of a manuscript and then I walk away from it. Invariably, as soon as I publish one of my books, I will think of something else I should have done on it, but I will always be that way no matter how many edits or versions I do. I will never think I have reached perfection with a manuscript, period, end of story.

And I’m willing to bet you are the same way.

Comments About Editing

From Mr. Happy: “I am curious if You and/or other writers mention editing/typos to writers when You read their work? I feel like there were times when I caught an editing issue of mine and I wished someone had pointed it out to me earlier. As You may have noticed, I do tell writers when/if I notice technical issues but I am not sure how others feel about this. Hence, I asked.”

Mr. Happy, I hate to admit this, but it depends on how much time I have.

I have done it in the past, but almost always I will send a private note to the writer, telling them of an editing problem they have in an article. Rarely will I do it in the comment section. Some people might be embarrassed if I mention a mistake in a public forum like the comment section, so I try to avoid doing that.

And some days I’m in too big a hurry, and I don’t mention anything at all, figuring someone else will catch the mistake and let the writer know.

For me, I really don’t care if someone mentions it in the comments. You’ve done that for me several times and I appreciate it.

So there you go!

Is it time to remodel???

Is it time to remodel???

Tearing It Down to the Foundation and Studs

I was thinking about this the other day. I was lucky. I had a good foundation. My parents raised me the best they could. They loved me deeply. They instilled in me right from wrong, so my foundation, and my studs, were solid and they could support the weight of a new structure – but – some people are not so lucky, are they? Some people are raised in horrible conditions. Some people are raised without love. When it comes time for them to remodel their psyches, what do they do?

I try to remember that when I’m dealing with people. Not everyone is as lucky as I am. I won the Lottery when I was adopted from the foster system. I was a blind kid and yet I was given love and all the advantages I could ever hope for.

Just random thoughts from a random mind!

Got questions for the Mailbag? Just include them in the comments below, or send me an email at holland1145@yahoo.com and I’ll include them in the next installment.

Thanks so much for joining me this week. Have a fabulous week and please, remember, do all things with love.

2021 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

Comments

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on March 17, 2021:

Thank you again, Brenda!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on March 17, 2021:

I understand about not trusting contractors, Bill. We were lucky that one of Bev's son has the skills. Good luck with the vaccine shot. Our first one was a walk in the park with no side effects.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on March 17, 2021:

Get going then, Heidi, and do some good. Happy St. Patrick's Day to you. I remembered to wear green today. Big accomplishment!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on March 17, 2021:

I like that, gyanendra mocktan...a compassionate grandfather for writers! I am happy with that description. Thank you!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on March 17, 2021:

Thank you Rosina! I am lucky and I do feel blessed for the parents I had.

Happy Wednesday to you!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on March 16, 2021:

Thanks Bill,

I will look forward to your article next Monday.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on March 16, 2021:

Congrats on the remodel. Our kitchen is definitely on the list of things that need a remodeling. Problem is I have no time for a project of that scope and I really don’t trust most contractors unless they come very highly recommended or we know of them. For now it will have to do as is plus we are still down here in Florida. On a bright note we are getting our first vaccine shot tomorrow. Great mailbag, Bill. Have a wonderful week.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on March 16, 2021:

MizB, give Larry a pass on this one. I'm moving one hell of a lot slower than I did a couple years ago. I'm amazed by how little I get done outside on any given day. This growing old crap is highly overrated if you ask me.

Thanks a bunch, my friend. Take care!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on March 16, 2021:

Thank you Linda! It is very satisfying. I like the house much more now than I did three months ago.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on March 16, 2021:

Holy shit indeed, Sha! Who would have thunk it???

Photos coming soon, my friend. In fact, I'm going to try and post some today if all goes well.

Thanks for always being in my corner. You are a gem, my friend!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on March 16, 2021:

Hopefully, Alyssa, you think before you speak, a talent I am still working on. lol I'm afraid my Irish temper crops up on occasion. Not nearly as much as in the past, but it is still operational. lol

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on March 16, 2021:

All good to know, Denise. I used Lulu about ten years ago, but haven't since then, so thanks for the update. As for remodeling, I think I'm done in this lifetime. :)

Blessings always

bill

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on March 16, 2021:

God no, Flourish, never again!

It's interesting about contractors. Your story is common in the business. I heard that they contract for a number of jobs at the some time, and oftentimes too many for one time, so if there's a problem somewhere it throws all the other jobs off-schedule. No excuses for him, just an explanation which I find annoying as all hell.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on March 16, 2021:

Silence can be golden, Manatita. Enjoy it!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on March 16, 2021:

I appreciate that, Ravi! Thank you sir!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on March 16, 2021:

Mary no, there is never an end and yes, it does get better. An early Happy Birthday to you, just in case I miss it. :)

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on March 16, 2021:

Peggy, I wish I had unlimited time, and I wish I was altruistic enough to ignore the reciprocation, but I don't and I'm not. lol Happy Tuesday to you!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on March 16, 2021:

Mel, you had me laughing. Thanks for that. Our house has a crawlspace. I won't go underneath there. I'm afraid of what I might find. lol All manner of dead things, me thinks.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on March 16, 2021:

I appreciate that very much, Pamela! I always wanted the Mailbag to be a stress-free place where we all could learn, so thank you for that.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on March 16, 2021:

Brenda, thank you! A quick answer to your question is yes, if the editing and formatting have been done correctly, those mistakes should not appear...that's a big "if," though. :) I'll have more for you on this next Monday. Until then, have a great week.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on March 16, 2021:

Happy Mailbag Monday!

Re: Self Publishing for Free. Kindle Direct Publishing and Createspace were always free. BookBaby, IngramSpark, and Lulu have fees. They are the only ones I would consider paying to self publish my book. There are too many "self publishing companies" out there who just want authors' money.

Re: The Deluge. Like you, I concentrate on content from those with whom I have relationships and reciprocity. The others I'll look at only if I have time.

Well, gotta get going. Happy St. Patrick's Day week!

gyanendra mocktan from Kathmandu,Nepal on March 16, 2021:

Bill, I agree with you. You are not typo police. Typos tear us apart. From my eyes, You are a compassionate grand father of all the writers. Thank you.

Rosina S Khan on March 15, 2021:

Thank you, Bill for a wonderful mailbag. Yes, I know your parents gave you a solid foundation with good ethics and values. Not everyone is blessed like that. You should be happy looking back on you past and mulling over the present. I wish you a happy and great start to the week.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on March 15, 2021:

Thanks, for the answer, Bill. If I ever get all those daily notifications deleted, I'll try to delete them daily. They piled up when I was still gainfully employed, now I have to deal with them.

I think I've missed out. Is this your same home you're renovating or did you buy another one? I feel for you. We have been working on a house for the last year, preparing to put it on the market. It's the one my son lived in. I don't know why, but it seems to take Larry two years to do what should only take two or three months. I guess we're getting old.

Anyway, this really was a powerful mailbag this week, and you came up with some good answers. Thank you, my friend.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on March 15, 2021:

I’m glad the remodeling of your home has gone well. It sounds like it’s going to be very satisfying when it’s finished. As always, thanks for sharing the good advice.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on March 15, 2021:

Wow, Bill! What a powerful mailbag this week! From your intro (which always leaves us with food for thought, but this one is especially profound), to the questions and answers, to the new writers who are becoming prolific in seeking your guidance, this one is a gem.

I agree with you regarding pointing out typos and other minor errors. I will email the writer if I find significant errors, rather than embarrass them in public. The HP editors will take care of typos, however, I don't see them paying much attention to articles on LetterPile, as they don't make much money for them or us. That said, one error I find quite often is that too many writers will use the possessive form of a noun when they should be using the plural. An apostrophe between the noun and the "s" is used when talking about something that belongs to the subject. When referring to a group of at least more than one, there is no apostrophe, simply an "s", or in the case of nouns ending in "y", drop the "y" and add "ies".

With reference to self-publishing sites, I would like to offer a word of caution to Ann and anyone considering using Lulu to do so. In 2013 I self-published a poetry book thru Lulu. It was free and a bit difficult to navigate, but that may have been because I'd never done it before. I thought it awesome that they offered my book not only on Lulu.com, but Amazon, Barnes & Noble and several other sites. The only thing is, you have to have a minimum of $5 in sales before they'll send you payment. That wasn't a problem at first because I had multiple sales. Then I had one lone sale at $4.95 (the suggested price at the time.) To this day, eight years later, I have yet to be paid - and won't be until at least one more book sells. That's not good business practice in my eyes. So, beware of Lulu, folks!

This is mailbag number 352. That means this series was born in 2015! Holy Shit, Bill! What a feat! You've obviously hit on a niche that is in demand. Good on ya, my friend! And your audience is growing! (Yeah, I know... lots of exclamation points, but, hey - it is what it is.)

Congrats on your renos nearing an end. I hope you'll post photos either here or on your blog. I look forward to seeing your handiwork and Bev's design prowess.

Have a great rest of the week and give yourself a pat on the back. You deserve it.

Alyssa from Ohio on March 15, 2021:

Hallelujah! It's a wonderful feeling when you accomplish a major task. Congratulations on the remodel! I had a good chuckle at your creative cuss words. There's never a dull moment when it comes to major housing projects. haha! I like your philosophy of comparison. There's a lesson to be found in everything. I'm with you on keeping things in perspective when dealing with people. I often find myself thinking similar ideas when troubling times arise. I revert back to gratitude and remind myself that it could always be worse.

Have a wonderful week!

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on March 15, 2021:

Hi Bill,

I feel for you about the remodeling although I can't speak from experience. I've never owned my own home and therefore have always had to put up with whatever I can get.

Tell Ann that I use Lulu which is just one more free self-publishing site. I think it is comparable to Kindle Direct since I have used both in the past. They do have specific cover parameters that I often have to go to Photoshop and resize my cover illustration. I like to do it myself rather than using their automated free cover maker. I don't want my book to look generic. Otherwise, Lulu is exactly the same as Kindle Direct, in my humble opinion. They also give a larger royalty percentage to the author than Kindle does which is one reason why I switched. They also have Global Distribution.

Blessings,

Denise

FlourishAnyway from USA on March 15, 2021:

Oh, Bill, don’t get me started on remodeling. I had a contractor on Thursday who was supposed to show up to replace my kitchen floor. Called several times and gave multiple excuses then rescheduled for first thing Friday. Didn’t show then but said he’d come later in the day, kept calling me with excuses and I just had to tell him forget it. This was a guy who came highly recommended to me. It’s extremely difficult to get any contractor here to show up on schedule much less do the work. My husband is so busy working he can’t put in flooring too. Are you available?

manatita44 from london on March 15, 2021:

Thanks Bill. I m rather silent this week but great job! Peace.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on March 15, 2021:

Wonderful Bill. One of the things I like about your writing is that I almost every time get to learn something new to think and ponder about. Thanks for sharing your remodeling journey.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on March 15, 2021:

Hi Bill. I turn 70 this year and am still renovating myself. Is there ever an end? It's getting better, though.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 15, 2021:

We have never had a major remodeling project done, other than recarpeting or painting. You can revel in your new look, and forget the dust and disruption of your life very soon. Enjoy!

Your advice about not bothering to make comments on those who never seem to return the favor is something that I have considered doing. I may do more of that in the future. Sometimes I feel badly when I cannot find the article in the feed after reading it. I hope that they enable comments soon on all of our posts.

Enjoy your week!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on March 15, 2021:

MIsbah, I love that you have become such an active member of this community. You are appreciated!

Blessings always, my new friend!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on March 15, 2021:

Dora, I love this community, and if the Mailbag helps my community friends then it is a success. Thank you my friend.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on March 15, 2021:

It is hard to keep me out of mischief, Devika. lol Thank you for stopping by.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on March 15, 2021:

Oh, Linda, I am buried in outdoor projects. Thank God the weather is milder and drier. I gotta get out there and start building a grape arbor.

Have a great week!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on March 15, 2021:

Gyanendra Mocktan, I really do try to treat all people with respect. We all make typo mistakes, and I'm not the typo police. I would rather support writers than tear them down.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on March 15, 2021:

No need to apologize, Gyanendra Mocktan!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on March 15, 2021:

Mr. Happy, quickly, Kindle Direct takes a percentage of your book sales so I guess, technically, it does cost something on the back end of the deal.

Tough love indeed! I saw it with a couple relatives. It's not for me, thank you very much.

Be well, my friend, and thanks for the question.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on March 15, 2021:

Thank you EK Jadoon! I will try to put together a photo challenge for you soon. I promise! Blessings and peace to you as well.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on March 15, 2021:

Thank you, Chitrangada Sharan, and Happy Spring to you!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on March 15, 2021:

John, how did I forget Lulu? I actually used that site once, and I'd forgotten about it. lol I'm getting old.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on March 15, 2021:

Bravo, Ann, to Arthur for doing the bulk of the work at that age. My goodness, I'm 72, and I'm feeling every board I lifted. lol

English as a second language . . . Ann, I don't know how some of these writers do it. Seriously! Yes, their grammar at times is shaky, but I think about me writing in a different language and I laugh. I have nothing but admiration for the HP writers who soldier on in English.

Thanks a bunch, Ann! Have a great week!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on March 15, 2021:

Thank you NIthya! It was exhausting, but the final product makes it all worth it.

EK Jadoon from Abbottabad Pakistan on March 15, 2021:

That was a informative read, Bill. Yeah, it is some time embarrassing when someone rudely point out the typos mistakes.

But you all are very kind and the way of your guidance is very plausible.

Honestly speaking, I was waiting for a challenge by your side. I realy enjoyed writing on your pictures challenge.

Blessings and peace!

Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on March 15, 2021:

We could go even further into home-improvement metaphors, if we want to. How about that homes here in Colorado don't have a concrete slab foundation, they have a crawl space. Maybe it's time to clean out the crawl space of my existence.

I'm the same as you, I don't rend my garments agonizing over whether I should be so altruistic as to comment on everybody's hub. If some are so narcissistic they snub me, then why bother with them? It kind of reduces everything to brass tacks. The same brass tacks supporting the flimsy walls of my crawl space.

But you have been there from the beginning, and your Mailbag is always a Monday morning pleasure.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 15, 2021:

I think remodeling is always hard, whether you to the work or have it done. The mailbag was interesting today due to the different topics. You tell me quit often that you learn from my articles, but that goes two ways.

I always learn from you as well. I have no idea how to publish a book, for instance. I always enjoy reading your mail bags or anything else you write.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on March 15, 2021:

Bill,

I enjoyed reading your article as always.

I love how you used the remodeling as a metaphor for restructuring oneself.

Sometimes it's not a bad idea to restructure the way we think. The years can give us a bad outlook on how we view or deal with things sometimes.

It's good to challenge ourselves to see or be a little different.

Glad to hear your remodel is nearing an end. I get the new found "cuss words ". I think that naturally comes with this type of job.

I have been tossing around the idea of self publishing, but when I look at a few books that have been done this way...I am disappointed.

Sometimes the work doesn't appear correctly on the page.

Is there a way to ensure it looks right before you press that button to publish?

I don't want my work to look unprofessional.

As for the typo mistakes on Hubbers work...I used to mention it, but then I figure it is just here on Hubpages.

If it's something major...a quick email. Otherwise I just let it go.

Take care & enjoy your week.

Misbah from The Planet Earth on March 15, 2021:

Mr. Bill, thanks a lot for sharing the Mondays mailbag

I always enjoy and learn something from you

Your thoughts, answers, and opinion are always precious

I respect you always for your kind behavior

I am glad to see the way you remember your parents

I am sure their souls feel proud and happy to see that their son is doing so well

Blessings always

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 15, 2021:

Happy New Week, to Bill and all others. I know we have said before that the writing community is one of the best things about this site. I want to add that it is affirming when other writers ask questions you have in mind, or when what Bill says to Ann sounds like he's taking to me, "You just have to pull the trigger and publish." Thanks, guys.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 15, 2021:

Hi Bill remodelling of your home must have kept you busy and out of mischief, just kidding right! Thank you for sharing your knowledge to us and for another useful hub.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on March 15, 2021:

Bill, congratulations on your almost-complete remodel. Perhaps this is the closest you will ever come to the feeling of giving birth. I appreciate your parallel between a home remodel and remodeling one's life.

Thank you for your comment to Ann about self-publishing. I was not aware of B&N, Apple, or Kobo so will look into those.

Sunshine on Wednesday and I'm glad. I've a garden to rehab, flowers to plant, and a wedding to plan for. Whoo hoo!

gyanendra mocktan from Kathmandu,Nepal on March 15, 2021:

You have had. I apologize.

gyanendra mocktan from Kathmandu,Nepal on March 15, 2021:

Hi!! BIll You have remodeling of your home. It's not that easy one. At the same time you have shared your wonderful experience in the writing world as self-publishing and commenting. and deleting the emails those are useless ones. These information is valuable to all in the writing world.

I find one quality in your heart, you show deep respect to the persons whose typo is horrible like mine. I solute thee.

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on March 15, 2021:

"It’s often painful, remodeling our lives." - And that's why most people do not engage much in remodeling their lives: they find a way to stumble ahead and stick to it, as if there was only one way of doing things.

"I do believe it covers most of the world and it doesn’t cost a penny to self-publish if you do it all yourself using their template" - Well, where's the business plan in that? How does the company make money?

"I delete the ones which are written by people who do not comment on my articles." - See ... ya, I can't do that. I write comments even if people do not respond, or do not "allow" my comment lol Otherwise, it feels too much like a "quid pro quo". Just my opinion but I fully understand the feeling that reciprocity is needed (for others, not myself - I play by different rules).

"I will never think I have reached perfection with a manuscript, period, end of story" - I suppose writing manuscripts is different than essays, short stories and/or articles. I am fine with what I post. If I thought I could do a better job, I'd do it. I re-read the work until I think I found all the editing issues and then: ca c'est tout!

"I will send a private note to the writer, telling them of an editing problem they have in an article." - Okay, good idea! I'll do that next time since I am not looking at promoting my editing skills much anyway. Haha!!

"Some people are raised without love." - Or with: "tough love" as they call it. I'll take no love than the love some people have. To be honest, I prefer actions rather than talk. We can talk about love all day - I would like to see it, not hear about it so much.

Okay, I gotta run to an appointment - You have yourself a peachy week ahead - cheers!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on March 15, 2021:

Hello Bill!

Happy Monday and Happy Week to you. I hope you are about to welcome Spring in your part of the World.

Good questions and helpful information about publishing.

Your renovated home sounds great.

Thank you for sharing this.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on March 15, 2021:

Bill, I am glad to read that you are in the home straight with the home renovations. It usually turns out to be a bigger job than originally expected. Another informative mailbag, this week. Another free self-publishing site for Ann to consider is Lulu.com.

I do the same with email notifications as you. I delete any from people who don’t read and comment on my articles. You can’t read everything.

Ann Carr from SW England on March 15, 2021:

I can identify with the remodelling - we're still doing it 4 years in! And, yes, there are times when we've thought 'what did we take on?!' but it's been worth it and we have, almost, a lovely home, inside and out. I have to say it's thanks in 99% to Arthur who, despite being nearly 80, has done the lot, including massive beams to support the loft conversion!

Thanks for your responses to both my questions. I have now looked at Amazon/Kindle and found it user-friendly but I'm still re-hashing my future publication! Think I'm getting there! As for drafts, yes I do have a similar approach to you. I know when I'm getting there if I have more satisfaction with my words than niggles, then the niggles are sorted out more quickly! It snowballs, strangely.

You help us all, bill, with your advice of course, but also by putting thoughts into words just as we have, though we have no idea if we're on our own in that thinking - then we find out that you're with us!

I totally agree about the notifications - I also delete many whose authors I've never seen on my site. I also have a look at some which I find are not well-written or have obviously been taken straight from wikipedia - those I discard too. I must state that I make sure that 'not well-written' is not the same as writing English as a second language which I can recognise after years of teaching EFL. Those I admire for having a go.

May the Monday Mailbag last for ever!

Ann

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on March 15, 2021:

Happy to know that the remodeling work is almost done. It must have been exhausting. Deciding to publish finally can be daunting but has to be done—a great mailbag installment.

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