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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment #357

The Wait Was Worth It

It is early morning on a Thursday, April 15, as I write this. We are about to experience our first day, in the 70’s, since last September. Oddly, it is happening on the day which is the statistical average date for our first 70-degree day.

I’m looking out my window at a lilac-colored rhododendron, or rather the flowers are lilac-colored, and I swear it had not flowered yesterday. It waited for the first truly “warm” day as if to signal that yes, brighter days have arrived, days of hope after a long, shrouded winter.

That’s what I feel today, hope, and I know many of you do as well. No, the pandemic is not over and no, the economy is still struggling, but there is hope in the wind, and the wind is warm, and it feels oh so lovely.

It’s time for the Mailbag. If any of you are new to this series, let me tell you that this series has survived as long as it has because of people like you. Without your questions about the Art of Writing, this series would have gone the way of the Saber-toothed Tiger long ago. So, keep those questions coming, and I’ll do my best to answer them.

Shall we?

The Mail Room!

The Mail Room!

Writing How We Speak

From Mr. Happy: “About that writing as we speak topic. This is still connected to "how to write a long because" (and am still looking for an answer).

“I mentioned how I liked your sentence. "My child, he learn early, ain’t no chance of ad -vance-ment". To be honest, I was not sure if I am reading it correctly in my mind, in order to create the sound of the woman You described in your writing but I like the fact that You tried to make her sound different because she probably did. So, if I do not write how we speak, I am not describing the truth. Indeed, I would be lying to change the speech of someone.

“Someone did mention in a comment (I forgot who) that if the reader does not know the accent involved, they will not understand the writing. Which reminded me of a joke I sent through a text to a buddy and he never got it. He sent me back question marks. Why? Because he doesn't know what an Irish man sounds like. Here is the joke (did I tell it to You before?)"

"Why can't the Irish man eat more than 139 beans?

Because one more would be 240." - Without knowing the Irish accent, this is not funny but if You know the Irish accent LOLOLOL 240!!!

“Anyway, there is also the issue, MizBejabbers wrote about: "I think he's taking that "write like we speak too literally. In my writing classes, to "write like we speak" meant informally perhaps with colloquialisms". Am I? LOL”

I was going to let this question finally die and fade away. We’ve been talking about it, now, for three weeks. But it brings up several good points, so I’ll add a thought or two and then start shoveling dirt on it.

Writing like we speak, to my way of thinking, only really works well if we are talking about dialogue in a story, and then only if our audience also “speaks” the same language. I find myself tossing in some colloquialisms from time to time, and occasionally I’ll have to remove them because they are only understood here in the U.S. and don’t “play well” with a reader in India. I don’t mention that to anyone in particular, but rather it’s simply a reminder that your online audience does not consist of just people from your country.

I also have to remember that many of my followers are people for whom English is a second language, and some of what I write does not translate well.

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And, finally, we have the matter of trying to capture sounds with writing. I’m not a big fan of it. Writing something like “The dog barked, arf, arf,” drives me crazy. Or “the geese flew overhead, honk, honk, they said,” is like fingernails on a chalkboard to me. This is why God invented similes and metaphors and a wide array of beautifully descriptive words for us to play with. Arf arf or honk honk is ugly writing.

Mr. Happy was talking about something entirely different from that, but I wanted to toss it out because it’s been bugging the hell out of me for over a week, ever since I read a short story where the author said “the neighbor clanged his trashcan lids, bang, bang, before heading off to work.” Oh gag me with a spoon!

How would you describe the sounds of this scene?

How would you describe the sounds of this scene?

Rewrites and Second Editions

From Mr. Happy: "Have you given yourself that opportunity by the way you ended the novel?" - So, You mentioned that: "I made that decision after writing “Shadows Kill". Did You by chance make room for that "opportunity" for a sequel then? (Since You made the decision "after" You finished writing the book?)

“Thank You for giving thought to that "because". It is not easy. It's been on my mind for weeks now. Nobody wants to see a "bacaause" lmao See ... sometimes we are forced to get creative and that's how I ended-up with a colon after a "because". Haha!!

“The 12/59 Shuttle From Yesterday To Today,” - So, is that going to be marketed as a 2nd Edition copy? Or, do You change the title on it? How does that work? I know non-fiction people just put 2nd Revised Edition, or something like that. Professors do that all the time: change a chapter, or a few paragraphs and suddenly, they published a new book (not really new but it forces kids to buy it and thus, it works for the profs).”

Mr. Happy, it was purely by accident that I finished “Shadows Kill” and it still presented me with an opportunity to follow up with a series. It was not in the plans to do so, and I had done no preparation as the novel was coming to a close. It wasn’t until a week or so had passed, after finishing the novel but before publishing it, that I decided I could easily write a sequel to that original novel. As with many things in my life, this was blind luck.

Regarding your question about the 12/59 Shuttle, I’m changing the title on this 2nd go-round to “Resurrecting Hope,” and I’ve actually changed the book considerably so that it will fit better into a trilogy I have planned. The original novel will remain published in its entirely, without changes. This second attempt will actually follow a different timeline. Same characters, but subtle changes throughout.

More on a Series

From Mel: “I'm kind of fond of killing off my characters, so I don't think there will be too many sequels in my writing future. Which begs the question, how many sequels are as good as the original, or should well enough just be left alone,?”

Sheez, Mel, I don’t know. I am a big fan of James Lee Burke, and I swear the fifteenth in his series is as good as the original. However, the guy who did the Spenser novels, Robert B. Parker, should have stopped after about ten. Just my opinion, so don’t send me hate mail.

Bottom line, this is the author’s call. Hopefully, though, the author will have a good editor, or publisher, or even a good friend, who will tell the author when they have reached that point of diminishing returns.

Spring in my part of the world!

Spring in my part of the world!

Back to Spring

If the weather has warmed where you are, do yourself a favor. Go for a walk and find a weeping willow tree. Lay down underneath it, on the green grass, and stare up at the blue sky through the weeping branches. Watch the puffy clouds float by. See if you can spot Mickey Mouse, or a white battleship, or Mary’s little lamb. Remember what it was like to be a kid, no cares, no worries, just spare time to enjoy Nature’s show.

If you do that, you’ll thank me for the suggestion.

Have a fabulous week, my friends, and remember to do all things with love.

2021 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”


Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 26, 2021:

Thanks for finding me, Nithya! I appreciate you putting in the extra time to hunt me down. I agree with you about sequels, and about HP deactivating the comments section. It is a royal pain in the butt.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on April 25, 2021:

Another great mailbag installment. A sequel to a novel depends on the author, but the author should know when to stop depending on how the readers react to the sequel. I just found your article in my notification feed today; it is difficult to find a new article and comment after Hubpages deactivated the comments section. I hope they bring back the comments section soon. You will live long, my friend, and publish many, many more books.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 22, 2021:

That was a beautiful share, my friend. Thank you for mentioning that girl you helped. Beautiful on your part to be willing to do that, and I hope she realizes her dream and learns to stand on her own feet. Bravo to you and to her!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 22, 2021:

You are no dreaming, Sha, I did mention that. My fear now is I won't live long enough to finish the trilogy, and all of the other books I want to write. I'm feeling fine, no worries about that, but time is slowing my progress. I need to hurry the hell up!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 22, 2021:

Chitrangada Sharan, I, too, hope that HP revives the comment section. I'm very tired of scrolling down in hopes of finding an article I want to comment on. Very tedious process if you ask me, which no one at HP has done. :)

Blessings always!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 22, 2021:

That's okay, John! I'm very late in responding, so it all evens out. I had to give some serious thought to that joke, but I finally got it. Love those brain-teasers! lol Have a great weekend, my friend.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 21, 2021:

Weird weather for sure, MizB. We are breaking records here for warm days and clear skies. I'm afraid of the other shoe dropping, which you know will happen. We'll probably have record rains this summer.

Happy Spring, my friend, and thank you!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 21, 2021:

I completely agree, Mel! The Gone With The Wind example is a perfect example of going one step too far. The same with To Kill A Mockingbird. I was so disappointed when they decided to release the follow-up novel. Complete waste of time in my opinion.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 21, 2021:

Thank you MG! I appreciate your support.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 21, 2021:

Stay safe, EK! Hopefully you can avoid that flu outbreak.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 21, 2021:

Flourish, you and me both regarding hot weather. I just melt when it goes above eighty. As for birds, thanks for the reminder. I need to go buy a couple feeders.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 21, 2021:

Snow??? Alyssa, you really do have to move to another location. That just will not do!!!!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 21, 2021:

Great question, Brenda! I hope I can come up with a great response in the next few days. Thanks for the question. Stay safe and have a brilliant Wednesday.

MG Singh from UAE on April 20, 2021:

Very interesting article and as usual you have created a wonderful aura. April is a wonderful month the inherent genius can come out and be at the top.

gyanendra mocktan from Kathmandu,Nepal on April 20, 2021:

I have had opportunity to guide a girl child to the charity school where I taught for 3 years. (2013-15)

Then I took her to a shrine where she sat in lotus posture for about half an hour for meditating.

This was in the afternoon. Then in the evening we returned back to her flat.

I asked to tell her story of younger days which had never been able to tell. While telling the her story tears welled out from her eyes. Because she was always misunderstood by her parents. That's why she had to go through unexpected sufferings in her life.

I have to help her out to stay positive and stay tuned in her studies. I have been helping her to repair her English for the last 3 years off and on.

Last year I could not help her. Because she returned to her village due to lockdown. Now she's back to Kathmandu on 13th of April.

Bill, I am in tune with your article and I hope I am sharing my experience and little knowledge of English with her to realize her dream to be able to stand on her feet. As you have mentioned Spring has brought hope in your part of the world. So, too the Spring has brought hope for us too, vitally for her.

Thank you for keeping us up up in our thought and action.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on April 20, 2021:

Bill, Mr. Happy's right: you won't get his joke unless you read it with an Irish accent. Forty w/an Irish brogue comes out "farty". When you read it like that, it's hilarious!

I'm glad to hear you're doing a trilogy rather than actually rewriting The 12/59. I seem remember you mentioning "Resurrecting Hope" some years back. Am I correct or was I dreaming?

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 20, 2021:

I sure hope it will be back to normal soon, Mary. It feels like we are improving and moving in the right direction. Stay safe and be happy.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 20, 2021:

Thank you Devika! I like that we have a safe site there where we can all learn about writing.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 20, 2021:

It is always my pleasure, Miebakagh! Thanks for taking the time to visit.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 20, 2021:

Mr. Happy, thanks a bunch. You triggered quite a bit of conversation, and that is always a good thing. Safe travels when you are out and about.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 20, 2021:

Yes, Linda, we are pretty much the same in climate. You might have slightly colder temps than we have, but the gray skies are common for both of us.

Thank you! Let's hope the virus news improves drastically, sooner rather than later. I, for one, am tired of it all.

EK Jadoon from Abbottabad Pakistan on April 20, 2021:

Good to hear that the weather is good for you, Bill. There has been an increase in flu and fever due to sudden cold in Pakistan for the last three days.

Be happy and stay healthy!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on April 20, 2021:

Hello Bill!

Reading the mailbag on Tuesday. Somehow, it didn’t appear on my feed.

I had to scroll down and down, and thankfully I could find it today. Hope the HubPages reinstate the comments section soon.

Your introductory paragraph is soothing and poetic. I liked going through. And yes, Hope is the best choice we all have.

Thank you for sharing another set of helpful questions and answers. Have a good day.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on April 19, 2021:

I am late catching this mailbag again, but at least, thanks to the number of comments, it is still appearing on my feed. Good questions and answers. I wasn’t sure about My Happy’s Irish joke either unless he meant “239 beans” (not 139) and one more being 240 .. two for tea.

Keep enjoying sitting under the willow and watching those clouds while you can.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on April 19, 2021:

No thankee, Bill. It's too cold here to lie down under a tree and sky gaze at the clouds. Tomorrow night it's down to freezing again. Mother nature is being a icklefa itchba this year. I'm ready for 70 degree weather. This cold snap is making me grouchy, so I think I'll leave off expressing any opinions in the comments today. Except that I agree we've beaten the "because" bag of bones to death. But we did make some good points. Glad your weather has warmed up. You have a great week, my friend.

Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on April 19, 2021:

I was going to say Mr. Happy needs a happy pill, but then I noticed I put a bummer on your mailbag too. Allow me to elaborate. I understand certain genres lend themselves to multiple novels using the same character. James Bond, Sherlock Holmes, Mike Hammer, Hercule Perot, are working a different caper every week, and are not resolving all of their deep seated life issues in one story.

What I'm talking about, and what annoys me, are books more epic in scope that somebody decides needs a sequel. For example, why did they produce a follow up to Gone With The Wind, not even written by Margaret Mitchell. The ending was perfect, a beautiful bummer. Scarlett was left hanging by Rhett and that's the way it should have ended. Unresolved issues like that fuel the imagination. Stephen King's Dark Tower is another example. The ending of that story was one of the most breathtaking I have ever read. But then some fans started bellyaching about what happened to Roland after the door to the Dark Tower slammed shut. So he wrote an extra chapter that practically wrecked the whole thing. Those are the kind of situations I mean when I talk about leaving well enough alone.

I didn't get the Irish bean joke either. Very fun mailbag.

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 19, 2021:

I’m amazed how some folks have no questions and others have so many. Maybe some of the quiet people should chime in with a question for next week?

I’m also loving springtime but do not look forward to hot weather. I especially the love the baby birds that have recently hatched in my yard. We have a number of bird feeders ti attract birds of all kinds to the yard so the cats have something to watch from the house. Win/win!

Alyssa from Ohio on April 19, 2021:

"Gag me with a spoon!" hahaha! Excellent advice and food for thought this week, Bill. Enjoy your warm spell! We're getting snow on Wednesday.

Have a lovely week!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on April 19, 2021:

I love taking a break to read your article.

So glad you got that first warm day & that flower is amazing...waiting to bloom at that very moment.

We've been getting spoiled with the weather, but it keeps bouncing back and forth like we are trapped in a nightmare and can't wake up.

It's high in the 60's today and we are expecting snow flurries on Wednesday.

I do have a question. I've been struggling with Spoken Word Poetry.

My poems are on a local radio station, but I am not happy with the outcome when I hear them.

I record these poems on my phone and then send the audio to them.

I have recently gotten advice from a friend to act like I am telling a story to a child or senior when I record.

This has helped me a bit.

I guess the Tone is the problem.

Do i use a soft spoken voice, a loud voice, or what?

Or do I try to tell it like a story?

I'm not sure if this is anything you can help me with, but I thought I'd toss it out there.

Have a great week.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on April 19, 2021:

Weather is also getting warmer here in Toronto so it's cottage time and can't wait to enjoy the trees and hope still to see the trilliums. I did a walk today and enjoyed looking at the bulbs sprouting and gazing at the tree buds. Soon, they will be green. Soon, everything will be back to normal or will it? Thanks again for all your thoughts.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 19, 2021:

Hi Bill I like Spring time but this year is not warm. Glad you are having warm weather. I learn from your answers and do know that you share what is of interest to all of us here. Great ideas from you and advice for all writers.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on April 19, 2021:

Hey Bill, thanks for sharing Monday's mail bag with interesting and lovely content.

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on April 19, 2021:

"Oh gag me with a spoon!" - Haha!! With a "spoon"?! How creative!

Too funny but thanks for the insights here. I do like portraying things as they are and not so much as I imagine them to be. Hence, I try to write just as existence presents itself. I find Life to be artful enough so, I do not have to change it to make it look/sound better.

I have no willow trees around but I like all Standing People. I really have no favorites so, sitting under any one of them is always wonderful. If we can get the number of infections down *here in this province), maybe I can go camping soon. For now, we're struggling with this virus and I don't feel it would be nice of me to start traveling around lol

Alrighty, thanks again and have a fabulous week ahead!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 19, 2021:

You are very kind, Linda! Yes, it is very satisfying to know people go out of their way to read my ramblings. Who would have thought it possible twenty years ago when I was just trying to survive each day? :)

Enjoy your garden time, my friend!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 19, 2021:

You are very sweet, Misbah! If I have given you a reason to like Mondays then I am a happy writer. Thank you so very much! Have a wonderful week and please, stay safe and healthy.

Blessings always

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 19, 2021:

Dora, I honestly can't imagine temps always in the 70's. It just doesn't register in my mind. :) Enjoy, my friend, and thank you!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 19, 2021:

Happy Monday, Pamela!

Colloquialisms are tricky! I find myself falling into that trap in conversational writing, and I have to be careful with it. I guess I'm amazed that people from around the world read my stuff, something I would have never dreamed twenty years ago.

Have a fabulous week, Pamela!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 19, 2021:

It's good to hear from you, Liz! I hope this finds you healthy and happy. Enjoy that walk! The dogs and I will be going for a walk in about two hours under perfect skies and temps.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 19, 2021:

No, Mary, no one requested it. I just thought I'd try something a little bit different. No real good reason for it, but what the heck? It's worth the attempt, right?

Have a tremendously-happy week, my friend.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 19, 2021:

Bill, I'll be joining you outside with some yardwork this afternoon, under beautiful blue skies. Have a great week, my friend, and thank you.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 19, 2021:

Look at you, Heidi, kicking butt and taking names early on a Monday. I am suitably impressed, my friend.

Snow? Just shoot me! I think I would fall into depression if it started snowing here now.

Stay warm and safe!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 19, 2021:

Ann, truth be known, I hate cross-referencing as well. I'm really a lazy writer in that I don't like doing research when writing. That is why all of my novels are set in areas I've lived in. At least I have some base knowledge to fall back on as I write the story. At least that one problem is eliminated in that matter.

Great questions, my friend. Hopefully I can come up with something clever in the way of an answer.

Let's hope normal returns quickly. In the U.S. we now have half the population with at least one vaccine shot. That's encouraging. Like you, I can't imagine living in a country like India where the solution is so slow in coming.

Take care, my friend, and have a safe week.


Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 19, 2021:

Thank you, Rochelle, and I wish you a blessed week as well.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 19, 2021:

Thank you Peggy! It's nice to be an expected part of the Mondays for so many people. Have a wonderful week in Houston!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 19, 2021:

I appreciate that, Ravi! Thank you very much.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on April 19, 2021:

I think we live near enough to share the weather. It’s often similar. We are experiencing a beautiful series of warm days with cloudless skies. The weather and the spring flowers are nice, but not the coronavirus news. I hope the situation improves soon. Thank you for continuing to share your thoughts about writing, Bill.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on April 19, 2021:

Happy Monday Bill. This glorious weather is what makes the dark rainy days bearable. We know in winter that there is the promise of better days ahead.

I enjoyed your questions and answers, of course, but the comments add another layer of information and entertainment.

I think the fact that people hunt down your Mailbag and leave comments (despite Maven) is a testament to your value on HP.

Misbah Sheikh from — This Existence Is Only an Illusion on April 19, 2021:

Happy Monday, Mr. Bill, I always enjoy my Monday because of your beautiful mailbags. Thanks for being so caring. When I was a child, I hated Monday, but after following you , I am loving it. I like to enjoy the nature. Here in Spain we are having nice temperature. I am glad to know it’s improving at your side too. It’s always a pleasure reading your mailbag.

May God Bless You Always. Amen!


Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on April 19, 2021:

Hey, Bill. We're forever in the 70s. A little uncomfortable, but I know that you'll warm up to it and survive. As for writing how we speak, you give great advice. The dialect in the dialogue may work, but it should not be presented as standard language. Thanks again, for sharing your wisdom.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 19, 2021:

Happy Monday, Bill!

I am happy to hear you now have a day in the 70s. We haven't hit the terribly hot weather yet so have been enjoying the 60s and 70s recently. The lilac rhododendrons sound lovely.

I think we have to be careful about colloquialisms also. I am currently reading a book that takes place just place just before the Civil War in the south. The underground railroad is working and the author uses some different expressions when the slaves are talking, but it seems very appropriate. That is just my opinion, of course.

This has been an interesting article, as always. Have a good week!

Liz Westwood from UK on April 19, 2021:

It is good to hear that temperatures are improving for you. We have had some clear blue skies in the UK recently, but with cool overnight temperatures. Hopefully it will warm up here too soon.

It seems to me that a lot of the 'old' writing rules have been tossed out of the window. Writing how we speak seems to be a case in point. Anything seems to go as long as the writer can justify it. I share your reluctance with the examples you give.

I was interested to read about sequels and rewrites. It gives interesting insight into how you craft your writing.

I am inspired to head off for a walk after reading this article.

Mary Wickison from USA on April 19, 2021:

Hi Bill,

It looks like you're trying something new with posting the question in italics. Was this a request from HP? I have some articles that I have written in an interview form and thought maybe I should update them with this style.

Glad to hear your weather is warming up for you.

Have a wonderful week.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on April 19, 2021:

Another wonderful mailbag, Bill. We have had a few 70-degree days here this spring, but also some 40-degree and rainy days. Today, however, it is beautiful. I’ve have already gone for a run and will putter in the yard later just to get outside and take a break from work.

I do remember as a kid lying in the grass and looking at the clouds with not a worry in the world. I just might take you up on that. Have a great week.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on April 19, 2021:

Happy Mailbag Monday Morning! Morning? Hey, if I'm in the Mailbag by 9am CT, I'm doing good.

Typical Chicago, it's been kinda chilly with 50-ish highs. But tomorrow we've got a predicted high of 39 and possible snow. As we always say, just wait 5 minutes and the weather will change. So 90s in May?

Glad it's nice where you are. Enjoy it and have a wonderful week!

Ann Carr from SW England on April 19, 2021:

It strikes me today, reading this, just how much of writing is a completely personal thing, for the author and for the reader. If you gel with your reader, then you're lucky. If the writing's superb anyway, then you're more than likely to gel, as you do. I've come to the conclusion that I wouldn't be a good 'novel' writer. I'm not logical enough to keep their characters and idiosyncrasies consistent and I hate having to cross-reference and the like. So I'll stick to short stories which I love doing.

Poetry has sneaked up on me over the last few years and I find I actually love writing it now. I like the challenge of fewer words to say more!

So what's your attitude to 'fewer words to say more', bill? I know you think you can't write poetry but, as I've said before, your writing is already poetic, so what's the difference? Thought those might be challenging questions for you!! I know you're going to come up with clever answers though....

Hope your 70s continue - it's not bad here either and I'm enjoying more freedom because of it. The sunshine and the hope for a better year mean we can slowly return to our lives, and maybe it's not a bad thing that they are no longer what we used to call 'normal'.

Of course, we mustn't forget those who still have the pandemic at its worst, for example in India. I can't imagine what that's like and I have Rosina (Khan) in mind of course.

May your week be full of sunshine, hope and friendship, bill!


Rochelle Ann De Zoysa from Moratuwa, Sri Lanka on April 19, 2021:

Interesting Sir Billy :) Finally I'm able to comment on your article. I don't know why I couldn't comment on your articles before. Have a blessed week :)

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 19, 2021:

I am pleased for you that you are enjoying your 70-degree day! The lilac-colored rhododendrons are putting on a beautiful show for you and all who gaze their way.

Even though I do not ask you questions, I love reading your answers to people. I would be lost trying to figure out that bean joke. Thus, I agree with your answer regarding colloquialisms in language.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on April 19, 2021:

Another great installment from you Bill. Nowadays I look forward to the next installment of this series so that I can learn something new and exciting. Thanks for this Bill.

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