Vibrant to Dull to Vibrant

It’s that time of year, late August, the Dog Days, when colors begin to mute. The vibrant greens dull. The kaleidoscope of flowery pulchritude (ugly word with a beautiful meaning) wanes, deadheads, replaced by seed pods, as boring as a wallflower at the school dance.

But while we mourn the loss of dazzling colors, a subtle change is happening. Fall has her foot in the doorway, and daily she is shifting the color spectrum, in incremental stages, sneaky wench that she is, until one day we awaken to brilliant yellows and oranges and reds, all pretense of change abandoned, the landscape alive with Nature’s best work.

I love the Fall. I love the crisp mornings and even crisper evenings. I love pulling the covers up to my chin, sometime in the middle of the night, and feeling the sense of comfort and protection from that womblike rest. I love the faster pace of my daily walks with the dogs, and the increased production as I work in the yard, sweat no longer pouring down my cheeks, my energy reaching levels not seen since April.

I love the Fall!

And I love the Mailbag. Thanks for stopping by. Let’s find out what other outstanding writers want to know this week.

The Mail Room

The Mail Room

Old Ideas Reborn

From Greg: “I’ll ask another question of you, too, for future reference: ever used an idea you had from 20, 30, 100 years ago, turned it into a novel? I ask for two reasons: 1) I read Bradbury had formulated the ideas for “Something Wicked” for many, many years and didn’t know he’d been building up to that eventuality, and 2) I have some ideas that date all the way back to the mid-80s before I had time to write because my real job was so demanding of my time.”

Greg, congratulations for asking a question never-before asked. And an interesting one it is. My first inclination was to say no, that has never happened to me. I have a couple old ideas stuck in my head, but they have never seen the light of day in any of my writings.

However, in another sense, all of my ideas and practicing and dabbling, dating way back to high school, have found a home in one or several of my novels. I think that is only natural. We writers are a culmination of everything that came before. Portions of what I wrote fifty years ago have become paragraphs in recent works. I’m sure of it. And I’m sure, if you think about it, the same is true for you.

A graveyard of old writing ideas

A graveyard of old writing ideas

Coloring Books

From John: “I remember that you published a couple of adult coloring books, so I am just wondering how successful they were as compared to your novels, and if you are intending to do more?”

I had to laugh when I read this question, John. Easily my most-successful publication was my very first novel, “The 12/59 Shuttle From Yesterday To Today.” By far that had the best sales. A rational man would have stopped right there while he was on top of his sales game. LOL

The coloring books were reasonably successful, considering the lack of effort I put into them with marketing. I still believe to this day that I would have sold quite a few of them if I had put any effort into their marketing. I still think they would be successful now if I started up with them again. They were well-received and they are timeless. I highly-recommend trying it if you have an inclination to do so.

Well-Rounded Characters

From Denise: “Thanks for tackling my question. I think I must have put in too many questions. But what I really wanted to know was how to give the characters a more well-rounded personality. The heroine can't be all good and the bad guy can't be all bad, can he? How can you give a bad guy good overtones? Is it sympathy? Make him come from a broken home or abuse or something? How would you do it?”

Sorry for the misunderstanding, Denise. I get it now.

I think the #1 approach to your dilemma is to constantly be aware of it. There is no specific trick to making characters well-rounded, other than the awareness that we are all well-rounded simply because we are functioning human beings. There is depth in each of us, and I always try to remember that when I create a character.

I think about Hannibal Lecter when I think of your question. That literary character was a monster, but he was also likeable in a very strange way, and I applaud the author for walking that tightrope and achieving that mix.

I had a murderous couple in one of my Shadow novels, but that couple adored their daughter, and that right there made them somewhat likeable.

These people have depth. Your characters must have depth as well.

These people have depth. Your characters must have depth as well.

A Writer’s Moral Responsibility

From Mel: “So, in your highly respected opinion, does a serious writer have a responsibility to get involved in the issues of his or her day, or does the label of fiction automatically preclude one from any moral responsibility?”

I had to think about this one for several days, Mel. It’s a great question, buddy, and you made me dig down for an answer.

I don’t think writers have a moral responsibility to get involved in issues. That’s just my opinion. Fiction is not, by definition, in any way related to social or political issues. It is storytelling, plain and simple.

Having said that, as a writer of fiction, I can’t conceive of not interjecting my beliefs into a novel. I do it all the time in my novels. It’s one reason why I write in first person most of the time, because it gives me the ability to speak about current affairs through my characters.

Do I have a responsibility to do that? No, but I can’t imagine not doing it.

Happy Endings

From Lora: “I have a question for you. I’ve read many books which the author did a good job in creating believable characters and an interesting story but then when I get to the end of the story, I’m very disappointed by the ending. I feel almost cheated by the way that the story ends and wish that I had never read the book. Do you have suggestions as to what a writer should do to write a satisfactory ending so that the reader doesn’t feel as if he has wasted his time in reading their story?”

Oh boy! You really hit on one of my pet peeves with this one, Lora. I’ve had that happen more often than I want to think about, and I’m always left with a feeling of being cheated.

I think a writer has a responsibility to his/her readers to keep their needs in mind. If a writer is not selling their novels, that’s one thing, but once they put their novels up for sale, and ask people to spend money on those novels, I think the responsibility kicks in, don’t you? I’m always aware of that as I write a novel. I always ask myself whether my readers will like a particular twist in the story. I always wonder if they are going to be happy with the ending. I owe that to them because they are spending money on my novel. If I want complete freedom, separate from the needs of the reading public, then I should either not sell my novels or I should print a warning at the very beginning, something like “I don’t give a damn what you think of this novel; I wrote it for me alone.”

Suggestions? Just keep your readers in mind while you write. Anyone selling a product has a responsibility, I believe, to do that.

Happy Dog Days to You

It’s the human imagination which leads us to say that time is moving by quickly, for time moves at the same pace it has always moved since we began measuring it, but that is the way it seems as summer wanes, and we all think of the cold, obsidian months of winter. This is the last week of August, and that seems unbelievable and unacceptable at the same time. I’m not ready for Fall or Winter. I want just a bit more warmth, a bit more sunshine, and a bit more restorative relief before my bones cry out for shelter from the weeping heavens.

The Rolling Stones said it best: you can’t always get what you want!

Have a fabulous week! If you have a question for the Mailbag, include it in the comments below, or email it to me at holland1145@yahoo.com and I’ll include your question in next week’s Mailbag. And hey, if you just want to email me, and strike up a “conversation,” I’m down with that as well.

2021 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

Comments

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on September 07, 2021:

LOL Flourish, believe me, we are thinking a lot about that. We have to find a way to get those dogs out for long walks minus me. I think a neighborhood teenager might be able to do it.

FlourishAnyway from USA on September 06, 2021:

I’d hate to be there when you break this surgery news to your dogs and they realize the implications for them and your walks together.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on September 06, 2021:

I'm with you all the way on that, Mel. I think you are absolutely correct. That is how it should be approached by a writer of novels. Preaching reminds me of falling asleep during sermons when I was a kid in Catholic Church. I never want my writing to have the same effect on people.

Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on September 04, 2021:

At last I found your mailbag on my feed. Sorry for the delay in responding. I appreciate your addressing my question, and I also agree that a writer is not obligated, but still cannot avoid addressing issues of morality. Doing so overtly, however, can come across as preachy to a reader who only wants a good story. I remember a book called The Poisonwood Bible that turned me off exactly for this reason, it was way too preachy. I think it is better to address right and wrong through the actions, or inactions, of a story's characters, then let the readers make up their minds for themselves. Great mailbag.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on September 02, 2021:

Bill, coloring books have seen a huge resurgence the last five years or so, and the increase is due to adults buying them. Who could have ever seen that coming, right? Happy September to you, my friend.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on September 02, 2021:

Thank you, Linda! Happy Autumn to you, my friend.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on September 02, 2021:

I will leave them to you, Manatita. The last thing I need is to watch 55 episodes of subtitled television. I'm afraid Bev would have me committed. lol

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on September 01, 2021:

Hi Bill. Thought I commented on this one, but I might also be losing my mind. I am very much looking forward to Fall, easily my favorite season. We’ve missed Fall the last few years being in Florida caring for in-laws so I’m very much looking forward to the next few months.

I never realized that coloring books was such a big market. Not sure why that surprises me, but it does. Greta Mailbag, have a wonderful week.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on September 01, 2021:

I always enjoy reading your mailbag articles, but some are especially interesting. This is one of them. Happy autumn, Bill!

manatita44 from london on September 01, 2021:

The soaps takes days to watch! They are usually 55 episodes of about 45 minutes each. Yet their plots are rich, intriguing ... one of their favourites is making people seem to die, only for them to re-appear much later in the film with infinitely more virtues.

Haha. But yes, they are in subtitles and takes time to watch. They are the Ming and older Dynasty styles, that's why I like them.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on September 01, 2021:

Manatita, I don't think I've ever seen a Chinese movie, come to think of it. I'll have to take your word for it. I hate subtitles. LOL Loved the Manson movies. Couldn't get enough of them. My guilty secret.

Peace be with you, my friend!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on September 01, 2021:

Thank you Venkatachari M, and I hope you are enjoying the changing of the seasons as much as I am.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on September 01, 2021:

Only one, Peg? My goodness, you read good books. I'm sure I can think of quite a few. Oh well, the bad ones make the good ones look all the more better, don't they?

manatita44 from london on September 01, 2021:

My brother, I hope that before long, the rose-pink leaves of Fall, kiss your cheeks, the light zephyrs bring solace to your a soul, crying for relief from the intense heat. You'll watch the cascading magenta foliage, dance in the memory of your romanticism and awe-inspiring trips with Bev; play with the resonance of running brooks.

I love Chinese movies and can't get enough. The plots are very intricate and the protagonists mostly start with a simple and dull life. That is, until they fall of a cliff and somehow survives. They find a wise man , book, characters or parchment in a cave which helps them immensely as the story unfolds.

Others have a sort of license to kill, like James Bond, or Bruce Lee; Bruce Willis and Stephen Seagal. They go for the bad guys, but break a few rules along the way, like Manson in the Vigilante or Eastwood in Unforgiven. Hope this helps. Pax Vorbiscum!

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on September 01, 2021:

Very interesting mailbag. Some unique questions have been asked here. I liked your replies to them. The questions about titles and happy endings are nice to be pondered upon.

And, your revelations on the seasonal changes are very good. I also witness and enjoy these nature's beauties.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on August 31, 2021:

I particularly liked the question about happy endings. It does seem the responsible thing for the author to make the reader happy. However, for some, who write for catharsis, sometimes the story doesn't have a happily ever after. Despite that, I can only think of one book that I wish I'd never read. As always, you provide food for thought in these mailbags. Thank you.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 31, 2021:

Thank you for your thoughts, Vidya. I love hearing what others are thinking and what is happening in their lives.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 31, 2021:

Thanks so much, Brenda. I appreciate your thoughts on all of these questions. I learn so much from writers like you and others here on HP. I think that's what makes this site so special.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 31, 2021:

MIzB, I eagerly await that book. The Girl Who Refused To Buy A New Coat. LOL maybe it would make a better children's book, eh? Sounds like a best-seller to me, my friend. I say write it!

Have a great week! Bev started a fire in the woodstove this morning. Yep, Fall is here!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 31, 2021:

Thanks for your input, John. I appreciate your thoughts. It's still hard for me to imagine our fall being your spring. LOL That just doesn't seem logical, even though I completely understand why it happens.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 31, 2021:

Thank you Heidi! I agree with you about moral responsibility. I can't imagine not letting my feelings known through my characters, but I am under no obligation to do so.

Stay cool and hope for a change in the weather soon.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 31, 2021:

Mr. Happy, as always, you have given me something to think about. The well-rounded reference has more to do with the fact that human beings are so complicated by our very nature. There are so many experiences which go into making our nature and dictating our actions. In that context, no one is simple and everyone has rounded edges, don't you think?

Thanks for the question. I love it, and I'll do it justice next Monday.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 31, 2021:

Thank you Alyssa! I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 31, 2021:

Have fun, Linda! Better you than me. :)

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 31, 2021:

Peggy, I can't imagine the misery those people are experiencing right now, but then I can't imagine living in Louisiana during any season. lol I was there once, a volunteer reading program, and although it was a fascinating experience, the heat and humidity were oppressive.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 31, 2021:

Denise, this is such a great question. I actually have some pretty strong opinions about this, so stay tuned. I feel a rant coming on. lol

Blessings always

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 31, 2021:

Thank you Mary! I don't know about wise, but I thank you nonetheless.

VIDYA D SAGAR on August 30, 2021:

An interesting and informative mailbag Bill. I agree with you that fictional writing is pure story telling but adding one or two moral values would be great. Since writers can be instruments of change in society. I like surprise endings too but it all depends on the story. I love fall too. Colorful nature at her best. Have a great fall Bill.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on August 30, 2021:

Bill

I do love pulling those covers up & feeling a bit comforted, but I am in no way ready for Winter.

Fall...that's not too bad. I actually love the temperature's not being too hot. It's kinda the perfect weather.

The trees changing colors is one delicate painting I enjoy.

I even drive around to see the colors but thankfully none of this has happened yet.

Our temperatures are cooler this week, but the mugginess remains.

Fortunately this too will end as we get the remnants of the hurricane later this week.

I do have snippets of past work that I put into new poetry or revive as new stories.

I honestly do put some of my own beliefs into my work.

Sometimes it's only observations, while other times it's learned experience.

As always I love the mailbag.

Take care.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on August 30, 2021:

Very good questions this week, Bill, and I agreed with your answers -- all of them. Lora's question, my pet peeve is when I read a long book, page after page of intricate details and I'm anticipating the ending. Then all of a sudden in the last chapter, the end I've anticipated for so long is truncated into an unsatisfying speed read. THAT makes me wish I'd never picked up the darned thing. Even if the ending isn't to my liking (ex. the protagonist loses the girl or dies) I am the reader. Good or bad, I deserve a well-written ending!

On another note, I read a book recently in which the author accounted for every major character and some of the secondary characters. It was almost too much, but I appreciated his/her efforts. Wish I could remember who that was.

I'm not fond of fall, probably because it is the prelude to winter. I wish I could live in the tropics -- or the rainforest. When I was young, I wouldn't buy a new coat. I wore the same wool coat my parents bought me when I was 12 until my mother-in-law bought me a new one 10 years later. Come to think of it, there's a piece of fiction there: The Girl Who Refused to Buy a New Coat.

We aren't feeling any nips here yet. Have a good rest of the week, my friend.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on August 30, 2021:

Bill, as you move into Fall, Spring jumps gently upon us here in Australia. I love both of these seasons. Thank you for answering my question about the coloring books. I had read awhile back were adult coloring books were among the highest selling books on the shelves, so I wondered if it was just the new-fad factor or if it was ongoing. Yes, I guess marketing would matter.

All the questions were great this week. I have also been cheated by bad endings in novels more than once. As for Greg’s question, I had a few short stories and poetry from my teenage and young adult years that never saw the light of day until I joined HubPages and I polished them up a little and published them here.

Anyway, have a great week.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on August 30, 2021:

I love fall, too. It's been a brutal week or two here in Chicago with temps in the 90s. But it's inching closer to bearable. And I also love that I'm in the Mailbag on Monday!

Re: Everything Old is New Again? I think we have a lot brewing in the background, sometimes for many years. The trick is evaluating whether it's time to let go, and why you may not be letting go.

Re: Coloring Books. You probably saw I've also become a "coloring book artist" in 2021. Here's what I've learned. Sales have pretty much met my expectations, though I'd always like to have more. I've run some ads on Amazon for them, and I sold about half of them that way. It's also opened up a new self publishing avenue and new connections. So it's still an adventure, but I plan to do it again.

Re: Moral Responsibility. Nope, no obligation to dive into the issues of the day with your writing or on social. There's also the danger of alienating your audience if you make some gaffes. And the winds of public sentiment are always changing. Unless your mission is getting in the thick of these things, I say stay out of it.

And with that I'll just wish you a wonderful last week of August and first week of September!

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on August 30, 2021:

"Fall has her foot in the doorway" - Noooo!!! I refuse!!! Haha!!

"A rational man would have stopped right there while he was on top of his sales game" - I find that often-times, artists have one great piece of work and the rest just never seem to make it to that level of excellence. It's like when You have a great movie and then, someone decides to ruin it by making a sequel. What do You think about the one great piece of work followed by mediocrity as a generalizing rule lol (I'm over-simplifying things here)?

"the awareness that we are all well-rounded simply because we are functioning human beings" - Not everyone is well rounded. Haha!! I know someone right here who ventures into extremes quite often. Then, I have come across some very rigid type of people. I remember working security with a K-9 Unit like twenty years ago and one guy I worked with, I used to call "robo-cop". The guy didn't take breaks. He didn't talk much. He was acting like being a security guard for four buildings in Toronto, was like we were in Afghanistan. Haha!! So, some people are just strange. "People are strange ..." - The Doors.

"Do I have a responsibility to do that?" - So what if any responsibilities does a writer who lives in a society have? As supposed to being the Uni-bomber living all alone in the forest writing all sorts of crazy things.

"I always wonder if they are going to be happy with the ending." - I don't know about this. I prefer You to do your thing as an artist and if I like your Being then, I like your Being/work. You do not have to Be/work in a certain way for me to like You. I think that would be ... oppressing in a way, or limiting, or at least not honest. It's like abstract art - I do not like any of it but does that mean that there should be no abstract art? I have read many books and seen many movies where I did not like the ending but others like them so ... to each their own: that's art for me.

"This is the last week of August, and that seems unbelievable and unacceptable at the same time." - Yes, yes, yes!!! I am not done with the summer!! It was either horribly hot, or horribly wet. I barely got out to the forest : (

And now I am about to demolish the main bathroom for renovations. I need more time!!! lolol

Okay, thanks for the thoughts. You have yourself a great week ahead and wish me luck please. Will need it lol Cheers!

Alyssa from Ohio on August 30, 2021:

Happy Monday Bill! Have a wonderful week!

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on August 30, 2021:

A very unusual Mailbag this time Bill. Thanks for the entertainment; I'm on jury duty and spending a whole lot of time waiting

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 30, 2021:

The questions and your answers are always informative. As to the season of fall, it is something we look forward to experiencing here in the south. We know that cooler days lie ahead of us. It is almost noon here in Houston. The actual temperature is 90, but the feel-like temperature is over 100 degrees. I intended to plant a few more flowers today, but it can wait a while longer. If we are lucky, our overnight lows are in the upper 70s.

I am thinking of all the people without electricity in Louisiana today after the category 4 hurricane blasted its way through their home sites. It is hot and humid there as well. Dealing with the aftermath of destruction in sizzling temperatures makes it even worse.

Enjoy your crisp fall days. I hope you get some much-needed rain.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on August 30, 2021:

As always, thanks for answering my question. I appreciate it. I have another question for you. This may be a hard one. My husband and I were watching an old episode of Family Affair (do remember that show) where Buffy and Jody have nightmares because Mr French read them some Fairy Tales about trolls, witches, and ogres. Well, I remember hearing those stories as a child and I don't remember having nightmares about them. I had more nightmares about the realities of life (fire and burglars). Do you think fairy tales are dumbed down too much today? I do change the ending of some to keep the more gruesome parts hidden. Is that wrong? Do our young people today have less fortitude than kids used to? Should fairy tales be banned? As someone who does illustrations for fairy tales, I always wonder if they are still relevant.

Blessings,

Denise

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on August 30, 2021:

I love the questions this time as I do puzzle at those, too. You are a wise man. Your answers calmed my puzzled mind.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 30, 2021:

Thank you Mar! I appreciate you stopping by.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 30, 2021:

Coffee and fritters, Misbah? That sounds like a lovely way to spend some time. Thank you for sharing it with me.

We haven't had rain for 75 straight days. It is so unusual, my friend. Things are changing and not for the better, I'm afraid, not with the weather at least.

Take care and have a wonderful week, and blessings always.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 30, 2021:

Thank you Chitrangada Sharan. I appreciate you more than you probably know. Have a wonderful week ahead!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 30, 2021:

I don't know how you do it, Sha! It takes a special mindset to live in a hurricane area, one I do not possess. lol Good luck the rest of the month. Let's hope this season ends sooner rather than later. And, as always, thanks for your input on writing.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 30, 2021:

Rosina, you are lucky. I can already feel winter later at nigh and early mornings. The chill in the air is unmistakable.

Thank you as always, and Happy Monday to you.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 30, 2021:

Thank you Pamela. Truth be told, I can't imagine living somewhere like Florida when Fall is approaching. I would miss the colors so much.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 30, 2021:

I'm with you on that, Flourish! STOP THE MUSH NOW! And Happy Fall to you, my friend.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 30, 2021:

Thanks for the question, Ravi! I'll have an answer for you on Monday.

Mar from United Arab Emirates on August 30, 2021:

Great

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on August 30, 2021:

Hello, Mr. Bill. As usual, I enjoyed reading the mailbag. You had a lot of questions in the mailbag this time. All of the questions were intriguing, and your responses were excellent as always.

I love the season of autumn because I enjoy walking on the crisp leaves and I like hearing the noise they make. That sound is extremely pleasurable, and I have no idea why. Do you know why?

It has only rained twice this summer. Finally, It's raining again today, and I'm grateful to God for that. This year's summer was exceptionally hot.

Today, while sitting on my terrace with a cup of coffee and some fritters, I'm writing you this comment. I am happy today. :)

Thank you for reminding us to enjoy life to the fullest. I wish you a wonderful Monday and a great week ahead. Take care and have fun!

Blessings always!!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on August 30, 2021:

Happy Monday Bill!

Thank you for sharing another set of thoughtful questions and your insightful answers. I found all of them helpful, with special mention to Lora’s question and your answer.

I loved reading your introductory paragraph, very well expressed. Seasons change, and Change is the only constant.

Thank you for sharing this. Have a wonderful week ahead.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on August 30, 2021:

Great mailbag this week, Bill. As far as endings, I prefer to be surprised. I don't want to see what's coming, although often I think I know how the story will end. Surprise me. Kick me in the ass and make me say, "Wow! I didn't see that coming!" Those are the stories/novels that impel me to read more of what the author has to offer.

Happy Fall, Bill! We're pretty much one note here, although the humidity levels drop in the Fall. On the downside, September and October are the height of hurricane season. We kind of go through those months with fingers and toes crossed.

Rosina S Khan on August 30, 2021:

I loved this mailbag with wonderful questions and great answers. I too liked Lora's question and your interesting answer. Good endings to a story always pay off.

I liked what The Rolling Stones said: you can’t always get what you want!

We are lucky in our part of the world because winter doesn't hit until December or even January.

Happy Monday, Bill. Hope all is well with you.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 30, 2021:

This is a great mailbag due to the variety of questions. I like Lora's question and your answer. I want a good ending when I read a story.

I like autumn. I use to always try to travel north as the variety of colorful trees is so beautiful. I especially love the mountains.

Thanks for a interesting mailbag. Have a wonderful week!

FlourishAnyway from USA on August 30, 2021:

I think there must be a balance between sappy happy endings and horrible dismal endings because life is usually a mixed bag. I feel especially cheated by the sappy endings because anyone can write that mush. The complex middle ground is the good stuff. Happy Fall, Bill!

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on August 30, 2021:

Thanks for another installment of wonderful thoughts and pondering that gives plenty of food to think. One question Bill, you have been a master in weaving brilliant characters, did you ever genuinely hate any character created by you ?

Thanks for another wonderful writer's mailbag.

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