The Brotherhood and Sisterhood of Writers

12 Sep

003And a very Happy Thursday to you all!

Okay, now is where I come clean….I forgot to get a post ready for today.  I am totally unprepared, and since it is actually seven pm Wednesday night, trust me when I say I have no plans on trying to put together sites, contests, tips, quotes and suggestions for you today.

Having said that, I have one quote for you and then I’ll leave you to take care of other business.


When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.
Henri Nouwen

As I was frantically scouring my mind for something to say in this post, friendship came to me in a flash.

My two best friends in the world are Bev and my son, but they are not why I write about friendship today.  Today I want to acknowledge all of you, my online friends and my writing brothers and sisters.

Only you know the struggles that a writer goes through.  Only you can accurately feel the joy when a minor success comes our way.  And only you understand the passion that keeps us going against ridiculous odds.

For almost two years now I have needed you, and I have come to consider many of you very close friends even though we have never met.  I have shared my weaknesses with you. I have shared my triumphs and my fears and my hopes with you, and throughout it all you have been accepting and compassionate and yes, loving.

I am proud to be a part of your community.  Thank you and love to you all.


“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

36 Responses to “The Brotherhood and Sisterhood of Writers”

  1. Janine Huldie September 12, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

    Aww, Bill you are loved too and so very glad we have become friends through writing. Thank you seriously for just being you and know look forward to the daily time to read and share with you each day!!! 🙂

    • Billybuc September 12, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

      Janine, you are a doll and a dear friend. Thank you so much for your friendship.

  2. Shauna September 12, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

    Backatcha, my friend. Your friendship, love and support mean the world to me. You have enriched me as a person and a writer since coming into my life!

    • Billybuc September 12, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

      I am humbled, Sha, and I love you. 🙂

  3. Larry September 12, 2013 at 3:31 pm #

    I hardly consider myself a writer as I am much more of a reader than I am a writer. Have had a few things published in our local paper over time and that gave me much satisfaction. I have though come to truly appreciate you sharing your thoughts with us on different subjects. Hope that we may yet share a drink together at a place I know in Iowa. I think you may like it—- as I know I would love to show you my own Walden Pond if not Mayberry.

    • Billybuc September 12, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

      Larry, a day will come when I’ll pile Bev in the car and we will head out on the open road, and a stop in Iowa is a must. Count on that drink together and I look forward to seeing Walden. Thank you!

  4. Marissa September 12, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

    Lovely post, Bill – even if it was spontaneous. Sometimes when we have little room to plan, we act somehow act more honestly and with more passion. And that certainly came out in this post. Your followers, friends, and colleagues appreciate you so much Bill. You bring an undeniable human essence to any cyber platform you work with. From HubPages, to this blog, to the affirming comments you leave for fellow writers, you bring something to the virtual writing-world that so few have the ability to do. And for that, I will always consider you a special friend.


    • Billybuc September 12, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

      Marissa, somehow you touched my heart early one. I found a very young kindred spirit in you, and I think that is remarkable in this cyber world. Thank you young lady and hugs and smiles to you today and always.

  5. Liz September 12, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

    You’re the best, Billybuckaroo.

    • Billybuc September 12, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

      Lizzy, the same back atcha!

  6. ramblingdon September 12, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

    Well Said! And obviously you are still quick on your “verbal feet”.
    LOL! DON

    • Billybuc September 12, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

      Hey Don, thank you! I couldn’t believe I had forgotten about it. Thankfully I remembered before it was too late. 🙂

      • Randee September 12, 2013 at 6:21 pm #

        At first I thought, “I’ll reply and let him know that we all forgive him for not having a post prepared for today.” But I can’t do that. Because you did put together a post and it’s good one!

  7. Billybuc September 12, 2013 at 6:51 pm #

    Thank you Randee! I appreciate you!

  8. Audrey Howitt September 12, 2013 at 7:46 pm #

    There is a real sense of community in this online world–how’d that happen? You are the best Bill!

    • Billybuc September 12, 2013 at 8:20 pm #

      I don’t know how it happened, Audrey, but I’m very glad that it did. 🙂 I think you’re something special too. Thanks!

  9. ruchira September 12, 2013 at 11:51 pm #

    Like wise Bill.

    Thank you for being around!

    • Billybuc September 12, 2013 at 11:53 pm #

      Ruchira, it is my pleasure. Thank you!

  10. Tillsontitan September 13, 2013 at 12:20 am #

    We are the lucky ones Bill. Your unselfish sharing is what led us to you, your warmth and friendship is what keeps us here! Thank YOU my friend.

    • Billybuc September 13, 2013 at 12:35 am #

      Awww, Mary, that is so sweet of you. Thank you and best wishes to you and your husband.

  11. froggy213 September 13, 2013 at 2:43 am #

    We love you very much too Bill. May you have a great weekend. By the way, you wrote a great story.

    • Billybuc September 13, 2013 at 3:10 am #

      Thank you so much, Greg. My best to you and your lovely wife.

  12. marcoujor September 13, 2013 at 3:17 am #

    This is a beautiful and warm community, of which I am ever so grateful to be part of…Bill, you do a great deal to facilitate our sharing and closeness. Lovely post, thank you!
    Love, Maria

    • Billybuc September 13, 2013 at 3:29 am #

      Maria, I am blown away by the quality of people I have met on HP….and you are a shining example of that wonderful community. Thank you and love to you.


  13. Kelly Umphenour September 13, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

    Bill it’s awesome to have you in my circles:). You have helped me in so many ways you’ll never know.

    • Billybuc September 13, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

      Kelly, I have gained so much from HP, but mostly from people like you…so thank you sincerely.

  14. realhousewife September 13, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

    Reblogged this on realhousewifesl.

  15. suziehq September 15, 2013 at 10:03 am #

    You are such an inspiration but more importantly you are a friend, a buddy one I know I could call on and be welcomed in with open arms and a coffee! I wish I did live near you but one day we will meet, in Italy in Ireland or if i have to get my ass over to you then so be it!! LOL

    • Billybuc September 15, 2013 at 2:46 pm #

      Suzie, that means a great deal to me. Who would have ever thought, growing up, that it would be possible to have dear friends you have never met? Remarkable, eh? Thank you Irish!

  16. Denise Handlon September 15, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    Hi Bill,

    I love your blog page-it’s beautiful. The quote in this blog touches my heart. It is so good to know you and to have a connection in this writer’s community. Thanks for the beautiful words.

    • Billybuc September 15, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

      Thank you so much Denise. Interestingly this blog post is completely different from the normal ones on this site. I’m glad you found this one to become familiar with. Thanks for stopping by my friend.

  17. Melanie Chisnall September 17, 2013 at 12:09 pm #

    And thank you Bill for being part of my life. So glad to have met you and I continue to learn from you all the time! Hope youre having a good week my friend 🙂

    • Billybuc September 17, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

      Mel, you are very welcome, and honestly I miss hearing from you daily…I understand it but I miss it. 🙂 Thanks and have a terrific week.

  18. Dee September 19, 2013 at 5:30 am #

    Bill, you are such an inspiration to many of us. Thank you for helping us understand what life is about: home, family, being positive, helping others. May God bless you richly for your honesty and caring heart. Dianna Mendez

    • Billybuc September 19, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

      Dianna, what sweet words. Thank you so much. I’m laughing right now because the past few days I have been having trouble spelling your name…one n or two??? I can’t seem to keep it straight in my head…two, Bill, two! LOL

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