Writing In A World That Constantly Changes

3 Dec

003And a very Happy Tuesday once again.  I trust your weekend was rewarding, and I hope it was filled with love.

Are you a pitchman for your writing? Or a pitchwoman of course….well, are you?

One of the adventures I am kicking around is reading to high school writing classes.  I’m waiting for Christmas vacation to come and go and then I think I’ll give it a whirl.  Why you may ask?

Because I am building my writing platform one brick at a time. In order to be recognized as a writer and author I need to get out in public and offer up my works for critique.  Since I have taught school before, I thought this would be a great venue for me….so what the heck, right? What’s the worst thing that can happen to me?


The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.
Mark Zuckerberg

Of course, that guy is worth a couple billion dollars, so his risk days are behind him, but still, I agree with the sentiment.  If you are just writing for your own enjoyment then ignore this stuff about taking risks. If, however, you have big holy shit dreams, then you need to stick your neck on the professional chopping block and take a chance sooner or later.


A few friends asked me to contribute to a new book titled “Mysterious and Miraculous Book II”….70% of the proceeds go to helping homeless veterans, and it is on sale now for $4.99.  Buy a copy for yourself, or spread the love for Christmas gifts.  You can find it here.


My dear friend Liz Davis has her thing going on at Bubblews. Now I don’t normally promote Bubblews, but I will promote Lizzy.  Take a look at her brownie recipe here, and if you  want to see her writing talents in full display, check out this moving and touching article on HubPages called “The Day I Killed My Mother.”


The Ladies Home Journal is having an essay contest with $3,000 for a first prize…and the best part is that there is no entry fee.  Go here for submission information.



Give me 200 words on this one if you can…and if you will.


No? Well then I’m outta here.  Have a great week and I’ll catch you down the pike on Thursday.  Don’t forget to check out that book for charity please.  Five bucks…great deal….and some pretty talented writers are in it. J


“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”



14 Responses to “Writing In A World That Constantly Changes”

  1. Liz December 3, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

    Thanks for the shout-out, Papa Bill. Reading to high school writing classes would be awesome. As far as the worst thing that could happen in a high school? Don’t ask questions you don’t want the answers to. 😀

    • Billybucb December 3, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

      LOL…Lizzy, you are very welcome. As for high school, nothing could be worse than the day I wrote orgasms on the board instead of organisms. 🙂

  2. Shauna L Bowling December 3, 2013 at 6:46 pm #

    You amaze me. I don’t know how you do all you do and still have a life. I wish you all the best on your reading venture. It sounds like a part of you misses the classroom!

    • Billybucb December 3, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

      Sha, I’m just a very focused and organized person. Always been like that…well, except when I was drinking of course. 🙂 Thank you and yes, a part of me misses the classroom.

      • Shauna L Bowling December 3, 2013 at 7:02 pm #

        I was organized to a fault until I became a writer. What’s up with that?

      • Billybucb December 3, 2013 at 7:42 pm #

        LOL..no idea, Sha!

  3. froggy213 December 3, 2013 at 9:11 pm #

    Sounds like an excellent idea doing readings. I need to work on my marketing skills.
    Great post Bill. have a great day.

    • Billybucb December 3, 2013 at 9:21 pm #

      Thanks Greg. I’m kind of excited about working with kids again. 🙂 I appreciate you stopping by and I hope your day was a good one.

  4. ruchira December 4, 2013 at 12:30 am #

    Mark has his own way to take risks while we have our own strategies up our sleeves 🙂

    I will get that book Bill 🙂
    Charity at each step can be helpful..thanks!

    • Billybucb December 4, 2013 at 1:32 am #

      It can indeed, Ruchira. Thank you always.

  5. Kelly Umphenour December 4, 2013 at 1:43 am #

    Hey Bill…good luck if you do go to school! I am all for that. I’ve taken classes for different things at my local community colleges…cheap and fun!

    I did read “The Day I Killed My Mom”…very sad piece but very moving as well.

    I’ll check out the brownies for sure! Mmm

    • Billybucb December 4, 2013 at 1:47 am #

      Thanks Kelly. You are a doll and I mean that in the nicest sense of the word.

  6. Melanie Chisnall December 4, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

    That’s a great idea Bill! You’ve got the experience teaching and you’re a writer, so yes… indeed, why not?! Looks like 2014 is going to be a good year for you 🙂

    • Billybucb December 4, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

      Thanks Mel. The thing is…every single day is great if I allow it to be…and I know you understand that.

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