A Simple Thank You

14 Nov

003Happy end of the week!  It’s been pretty cold here, or cold by our normal standards. Certainly nothing like the upper-midwest experienced, but cold enough to have our chickens wondering what the heck is going on.

I’ve been knee-deep in work, as I know many of you have been as well.  I’m at the 75,000 word mark of my new novel, Shadows Kill.  I should be done with the first draft by the end of next week, and then the hard work really begins.

Customers want things now rather than later, so I’m dealing with that as well, and in my spare time I’m taking care of quail, chickens, rabbits, dogs, and a kitten with more energy than all the rest combined.

So that’s my week.

I’m going to do something a little different today. I hope you don’t mind.  I’ll let the quote start things off.


Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.

Ralph Marston

I say this in all honesty….I would not be where I am today if it were not for all of you.  You know who you are.  You are the ones who have stuck by me, loyally, for years.  You  are the ones who have read my articles, purchased my books, and just given words of encouragement when they were needed the most.

I had very little confidence in my writing abilities when I started as a writer three years ago.  Oh, I knew I could write an intelligent sentence, but that’s a far cry from being a writer.  I didn’t know if my voice would be accepted. I didn’t know if others would care about what I had to say.  I knew next to nothing when I joined a writer’s community called HubPages, and honestly, I almost quit after the first week, and if I had quit HP I would have quit writing….because….like all of you, I need acceptance and encouragement.

So all I’m doing today is saying thank you!  My thanks comes from the bottom of this old heart and the depths of this writer’s soul.

Thank you!


“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

20 Responses to “A Simple Thank You”

  1. Janine Huldie November 14, 2014 at 3:59 pm #

    Aww, Bill, I say it often (I think), but still huge thank you to you, as well. Seriously, I feel more then blessed that we are friends and will never be able to say this enough. Have a wonderful Friday (hope it is a bit warmer today) and of course weekend ahead once again!!! 🙂

    • Billybuc November 14, 2014 at 4:07 pm #

      Thank you Janine! I think the world of you and value our friendship. As for warmer….not yet it isn’t. 🙂

  2. Shauna L Bowling November 14, 2014 at 4:17 pm #

    Thank you , too, Bill. You’ve been a wonderful supporter as long as I’ve known you.

    I’d send you some Florida sunshine, but it called in sick today. It’s gray, dreary and the temperature is dropping as the day goes on.

    Have a great weekend and be warm.

    • Billybuc November 14, 2014 at 4:59 pm #

      It’s my pleasure, Sha. Helping good people is really very easy…and it is damned cold here. We weren’t ready for it to turn cold so fast.

  3. Denise Anderson November 14, 2014 at 5:26 pm #

    You are welcome, Bill, and thank you to you, for supporting me in my writing endeavors!

    • Billybuc November 14, 2014 at 5:29 pm #

      Denise, it really is my pleasure….thank you always, and happy weekend to you.

  4. marcoujor November 14, 2014 at 5:51 pm #

    Although I so rarely have a chance to comment on all of my friends’ work, I do enjoy everything you write/ everywhere and had to pop in to say how very much I love a gentleman who remembers to thank his friends.What a sweet group hug, dear Bill!

    • Billybuc November 14, 2014 at 6:14 pm #

      I am a very lucky person, Maria. I adore all of you. You are my extended family and I love you. Thank you dear lady.

  5. shellywyatt70 November 14, 2014 at 6:32 pm #

    You’re welcome, you do amazing things for other writer’s as well. You are an inspiration to so many.

    • Billybuc November 14, 2014 at 6:39 pm #

      Thank you so much, Shelly. I get far more than I give, and that’s a fact.

  6. klsilver November 15, 2014 at 12:58 am #

    Thanks goes to you Bill. You’re an inspiration. Have a great wkendxx

    • Billybuc November 15, 2014 at 1:09 am #

      Thank you, Sis. I feel the same way about you. Happy Weekend to you up north.

  7. ruchira November 15, 2014 at 8:05 pm #

    Well, the gratitude is mutual, Bill 🙂

    I admire you as a writer and as a person, and wish you the best!
    75K is a good amount of words…yeah!!

    • Billybuc November 15, 2014 at 9:38 pm #

      Thank you so much, Ruchira. The respect is mutual my friend.

  8. Melanie Chisnall November 16, 2014 at 5:44 am #

    It’s great to be in a position to write something like this, isn’t it? 🙂 I showed someone HubPages the other day at work and she was so interested in the whole concept of what it’s about – community, article layout, topics, etc. I, too, am SO grateful I stumbled on HP also almost three years ago 😉 It was the building blocks to the start of an awesome writing career. And I’m so grateful that I stumbled upon you over there. Please don’t ever stop writing here – even if it’s only once every two weeks. You inspire so many people to follow their dreams my friend. Keep going! And good luck with the last little push of your book. I can’t wait to see the end result of all that hard work 🙂 Have a great weekend!

    • Billybuc November 16, 2014 at 5:47 am #

      That was a very sweet comment, Mel. Thank you very much. I can’t imagine leaving my friends at HP. You are all why I stay here. It sure isn’t the money. LOL Have a wonderful Sunday my friend.

  9. phoenix2327 November 17, 2014 at 12:37 pm #

    Bill, you are very welcome. And thank you for inspiring, teaching and encouraging us in our chosen craft.

    • Billybuc November 17, 2014 at 2:55 pm #

      It really is my pleasure, Zulma. Thank you and have a wonderful week.

  10. Dee December 1, 2014 at 10:59 pm #

    Bill, your words are encouraging. I am also thankful for having a wonderful friend and professional in the field of writing as an advisor. Blessings!

    • Billybuc December 1, 2014 at 11:03 pm #

      Thank you so much, Dianna. That means a great deal to me.

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