On This Day in History

10 Jan

003January 10, 2017!

On this day in history, in 1964, the first Beatles album, “Introducing the Beatles,” was introduced in the United States.

On this day in history, the first vinyl record was released, in 1949.

On this day in history, in 1917, Buffalo Bill died.

On this day in history, in 1944, the G.I. Bill of Rights was signed into law.

On this day in history, in 2017, William D. Holland wrote ten more pages on his novel “Shadows Fall On Rosarito.”

GET A GRIP ON REALITY, BILL!

That’s my alter-ego speaking. He speaks to me often.  Sometimes I listen and sometimes I tell him to shut the hell up.

Like today!

So, some pretty cool things happened on this day in history, and then I toss in the latest addition to my latest novel, and where in the world is my head in doing such a thing?

My head is exactly where it should be, thank you very much.

But first…..

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“My mother always told me that as you go through life, no matter what you do, or how you do it, you leave a little footprint, and that’s your legacy.” Jan Brewer
THOUGHT OF THE DAY

One of the very cool things about being a writer, and I mean super ultra-cool, is that our words will be preserved for eternity.  Long after we are gone, let’s say one-hundred years from now, some little girl or boy will stumble across an article or a book we wrote, and they will read it, and in so doing they will be given a gift we sent to them across the expanse of time.

How cool is that?

Now I don’t know about you, but when I give a gift, I want that gift to be perfect . . . and so I write, and I try to improve my craft, so that the next gift I give will be the very best gift I could give at that moment.

My writing is part of my legacy and as such is a very important thing for sure.  It is important to me and your writings should be equally as important to you.

Forget about the naysayers. Forget about the lagging sales of your books.  Forget about the lack of support.

What you are doing is important!

Period!

End of discussion!

TIP OF THE DAY

Improve your craft!  Never stop trying to be better, because when you finish your next piece, and you wrap it up in pretty paper and a bright bow, you want it to be the very best gift possible.

LOOKING FOR AN AGENT?

I highly recommend signing up for Janet Reid’s blog.  You can find it here.  You may not get Janet to sign you up as one of her writers, but her blog is filled with great information.  She shoots from the hip, tells it like it is, and hey, it never hurts to have another contact in this business.

THAT’S ALL FOR TODAY

Remember what I said earlier.  What you are doing is important.  These are troubling times, and more than ever the world needs writers.

Bill

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29 Responses to “On This Day in History”

  1. marlenebertrand January 10, 2017 at 5:48 pm #

    A legacy… that’s a very cool way to think of it.

    • Billybuc January 10, 2017 at 6:08 pm #

      Every word you write, Marlene! Make them count, my friend.

  2. Janine Huldie January 10, 2017 at 5:52 pm #

    Definitely a great day in history and you had me at The Beatles and then sealed it with your accomplishments for the day, as well! Happy Tuesday now, Bill and hope you are staying warm on this cold winter’s day!! 🙂

    • Billybuc January 10, 2017 at 6:08 pm #

      Janine, my fellow Beatle-lover, thanks for always being here and Happy Tuesday to you.

  3. 1authorcygnetbrown January 10, 2017 at 6:59 pm #

    When I read what you said about the Beatles, it reminded me of how I lived across the road from the place where the Beatles vacationed for 3 days here in Missouri. Talk about something that got and kept my creative juices flowing!

    • Billybuc January 10, 2017 at 7:03 pm #

      Wow, very cool, Donna! 3 days in Missouri? That’s a story all by itself.

      • 1authorcygnetbrown January 10, 2017 at 7:07 pm #

        Yep, back during their first tour of the US they stayed at Pigman Ranch outside of a tiny town called Alton Missouri. the ranch is currently being made into a state park

      • Billybuc January 10, 2017 at 8:05 pm #

        Well that’s fascinating, Donna! I didn’t know that.

  4. ericdierker January 10, 2017 at 7:40 pm #

    Bravo dude!

  5. Mike January 11, 2017 at 1:58 am #

    Hi Bill great write – now to listen to the President.

    • Sageleaf January 11, 2017 at 2:26 am #

      Me, too. 🙂

    • Billybuc January 11, 2017 at 2:49 pm #

      I missed the speech, Mike. A little emergency here kept us busy. Sigh! I hear it was a good one. Thanks for taking the time to read this.

  6. Sageleaf January 11, 2017 at 2:25 am #

    Big Bro – I LOVE this day in history. I try to love most days (though some are a little harder, hehe). But I’m proud to know you. All those books and the growing legacy you’re leaving is just incredible. I’m just so in awe of all you do and all the books you’re writing. You’re leaving a great legacy for posterity.

    • Billybuc January 11, 2017 at 2:50 pm #

      Thanks Lil Sis, and thanks for sharing on Twitter. For some reason I can’t log on there or I’d thank you in a Tweet as well. Hugs from Olympia.

  7. Lawrence Hebb January 11, 2017 at 7:49 pm #

    Bill
    Thanks for the encouragement, and the tip, I’ll be off to Janet’s blog in a few minutes.
    I’ve got a quote for you as well, from Graham Greene (via John le Carre)
    ‘Don’t put your pen down today until you know what you’ll be writing tomorrow!’
    Blessings
    Lawrence

    • Billybuc January 11, 2017 at 8:51 pm #

      Lawrence, that quote had me smiling. Thank you for that, my friend.

  8. Dee January 11, 2017 at 11:08 pm #

    Your words always leave me with new and refreshing aspects of writing and life. I was especially inspired by your thoughts on writing: “One of the very cool things about being a writer, and I mean super ultra-cool, is that our words will be preserved for eternity. Long after we are gone, let’s say one-hundred years from now, some little girl or boy will stumble across an article or a book we wrote, and they will read it, and in so doing they will be given a gift we sent to them across the expanse of time.” I hope that my words will inspire others for good long after I’m gone. Have a wonderful week, Bill.

    • Billybuc January 12, 2017 at 2:48 pm #

      Thank you Dee! I believe that strongly. I think we have a responsibility to do the very best we can and then give our gift to those coming after us….I’m glad you liked that.

      Blessings always!

  9. Sarah Potter Writes January 13, 2017 at 4:11 pm #

    You are very wise, Bill. I like the idea of someone reading our words in the future, never mind the sales now. I’ve bookmarked Janet Reid’s blog for info when I start submitting stuff to agents again, which I intend to do with the book I’m contemplating writing next, although it isn’t crime fiction. I agree, the info on Janet’s blog is very useful, especially about query letters.

    • Billybuc January 13, 2017 at 5:14 pm #

      Sarah, thank you! I don’t know about the “wise” compliment, but thank you nonetheless. I’m glad you found Reid’s blog to be helpful. I think it’s always good to know what agents are thinking and looking for.

      Best wishes to you, my talented friend, and Happy Weekend to you!

  10. Christy B January 14, 2017 at 8:03 pm #

    Bill, it was quite the historic day, indeed! Wow, you wrote 10 pages, marvelous! Did you also notice that two other references you made were to Bills? “Bill of Rights” and “Buffalo Bill” ~ SO you are in there for sure 😉 Love you to bits!!

    • Billybuc January 15, 2017 at 5:20 pm #

      Christy, you made me smile. Love you to bits too, my friend. One day we simply have to meet in person.

      Hugs

      bill

      • Christy B January 17, 2017 at 3:55 am #

        Oh Bill yes! I would love to meet you too. Let’s make sure it happens. I know you and Bev would have a wonderful time here. Hugs

      • Billybuc January 17, 2017 at 2:50 pm #

        Hopefully soon, Christy!

  11. phoenix2327 January 23, 2017 at 10:34 am #

    Thanks for this, Bill. Every now and then we need reminding.

    • Billybuc January 23, 2017 at 2:51 pm #

      I think we all do, Zulma! Sometimes this is a very lonely gig.

      That’s why I’m glad I have people like you in my cyber life. 🙂

      • phoenix2327 January 24, 2017 at 3:33 pm #

        Aw shucks…it’s nothing. 🙂

      • Billybuc January 24, 2017 at 3:57 pm #

        I disagree! 🙂 Respectfully, of course.

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