Friday, April 29, 2016


For this year's challenge, my theme is The Fun in Writing. Each of my 26 posts for April is aimed at
illustrating fun parts of an author's day. A writer doesn't only write.
Creating a story or an essay requires research, revision, editing, and lots and lots of coffee and chocolate.


Thank you to all my fellow A to Z'ers for sharing this month of April, offering your thoughts for me to read and reading the thoughts I put forth. A special thank you to the people who planned and executed this year's April A to Z Challenge. The amount of work involved is immeasurable.
Although posting 26 times in one month has its drawbacks, the fun of feeling so productive is another reason I find such joy in writing on a daily basis. I have chosen my path, one filled with simple pleasures. In this, I have made my own destiny.
May you always have control of your destiny.
Keep looking up, and reach for the sky!
Following are two prose poems from my Renshi-style poetry collection.
Both reflect my thoughts about destiny and how a person must take control of their own life.
Strength to Live 

Desire, Strength, Commitment
three separate paths
toward achieving success* 

Each path demands dedication
a lifetime of living
no distractions along the way 

Time is so short, even
dreaming must have purpose
when each day brings new challenges 

Hurdles appear insurmountable
as age takes its toll, leaving
destiny to mold and shape itself.
*The true meaning of success is in the minds’ eye of the beholder.

Molding Destiny

A fallacy,
both the molding
and the destiny
The master plan
includes free will,
without restriction
No ending
is pre-arranged
by calendar month:
Play here
Marry over there
Die on schedule
Rather: follow
what your heart
beats in time.
*****  *****
May your zest for life never diminish in power or enthusiasm.




  1. Lovely sentiment. Congratulations on making it to Z and completing the challenge. Now, time for some rest.
    Mary at Play off the Page

    1. Wish the resting part was true, Mary. Have a novel to publish, a two-day book festival to attend, and ...
      But I won't be blogging everyday, so it will feel like a bit of a rest. Thank you for visiting today and congrats to you, also.

  2. That's beautiful. Congrats on finishing your A2Z this year. Hope to see you again soon :)

    1. Thank you, Jemima. Look forward to visiting your site more in the future also.

  3. Nice, Gail! Hey. I'm in Hawaii, too (Honolulu). Also a former Sister in Crime. ;-)
    Just got back from the Book & Music Festival, did you go? I liked your Molding Destiny poem vey much. Here's to "following what your heart beats in time!"

    1. You should have stopped at our Sisters in Crime/Hawaii booth and said "howzit"!! We're there again tomorrow 10-5.

      Do you happen to know Haunani?

  4. Congratulations on completing the challenge!
    @ScarlettBraden from
    Frankly Scarlett

  5. Congrats on beating the challenge. It was fun reading your posts.

  6. Congratulations on completing the challenge, Gail!
    I think this challenge is a big commitment, it is hard work, but it's so worth it. I met so many new friends, I stumbled upon so many good blogs. I learned quite a new things.
    And I think you touched upon this pleasure of sharing and produsing something new with your posts.
    Thanks so much for sharing :-)

  7. Congrats, Gail!
    I enjoyed visiting you throughout the challenge~ You
    reminded me of some wonderful memories-thank you~

  8. Thanks, Patricia, Sarah, and Ella. I was completed entertained by your posts as well and will continue to visit your sites throughout the year.
    Aloha, and thank you for visiting for this final A to Z Post for 2016 ... other than the reflections post next week, that is.

  9. Congrats on finishing, and good luck with your writing :)


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