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A-Z Challenge Reflections

“There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it's like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.” ―  Ernest Hemingway Writing a daily blog is both incredibly easy and unbelievably difficult. Easy, because it is fun. Way more fun than expected. Because when you have the right topic, the sentences just flow.  But when you don't, they are a bit more like glue. And by glue, I mean paste.  I'm a perfectionist. I had to learn to let go. I joined days before the challenge began, so didn't have time to learn about the mechanics of creating a better-looking blog. Things like mysterious extra spaces & colors showing up, when they weren't in the original or the font size only showing as HUGE or miniscule . My instinct was to tweak all of these until I got them right, including what I wrote, but I had to learn to post even when it wasn't perfect. Because the point of the challenge was to get something, anythi

What Next?

It was only yesterday that I was saying how relieved I was to be done blogging every day for the yearly  A-Z April challenge .  Lots of people asked if I'd keep the blog going.  My standard response was. "Hmm. I need to think about that. For about a year." It was an awful lot of work. And yet, here I am again. I must be a glutton for punishment. Right? But I had such a great weekend, and it revolved around books and writing, so.... Hawaii's Book and Music Festival This weekend was Honolulu's 11th annual Book & Music Festival. You can always count on this festival for great music & books--new and used (bring your own 5 books to the bookswap to get 5 others), inspiring panels, and live author readings. Luckily it was only a 10 minute drive away, and always has free admission & parking, because I had to dash to the festival between multiple family activities. Over the course of the weekend, I only made it to two panels, a few of