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Location: Honolulu
Gender: Female
Born: February 15
Interests: family, music-sing, piano, ukelele, art-painting, ceramics, sports, dogs, nature, movies, gardening, cars, traveling
Member: Premier Author
Joined: September 2006

Mahalo (thank you) for visiting Healfromwithin's bio. She lives in Honolulu, Hawaii on the Island of Oahu. She's married and is the mother of three wonderful sons. She loves the family dogs: Xena, the Cupcake Warrior "Cupcake," Download, "Big Handsome" and Cindy Lou Hoo, "Cindy." Besides writing, Healfromwithin has a passion for music (singing, piano, ukulele, harmonica, clarinet), art (drawing, painting, ceramics), sports (watching, playing), nature, the movies, traveling, photography and sports cars.

Healfromwithin writes for adults, young adults and children. Some of HFW's writing includes fictional novels based on actual people or events. Healfromwithin enjoys writing in various styles of poetry. She writes adult fiction, short stories and novels, as well as children's fairy tales, fantasies and storybooks.
Your time and effort to review her work is appreciated. Honest, positive critiques will serve healfromwithin the best to improve her work.

Mahalo, once again, for dropping by.
p.s. The profile photo was taken at Pagoda restaurant in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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healfromwithin: I just posted, "Makani, Aloha 'oe," which is a free-verse poem, in English and Hawaiian languages.

This poem speaks of the wind, first - Makani, as it rushes down the Ko'olau mountains here on Oahu. Building up strength, Makani ua - a windy rain - moves over the islands; and becomes 'ena Makani, a gale-force wind that cuts to the core; then, at last, Makani calms to a dying breeze, whispering farewell, leaving a rainbow in his wake. I wrote this after our valley in Palolo, at the foot of the Ko'olau Mountains, kept company with Makani, Makani ua and 'ena Makani for a couple of weeks.

I hope you enjoy this poem of aloha!
April 20, 2014 at 10:17AM

healfromwithin: Just posted: "Writer's Lament," a funny, quirky poem about a writer who awaits an acceptance letter, only to receive yet another rejection.
September 30, 2011 at 8:29AM

healfromwithin: Some clarifications on The Pantoum: (Writer's Digest article/by Miriam Sagan)

"The basic form of the pantoum is the four-line stanza or quatrain.

1. Write a four line stanza. Highly imagistic or emotional lines work best -
the pantoum is a cut-up; you can't tell a strict story with it.

2. Now let go of your sense of control! Allow the words to take over.

3. The pantoum is based on repetons´┐Ż??repeating lines. Lines 2 & 4 of a stanza become lines 1 & 3 of the next.

4. Complete this stanza by creating the connecting lines.

5. Repeat this pattern indefinitely until the pantoum concludes. For the best effect, go a minimum of five to seven stanzas.

(and so on)

In the final stanza of the pantoum, go back to the beginning. There are two lines that haven't been repeated yet: line 1 and line 3. To close out the poem, make line 3 the second line of the final stanza and use the first line of the pantoum as the end.

When you reach this point, you can always go back and make revisions to fit the needs of your poem. It's important to make this first (and last) line great. You can alter the ending if you like, using a slight variation of line 1.

Another ending option is to put lines 1 and 3 in the order in which they originally appeared and to end the pantoum with line 3. Use whichever works best for you; both methods unify the pantoum and bring it full circle."

Here is a very good site to view:

Here is a classic John Ashbery piece, reprinted on this site:
September 26, 2011 at 7:32PM

healfromwithin: Some clarifications on authentic Tanka:

Tanka poems consist of two stanzas. They have the same syllable format as the Haiku in the first stanza and a summary stanza of two lines, seven syllables each. A Tanka poem has a title.
September 23, 2011 at 5:13AM

healfromwithin: Some clarifications on authentic Senryu:

As in a Haiku poetry, Senryu poems also have no title but are about people, not nature. These poems may contain humor about human nature and have the same syllable pattern as Haiku.
September 23, 2011 at 5:12AM

healfromwithin: Some clarifications on authentic Haiku:

Haiku is a very old form of poetry, which originated in Japan. The poem has a total of seventeen syllables and no title. Haiku poems are usually about things in nature like butterflies, waves, trees, fish or birds. The poet tries to picture a moment in time so that the reader can almost see what is happening. The poems are written in the present tense: must have an action verb, nature as a theme, and be about a particular event (not general). Word or phrase may suggest a season. Lines are usually left open (lines do not rhyme) but may close A-B-A. The syllable/line format is 5-7-5.
September 23, 2011 at 5:10AM

healfromwithin: I'm back after a long time away. I intend to write children's stories, poetry, YA fiction and adult fiction, to start with.

August 23, 2011 at 10:47PM
    Tonulak: If you're willing to share honest critiques with a person who's wanting to grow, I'd appreciate reviews :) Even if they hurt they're needed
    September 17, 2011 at 3:49PM

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