Quell the Quest

Quell the urge to fight against the hours;
Relent, give in, admit defeat – move on.
Such is life, and there are worthier pursuits –
Truer aims, more meaningful challenges
Ubiquitous —
Vanquish those.
Waste not one precious moment
Xerescaping the page. Say to what grows in imagination,
Yes!” Embrace the strange, exotic, foreign fruit – wring out its
Zest for Life, and live.


And with that, I close out this year’s A to Z Challenge. I thought I could do it, but I grew tired of the theme – which is weird, since I never got to V (we all know what that #bucketlist item is, by now, anyway – right?). I’m ready to move on and enjoy the OWFI conference! Next year, I’m stealing Nick Wilford’s idea.


[UPDATE: Why wait for next year to steal Nick’s idea when I can sign up to write a Story a Day in May? I’m an idiot.]




Holly Jahangiri is the author of Trockle; A Puppy, Not a Guppy; Innocents & Demons; and A New Leaf for Lyle. You can find her books on Amazon at For more information on her children's books, please visit

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11 Responses to “Quell the Quest”

  1. sanjoy

    Your subject wasn’t all that easy
    sanjoy recently posted…Nepal, You Will Stand Tall Again!My Profile

    • You’re right! I’d thought it would be – there are a million things I want to do and experience, but I put conditions on them: They had to be interesting enough to blog about; they had to be fairly specific; they had to be something I really felt somewhat driven to do before I die; they had to be something reasonably attainable – something I wouldn’t go, “Well, that’s a nice idea, but in reality, it’ll never happen.” So, you know, things like “Fly to Mars,” while interesting, isn’t really something I want to do and isn’t even remotely attainable. It did turn out harder than I’d imagined it would be!

    • I have to add, though, that that’s a good thing – I did a lot of thinking, and really, I am grateful for all the experiences I’ve been fortunate enough to have, up to this point – and honestly don’t feel there’s anything tragically missing from my life. Anyone who can say that is pretty fortunate, indeed.

  2. Pierre Laberge

    Good one. pml

  3. Rummuser says:

    Clever, very clever.
    Rummuser recently posted…Synesthesia.My Profile

  4. DoD says:

    lol. What happened to “U”?

  5. Wonderful way to finish by saying I don’t want to finish this. I am going to use that in my summary and mention you.
    Rasheed Hooda recently posted…Z is for ZeroesMy Profile

  6. Rachel

    Yay, you did it! What about U?
    Rachel recently posted…Friday Fictioneers – Making Ends MeetMy Profile


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