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Tips on Writing a Short-Short Story

The short-short story has been likened by some as being closer to writing a poem than a story. And that makes sense—every word has to be packed with power; every line has to move the story along.
Here are some tips to help you make every word count.
The opening paragraph is the most important one in a short story. Use it to hook your readers and draw them into the ongoing drama of your story.In the opening lines, you have to do the following:Set the sceneIntroduce the main characterReveal the main character’s mood, approximate age, his/her goal or problemShow that something interesting is about to happenBegin with a character and let this person take you where they want to go—then when the story is written, edit, shape and tighten your prose.Decide whose story this is. Choose one viewpoint and stick to it.Don’t force your characters to speak words that sound out of character or engage in actions that don’t suit their personality. Avoid detailed descriptions of setting—give the reader a …

Informational Interviweing

What is it?
It is not an interview for a position. The purpose of an informational interview is to help you define your career options. It is also useful in researching companies where you may want to work. It is a meeting of usually 15 to 30 minutes with a person who has hands-on experience in the area you want to know more about.
To gain solid information that will help you evaluate how your skills and interests dovetail with a particular career or business.To learn what the industry or company values in its employees.To increase your network by leaving a positive impression with someone who could provide encouragement, support, and future access to job leads.To find out whether jobs are available in the field or business you want to enter.Whom to contact:Everyone you know. Ask, "Do you know anyone who works for General Mills?" "Do you know anyone in a nonprofit organization?" "Do you know anyone who does freelance writing?" Then once you have …

Feature on a person


1. Describe the lead of the article. How are most readers likely to react to this introduction to the article? What, if any, curiosities will this lead help to arose? 2. A lead in afeature article of this type can help provide focus (or angle) ona particular aspect of aperson's life. Does this lead accomplish this? 3. Afeatureonaperson often serves to highlight and explain the specialness or uniqueness of a particular person's life. What special or unique aspects of the subject is featured. 4. Feature article about people generally incorporate many direct quotes from featured persons themselves. As a result, the reader has a sense of having spoken with the person him or herself. The quotes generally serve to reveal the person's specific thoughts or feelings, often kind of thoughts of feelings that people may not reveal to strangers in casual conversation. The quotes help to know personon deeper level. 5. This type of feature often includes description or con…

Two kids of Intelligence

There are two kinds of intelligence: One acquired,
as a child in school memorizes facts and concepts from book sand from what the teacher says, collection information from the traditional sciences as well as from the new sciences.
With such intelligence you rise in the world. You get ranked ahead or behind others in regard to your competence in retaining information. You stroll with this intelligence in and ou to fields of knowledge, getting always more marks on your preserving tablets.
There is another kind of tablet, one already completed and preserved inside you. A spring overflowing its springbox. A freshness in the center of the chest. This other intelligence does not turn yellow or stagnate. Its fluid, and it doesn't move from outside to inside through the conduits of plumbing-learning.
This second knowing is fountainhead from within you, moving out.
The Essential Rumi Transalation by Coleman Banks with John Moyne

A contemporary fable Upstream/Downstream

It was many years ago that villagers in Downstream recall spotting the first body in the river. Some old timers remember how spartan were the facilities and procedures for managing that sort of thing. Sometimes, they say, it would take hours to pull 10 people from the river, and even then only a few would survive. Though the number of victims in the river has increased greatly in recent years, the good folks of Downstream have responded admirably to the challenge. Their rescue system is clearly second to none: most people discovered in the swirling waters are reached within 20 minutes -- many in less than 10. Only a small number drown each day before help arrives -- a big improvement from the way it used to be. Talk to the people of Downstream and they'll speak with pride about the new hospital by the edge of the waters, the flotilla of rescue boats ready for service at a moment's notice, the comprehensive health plans for coordinating all the manpower involved, and the large nu…

He's just not that into you- woman like challenge

I love this movie. He's just not that into you. I saw in theater in San Francisco, and then I saw it again online about 2 times.

Its a love story of 9 different people. It has so much to learn about girls/guys/relationships.
Some parts are really funny, and I think gigi is the cutest girl ever.
Here are some quotes from it.

Gigi: We are all programmed to believe that if a guy acts like a total jerk that means he likes you.

Beth: I just need you to stop being nice to me unless your gonna marry me.

Beth: Am I... will I be Al Pacino in this scenario?

Gigi: How stupid is it that a girl has to wait for a guy's call anyway, right?

Mary: I had this guy leave me a voicemail at work, so I called him at home, and then he emailed me to my BlackBerry, and so I texted to his cell, and now you just have to go around checking all these different portals just to get rejected by seven different technologies.Mary: It's exhausting.

Gigi: Girls are taught a lot of stuff growing up. If a guy punches…

Inner Simplicity (100 ways to regain peace and nourish soul)

I just finished reading a book: Inner Simplicity 100 ways to regain peace and nourish your soul.
Instead of summarizing the book, I thought it would be easier to just write out the 100 ways. They are divided in 6 different parts.
One: Things you'll want to do 1. Simplify your life 2. Spend time each day in nature 3. Connect with the sun 4. Create beauty in your life 5. Create simplicity, not austerity 6. Learn to enjoy the silence 7. Have a family meal in silence 8. Figure out what you need to do to get well 9. Get in touch with your creativity 10. Latch on to synchronocity 11. Slow down 12. Learn to receive 13. Be realistic 14. Figure out what you don't want in your life 15. Enjoy each moment 16. Take time to read 17. But don't read in bed 18. Sleep a lot
Two: Easy things to thin about doing 19. Have a weekend retreat at home 20. Consider a family retreat 21. Remember, growth isn't always a family affair 22. Don't get caught in the righterousness of your path 23. …

3 Important Virtues

Virtues according to webster dictionary is moral excellence, goodness and righteous. 
There are many virtues and everyone always wishes to posses most of the virtues they can, but recently (last 2-3 months or so) I have realized that I have few personal virtues that I feel very strong about. I hate compromising against them and I hold them in high regard for myself, and others. Sometimes my expectations get set too high because of these three important virtues, but they matter to me more than anything. 
1. Doing things full heatedly (Dedication, Commitment, Organization, Passion)  I believe that if people don't want to do it right, do it completely, than they just shouldn't do it. Either do it or don't- don't don it half heatedly. From a complex project to simply folding clothes, cleaning. I do it and want it done properly or just do not do it. 
2. Hard Work  This goes along with dedication, commitment, etc. I like hard working people. I am hard working person. Hard work al…

Mayonnaise Jar and Coffee

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar... and the coffee...
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.
So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.
The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous "yes."
The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire cont…

Wisdom, Courage, Humanity, Justice, Temperance, Transcendence

Strengths of Wisdom and Knowledge: Cognitive strengths that entail the acquisition and use of knowledge
1. Creativity [originality, ingenuity]: Thinking of novel and productive ways to conceptualize and do things.2. Curiosity [interest, novelty-seeking, openness to experience]: Taking an interest in ongoing experience for its own sake; exploring and discovering.3. Open-mindedness [judgment, critical thinking]: Thinking things through and examining them from all sides; weighing all evidence fairly.4. Love of learning: Mastering new skills, topics, and bodies of knowledge, whether on one's own or formally.5. Perspective [wisdom]: Being able to provide wise counsel to others; having ways of looking at the world that make sense to oneself and to other people.Strengths of Courage: Emotional strengths that involve the exercise of will to accomplish goals in the face of opposition, external and internal6. Bravery [valor]: Not shrinking from threat, challenge, difficulty, or pain; acting o…