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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…

Wild Geese

You do no have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about your despair, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees, the mountains and the rivers. Meanwhile the wildgeese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again. Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting- over and over announcing your place in the family of thing.
Dreamwork By Mary Oliver

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

Lost (Poem)

Stand still. The trees ahead and the bushed beside you.
Are not lost. Wherever you are in called Here. And you must treat it as a powerful stranger. Must ask permission to know it and be known. The forest breathes. Listen. It answers. I have made this place around Here.
No two trees are the same to Raven. No two branches are same to Wren. If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you, You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows Where you are. You must let it find you.
An old Native American elder story rendered into modern English by David Wagoner In the Heart Aroused- Poetry and Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America Lost By David Whyte

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…


"The eyes indicate the antiquity of the soul." Ralph Waldo Emerson
"No eyes that have seen beauty ever lose their sight." Jean Toomer

"Weak eyes are fondest of glittering objects." Thomas Carlyle

"The eyes have one language everywhere." George Herbert

"The eye is the jewel of the body." Henry David Thoreau
"The eyes are mirror of soul" Proverd

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…

15 Things You Probably Never Knew or Thought About

At least 5 people in this world love you so much they would die for you.At least 15 people in this world love you in some way.The only reason anyone would ever hate you is because they want to be just like you.A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone, even if they don’t like you.Every night, SOMEONE thinks about you before they go to sleep.You mean the world to someone.If not for you, someone may not be living.You are special and unique.Someone that you don’t even know exists loves you.When you make the biggest mistake ever, something good comes from it.When you think the world has turned its back on you, take a look: you most likely turned your back on the world.When you think you have no chance of getting what you want, you probably won’t get it, but if you believe in yourself, probably, sooner or later, you will get it.Always remember the compliments you received. Forget about the rude remarks.Always tell someone how you feel about them; you will feel much better when they kn…

Tomorrow may be too late!

If you're mad with someone, and nobody's there to fix the situation... You fix it .
Maybe today, that person still wants to be your friend .
And if u don't, tomorrow may be too late .
If you're in love with somebody, but that person doesn't know... tell her/him.
Maybe today, that person is also in love with you .
And if you don't say it, tomorrow may be too late .
If you really want to kiss somebody... kiss her/him.
Maybe that person wants a kiss from you, too .
And if you don't kiss her/him today, tomorrow may be too late .
If you still love a person that you think has forgotten you... tell her/him.
Maybe that person have always loved you.
And if you don't tell her/him today , tomorrow may be too late.

If you need a hug of a friend... ask her/him for it.
Maybe they need it more than you do.
And if you don't ask for it today, tomorrow may be too late.
If you really have friends who you appreciate... tell them.
Maybe they appreciate you as well.
That if you don't…

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…

If I knew

If I knew it would be the last time
That I'd see you fall asleep,
I would tuck you in more tightly
and pray the Lord, your soul to keep.
If I knew it would be the last time
that I see you walk out the door,
I would give you a hug and kiss
and call you back for one more.
If I knew it would be the last time
I'd hear your voice lifted up in praise,
I would video tape each action and word,
so I could play them back day after day.
If I knew it would be the last time
I could spare an extra minute
to stop and say " I love you,"
instead of assuming you would KNOW I do.
If I knew it would be the last time
I would be ther to share your day,
Well I'm sure you'll have so many more,
so I can let just this one slip away.
For surely there's always tomorrow
to make up for an oversight,
and we always get a second chance
to make everything just right.
There will always be another day
to say " I love you,"
And certainly there's another chance
to say our " Anything I can do?"

Dear Friends, Did you know?

Did you know that when you envy someone, its because you really like that person?
Did you know that those who appear to be very strong in heart, are really weaklings and most susceptible? Did you know that those who spend time protecting others are the ones that really need some one to protect them? Did you know that three most difficult things to say are: I love you,  I am sorry, and he;p me. The people who say these are those that actually need them or really feel them, and they are the ones you need to treasure, because they have said them. Did you know that people who occupy themselves by keeping others company or helping others are the ones that actually need your company and help?
Did you know that who dress in red are more confidence in themselves? Did you know that who dress in yellow are those that enjoy their beauty? Did you know that who dress in black are those who want to be unnoticed and need your help and understanding?
Did you know that when you help someone, the help it retur…