Great StoryTelling Network Newsletter
Volume 11, Issue 14 – 13 August 2014
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Columnists’ Books|
Aneeta Sundararaj|
Ladoo Dog|
Website Makeover|
My Cholesterol Journey in Malaysia|
Stranger Than Fiction!|
Charles Bonasera|
How in the Hell Did This Happen to Me? |
The Mental Side of Golf|
Eric Okeke|
Corruption, Stop it!|
Rohi Shetty|
200 Humorous Tweetable Quotations |

As I write this, I am reeling from the news of the death of Robin Williams. That it was an apparent suicide makes this news so much sadder. I loved all his work and it’s a sad, sad, day.

Nonetheless, work and life must continue. Therefore, I’ve shared stories about ‘giving up’ and finding success in a niche market. Our columnists have also shared newsworthy pieces and I hope you enjoy reading them all.

Happy storytelling.

Aneeta Sundararaj


50 Biggest Blog Blunders and How to Avoid Them


Dreams of Love: A Book of Poems and Short Stories by Carla Golian

ARTICLE – Giving Up Too Soon by Skye Thomas

So you feel beaten up and bruised and you’re ready to quit. You have no support system or the one you have is pathetically inadequate for the goals you’ve set. You’re so tired that the couch is looking more and more inviting everyday. You have bills piling up and you probably ought to get a real job anyway.

The failure rate is statistically high and nobody is going to fault you if you quit. Who really cares if you give up and quit now? You do.

Let’s look at each piece one at a time. You’re beaten up and exhausted. Congratulations! That means you’ve been working harder then you’ve probably ever worked in your life. You wouldn’t be able to accomplish anything of real importance if you weren’t willing to bust your rump plowing through everything on your to-do list. You may need some lessons in balance and patience, but not in how to apply good old fashioned elbow grease. If you can schedule a short break to replenish your strength, then do so, but don’t give up and quit all together. If there’s no way you can stop now because you have too many important deadlines then bust through the deadlines. Can you speed it up and finish things early so that you could squeeze in a break? After a full night sleep, do you think that you’d still want to quit or would you be ready to dive back in? The fact that you’re working so hard isn’t the problem, it’s that you aren’t getting adequate rest and relaxation. Find a way to create balance. …

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INFOSYNTHESIS – Stop Ebola Virus!

Ebola virus disease is deadly, ravaging West Africa. No cure yet, hundreds killed.
Bring back the dead, people say. Virus is spreading, claiming more lives.
On the African continent, the people cry out for solution.
Lagos to Monrovia; Freetown to Conakry; the fear of Ebola is rising.
Around the world, leaders and governments respond to Ebola challenge.

STORY ASIA – Success in a Niche Market

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Many successful people speak about being leaders in a ‘niche market’. What this means is that they found a group of people who are willing to invest in their products and services. If you desire being a leader in your niche market, you need to go beyond doing something that you love. The search for where your niche market is begins well before you start the creative process and involves the various steps below.

Of course, one of the first things you must do is figure out what you are interested in and passionate about. This may involve things you know, things you have experience doing or things that people are constantly seeking your advice about. It’s one of the most enjoyable steps of this process; after all, you’re bound to become excited doing homework about a subject you love.

To gain a better understanding of how this works, perhaps, we can use the following illustration. Although you were born in Thailand, you have since moved to the UK. At present, you find your job in the sales department of a paper company dull, but it pays the bills. If only you could leave this job and still make enough money while spending your days cooking delicious Thai food for your friends and family. You’d love to publish a collection of all your treasured recipes….

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THAT’S LIFE – Be a Kid Again

Some of us would like to revisit our childhoods while others declare that they would never want to go through those early years again. Despite what personal philosophy we might embrace, there may be some meaning that can be taken from many of our earliest experiences that might serve us well in our adulthoods. Of course, there are the naysayers and fear mongers that hold out their cautionary negativity that may lead us to believe that we can’t do something or another. then, there are those of us who have held onto the sense of wonderment that children are famous for espousing and we continue to take the necessary, reasonable risks that might be entailed in our performing life’s tasks.

As we grow older, out perspective on life tends to change … some for the better and some for the worse. Where we once felt confident in our youth, we might now feel a sense of fear and doubt that we can accomplish whatever the task is that is set before us. These feelings can entrap us in a vicious circular pattern that resulting in our hiding from life rather than living it. It is in this pattern that depression, anxiety, fearing the unknown, an inability to take certain risks and doubting ourselves to the extent that we are paralyzed….

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W.I.S.P. – Shopping On eBay (Part 2: Selling)

Readers may recall There are people who make an absolute fortune selling stuff on eBay. And there are tradesmen, too, whose lives have been completely turned around by the commercial opportunities there afforded.

Witness the died-in-the-wool family butcher I saw on TV one night, scion of generations of family butchers – features florid as a Man United shirt, face broad as a side of beef – who had recently disposed of a chain of butcher’s shops in favour of working from home, shifting beef, pork and mutton by the ton via the internet.

Meanwhile, there’s a local guy who sells antique furniture for a living. Long-gone are his (rent-draining) shop premises since he’s been trading via the internet – gone, too, are the super-sized (gas-guzzling) estate car and the heavy (hernia-inducing) lifting of yesteryear. Since opening his e-Bay account the heaviest thing the guy has needed to lift is a telephone handset…

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ZODIAC’S CHILDREN – Leo’s Child (July 23 – August 22)

Leo’s children are much more sensitive then people think. They can walk around like little kings wearing crowns, but almost every Leo adult I have ever met is carrying around a deep haunting childhood wound. They are also more insensitive then people think. These same adults can write you off as a loser in a heartbeat and will probably never change their minds. Even if they did find out later that they were wrong about you, they would still blame you for having misrepresented yourself. Those Leos that are lucky enough to have happy healthy childhoods are incredible leaders with a charisma and charm that is unlike any other. How do you make sure your little Leo turns out well?

One of the most important things you can do for your Leo child is to role model a positive healthy love life. I am not saying that you should slobber all over each other in front of your child, but make sure that they see that it is possible to have a loving happy relationship with someone that is respectful to both parties. Adult Leos are either desperately holding on from a really needy place, or they are avoiding love for fear of disaster. Your job is to show them that even when two adults disagree, they can still treat each other kindly and can work through their problems together. This will go a long way to help your Leo grow up to believe that ‘happily ever after’ is even possible….

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