Great StoryTelling Network Newsletter
Volume 11, Issue 17 – 24 September 2014
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How To Tell A Great Story |
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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 |

If you have difficulty completing any of your writing projects, then Rohi shares with you five ways to improve your productivity. Bill shares a story that recounts some of his happy memories. And I tell of the lessons I learnt in the aftermath of Ladoo’s demise. I hope you enjoy all our stories.

Happy storytelling.

Aneeta Sundararaj


Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson

ARTICLE – Developing Your Own Stories to Tell by James Foster Robinson

You have been telling stories for awhile now and have enjoyed it immensely. However, the stories that you have been telling are someone else’s. You have never told a story that you have made up. Now you want to tall your very own stories. How do you go about developing your own stories? Well, if you sit down for awhile and lend me your ears, I will tell you how I how I make up my stories. That may give you’re a start.

First thing you must realize is that any story you develop yourself is a story for telling and NOT for reading. The difference should be obvious. A story for reading is complete and is read word for word. A story you develop to tell is composed of an outline or skeleton that you, the teller, cloth in rich word pictures for your listeners. Later, of course, you can rewrite if for reading and get it published. The beauty of having a story for telling is that every time you tell it the story can change and grow. Stories for reading are “caste in stone” so to speak, and do not grow with every reading. …

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INFOSYNTHESIS – Stop the Plane Crash

Planes of international airlines crash; grief and sorrow for victims’ families
Last count about 3 in 2014, 1st & 2nd qtr, rubbishing aviation safety measures
Again and again, air planes crash or disappear in Ocean; what’s happening to air travel?
No one is sure of causes…Technical fault? War? Global Politics? Or Spiritual?
Every airline is agitated. Whose turn next?


Calling on governments and aviation authorities to up standards and safety measures
Round the clock, airplanes fly, carrying passengers and cargo
Arrive alive to meet loved ones; air travelers demand this
Safety is not negotiable, so should plane crashes
Hey, no more crashes, air travelers want safety

STILLNESS AND FLOW – How to Get Rid of Procrastination Permanently

“Perfectionism and Procrastination lead to Paralysis!” ~Roy Sorrels

The three top obstacles that are responsible for writer’s block are:
•Fear of failure

Perfectionism leads to fear of failure and that in turn leads to procrastination.

The good news is that Peter Shallard, aka the shrink for entrepreneurs has devised a system called the Five Pillars of Productivity to destroy procrastination once and for all.

The Five Pillars of Productivity are (drum roll, please):…

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STORY ASIA – Listen and Learn

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Ladoo was my little much-loved dachshund who died in March 2013. In the aftermath of her death, I was surprised by the number of people who contacted me to convey their condolences. Perhaps, I hadn’t expected so many people to understand my bond with this furkid. I was deeply touched by all their gestures. There was one person, however, who stood out among them all. When I telephoned her, I apologised for being sad and promised that I would soon be able to move on. Her response was, “This is your time to feel. Take however long you wish.” I have tried to describe what this meant and the closest I’ve come to is this: she offered me her time and space.

The one way in which to evaluate how valuable this gift turned out to be is to compare it with the ‘advice’ I’d received prior to that. He had told me what I should have done, what I didn’t do correctly and he would have done in my situation. In an emotionally charged situation, he added to my sadness by dumping her own memory files on me. His aim, I suppose, was to see if he could identify with my experience at some level and assert that he knew what I was going through. Instead of feeling comforted, I felt judged and that I had somehow failed Ladoo….

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THAT’S LIFE – Recognizing the Need for Psychological Training with Athletes

Although it is important to recognize and practice the physical and technical aspects of any sport, once that has been accomplished (with constant “fine tuning”), athletes need to begin to attend to how their minds, thoughts and emotions affect their performance. The ultimate goal is to perform “without thinking” … that is to say in an automatic, natural, fluid manner resulting from consistent repetitious practice. That level, when achieved, separates the amateur from the professional … the beginner from the more experienced athlete. This level allows the stress of competition to be dealt with most effectively as the athlete develops and maintains focusand then goes into his/her own zone in order to compete successfully.

The human element is always operating despite how well-versed an athlete might become. That human element is comprised of …

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W.I.S.P. – Shepherd Street University: Part Two – More Reminiscences & an Obit

Bill Keeth concludes his happy memories of Mount Carmel Infants’ & Boys’ Schools, Manchester, in the late-1940s & early- ’50s

1953 There is no tuck shop in school as such. So everybody, or so it seems, goes over the wall at playtime to stock up on Ha’penny Chews, Banana Splits, Rainbow Crystals, Chocstix, Black Jacks, Licquorice Sticks and other confections at Mr Mac’s toffee shop on James Street, where Mr Mac (“Macdonald”, he once confided to me in his retirement), bespectacled, flat cap aslant, incessantly chewing on the remnant of some anonymous sweetmeat, takes slabs of Highland Toffee, chocolate, treacle (in season), and breaks them with a toffee hammer.

More seasoned wall-hoppers, bored with this perennial performance, take themselves off to the Little Woman’s shop beyond the off-licence where they splash out on Pendeleton’s Twicers.

1954 Mickey Mulligan, the new headteacher, introduces Music to the Curriculum. This innovation involves your class (Standard 5) being taken out to the Prefabs (to Standard 8) on a Friday afternoon to listen to Mickey Mulligan’s record collection – all two of them, as I recall: ‘Cool Water’ by Frankie Laine and the Oberkirchen Children’s Choir, singing ‘The Happy Wanderer’…..

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