Friday, 18 November 2011

Collective Bestseller, or A Story to Be Continued

Level of fear has been growing with extremely fast speed.
Somebody knocks on the door. The other moment it's become as quite as in a grave. She goes to the door as the mouse.
No one there.
Life in a solitude makes people shudder from every rustle...


Have you ever dreamt of becoming a writer?
Why not you try and offer your own development of the plot?!
You know how to add some more intrigue to catch the reader's attention!

What would your continuation of this story be?
And how would you name the short story?

+ Extra task! Think of the ways to improve what has already been written in the opening paragraph of the story! How would you make the story more... story-like? Would you change anything in the beginning?

Let's make it a collective bestseller!
Читать далее

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Plastic Surgery Beauty

The growing demand for plastic surgery services is determined by various industrial and social factors. Nowadays it is fashionable to be young, healthy and attractive. Society seems to have become obsessed with the fear of getting old.

But if a person feels young and energetic, why he or she must look of their age when they feel like twenty? The decision to make one's appearence match their inner world may have very positive effects allowing the person feel more comfortable, both phisically and emotionaly. When a person isn't satisfied with his or her appearence, he/she locks himself/herself away from the world.

Very often people blame their appearence for theif misfortunes; and hope to change their life by changing their looks. Actually, sometimes people must change themselves but not appearence.

The necessity of operation is determind not by age but by the state of appearence, for example, after a car accident. Plastic surgery returnes him/her former attractiveness.

Anyway, before making the final decision to have the operation done, the person must weight all the possible risks.
Читать далее

Monday, 7 November 2011

Read My Lips to Know Me Better

Have you ever tried to read one's face? It's not that hard as it seems to be! What you need is to define a person's shape of eyes or eyebrows, check up the width of one's smile and the size of one's nose.

You can try and take up a course on physiognomy to learn how to read people's faces. But there is a simpler way, they say. Just take a look at someone's lips!

Those with full lips are usually responsible and therefore trustworthy. So they are the people you can trust your super-mysterious secrets to. Still, make sure they are trustworthy to you, not to someone else!
People with full lips are also said to be decisive and studious. How true is that? On the other hand, they tend to be extremly bossy and reproaching which makes them unbearable at times, for they enjoy telling others what to do!

However, the majority of them are way too self-centered. It seems, they only care about their own needs and feelings, forgetting about the others.

People with a thin upper lip but a full lower one are believed to be energetic, gregarious and hard-working.
They want to take part in every single event happening around! They can hardly be called "laid back", since their ambition and fearlessness is one of their main charachteristics!

Those who have thin lips are thought to be single-minded and feisty. They are determined to do what they plan and are ready to stand their ground or even argue with those who stand on their way, if necessary. Still, when it comes to their work, they are prudent and foreseeing, as well.
They are not much talkative and prefer to keep their feelings unshown to the others. What's more, they can be rather mean in terms of sharing things or spending money. Just think of Angelina Jolie with her full lips and a number of charity compaigns! Would she be as kind-heared if her lips were twice thinner? Who knows.

There are also people whose lips have down-turning corners. To make the image clear, think of Stallone! Got it now? Good. So, Stallone-style-lipped people are said to be very generous! They would share their one and only T-shirt with you or take a lawn for you in a bank, with no doubt!
They are highly intelligent and gifted and can understand sophisticated things easily. But it doesnt't make them less sensitive... Can you believe that? Is there anyone who saw Stallone crying at Titanic or while nursing a wee kitten with a sore leg?

There's a great variaty of ways to learn a person's character and manners. To foresee one's behaviour you can apply to horoscopes, fortune tellers, simple cross-questioning or torture (the last one is no good though, even for those considered to be involved in witchcraft)!

But whatever you choose to do, try and keep in mind that the best way to find out people's personalities is to communicate with them in close, or sipmly give them money or power.

And what can you say about reading one's face? Have you ever tried doing it?
Do you think one can trust such a way?
Is there any truth about you in these descriptions?

Yours faithfully,
a bad lip-reader.
Читать далее

Friday, 4 November 2011

From an Ugly Duckling into a Swan

I have known her both personally and professionally for quite a long while. For half a half a century, to be precise. In fact, if my calculating skills serve me right, this is the person the life of whose I am more or less familiar with for at least 24 years 11 months 8 days and 12 hours, or so.

Unfortunately, I do not remember the day we met clearly enough. I must have been way too busy trying to find the way out of my mother's "inner world" which was of great value and significance to me to remember such trifles as the first "Hello". Therefore I can hardly be able to start this narrative description with some touching memories you might have expected from me.

Yet I do remember watching this ugly duckling growing up, so that finally to magically turn into a little white swan, or a goose (Why, I do consider wild geese fairly appetising-looking, that's all).

Oh, what a clumsy child she used to be with that round-shouldered figure of hers! But how curious, gregarious and unassuming has she always been!

She has never been the kind of girl obsessed by silly disires or whims to keep up with the fashion for pink glasses! Neither was she extremely attractive with those two unneatly done plaits of hers, nor with the ponytails framing her pale face. They made her mouth look frighteningly wide and her nose seem much more aquiline than it really was.

Now she's changed. Not that much though. But it's not her tantalising smile or mesmerising voice that's altered. No.

And it's neither her modesty or generousity, nor her sincerity or ambition.

It's her attitude to life, to pride and prejudice, her confidence and self-esteem that have made her a stronger personality. It's her will for professional development and self-improvement. Her desire to help the others and her wish to make people smile.

That's how's been turning into a Swan.

When she loves, she indulges in her feelings. When she studies, she does it with all her diligence. When she has fun, she infects every other person with a cheerful laughter.

She's not come through any plastic surgery to gain self-respect.

She remains being a vertically-challenged self-ironic perfectionist who now teaches English, runs her blog and dreams of an exceptionally loving family with at least three kids and a Sphynx cat that can clean its toilet.

What is new in her is her belief that one can never become a Swan untill he or she believes it possible!

Faithfully yours,

the boastful Duckling named Wee

P.S.  This is the short story told in pictures, as if an online book. See it at 

Читать далее