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A Shark Tale

“Back in the days when storytelling was the main form of entertainment, tales of mythical creatures abounded. Today we seem to indulge in the mere scraps of what was once an epic feast of legend.”

In this modern age, there appears another mythical creature, the shark, a protean-like coiling in the grass type of snake, ready to turn your business proceedings and agreements into dust with swift smooth-tongued, loaded Questions…

As an entrepreneur I have started small. I am still small fish and I deal with sharks, corporate companies. I have created my ‘corporate’ culture from scratch, and I have developed my business solely through growth hacking.
What I have learned when trying to impose my imaginative but new small company culture to the sophisticated corporates is to strike gold, provided you know who you are and consequently, the “protocol” to offer and create huge amounts of Value and solve problems. The more problems you solve, the better you speak the shark tongue.

Tim Ferriss once said, “A person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have.”

Sharks’ words are never comfortable as they know no mercy and smell fear and disorder from afar. Whomever has never been told that his/her products or services are useless doesn’t know how to shine a carefully chosen smile in the face of the creature with disposable teeth, and sink into the right order of things. Which is there are other sharks. But when a big shark says to you, “you are no good”, then you are (good), because you are there sharing the same table, conference room and presentation… On this gleeful occasion I am thanking all the sharks in my life, the ones who have taught me to smile at the glint of rejection, and the ones who have taught me that:

“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” – Jack Canfield

© Iulia Halatz
Co-author of Anthology Volume I: Writings from the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective, available on Amazon and Kindle.

Art by Michael Sowa. Source – Pinterest

Friend or foe?

Garcia Marquez wrote: “The worst enemy of politicians is a writer.”

I am “two in one”, writer and politician, so what does that make me?
Thanks to my dual nature, I can hide underneath the skin of a writer and shapeshift whenever necessary.
Politicians are no writers because writers write about the truth of their existence or others’. Everything a writer imagines is a form of reality lived in a different world.
In order to survive, you must carry no weight of feeling in the crooked factuality of politics.

As
“A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged, it is the skin of a living thought, and can vary greatly in colour and content depending on the context in which it is used.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

And
I miss the good old times when I used to find peace in front of a blank white paper. Presently I am searching for the remains of that feeling.
I always write my feelings on paper, then I type them. Encasing my words first in arranged and perfect letters seems a sacrilege for me.

I illustrate with this painting because this is where I usually live. My world is always at dusk, as this is the golden hour of the day.
Luigi Russolo – Nocturne Landscape

2 years on Medium

I am honored and humbled to be writer and editor for the Blue Insights, a Medium publication.

Also, I have joined a new publication, Poetry’s Home, where my poems feel very much at home.

Feel free to join both of them.

“Everyone Deserves to be Heard: Guidelines 2021”
https://medium.com/blueinsight/blue-insights-publication-2-years-on-medium-81f36bfc8172

Photo by JOSHUA COLEMAN on Unsplash

Content Creation

Stories are our meat and our magic

“Everyone always assumes that content creation is a massive task to tackle – and yes, it is. There is no shortcut to content creation.
You either do it yourself, internally hire a team to do it, or hire an agency to do it for you. This is our best advice, create content in chunks. Perhaps every first of the month, create an inventory of blogs, blurbs, newsletters, photo shoots and spread the content out in one 1, 3, or 6 month period.”

Yes, content creation is a massive task… We start with the story at the core of your business. It might be the simple story of how you get the idea, or how your idea came into being. With our words we show the unique, problem-solving magic of your business and what it will empower to do.

From my Substack newsletter The Stripes:

https://iulia.substack.com/p/content-creation

In photo – Kimono Forest – Source – Facebook

Substack newsletter

I have started a newsletter on Substack. https://iulia.substack.com/

I will be writing about politics, education and creative writing.

Politics because I am a fresher local councillor, Education because I have been teaching for almost 25 years now, and Creative Writing because I (must) write… Every day.

“You must write every single day of your life… You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads… may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.”
Ray Bradbury

My humble world at Substack is called The Stripes, because I write in many colours. You are invited to join…

Dreamers and doers

“The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.” – Nolan Bushnell

Yes, you will have to do a lot of things which are borderline between imagining, weaving your (business) plan and really implementing your idea and your strategy of creating value.
Because this is all about – helping and solving problems. Entrepreneurship is all about doing and working, which is not that unfathomable. We all do the heavy lifting, we all have exerting routines…Knowing what to do and how to do it is the conundrum. As sometimes we are not given the time for the Trial and Error, we have only Error and but a moment to make amends.
We are pilferers of experience and growth hackers. Our job is not to do our job, but know what to do next.

And craft a good plan with poised goals.
The plan should be realistic and thorough.
I and plans mix like oil and water as I repel routines and like the spark of new things which renders me a little shallow. But then I thought, what if my life depends on my thoroughness? This made me make a very good plan with all the questions attached and answered.

Beneath the obvious goals of my business, I have another one: to change something in the people I get to know. For the better and for the happier, with a piece of advice, with answers, with some words they do not know and need. After all, happiness is what we crave. Inspiration may never cease and I have had good source in Seth Godin‘s words: “Who do you want your customers to become?”

Everything starts with an idea which can translate into purpose, project and product with a little help from tiny beautiful things – words. Dream about your story, but not too hard. Fight your way into new things and enterprises but don’t take yourself too seriously.
As “life is not about how you survived the storm… it is about how you danced in the rain.” – Regina Brett

Art by Michael Cheval.

W. Somerset Maugham

Coffee and Somerset for me …

W. Somerset Maugham- 25 January 1874 – 16 December 1965.

Uncanny observer of human nature and my personal trainer and influencer:

“It was a night so beautiful that your soul seemed hardly able to bear the prison of the body.”

“Irony is a gift of the gods, the most subtle of all the modes of speech. It is an armour and a weapon; it is a philosophy and a perpetual entertainment; it is food for the hungry of wit and drink to those thirsting for laughter…”

“The faculty for myth is innate in the human race. It seizes with avidity upon any incidents, surprising or mysterious, in the career of those who have at all distinguished themselves from their fellows, and invents a legend to which it then attaches a fanatical belief. It is the protest of romance against the commonplace of life.”

“All the words I use in my stories can be found in the dictionary—it’s just a matter of arranging them into the right sentences.”

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His stories are as simple and as beautiful as cherry blossoms in the moonlight

Art – Kaii Higashiyama, Cherry blossoms in the moonlight, 1982

Creative writing & SEO copywriting services

We are a bunch of philologists with degrees in English Language and Civilization with a passion for the English grammar. Correct phrasing makes us tick. Proofreading is in our blood. We live for writing right.

We are a digital marketing company based in Bucharest. We specialize in customized professional English courses and SEO copywriting solutions. We are enthusiastically local and intelligently global, covering web stories and courses for Romanian and international companies.

We cater for everybody who has a story to write.

We have the right words for your SEO copy and the short-tail and the long-tail keyphrases for your SEO on-page.
We can write for any type of legal site. We dwell in many environments (business, legal, finance, marketing) and we have written white papers, proposals, brochures, contracts, marketing plans, business plans, sales landing pages, CVs, reviews, product descriptions, content marketing messages and have crafted any type of well-optimized stories.

Ultimately we get to answer a simple question: “How do you package creativity?” before you firstly answered: “Who is your audience?”, “What are their goals in business/life/friendship?”.

We’d love to hear from you!
Drop us a line and we’ll nail down a solution or two for your SEOwriting strategy that will position your business at the top of your industry.

Art – Mila von Luttich

Foreign Country

He couldn’t be captured in a phrase
Or one hundred…

He was like no one,

He was like a foreign country
That you travelled through
Eerie landscapes and glistening lakes
Towards horizons
Camouflaged in mists
Precluding
Happiness
once felt
And dreamed about.

He was like a giant umbrella
In bright colors
Protective of winds and shadows
Bandaging unseen wounds
In tenderness and
Love.

Also featured at Medium.com/Blue Insights

Art – Harald Sohlberg

Reposting an old poem written in 2015