Miyo’s Tsubuyaki

I may be quiet, but my mind is a chatter box.

Get the Ball Rolling and See Where It Takes You

Get the Ball Rolling and See Where It Takes You

How did the year 2019 treat you? Very well, I hope. Believe it or not, every five years, I get a pivotal year. I moved to the United States in 2004, joined Toastmasters in 2009, became Area Governor AND found StoryMasters in 2014. When the year 2019 started, I...

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What Makes People Laugh?

What Makes People Laugh?

Many of my stories are entertaining, but it doesn't mean that I always try to make people laugh. My facial expression, how I say it, or the phrase I use - whatever it is, people often laugh without my intention. The other day, I challenged myself - I told a folktale....

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There Is No Such Thing As Perfect Timing!

There Is No Such Thing As Perfect Timing!

It's been busy two months filled with blessing opportunities; Write Work (6/30); Shoot 'Em Up (7/17); Strong Words (7/27); the Otter Story Hour (8/5). Every time when the opportunity was presented, I thought that the timing wasn't good. I had already committed to the...

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I Dare Tell My Stories!

I Dare Tell My Stories!

Who's going to listen to my stories?   As a non-native English speaker, I always doubt about my English speaking skills. Even after living in the United States for over 15 years, there are still lots of words that I don't know or cannot pronounce properly. (Those...

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Do What You Love and Success Will Follow!

Do What You Love and Success Will Follow!

“You were finally present in your story. Congratulations!” A director, who has observed my work for a little over a year, gave me a big hug for the first time after my performance. It will soon be five years since I joined StoryMasters. I haven’t looked back since...

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Make the Most of Every Opportunity!

Make the Most of Every Opportunity!

One night, Eric went to see a standup show in Hollywood. After a couple of enjoyable comedians, another comedian appeared to the stage and started telling jokes, which ruined Eric’s supposed-to-be-a-fun night completely. This comedian’s jokes were dreadful. Eric hated...

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I and It: Where Are We Heading?

I and It: Where Are We Heading?

I've been paying attention to Artificial Intelligence (AI) for some time now. At first, it was a harmless and entertaining existence. Now as it becomes smarter, it could pose a serious threat, especially to us, writers. A couple of years ago, it was already fooling us...

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Going Back to a Beginner’s Spirit

Going Back to a Beginner’s Spirit

Do you remember your first time when you spoke in public, took a big task, or started a job?  Were you so nervous that you felt sick? Did you review what you were supposed to do over and over, hoping you wouldn’t mess things up? After the first time, did you reflect...

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What Makes You Smile?

What Makes You Smile?

“It takes someone of taste to realize how much words of support and encouragement mean to those on the receiving end.” ~ Jacqueline Kennedy The other day, I ordered audio books online. (Why audio books? That’s another story.) I felt ripped off when I found that they...

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