Governance: getting the timing right

Since setting up the Story Mint, I have known that we will, at some stage, be setting up a Board. The timing for this is important. If we leave it too long, we will become like a projectile that has lost its propeller.   Do it too early and confusion will reign as people see all that needs to be done and apply various conflicting solutions.

I always imagined we had to be at a point where the business could afford to pay each Director, so given the state of the business, the time is a distance away.

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words and images can kill me

Recently a long-time friend contacted me and tentatively shared a piece of her daughter’s writing.  The writing is beautiful, elegant, sophisticated and moving.  It is the daughter’s struggle, battle, inner turmoil with being anorexic.  She described how bullying when overweight affected her.  I will not share any more of her story as I hope at some stage to share it on The Story Mint site – the reason for sharing is so the debate about words, images and their impact on others can open up a sensitive subject for discussion.


Will technology overpower guns?

  Last week we commemorated Anzac Day, the landing of the Australian and New Zealand forces at Gallipoli. Of the 100,444 men who landed in the Cove, almost 17,000 were killed and during the war we suffered a 58% casualty rate. This was a huge price to pay by a country of just one million people. As I grow older I realise what an enormous sacrifice our soldiers made.

Since then they have done it again in World War Two and in numerous battles since.  I know it would be easy to say, ‘it’s not our war,’ but that would be like standing by while the neighbour’s house burned down.

I don't get grammar

I don’t get grammar.


At school, my least favourite subject was English.  I loved reading and writing poetry and did well until I changed schools.  Then, they started to teach us grammar and talked about verbs, adjectives, nouns, pronouns, adverbs, etc.  I learnt a noun is a naming word, a verb a doing word, an adjective is a describing word, and so on.  When asked to look at a piece of writing I just saw words.


If it was easy everyone would be doing it


I’ve heard the phrase ‘if it was easy everyone would be doing it’ many times since starting The Story Mint and right now all I can say is, ‘never was there a truer word spoken.’ However, there are moments when the light shines through the haze and the direction and reason for pursuing the dream becomes clear

As the body ages

Television helped me identify two significant health problems.


Setting up a story

I am not doing much work with writers these days as I am focusing on building the Style Guide™ and identifying channels to market. However, I have had some interesting discussions with writers which, with their permission, I think are worth discussing.

I began work with an excited Krista (name changed) earlier this year. She has written four books and wanted feedback on the first.

Disenfranchised Fathers

I recently watched a video clip on Facebook, about a father and the pain he suffered with limited access to his children after his marriage breakup.  Marriage break ups cause more emotional pain than a death, because I still see my ex-spouse for years to come.  The video, as one would expect, attracted large volumes of comments.   Aspects of the comments caught my attention and made me ponder.


Firstly, the number of female commentators who were surprised to hear so many males describe in detail the pain that traumatised them after the break up.


Education and Technology - a partnership

Education is becoming more seamless these days with students using technology to enhance their learning experience, making learning a multi layered experience by removing boundaries such as classroom walls.

Last week, I attended a workshop for people involved in education as part of a government initiative to double the economic value of international education by 2025.

Music Inspires Creativity

Well-crafted writing inspires me. Just lately I’ve been aware that I have little awareness or knowledge of recently released music. Yes, I know Lorde has written Royals and I really love the bit I hear repeated in various references to her. I can hear that piece in my head when I stop to think about it and because she is from here I feel tremendous admiration for what she has achieved. I also catch other music in passing and what I hear I enjoy. But this is quite different to the way it was when I was younger, when I knew every word and sang them in moments of respite from study or work.


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