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In Uncategorized on March 3, 2011 at 11:12 PM


Optimism poster from the fantastic Because Studio, via The September Industry

Well well. And so it is March. Actually, it is March 2011! And this blog has been on hiatus for, oh….about three months now! Eek. So sorry. Movement and happenings are coming VERY soon and something will be happening anon. I have been thinking about my next step non-stop but…it’s still all been a bit vague as to what exactly that should be. Beyond the most obvious conclusion that a blog is not really that useful or interesting as simply a blog in and of itself. In needs to be a vehicle for something else. I’m just not sure what.

To get all this happening, I have actually booked in to do some (a lot of, hopefully!)  creative business coaching with the fabulous Ming-Zhu Hii of Orlando&Ivy and The Public Studio. I am honoured to know Ming-Zhu personally but don’t think that’s why I chose her excellent coaching services (although, it is also why I did;) ). I chose her because, after talking to a bunch of people over the years to figure out just exactly where and how I could hone my skills and my likes, I realised that she is the only person who actually really GETS it. You know? GETS it. As in, she has similar views on the world (it’s awesome!) and thinks pretty similarly to me (anything is possible!!!). She is also UBER positive (which is so cool) and one of the hardest workers I know. She not only sees what she wants for her future, but actually then goes out there and jumps for it too. She is, in all, an insanely inspiring person to be around and so I thought, who better to coach me in my next steps of creativity and business than her. If you ever think you would appreciate a very experienced, knowledgable, creative and COOL sounding board to help you hone your art AND give you the tips on how to actually achieve that, I say go here and talk to Ming. I guarantee you things will start to happen.

ps. I was also honoured enough to get a spot on the Life & Your Phenomenal Creative Practice course and I can tells ya, it was worth it. These things are always good to take part in, for your art, for your mind, for you soul, for your creativity. This one though was so good – structured yet informal (erm, we all had champagne on our last night to celebrate!) with loads of great tips and info on helping you pinpoint your art and honing that into a practice. To top it all off, the people you meet on the courses are great too (including Ming-Zhu and her husband and business partner Nic), in exactly the same place as you mentally and creatively – ie uber open-minded and positive – and everyone has boundless energy to give. What better people to be around than that;) Tell her that I sent you!

pps. Continue to check out White Ninja on facebook while this blog is on hiatus. It’s a link bonanza going on over there. Click to Like…


a map for the immediate future

In Uncategorized on December 7, 2010 at 7:39 PM

White Ninja’s very own Map of Melbourne by Jess Nichol. See end of post for more details.


Helloo helloo!

A quick update

But first

Why is this relevant?

So you know I have not forgotten about you! I wanted to let you know that thoughts are forming still on the future of this site. And why (just in case you love links as much as me!).

And the quick update?

To anyone passing by (and there are some newbies from svpply I see), this blog is not Pompeii yet! I have plans still for this corner of the interwebs and my brain is still whirring with the possibilities and the ways to live those out. It turns out that facebook is definitely the best place for posting links and blogging all the random stuff. Please go there to see all those links that were and that still are (and that will be). It’s worth enslaving yourself to crackbook for.

But what next?


I think.

Blogging proves far too labour intensive for small links (hence the return to facebook which is eeeeasy for that stuff). But blogs are also like ongoing newspapers, no end, no beginning. They feel too ephemeral AND distractingly incremental for longer, more thought-out ideas or philosophies would be better served deliberately curated with a set of accompanying ideas. Over-arching themes appeal to me yet so do narratives with a beginning, middle and end – I did a Lit and history degree after all! The information hub vibe of a blog though means that you can get lost in a blog looking for some link as much as you can get lost in the Googlesphere. On blogs, themes get equalised in meaning with any other tiny key words. The only real curation factor beyond tags and categories is the blog itself. Not good.

And then I found out about the legitimacy of curation in blogland and online publishing. How? I found this;

All of these new moves were driven by this;

  • 1000 true fans theory which is articulated by Kevin Kelly, an interesting chap who seems to believe in longterm thinking (which inevitably means he wins my heart…forever! I also love him because he is actually more verbose than me. A hard ask of anyone).

And so, I’m whirring and buzzing about this approach now. Something will happen, even if it’s small to begin with. I’ll start producing something soon and remember, if you wanna join in, just contact me. I love collaboration:)

Ps. The artwork? It’s my Map of Melbourne by Jess Nichol. This map is one of four different maps measuring 1.3m in diameter each and based on four Melburnians’ personal experiences of Melbourne. White Ninja was one of those four! (and White Ninja now owns it;) ). Featured in the Street Level exhibition at Amelie Camille Gallery in Melbourne in 2009, all four were amazing works of art and design and each made a personal map of the individual, intangible experiences someone can gather within one, favourite city.

crackbook page

In Uncategorized on November 14, 2010 at 12:13 PM

Me trying to figure out where to take this blog next.


Oh Crackbook. You terrible yet ubiquitous invention you. No I haven’t seen The Social Network and no I don’t really plan to (the actual interviews with Mark Zuckerberg seem much more interesting) but whilst we await your social downfall (I’ve got a social history degree. These things really do go on waves), you’re kind of annoyingly useful. And so, whilst this blog is on an existential hiatus, you have kindly lent your services to bloggy type people who can now Like themselves to the crackitybook White Ninja Page here and enjoy the links in the meantime. Thank you (blurgh. Crackbook enslavement)

ps. Photo by the amazing Karen Riley. See her on flickr here or contact me for her details.

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