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How Important are the Minutiae?

November 23, 2016
minutiae
mɪˈnjuːʃɪiː,mʌɪ-,-ʃɪʌɪ/
noun – the small, precise, or trivial details of something.
So, how important in everyday life are these details?  I have been criticised for my attention to detail in the past, particularly in my working life in meetings where I have been invited to put forward any concerns with regard to a new system being introduced which would affect the way in which my team would carry out their day to day tasks. Caught in the middle, by a team feeling it unfair that I’ve been sent to Paris to attend such a meeting (oh, the excitement of a meeting in Paris, they thought – the reality being a dull meeting room with the blinds closed after a short minibus ride there) and the European colleagues who were unconcerned by my worries and, naturally more concerned about how these changes would effect their side of things. Hmm,  I had no intention of mentioning Brexit, but, my goodness, unless time is taken on both sides to attend to the minutiae there will be one almighty muddle far worse than a badly implemented computer system!
I digress, but my point is that my book, The Primrose Door, does discuss the small details. It isn’t a thriller, my talents don’t yet lend themselves to my writing a thriller though I do love to read them, but it is a story of a family coping with an event that shocks them all. Throughout, they have to continue with life – work, school, shopping, eating seeing friends and family, all the things that one needs to do in order to carry on living as ‘normal’ a life as possible.

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