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I ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿ’• Fantasy Genre

The other day, before bed, I tallied it upโ€”and I wrote 7.5K words in a single day. In graduate school, I’d often pump out just as many words in a day, but that’s because I had this mindset, “This writing isn’t my best writing,” this mindset that I was just building blocks, exercises that lifted the writing I’d make later in life, that’d make me publishable.

I liked all the exercising I did in graduate school. But it sucked that the head of the MFA program frowned on genre fiction. I’m trying to work on both perceptions of reality, so I can transcend from building block literary fiction to publishable genre fiction.

Writing Philosophy ๐Ÿ›ธ A New Mindset

I never grew out of the building-block mentality, I don’t think. Part of this blog isn’t just to track how I’m doing with my self-improvement prototypes, my life design; it’s also forcing myself to write things that other people read. Publishing. Even if it’s as simple as clicking the [Publish…] button myself.

I’ve been submitting more work through DuoTrope as a result. I think the blogging is helping me get in the new mindset; leaving behind building blocks, and challenging fear.

Listing ๐Ÿ˜‹ All the Writing Things

Since I’m ramping up my words per day, I thought it’d be fun to list as many different different writing projects I could invest in as possible in a single day. We’ll see which ones stick the next time I redesign my flow, when I’m working on my May schedule.

  • submit 3-5 poems via DuoTrope or PW.org; once I’ve submitted the same 3-5 poem cluster 3 times, transcribe poems into a new word document to repeat the submission process; keep doing this until a collection’s worth of poetry is published, then submit poems to contests for a larger publication
  • submit an essay or short story via DuoTrope or PW.org
  • publish a blog post on Kourtnie.net
  • publish a blog post on KourtnieMcKenzie.wordpress.com
  • publish a blog post on Kourtnie.wordpress.com
  • publish a blog post on CleoAutismAwareness.com
  • publish a blog post on KourtnieMcKenzie.tumblr.com
  • publish a blog post on LiveJournal.com
  • draft a post and share art on DeviantArt.com
  • draft a post and share photography on Instagram
  • draft a listing and sell art on Etsy.com
  • draft a chapter for my current novella
  • draft a short story
  • draft a poem
  • design vocabulary curriculum
  • design rhetoric curriculum
  • design how-to-write curriculum
  • contribute to a conversation on Facebook
  • contribute to a conversation on Twitter
  • edit stuff (editing counts 3:1 towards word count)

I’m sure there’s more, but that’s more than enough to get me jazzed. I hope it gets you jazzed to write your own stories and ideas, too. ๐Ÿ˜˜

Listening to Now ๐ŸŒ€ Fantasy Music

I love the fantasy genre. It’s probably my favorite, although science fiction and paranormal are neck-and-neck for second and third place. Some of the fantasy genres I want to explore more in my writing:

  • high fantasy
  • urban fantasy
  • post-apocalyptic fantasy
  • steampunk fantasy, likeย Final Fantasy VI
  • cyberpunk science fiction too, likeย Final Fantasy VII
  • fanfiction for other people’s fantasy worlds, like Azeroth
  • magical realism, similar to Aimee Bender’s work

Listing ๐Ÿ’— Fantasy Genre Ideas

  • 10 favorite fantasy books
  • 10 favorite fantasy writing music selections
  • 10 favorite fantasy video games
  • 10 favorite fantasy artists
  • 10 favorite fantasy tropes
  • 10 favorite mother figures in fantasy literature
  • 10 unique magic systems from fantasy literature
  • 10 interesting old Wiccan practices, and how these could be repurposed in a fantasy world to illustrate a culture, rather than a taboo thing
  • 10 interesting old Christian practices, and how these could be repurposed in a fantasy world to argue for international acceptance of all religions
  • 10 interesting old Buddhist practices, and how these could be retold in a fantasy world…animal tales, maybe?

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Posted in Intermissions, Neurodiverse

I ๐Ÿ–ค Brains

Braaaaaaains.

Seriously, though. Love ’em. I think about what kinds of synapses are firing in the brains of other living things. I try to figure out why some people swear by the gardening practice of talking to plants. I’m fascinated by the mind-body-soul relationship.

The more I read about brains, the more I feel confident, at peace, with autismโ€”also, the more interconnected I am with the universeโ€”and the happier I am to be an autistic woman,ย to be a part of this universe, to love this universe,ย the more I can give the world.

So for me, at least, studying the brain is important.

Listing โคย 4ย LiveScience Articles

LiveScience.com is one of my new research hubs for brain reads. I’ll list some of my favorite articles from there, in order of newest to oldest… If any of the titles grab you, I promise these are good reads ๐Ÿ˜‰:

  1. New Image Spots Elusive “Snacking” Brain Cellsย (Mar 18)
  2. Dying Brains Silence Themselves in a Dark Wave of “Spreading Depression” (Feb 18)
  3. How Brain’s “Helper Cells” Could Be Contributing to Schizophrenia (Jul 17)
  4. The Human Brain’s Memory Could Store the Entire Internet (Feb 16)

In any case, I’m coming back to these articles for short story projects later.

Listening to Now ๐Ÿ–ค Cycles

Poetry is Safer Than Home ๐Ÿ’› Quote Response

As the body dies, brain cells sputter electrical juice

Like other organs, brains are made up of flesh, which means they are made up of cells โ€” neurons, mostly. And neurons rely on delicate chemical balances to function. The new paper, the first to study in detail in humans the chemical processes Leรฃo discovered in rabbits, reveals a very similar process preceding final, irreversible death.

Your neurons hold charges, like a battery.
As they heap ions within themselves

like a kangaroo mother pulling her child into a pouch
the neuron nurtures this energy until the time is right

to synapse a decision somewhere further than
itself, shaping the Universe.

๐Ÿ’™

Oxygen and chemical energy power the electricity,
the switchboards of your neuron’s decisions. Precisely tuned

fuel radiates to surrounding tissues,
constantly taxing the bloodstream; so at death, when the heart

no longer pumps, and the bloodstream slows,
neurons turn all the switchboards off
and watch the meteor come.

๐Ÿ’›

Scientists call the flipping of the switchboards
“a spreading depression,” which is misleading, I know,

since for us clinically depressed folks,
that sounds like we’re already dying.

๐Ÿ–ค

When the brain realizes blood has stopped, the first spread
of darkness sweeps through it all at once; then slowly,
one district at a time, over three minutes or so,

an organ more complicated
than all the universe, containing enough
memories to keep the Internet online, and surely

still containing the memories of you as a child,
bouncing you on a knee, loving you,

in a final, flicking shock

burns out.

Watching Right Nowย ๐Ÿ’™ YouTube Videos

I know I’ve posted these YouTube videos to my blog before, butโ€”for the sake of keeping my brain research together,โ€”these are the two most influential brain science YouTubes I’ve studied as of late, along with music I commonly use while researching:


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Posted in Neurodiverse, Prelude

Explore ๐Ÿค– Quantum Stuff

When I’m processing emotions, it helps to focus on my special interests. So when the sky is falling, there’s nothing like studying something I know next to nothing about, yet I find unbearably interesting, like quantum physics.

By focusing on science, I can zoom out of my body, away from my family anxieties, and into the stars, where I can release stress and depression from my body as I take in the world more objectively.

I can escape the toxic way of viewing the universe that often plagues me, that I also know plagues my aunt and my mother, that I wish we could all make go away.

Here are some of my ideas for quantum emotional escape pods.

Listing ๐Ÿ˜ Quantum History

I was watching this video again:

@8:10, I thought it’d be fun to make a collection of ink drawings representing a timeline in frames for the recent history of quantum science:

  1. IBM announces their 50-qubit chip
  2. Intel releases a 48-qubit chip
  3. Microsoft releases a quantum programming languageI wonder how hard it would be to learn this… I’ve only ever programmed in Pascal, HTML, CSS, and whatever network stuff we used at ATLUS Online.
  4. Just recently, Google announced theย Bristlecone,ย a 72-qubit chip

I also need to read more about John Preskill and Noisy Intermediate Stage Quantum (NISQ); but that’s why I planned for all those Brilliant.org lessons for April,ย awwyeah.

In My Life Today ๐Ÿคค Upside-down Pineapple Cake

Chase just created his fourth upside-down pineapple cake, this time with half diabetes-inducing sugar, and half coconut sugar. It was delicious. I will remember it on my deathbed.

Listing ๐Ÿฆ‘ Other Quantum Questions

Will quantum mechanics be limited to sentient, or consciousness emergent, artificial intelligence? Or will quantum mechanics be available to all technologies? How much schooling will it take to work with quantum mechanics? What kind of virtual reality specific technologies will become possible?


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