3×3 Blogosphere Formula

Lately I’ve tried to give my intuition more agency. While slices of our society argue gut reactions are more of a primal response,—and therefore, inferior to the rationale of an intellectual, mammalian-brain response—lately I’ve questioned the validity of this point of view; I’m uncertain if evolution intended for us to abandon our reptilian, unconscious responses as much as we’ve done as a 21st-century, dazzled-and-bedazzled, pathos-invested, logos-excused species;

So I’ve given my body more permission to send those visceral reactions to my prefrontal cortex for honest and openhearted consideration.

Which means all the below rules are designed to be broken.

3 Rules for Content

  • 1st readers see is a “pinned” quote or snippet, digestible in 30sec or less, with the intention to pique a) curiosity b) open-mindedness & c) wonder; then the next 2 posts will vary in order, but will meet the below criteria:
  • 2nd or 3rd post of 100 words or less, like tickling an idea;
  • 2nd or 3rd post of 300 words or more, where an idea is explored with some depth—but not enough depth to warrant a wetsuit; cavernous writing (1000+ words) isn’t something I plan, although it’s still something I magically produce 1-3 times a week.

pinned mood setter + 100-word tickle + 500-word depth =
textured content / curvaceous body

3 Rules for Top Menu & Sidebar

  • unified menu structure across all sites for ease of movement within blogosphere;
  • search bar and video (or community badge) above the fold, to invite a conversation within and beyond each blog;
  • alternation between e-mail sign-up, Amazon Associates disclosure, Patreon recruitment, and Pinterest boards for the remaining sidebar, until widgets are flush with the length of 3 content posts.

search bar + above-fold conversation + below-fold alternation =
visually stimulating, exploration-friendly maps / flow

3 Rules for Footer

  • succinct & metamorphic blogging & social media goals;
  • recommended & thematic books as repeat-exposure, full-disclosure ads;
  • alternation with more Pinterest boards.

goals + recommended books + embedded alternation =
visually stimulating, ethos-designed call-to-actions

Formulaic Writing

I use formulas for my writing. Once I find a healthy formula, I stretch it around, changing a variable here; doubling a variable there.

Think of it like wrapping your hands in tight gloves, then wriggling your fingers—looking for the tension in the fabric. This is what my brain likes to do.

While this is not the sole creative approach I use, I lean into this method for a reason. …I’ll let you know when I figure the reason out.

 

Posted in Odyssey Quests, 🎨 Art

Lakhiani’s 3 Important Questions

I read Vishen Lakhiani’s Code of the Extraordinary Mind last year, and it rekindled my flame in self-help literature. If it weren’t for Amazon Unlimited suggesting Lakhiani’s book, I’m not sure if I would have read Designing Your Life or any of the other self-help and psychology e-books populating my Kindle.

Now I read self-help more than fiction.

And I really love to read fiction.

So while watching self-help YouTube videos, I found Lakhiani again, and I bookmarked a few of these treasures in my parrot’s newspaper, Meeper, such as…

I wanted to tackle the three questions he mentions:

What experiences do I want to have? What family do I want to have? Where do I want to travel? 

For me to be the woman who has these experiences, how do I have to grow? We are growth-driven machines. How can I learn to be a better lover? Better wife? Better mother? What do I want to learn? What languages do I want to speak? What music do I want to perform?

To be that woman who has these experiences, who has this growth—how do I give back to the world? How do I contribute to fellow souls? How do I give back to the human race? How do I inspire people? Your contributions become your steps to give back to the world, from happiness to fulfillment.

Experiences. Growth. Contribution.

This is your list. Everything else is just a means goal. Your true goals are buried in this list.

Experiences

  1. I want to see the pyramids.
  2. I want to give birth to a child, then adopt a child. We’ll have a daughter and a son.
  3. I want to be a loving, playful, and accepting wife and mother.
  4. I want to see glow worms on a deep cavern tour. I want to photograph the fine details of a glow worm at just the right angle.
  5. I want to publish hybrid genre books. I want to publish e-books that make travel possible, that pay off college, that enable my children for college, and I want all those e-books to have autistic main characters, but in different genres.
  6. I want to make a browser game: a CYOA visual novel.
  7. I want to fall in love with a cockatoo.

Growth

  1. I want to learn as much as possible about Hatshepsut, fifth pharoah of the 18th Dynasty of Egypt.
  2. I want to learn more about how to be a successful foster parent. I want to educate myself.
  3. I want to learn more about how to be kind, uplifting, and forgiving.
  4. I want to learn how to photograph with a good camera, in the dark.
  5. I need to read every genre. I want to grow as a reader. I want to relearn the joy of a hardcover in sunlight.
  6. I want to learn advanced HTML and CSS.
  7. I need to learn more about animal intelligence. I have to read more about parrot behavior; bird behavior; bird watching.

Contributions

  1. I want to encourage female leadership. The books I write will have female leaders. The succeeding artificial superintelligences will be the ones that create children. I’ll create models for women to follow to become strong leaders.
  2. I am going to raise children who want to build the world; not take away from the world.
  3. I will write a book about animal intelligence and birds. I will write another book about animal intelligence and cats.
  4. I’ll share how I see the universe in these glow worms through photography.
  5. I’ll write books in lots of genres:
    • high fantasy/science fiction;
    • science fiction/romance;
    • romance/thriller;
    • thriller/post-apocalyptic;
    • post-apocalyptic/cyberpunk;
    • cyberpunk/memoir;
    • memoir/spirituality;
    • spirituality/education;
    • education/poetry;
    • poetry/family;
    • family/urban fantasy;
    • urban fantasy/steampunk;
    • steampunk/young adult;
    • young adult/horror;
    • horror/mystery;
    • mystery/cookbook;
    • cookbook/humor;
    • humor/music;
    • music/science;
    • science/creativity;
    • creativity/speculative fiction;
    • speculative fiction/how-to;
    • how-to/slice of life;
    • slice of life/mathematical;
    • mathematical/paranormal;
    • paranormal/nature;
    • nature/historical fantasy;
    • historical fantasy/erotica;
    • erotica/experimental;
    • experimental/mythology;
    • mythology/self-help;
    • self-help/visual novel;
    • visual novel/fairy tale;
    • fairy tale/satire;
    • satire/magical realism;
    • magical realism/western;
    • western/subterranean fiction;
    • subterranean fiction/(wo)men’s adventure;
    • (wo)men’s adventure/prehistoric fiction;
    • prehistoric fiction/quantum fiction;
    • quantum fiction/children’s lit;
  6. I’ll gamify all my websites. I’ll create fun spaces on the Internet; or fun spaces in virtual reality; because I want my stories to reach people today, not people from yesterday.
  7. I’ll share the journey through animal intelligence on YouTube. I’ll also share the journey of finding your writing voice; I seem to inspire my students, but I can do this for more than 15-30 people at a time. I want everyone to believe in the potential of their voices, then put their ear to the ground to listen to the voices of nature, to translate for nature, just as scientists translate nature’s language into mathematics…for us to understand.

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