About

I use visual diagrams to map the shape of ideas. From editing over 500 essays in 2021, I’ve developed a series of concepts to help deconstruct the creative process. I make structure simple, editing fun & encourage creative experimentation in all forms.

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Working On

Writing about

I’m a niche-resistor, and create my best work when I follow my curiosity. My approach has been: create a delirious range of dots, and then connect them after the fact. Here’s an attempt to curate my body of work so you can dive in where you’re interested:

Streams

✍️
Composition
Write your best essays
For Writers
13 posts
🔢
Notion OS
On building digital systems
For Writers
15 posts
💭
Perspective
Why write online?
For Writers
21 posts
🎙️
Voice Imitations
Impressions of classic authors
For Writers
2 posts
👓
Metaverse
Glimpse the future of VR
Non-fiction
14 posts
🐍
Blockchain
Thoughts on crypto madness
Non-fiction
10 posts
🌐
Internet
The history of self-publishing
Non-fiction
9 posts
🪙
Culture
Weird takes on society
Non-fiction
18 posts
✴️
Simulation Fiction
Stories from real VR events
Short Stories
7 posts
🕸️
Delirious Dean
Half-true autobiography
Short Stories
1 post
📓
Life Capture
A day in the life
Short Stories
7 posts

You can also drop in to my featured essays, an index, or the the full collection.

Writing principles from 2021 (will update these every year)

  • Who | Drop your preconceived sense of identity and let different voices emerge
  • What | Avoid niching-down. Publish furiously, be authentic, be known for many things
  • Where | Keep all your information in one home (Notion), instead of 27 specialized apps
  • When | Publishing cadences are helpful, but don’t forget to change them frequently
  • Why | More important than audience building is freezing your consciousness into the future
  • How | Publish furiously in single-sessions sprints, but be a perfectionist on the ones that count

The last 10 years

  • 2012 | Designed and built a recycling center in Costa Rica
  • 2013 | Focused my architectural thesis on facilities for psychedelic-assisted therapy
  • 2014 | Created a form of visual notation to deconstruct songwriting
  • 2015 | Learned Unreal Engine on YouTube and founded a VR consulting company
  • 2016 | Introduced over 2,000 people to their first 6 DOF VR experience
  • 2017 | Rooted in Astoria; my apartment, office, & recording studio are within a 10-minute walk
  • 2018 | Started working at an international architecture firm as a VR specialist
  • 2019 | Wrote original songs and performed with a band in NYC
  • 2020 | Helped 60 architects host VR-based design reviews during the pandemic
  • 2021 | Focused on online writing and launched The Writing Studio

michael@michaeldean.site

Don’t hesitate to reach out to me about anything: writing, Notion, ideas, projects.

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