About

✍ Writing

The ethos of why I write online is very much inspired by some pioneer bloggers in the 90's. They froze all their thoughts into the Internet through hyperlink mazes. I believe in both hyper-publishing and perfectionism. It's a bit of a paradox, but either one of them alone leads to an imbalance. I often publish after a single-session, but give myself permission to go back and relentlessly edit pieces that still interest me.

On my Writing page, I share some context behind the "Sets" below.

Writing Sets dB

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All Writing
All 2021 writings sorted chronologically (latest first)
📄
Essays
Focused on structure and story-telling, many still WIP
👣
Fiction
Experiments in placemaking, poetry, and vulnerability
🧱
Notes
A mosaic of half-baked ideas (linked through tags)
🌀
Miro
Spatial mind maps to understand complex ideas
🔎
Analysis
Dissecting writing lessons from great authors
🔢
AI-Generated
Collaborating with GPT-3 to generate non-sense

⚡ Glossary

This idea is inspired by Gus Mueller, a self-described "dumpster-diving punk turned web developer." He's kept a detailed journal of his life, day by day, since 1996. Instead of navigating his life chronologically, you can use his glossary to dive in to whatever topic you want. These tag-groups cover the range of ideas I think about. They are portals that will drop you off into random parts of town.

Here's the full glossary and a breakdown of how the system works.

📚 Libraries

Whenever I would trip-sit Ed the Philosopher, I'd wander through his maze of old cassette tapes and anarchist books. You can learn a lot about a person by the random things they collect. I only know of my grandfather through a library he left behind in the 1980's. It makes me paranoid that a version of myself is buried in hard drives and password-locked web accounts. My new M.O. is to post everything here. You never know when you'll get struck by a meteorite.

Here's a tour through the Libraries.

📐 The Writing Studio

The Writing Studio is a four-week program that dives deep into the process of writing essays. It uses visual analysis (a fancy way to say shapes and colors) to help you see the hidden patterns in your writing. I give consistent feedback on scope, structure, and voice. The whole format is based on the "studio culture" model from architecture school. In addition to live workshops and group writing exercises, the average student gets around 8 hours of 1:1 time. Let me know if you're interested in joining.

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🚀 Build Your Site With Notion

Switching from Squarespace to Notion opened up a floodgate for me. Publishing became frictionless (just a checkbox to go live). Notion also enables a kind of "fluid creativity." Regardless of how you start your website, you can easily fork off and break into new:

  • Mediums (writing vs. art),
  • Formats (essay vs. fiction),
  • Topics (metaverse vs. music history),
  • Phases (brain-fart vs. masterpiece), and
  • Frequencies (daily vs. monthly).

When we box ourselves into a specific combination of these things, we either get stuck or stop evolving. Contrary to popular opinion, I'd argue that Notion offers flexibility and space to experiment. Rigidity only comes from burying our content in scattered and nested pages. I want to help people build simple "object-oriented" systems. That might sound scary, but all it means is creating a simple set of databases that grants you room to explore.

You can click OS to see how my site is setup.