Wednesday, 14 April 2021


The first thing to try for any tech glitch is to turn it off and on again, right? If only we could do the same to our brains! While my dream superpower is telepathic communication with animals, I'd also love to be a technomancer.

If you're stuck on characterisation, you can do a tarot reading or astrological chart to spark traits or motivations you'd never have thought of consciously. Tarot cards are also good for plotting. Open a book to a random page or choose a random song lyric. There are countless ways to trigger subliminal inspiration and trick your brain down untrodden paths.

I've used back-translation with online translators to generate evocative titles ("Stolen to Time" is one of my favourites). And I've used Botnik to inspire unusual connections - the kind that only come from dream logic.

Here's Botnik writing a Thana Niveau story:



There's a haunting poetry in the reordering of words via predictive text. It's like reading stories I wrote while I was dreaming.

But while all of that is fun, and stimulates the creative area of my brain, none of it opens the gate that releases the actual STORIES.


Reinstall Muse?

Yes, please!

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