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My Beautiful Tyranny

My fascination with Gabriele Rico’s clustering techniques continues. The vignette below came from an exercise in her book based on the “creative tension produced through word pair contraries.”

I first clustered around the word pair of ‘beautiful / tyranny’ by giving the ‘design mind’ as Gabriele calls it – (for me, this is the daemon-muse) – room to play using pen and paper for about fifteen minutes. And sure enough, the ‘trial-web vision’ that Gabriele wrote about presented itself in the inherent contradictions between a number of  clustered word groups.

This led to a ‘trial-web shift’ in the form of a clear focusing statement – a  juxtaposition of where AI and humans may part company in the decades

The ‘sign mind’ was then allowed in on the party as I wrote fast and furious on about a page of A4. Lots of scribbles and cross outs.


There are the seeds of a story or two in these lines and that alone is worth the price of admission for me – dedicated time and practice.

In other news: I cancelled my science fiction time travel story (The Zelkova Sphere) on pre-order with the Amazon Kindle store because it had major structural problems.

It’s still available for a November 23 launch on Apple’s iBook store.

There will be more about that fiasco in only my second ever email newsletter which will be sent out to subscribers (you few brave souls!) in June.

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