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Triangulation or The Subtle Art of Connecting Dots

One of the basics steps when writing a story is research. Looking for an specific topic is easy, but sometimes you forget that elements are connected and when you start writing about them you realise you have to make more research and have to stop writing just when your muse had shown up.

One of the easiest way to avoid missing something is triangulation, or as I like to call it, the subtle art of connecting dots. In simple words, triangulation is a systematic mechanism for research, is also useful when writing essays.

When we get asks like, I’m creating a new world, what should I keep in mind? How do I create a new culture? How can I make a new government system? What do I have to keep in mind when writing about guns? We are the ones making the connections for you, we cover the majority of things but since it’s not our story, the connection of ideas work differently. I’ll be using the questions above as examples.

Creating a New World

  • First stage Astronomy, Geography, Ecology.
  • Second stage Climate, Main location, Societies.
  • Third stage Seasons, Urbanization, Culture.

On the first stage you define if your world will have one, two or three suns, the same with moons, planets, things like that. Also you define the geography of the world, how many oceans, continents, mountains, islands, rivers, among others. For ecology, flora and fauna, where species live, how many will be and how they interact. Ecology includes humans.

On the second stage you set the climate for your world. How it will be affected if it has three suns and two moons. On the other hand, the geography will give you your main location, where will it be, how many rivers will it have, mountains, if it’s going to be on a island. In societies, you get to know where your characters are from, how many people lives within those societies. Leave culture for the next stage, here define demography.

On the tird stage work on the seasons, how they behave and how they affect your world. In urbanization set the buildings, parks, highways, transportation. Culture is more difficult to work, that’s why you’ll have to triangulate one more time.

Below you’ll find the following examples

  • Creating a Culture
  • Creating a New Government
  • Guns Research
  • Essays (example)

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From This River, When I Was a Child, I Used to Drink

But when I came back I found
that the body of the river was dying.

“Did it speak?”

Yes, it sang out the old songs, but faintly.

“What will you do?”

I will grieve of course, but that’s nothing.

“What, precisely, will you grieve for?”

For the river.  For myself, my lost
joyfulness.  for the children who will not
know what a river can be–a friend, a
companion, a hint of heaven.

“Isn’t this somewhat overplayed?”

I said: it can be a friend.  A companion.  A
hint of heaven.

Mary Oliver, Red Bird: Poems (Beacon Press, 2008)


The Last Dragons - Protecting Appalachia’s Hellbenders on Vimeo

The Hellbender is a salamander, living in clear streams in Appalachia. The only clear streams remaining are in U.S. forest land.

They’re weird looking, some say ugly. So much so they’re cute. Some call them the last dinosaur. 

Don’t you just adore it when you feel it building profusely in the center of your feminine mysteries. Spreading curvy ass, rising baked nipples, and taking over your enchanting soul! You breathe deeply while being penetrated by two shapeshifting fingers churning as a delightful healing wand inside your darkest, most receptive organ. It’s definitely not pee; it’s more so the grandest liquid light, a gushing river, an ecological wonder plowing through your body and exploding into raw, sustainable energy. Instead of bringing the orgasmic sensation inwards, push the energy outwards like the shooting star you are. Give yourself full permission to release your sacred waters. Spray your lover without worry, shame, or concern. Give her/him/them the honor to simply know God. Soft and tender and lulling; hard and primal and raw all at once. Then observe the afterglow: that’s your luminous, protruding body glowing light years away. <3

words and pictured, India Ame'ye, 39 year old Author of the charming book “You Look Like Something Blooming”


Eastern Hognose Snake, found while birding at Manassas National Battlefield Park, Manassas, VA, June 8, 2015 According to The University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL):  “When confronted, the hognose snake will suck in air; spread the skin around its head and neck (like a cobra), hiss, and lunge pretending to strike. Eventually, they will even play dead, rolling on their back and opening their mouth. Often, these displays alone are enough to identify this species. Despite this fairly convincing show, hognose snakes almost never bite.”  We tried not to cause the snake distress, but apparently our photographing was enough to prompt the entire display–so incredibly cool!