My Best Work

Which element of your best work do you most want to #amplify this year?

Instead of considering simply doing more work, take the time to consider which elements of your work would most light you up to amplify. What’s holding you back from amplifying it? Is it that obscure little thing no one will care about? Or is it that if they see it, they’ll care too much and call the Imposter or Weirdo Police?

There won’t be a time in the future where it’ll be easier to amplify that part of your work.
p.s. You can’t stand out and fit in at the same time. Charlie Gilkey asked this as the 10th prompt in Tracking Wonder’s Quest2016 writing challenge.

What would most light me up?

That’s the part of this question that jumps out for me. What is it that, when I talk about it, brings out happy-conference-Seonaid? What makes me gesture expansively, drawing people towards me, making me feel whole-hearted and… what is that sensation? Clicked in. Like I have found the part of the universe which fits me perfectly.


It’s structures, systems, and the implications of technology. It’s phase transitions, social construction of reality, knowability, and nearly-inexpressible thoughts. Ideas flickering just at the edge of my comprehension. That’s where I come alive, glow, wave my hands, draw upon my entire life experience, and generally want to hug anybody who lets me speak at length.

It’s this:


(This is from before I spent three months drawing every day. I keep planning to draw it again with my newly developed skills, and fill in the rest of the book, but if I don’t follow my own advice from one of the incomplete pages, it will die in the basket at the foot of my bed.)



The next page, which I have not yet made, is about Local Order. Also, I have markers now. And I promised a group of 130 people that I would finish it. So I guess I’m out of excuses.

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