Monthly Archives: June 2014

Mind Mapped

mind mapDuring your visits at the Thought Factory you will sometimes encounter posts labelled “mapped” – books mapped, TED mapped, even sites mapped. The ‘Mind Gym’ of my LEARN section, an important room in this factory, will equip you with knowledge about mind maps – how they are created, what they are used for. Once you have seen a few they are quite self-explanatory and that’s what makes them such a convenient tool to grab the essence of articles, books or TED talks and transfer it to you.

If you are like me, you don’t have as many times ten-twenty minutes as there are attractive TED talks. The introductory lines on TED usually just make you want to listen to the speech even more. A glance at an outline or, even better, a mind map of these talks lets you acquire the essence and allows you to decide with more certainty which ones are most useful to watch for your own purposes and interests.

Look for posts marked as ‘something mapped’ if you happen to be looking to save some time or just use it more wisely (speaking of which, expect me to share some thoughts on time management in the Mind Gym sometime).

Have you already heard of mind maps? Or used them? For taking notes? For studies or other purposes? What do you find most fascinating about them?

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Poems translated

This post could go in the ‘write’ section perhaps, although it is slightly unusual. In the past week I translated three poems of a friend to English (not a habit of mine). So the originals are to her credit, she is the Wakewalker after all. She likes the way they sound in English – or so she told me. Hope you like them too. 🙂

 

Wakewalker

Used-to-be sleepwalker,
I lived life as the dead.
Then turned into a soarer,
wandered cloudy paths.
Now I gleam and glare,
one-of-her-kind, fair
earth-rambling wake-walker.

 

Auroral Exultation
dewstar diamond-meadows
golden sun-rays’ azure sky
obsidian shade on the emerald grass
lush leaves’ velvety touch
wonderful treasures all mine, all for me
all for me
for me

 

only silence
only silence sits in me wordless
can’t find a way out
perhaps this is it
that’s all there is
a world locked in silence

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New look, new topics

factory sunriseYes, I have turned my half-dead author’s page into a Thought Factory. Why and what’s the difference?

Because the number of my writings – be it poems, short stories or novels – in English is limited. My thoughts on writing, reading and learning are not. So I have turned to lighting some creative sparks (or colourful bubbles – look around, they are hovering around, grab one!) in my visitors’ heads using my own. This is a place that produces thoughts in your minds while sticking to the realms of three specific, exciting topics.

Read, Learn, and Write. Books, interesting and new ways of learning and developing your mind or recognizing the tricks it plays with you, and writing, crafting stories, bringing characters to life. Warning: in ‘Learn’ I might treat the topic a bit vaguely because I am fascinated by anything that has to do with the human mind. In fact, I had considered calling it the ‘Mind Blog’ instead of the Thought Factory, or ‘Judit’s Mind Works’ (and of course a thousand other things), but quickly dropped both ideas for obvious reasons. But we are coming close to insider secrets – secrets of my mind –, so let’s not go deeper into this…

The page still contains a few writings of mine and I might add a few, and since these are mainly fantasy or sci-fi, you can also expect more content related to these genres.

Meanwhile I am building my Hungarian author’s page, so pay it a visit if you speak the language and please be a tiny little bit patient if not, because I am also working on my novel Utopia – the Isle of Peace. Some details are coming up soon!

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