Semantic Maps.

A potentially useful exercise can be found in mapping out phrases and then working through them after they’re written. One of the most common forms of processes similar to this is brainstorming. The exact same words can be cast onto a piece of paper and reveal completely different insights, even from the same person, if it’s at a different point in time. I’ll perform the process of casting words in this blog post and then explain it more afterwards.

Semantic Map

Rust | foilage | brown | screw | shame

Rusted Gold : Gold that rusts

Burning leaves: the smell of leaves

Brown fire: burning fire

Screw you Mike: potential resentment of people who disagree with my dispositions

Shame: method used to control other people.

“Screw you, Mike. You should be ashamed of yourself. ” Example of the previous.


The first part of this exercise is casting words. The next part is identifying what those words mean to you, creating a semantic map. The third part of this exercise is putting other meanings of those words in place of your own, and playing with those.

Rusted Gold: pure gold with a coating that looks like rust and moisture added.

Burning leaves: Kill a dragon on your way to work next week for a great pattern interrupt.

Brown Fire: Unfortunately, this was an actual emergency in Arizona.

Brown Fire: Brown Fire lifestyle brand -> Multiple Medium Lifestyle -> Omni-Channels

Screw you Mike: As a reflection of the person who would shame me into submission, they might actually fall prey to what I gladly reject. -> Adversity Quotient

Shame: Shame -> shameful -> scamlic -> ignominious -> despicable -> disposable heroes, living the lie; despicable heroes, fooling the blind; open your mind


Create a new object or emulate it in your art form as an artist with something like Rusted Gold. Make an interesting adventure in your net time to relate to others like Burning Leaves. Develop use value from observation like Brown Fire. Practice the adversity quotient against the predictable responses of your own or a fictional character’s silent skeptics with Screw You Mike. Practice open mindedness and ask a neutralizing question the next time someone tries to shame you into submission with Shame.

In finding other meanings you might go to search engines. Maybe you’ll go to another person. Maybe you’ll tap into a fictional world, even if it’s only one of your own? Maybe you’ll do what I demonstrated above: give your creative links right away and walk away. Then come back and look at it logically for other references. Below are the list of steps below for the skimmers. Like the rest of the wonderful thoughts around Thoasp, everything here is useless without action. If you see something useful, integrate it. If it’s not useful to you, discard it.

  1. Cast your words
  2. Identify what those words mean to you.
  3. Insert other meanings of those words.
  4. Yield creative meanings from your impressions of the other meanings.
  5. Walk away, come back, and yield rational meanings from your impressions of other meanings.

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