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Hi! I'm Eleanor Konik – a history nerd & fantasy author who enjoys putting software through its paces.

I try to keep up with all the tools, plugins, guides, events, & discussions relevant to Obsidian's corner of the personal knowledge management community, as well as share some insight into my own nerdy deep dives into ancient history & weird animal biology... and more importantly the methods that help me stay sane and happy during the process.

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Thoughts on productivity

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🌲 My favorite productivity app that isn't a productivity app

Old, simple tools are often still useful, especially when paired with a practice of frequent check-ins with your goals and mental state.

a lion wearing protective goggles that reflect blue icebergs via Midjourney
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🌲Using Obsidian for Teaching?

For the most part, my teaching notes are very simple and low-tech. But Obsidian was helpful when I was allowed to use it.

🌲Using Obsidian for Teaching?
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👩‍🏫 Cartography for Worldbuilders

Map generation & usage

👩‍🏫 Cartography for Worldbuilders


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📚 Review: The Sol Majestic by Ferrett Steinmetz

Lessons in persistence from food porn science fiction

a chef wearing a neon hat
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📚 The Value of Philosophical Rants in Fantasy Stories

Reflections on the rants of Ursula Vernon, L. E. Modesitt Jr., & Naomi Novik

a painting of the trench coat wearing figures of a shadow and a redhead watching the sunset


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📰 Food as Currency

On the origins of agriculture, money, & currency

A basket full of dried cocoa beans being traded at a mayan market via the MidJourney AI bot.
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📰 Carthaginian Connections

An overview of cultures Carthage interacted with

Carthage Ports Puniques via wikimedia commons public domain