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Author: Karawynn

I am female, and a ferocious feminist; white, but a vehement anti-racist. I am an impassioned democratic socialist. I am a biromantic asexual in a polyamorous long-term relationship with an allosexual. I am autistic, with a long list of comorbid conditions, though I didn’t know that until I was 49. I am a stepmother to now-adult daughters, one of whom is also neurodiverse. I am a child abuse survivor who lives with mental illness. I have an autoimmune condition and am physically disabled. I read a great deal and sometimes I write.

Alone and Together

No flight cancellations this time: hooray, Jak is home! I survived just over 153 hours this round, 50% longer; I’m not as much of an emotional mess, but I’m more physically exhausted. However, I think I made another mini-breakthrough on Tashi’s biting behavior while Jak was gone. Giving him time outs when he becomes unmanageable is not a new idea…

Melting

A lot of other things have happened so far in November besides the whole CATNIP escapade, and I will attempt (emphasis on attempt) to catch up to the present here. That’s more than two weeks, so this is likely to be long, but like I said: this is as much a record for myself as anything, and if it interests…

Cat Nipping

So, because Rikki was super interested in the buttons and acting like he wanted to communicate, I decided to help him figure out how to actually press them. Starting in the third week of October, I began trying to target-train him, similar to this video. I started with a little glass container through which he could see the treat, so…

Quick Study

You know, for most of my life I thought my tendency to go ‘all in’ on whatever (or whoever) caught my interest was just a random personality trait, but like many other things about me, it turns out to be a feature of autism! For those of you who don’t experience it yourselves, this is what it looks like when…

Dark Horse Cat

Well, it’s been just over two weeks; I’m still not quite done with the aforementioned Nine Lives essay (almost! almost!), and meanwhile things have moved so fast with me and the pets that it’s going to take me three entries here just to catch up to the present, including the crazy thing that happened just this morning. (Edit: essay now…

Using Our Words

I have a new all-consuming hobby: teaching my pets to talk. I’m nearly finished writing a Nine Lives that puts this statement in a larger context — the tragic history of research into animal cognition and communication, and how one speech-language pathologist, video-based social media, pandemic lockdowns, and a few thousand pet owners combined to not only give the scientific…

Woof

You know, I promised three posts about ‘what happened to June’, but more properly the third one should be subtitled ‘what happened to July’. The short version is: a starving, fearful stray puppy turned up in our shared garden on June 26. After about 36 hours of exploring rescue options (currently nonexistent) and Very Serious Discussions, Jak and I decided…

Learning to Grow

Part two of three on “What the hell happened to June?” (It’s not so much that I think even the five people reading this blog will care that much about my garden, but that I guess I’ve reached the point where I want to write things down as much for my future self as for anyone else, my memory being…

Here Comes the Rain Again

This is a three-part update, subtitled “What the hell happened to June?” So one thing about living in Mexico that is very different from the US (or Canada, or the UK): we don’t really have four seasons here. That’s because the spring-summer-fall-winter progression is a phenomenon specific to temperate latitudes, and most of Mexico is sub-tropical or tropical. In Köppen-Geiger…

Am I Officially ‘Back from the Dead’ Now?

I just realized that I posted about my latest story publication everywhere online except … my own actual web site. <facepalm> “Hope Is the Thing With Feathers” — my short story about a nonspeaking autistic person, genetically engineered corvids, and the importance of self-determination — appears in Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, July/August 2023 issue. Individual print copies are in bookstores…