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Category: Neurodivergence

February Catch-Up

I know, it’s almost the end of March! The last month and a half has been increasingly bananas. New Tashi Words Picking up from where I left off: NOISE I added NOISE on January 27, in large part because Tashi was using several words in obviously off-label ways that I didn’t understand, which indicates a concept that he doesn’t have…

Embodiment

I am so, so, so behind on logging button progress, aaaaaa. Life is extremely full and not letting up soon, as we are taking a trip in April (with dog!) that requires a lot of advance planning. And then as soon as I come back, it’s Start Up The Garden Again, this time building raised beds. Lots of work ahead.…

AIC Problems and (Some) Solutions

(AIC stands for Augmented Interspecies Communication, which is a fancy but quick way of referring to ‘talking pet buttons.’) Even before our Neck Cone Setback, our button project has not always been smooth sailing. In fact, there have been several significant difficulties right from the beginning … and sometimes the solution to one problem just created another. Problem One: Garbled…

Back to Basics

With my last update for context, here are the words added since December 8 and their results: HI / BYE-BYE All the words I chose for the board in late November and early December were coming off a list I’d been keeping of possible vocabulary that I (and sometimes Jak) already said to Tashi often enough that there was a…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Recovering from a Month

April was a hard month. Especially since my Autism Epiphany, which led me to a much better understanding of why I’d spent a majority of my adult life in a state of steamrollered-flat exhaustion, I have been doing much better at ‘parcelling out my spoons’ to avoid extremes of stress and burnout. With that firmly in mind, I had planned…

Revolution

So, it’s August. Our nine-week kitchen renovation project is now on week thirty. The only progress in the last two weeks is that we got doors on our upper cabinets. It’s the height of the monsoon season, and we still have to go outside to wash dishes. Jak still has to climb through a window to get to his office.…