words fail me
Let me start with a confession. For someone who spends a large portion of each day stringing together words in what I hope is a pleasing combination that will incite anything from amusement to introspection, I am probably the least suited person for this job you or I or anyone else could encounter.
Here's why: I'm dyslexic.
Does this mean that each workday consists successive minutes of tear-stained labor with every word agonizingly eked out by an angry muse whipping my psyche like a Dan Brown monk on a cocktail of roofies, psilocybin shrooms, and nitrous oxide? Oh, please.
What it does mean that is writing (and reading, for that matter) entails using a different set of mental flips for me than it does someone who is neurotypical. In fact, I can read just fine, and like most of you, can motor through a three to four hundred word novel in a few hours. On the other hand, writing is more like sculpting. Sometimes something will look right, but when I go back, it bears a closer resemblance to magnetic poetry than prose that I've sounded out and carefully keyed into Word.
So am I some sort of red-nosed oddity, uniquely suited to stand as a beacon for similarly constructed folk? There are a lot of us out there. A list of dyslexic writers includes some pretty heady talent: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Fannie Flagg, Agatha Christie, George Bernard Shaw, John Irving, and Jules Verne are just a few of the people who make their living with words and yet use a different set of processes than most people.
None of this has been a secret, but it's not the first thing most people know about me. Writing about it now is something I feel emboldened to do largely because of the people who work with me each month to make this website what it is. I am humbled by their talent and at the same time bouyed by their fearlessness.
Having said that, there's a lot of good stuff in this issue.
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