by Katie | Jan 11, 2023 | Disability, Parenting
:: Like so many autistic adults who are diagnosed later in life, my past clicked into focus once I was diagnosed. All of my awkwardness that led to bullying and more—I didn’t realize how much I blamed myself for those things. Why couldn’t I have been stronger? What was wrong with me? I didn’t realize that I never had a chance because I never received support.
by Katie | Sep 27, 2022 | Disability, Writing and Publishing
:: Coming out from under a crushing deadline doesn’t mean you’re going to be happy. It can mean the opposite.
by Katie | May 13, 2022 | Lady Issues, Social Justice, Writing and Publishing
:: I can laugh about it now, but I have never forgotten how it felt to have sent an email with the intent to make the world a better place, to have received praise in private, and then to have been humiliated in public.
by Katie | May 9, 2022 | Disability, Life is Long, Parenting
:: In 24 hours, the truth was before us, a truth that had probably been there all along. Sometimes things just die.
by Katie | Mar 16, 2022 | Disability, Life is Long, Parenting
:: Today, when this fear of death hit me, I realized that I’ve been carrying these thoughts around in the back of my mind for so long that I can’t remember when they started. Perhaps two years of pandemic, of living under a shroud of death, has created this pall.
by Katie | Jan 25, 2022 | Disability, Life is Long
:: The best jobs give their workers agency, and those workers tend to be happy They get to be creative, and come up with neat ideas, and execute those ideas. Whereas jobs where workers do not have agency tend to have workers who burn out.
by Katie | Jan 23, 2022 | Life is Long, Parenting, Travel, Writing and Publishing
:: We don’t get many opportunities to seize pure joy. And this was the purest.
by Katie | Dec 1, 2021 | Lady Issues
:: “Can I shut the door?” asks the pencil. “Sure,” I say. I don’t want anyone to see me here in this place, so shutting the door is a good idea. Then I repeat what I said in the lobby. “I don’t know what I’m doing here. Really. This is a waste of time.”
by Katie | Sep 5, 2021 | Freelance Academic, Writing and Publishing
:: There are, indeed, expected ways of communicating with editors of public venues that you can’t possibly know unless someone tells you—or you learn the hard way by making mistakes. You would probably prefer to avoid making those mistakes.