Oh boy. I don’t half-ass things. Apparently that includes coming out of the HEY GUYS I’M AUTISTIC closet. Which I did earlier this week. In a nature magazine. They did a feature on birders with disabilities, and wanted to get a written piece from a birder with autism. And I was like *waves arms furiously*. (Because it paid and I’m unemployed right now)
A 200 word limit is VERY SHORT for an essay, holy carp. But the web piece will be longer (it’s not out yet). Do you like my kinglet?! I took that picture!
Anyway, this is a tiny little essay tucked into some obscure nature magazine nobody reads, right?
Well, what are the odds that somebody I know will read this issue cover-to-cover and notice my name at the bottom of this short little article? I’m quoted in the Editor’s Note at the beginning of the Issue.
The best part? When I was talking with the editor of this section in the beginning, I sent her some writing samples so she could get an idea of my ability to actually write. Those samples included some posts from this blog.
I got my copies of the magazine shipped to me super quick, but I’m not sure when regular subscribers will be getting them. I did post about this on my NanoNaturalist facebook page, so all my IRL nature people who follow me there know my secret (although to be honest, I am highly suspicious of anybody who didn’t notice I was a little weird to begin with).
Life continues to be fun and exciting!
March 16, 2019
Halp need Headline for WEB VERSION
I’m working on the edits for the web version of this essay (it’s like, 4x longer), and I have been asked for input on the HEADLINE and SUBHEADLINE for the piece. Of course, knowing that I needed to get this done tonight, because I have a job interview on Tuesday, I spent all day doing yard work and cleaning my kitchen (finally, my kitchen has been a disaster since December!). I will probably “think about the headline a little more” when I submit my edits at 4 am.
Anybody have witty ideas? Themes of the article:
Autism & ADHD
Looking at birds
Holy hyperfixation, Batman
Taking pictures of birds
Some recent headlines and subheadlines as examples:
Previous articles as examples: Audubon Magazine: Birding Articles [link]
You uh… think they’ll say no if I want to work a handflapping / stumpy wings joke into the title? I mean, it IS April, after all. 😉
April 14/15, 2019