Category: writing

finishing up edits to Audubon Article #2, this time about my yard (and also bugs + birbs) and want to actually come up with a headline for it myself this time and 

sigh

I’m trying to get intrusive thoughts of “my weeds bring all the birds to the yard” out of my head so I can actually think of a headline they might actually put on their website [link] and it’s not happening.

August 19, 2019, 12:45 am because of course my deadline was August 18

Taking notes from an audio recording of an interview I had with a retired wildlife biologist/naturalist friend of mine for an article I’m writing, and it’s absolutely ridiculous how frequently one or both of us interrupted the entire interview to start baby talking at a bird who showed up to one of his feeders and/or we just up and left the house to check out a moth that started flapping at his sliding glass door.

Seriously, I ruined what would have been an excellent quote to call a cardinal a Handsome Man then we both got distracted when a baby titmouse showed up.

July 3, 2019, 3:22 am

Have you ever thought about compiling all your Weird Biology entries into an actual, physical (or digital i guess), published book?

the closest thing I have so far is www.weirdbiology.com, which will be updated someday when I have time. an published book would be absolutely kickass, especially if I got to do it under a larger organization like national geographic or something! but I just don’t have time to mess with that right now.

nanonaturalist:

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)

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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?

*cough*

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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

The longer version is up on the website now! Check it out: 

Why Autism Makes the Outdoors More Beautiful–and Complicated [link]

And now, I don’t have to worry about my nature people stumbling across the article and finding out I have special brain flavors and acting weird around me. Now I get to worry about potential employers googling my name when they decide if they want to interview me or not and finding this. The joys of having a unique name *sigh*. I had a job interview yesterday that I think went really well, so hopefully that won’t be an issue. Not like it should matter!

The Audubon people are wonderful to work with, I need to think of another story idea so I can do it again soon.

April 17, 2019

Why Autism Makes the Outdoors More Beautiful—and Complicated:

My article is up with a bunch of my bird photos! Now It’s almost like I’m a real photographer or something.

Now I just need to think of more stories to write about birds for future issues!

April 17, 2019

Hey huge fan of your blog here! I love your dedication and passion, and I always read your texts under the pictures but it's really hard for me because there is little spacing between paragraphs. Its just a huge intimidating block of text. Could you maybe help a girl out?

Hi there and thank you! I’m happy you enjoy this blog 🙂 I actually know what you mean and it is something I thought about in the past. My posts tend to be more on the long side and although I often split the text in a couple of paragraphs, they can still look quite chunky. 

The reason why I don’t generally split them further is just so they don’t end up looking even longer than they are, especially on mobile, but if you say this can be perceived as intimidating and it hinders the reader’s experience then it’s worth reconsidering as it’s clearly counterproductive! 

I really appreciate you reading the texts under my photos, it can be frustrating seeing how some of my most successful posts are shared primarily because they are visually appealing, while I invest a considerable amount of time in the researching and writing part, and this is something which has made me wonder more than once whether tumblr is actually the best platform to do what I do.

It probably isn’t, but I like to think the folks which regularly show me appreciation would maybe miss my content here if I started writing somewhere else, in the same way as I’d miss waking up to a new post from my favourite tumblrs if they just left. It has actually already happened (hinting at you here Thomas @pirineodiversityproject!) As long as what I produce on this site gives me a way to have meaningful interaction with plantspeople and share knowledge, I’ll stay. 

So thanks for the good advice and hopefully you and everybody else will get to enjoy my writing even more from now on! (notice how this long post was evenly split into manageable paragraphs!? eheh ;> )