Thursday, September 25, 2014

#CFP Typed Words, Loud Voices


Typed Words, Loud Voices

Calling people who type to talk always or sometimes:

The Oct 1 deadline is coming up. We have had some absolutely breathtaking submissions so far and this is going to be a pivotal, glorious book, a book that changes lives! If you are planning to submit but need a little more time, please let us know as soon as you can at so we can make plans to include as many typed loud voices as possible.

For my part, I will be submitting to this. Losing my words has always been something I have struggled with, although for me it only happens briefly, for minutes at a time. While this would often happen multiple times per day, it was usually mistaken for shyness, task avoidance, or whatever other mildly deviant behavior happened to be the early childhood development crowd's go-to scapegoat of the season. As I have gotten older, though, I have taken to socializing more and more in online spaces because of the opportunity to express myself in text chat.

For me, the benefit of extra time socializing in text formats is that I have less stress around socializing, so it is not something I am limited in doing. Since I am better socialized and better rested now, my conversational abilities usually continue uninterrupted throughout the day, at least until nine or ten p.m. There's always a time when I can no longer really understand what people are trying to talk to me about, and once that ability goes it does not come back until I get some sleep. So, if I do try to keep talking during that time, I don't really do a good job of keeping track of my conversation.

That's why I will be participating in this call. This is a topic I have talked about at length in private groups but only hinted at in my blog, but it is time that I moved forward on this. I've taken about a six month break from writing on neurodiversity and on my actual experience because I've been writing Clay's fictional experience. In order to keep working with his language faculty as it develops, though, we have reached the point where I need to reflectively interrogate my own.

I also do this out of solidarity with my friends who always type to talk, whether they do so independently or with the support of a facilitator, to write for this. The point of it is to represent the full spectrum of people who type to talk, whether it is to socialize, to conduct business, or to deliver discourse in its many forms in journals and at conferences. I have met very few of you face-to-face, but I hope to do so in the near future as I begin to participate more fully in conferences and events. Your descriptions of your own experiences helped me to make sense of my own, and to understand emotional events that were, until then, prone to escalating to emergency situations.

Your understanding of yourselves led me to my understanding of myself, and now when I experience that sudden twist in my worldview and I can not find my speech, I know how to keep talking so that I do not lose control of my emotional equilibrium. This has enriched my personal and family relationships and allowed me to move forward with my professional career in a serious way for the first time in years.

I encourage everyone else who socializes through text, whether it is electively or through necessity or (like me) a kind of mixture of both, then send in your stories. Send your essays. If it is on-topic to your experience of typing to talk, then send your poetry. The creators of this call are looking to represent the full spectrum of type-talkers, full-time and part-time, with or without the need for some support to type.

Here's the link again:

- Michael Scott Monje Jr.