In this episode, Nicnac has a conversation with Suzanna Chen. Suzanna is an autistic youth, advocate, and member of the Detester Magazine Team. The team has recently put out a survey designed to improve young autistic life by collecting first-hand accounts of the experience. Please consider completing the survey if you are an autist. Also, be sure to check out the other great work being done at Desterer Magazine and Learn from Autistics.
In this episode, Nicnac starts to puzzle over how to adjust to what they now know about themselves. They review their various coping systems and lament the “return to normal” humbug that is currently adding to the already oppressive normalization meat grinder. They conclude that their best path forward is to stick with what they know works and learn to say no when needed. This includes minimizing social interactions in any form, rolling with their energy flows, and trying to figure out how to conduct their life from home. Fortunately. Covid gave them a head start. Now if all the back to normal people would go away!
In this episode Nicnac describes a moment of incredible clarity that they reached at the end of last weekend. An experience that they articulate as something akin to A “Dr. House” style epiphany coupled with the euphoric clearly the character would experience at the end of the majority of the episodes in the 2004-2012 series. They make the best effort they can muster in an attempt to explain their lifelong social, work and daily cognitive experience. They have made a herculean effort to complete this production as they endure the early stages of neurodivergent burn out. They begin the wrap up process by providing recommendations for sources of other first hand accounts of the neurodivergent experience. Capping it all off by sharing a piece of prose that they feel captures their experience in a unique way. If you have feedback or questions please share them with Nicnac. They would be happy to respond and engage with those that are interested.
The opening music is Raindrop Rhapsody by Josh Eikenberry. The closing music is Catch Me If You Can by Attica Attica. Find them here. Nicnac thanks both groups for allowing their creations to be used in the production of other’s work. They do the same!