It’s a state the brain reaches where it’s so intensely focused on a task or topic that the rest of the world seems to fall away. It happens a lot in people who have ADHD, like I do; for me it’s kind of the flipside to the inattentiveness coin.
NO, I MEANT, WHAT IS THIS NEWSLETTER THAT YOU’VE CALLED HYPERFOCUS?
Oh! Yeah, that makes sense. It’s a newsletter about whatever my brain is hyperfocused on at any given moment. I’d love to do a newsletter that was just about one topic, like customer service work, or trans life, or Judaism, or trauma recovery, or cooking, or bizarre and hilarious things that have happened to me in my life, or even ADHD itself, but the truth is I have no way to know what my brain will be interested in talking about on any given day. Thoughts just barge through the wall like the Kool-Aid man around here; there’s little point in fighting it.
SO THIS IS A NEWSLETTER ABOUT... ?
Stuff! Things! All of that which I mentioned above and other topics as well! Sometimes there will be a recipe, which is the closest I can come to fixing you all a nice meal to thank you for reading my words.
DO I HAVE TO PAY FOR THIS NEWSLETTER?
You do not! There is admittedly an option where you CAN pay, and if you are able to and want to support me, I would appreciate it more than I can possibly express. I’m a trans man in Ohio looking for full-time work, and it is not what you might call a great time. Having said that, I know a lot of us aren’t having what you might call a great time right now, and I am always honored when anyone wants to read my work, so there will always be an option where you can read/subscribe without paying!
HOW OFTEN IS IT GOING TO COME OUT?
I’m going to shoot for two posts a week. Some weeks it’ll probably be less and some weeks it’ll probably be more, but two per week is the goal.
AND WHAT DAYS OF THE WEEK ARE THOSE POSTS GOING TO BE MADE?
You still have an understanding of linear time?! Can you teach me?! Is it like something you could maybe bottle and send me some of?????
Yes, yes, I know what you said, and my answer is, “I have absolutely no idea, I’ve been in COVID lockdown mode for almost 13 months, time is fake and has no meaning, it’ll be a fun surprise for us all.”
OKAY. UH. ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO SAY?
I hope you’re having a nice day, or, at very least, a day relatively low on horrors, existential or otherwise. Thanks for reading! If you have any questions, concerns, things you’d like me to talk about, or otherwise need to get in touch, shoot me an email; it’s dylanthyme at gmail dot com.
(Oh, and one more thing: apparently newsletters have to have a mailing address associated with them? So that mailing address at the bottom of my various correspondences is one that Buttondown kindly provides to people who don’t want to send a bunch of internet strangers their actual home address, which I for one think is very cool of them. Apparently they will digitize and email to me anything you might send to that address; you can circumvent this process by simply emailing me yourself.)