Who? Where? Why?
I’m Madison Wagaman. I’ve lived in Southern Maryland all my life, except for when I lived in Colorado. I was the weird kid: reading too much, saying strange things in long sentences, noticing things other people didn’t because I was looking somewhere else.
And yeah, okay, I’m mentally ill also: I have depression, paranoia, and executive dysfunction. I’m also synaesthetic, which I don’t think is as uncommon as we think. And I have physical problems: I’m a type 1 diabetic and I have hypothyroidism, restless legs, keratosis pilaris, and a couple other things. All of that adds up to some challenges that only a small percentage of us face. We’ve all got a unique set of problems, but we all have them.
I thought I was the only one. But then I learned that just about everyone thinks they are “the crazy one” in their friend groups. And I found people like me online, where I learned that “Am I the Only One Who…?” can always be answered by “There are Seven Billion People in the world! No, you are never the only one who.”
But I know that loneliness and alienation are still huge problems. It’s hard to “find your tribe”–especially if you struggle with anxiety or have trouble leaving your house for other reasons. So I wanted to create a place full of direct connections to the other “weird kids”, plus resources for how to find them on your own and how to be okay with your solitude in the mean time.
Find yourself and find the others!
Aside from all that, well, obviously I love books and words and writing and reading and poetry and language and so on and on. I found out a long time ago that editing is a great flow-state activity for me. It’s like Reading Plus! I also genuinely enjoy transcription work. I can do it for hours, really. Do you have a story you need beta-read or proofread? How about a podcast or a video you’d like transcribed? I’m here for you!
Now, what kind of books do I like most? You’ll find me in the Spirituality section of the bookstore, looking for anything and everything. I’m still trying to figure It All out–even though I know that’s impossible! Along the way I’ve gotten pretty good at tarot, and very good at reading dreams; I have a somewhat idiosyncratic method for that. Dreams are a great way to find out what you’re “really” thinking–the stuff you won’t admit even to yourself. And I’d love to help you figure them out!
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