Hi, I’m Michelle.
I’m a female human. I was born 33 years ago. I live in what is now called Canada in the province of Ontario; but I wish to acknowledge that where I live is the traditional territory of the Haudensaunee and Anishnaabeg.
I am neurodivergent; autistic and ADHD. These, in and of themselves, aren’t problems, just aspects of myself that sometimes explain how I act. However, greater society isn’t very tolerant of those aspects, and I have struggled with mental health challenges as a result.
I like to think that I am an artist at heart. I like writing, art, photography, etc., and I feel like I have been neglecting this essential part of myself, so I have dropped to working only part-time. My “full-time job” now is focusing on education and pursuing creative opportunities that I find personally satisfying rather than lucrative.
I like words a lot. I like language a lot. I like communication a lot. I only know English fluently, but I am conversational in ASL (two years of study).
I learned machine shorthand stenography in college, I have a diploma in court reporting, and my writing speed is about 200 words per minute (at last test, early 2019). I’m currently on semi-hiatus from transcription work, but I still love stenography.
Other things: I am queer, an ENFP, and a Hufflepuff. I like linguistics, solarpunk, anarchism, dogs, bullet journals, typography, being furry trash, witchcraft, tarot, psychology, and many other things that aren’t coming to mind right now. If you don’t know what some of those things are, that’s okay; it’s just for people to connect with me about.
This site exists mostly because I like to keep a compilation of things about me and information that I have gathered online.