Do you listen to music when writing?

MusicTypewriterI was doing a bit of writing, and got to thinking what other people do when they write, do you listen to music while you are writing?

If you happen to follow me in Facebook and see a Spotify posting that I am listening to music without song, often classical piano or jazz music- I am probably writing…

The stories of songs bring too many images in my head, I’m dyslexic and see my thoughts as pictures…  To listen to music with words being sung, telling a story I end up seeing too many of those images too, cluttering my own ideas I am attempting to share…

Closing my eyes, I allow the sound and rhythm of the music to tune out the non silence- motor vehicles that drive by the house, the snoring of my two dogs, the sound of the printer, hum of the fan in the computer and the sound of my breath even my heart…  For me this is full focus, the idea as images start growing, the many images of a single idea start to form, like watching the many pieces of an item spinning and flipping into place on a computer generated animation, 3D objects each finding their place in a kind of motion picture that to write, I need to find the words to paint to describe it…

There is no technical writing, I am just not that kind of writing, as I can only find ways to describe the images, story telling to me is the only way…  There are no words spoken that only I hear, unless it is thinking to someone’s writing I read and I know their voice, then I hear their voice as I read…  But this is my own writings, and the only voice I hear is the single word, as I locate the letters on the keyboard for that word, then the next word with my fingers trying to keep up…  Slowly the words like strokes of a paint brush describes the part of the image or moving image I see in my head…  As if to speak as I think, without thinking too much to what I am saying, just describing it as best I can with words like paint…

To watch me type, one would see me intently staring at the keys, my fingers trying to locate the correct keys in what has turned into my way to writing that works for me and I have been practicing for so many years since finding out I was dyslexic and that I also needed to figure out how to write better…

If I am creating visually, I already have the image in my head, and I allow my experience to figure out the how to convey that image…  This I find easy, and enjoy listening to many kinds of music while drawing, painting doing photography or graphic design…  But to write, I need to focus and that means music without song…

Do you listen to music as you write?  If so, what kind?

People in history with Dyslexia…

I was found in college to be Dyslexic and have been challenged with it, but it wasn’t until recently I took a different view of it… I think in pictures and moving images, much like a 3D version of a computer operating system but a 3D version of it…

Though it was very challenging getting through public school, having such hard problems with writing and spelling, I wasn’t diagnosed with it till my 3rd year of College at Syracuse University… This is when I started to use the Macintosh computer to help with my writing and spelling, and made it a point to continue to try hard to improve my writing abilities…

10% of the population is Dyslexic, and many of them have IQ’s that are genus caliber… I do know my IQ is considered above average, but that isn’t the point I want to make the point I want to make is we are surrounded with the works and ideas of those who are or where dyslexic… And want to share with you those I found:

Some very talented Dyslexic People in History include:

Artists, Designers, Authors: Leonardo da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, Andy Warhol, Dr Seuss, Walt Disney, Steven Spielberg, Tommy Hilfiger, William Butler Yeats, Edgar Allen Poe, Agatha Christie…

Inventors, Scientists, Entrepreneurs: Galileo, Sir Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Nicolai Tesla, Steve Jobs, Thomas J. Watson Jr., William Hewlett, Richard Branson, Paul J. Orfalea, Craig McCaw, The Wright Brothers, Eli Whitney, Charles Schwab, Ted Turner, F.W. Woolworth, Richard Branson…

Leaders & Politicians: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Winston Churchill, Nelson Rockefeller, Nelson Rockefeller, John F. Kennedy, Woodrow Wilson, George Bush, George H.W. Bush, Neil Bush…

Actors, Musicians, Vocalists, Comedians: Henry Ford, Auguste Rodin, Erin Brokovich, George Burns, John Lennon, Jay Leno, Cher, Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, Suzanne Somers, Tom Cruise, Keanu Reeves, Harrison Ford, Danny Glover, Woody Harrelson, Anthony Hopkins, Henry Winkler, Jewel, Ozzy Osbourne…

I found it very interesting that the founders of many of the computer companies today and the creators of those operating systems where Dyslexic- Steve Jobs of Apple Computer, Thomas J. Watson Jr. Past President of IBM and William Hewlett co-founder of Hewlett-Packard Company… I believe there are more too that helped with the designing of the computer programs and influence of the internet…

Dyslexia and Thyroids- Thoughts through Pictures and Images

The last few months I have been having some problems with my health, my thyroid levels, and finding a doctor that would listen… I’ve known and been being treated for thyroid problems now since 1990, now 20 years… It took two years recently and three doctors to finally find one who would listen, and this includes going to the ER when they where so low I was showing signs of slipping into a Wyxedema Coma…

So the last few months my health was not the greatest, needing to rest, and having problems falling asleep without notice and not thinking what I call “Clearly”… But while I have been resting to get healthy again, having found a good doctor who listens, I had some time to also really try to look at how I was thinking, while off the medication and slowing getting back to my correct levels and compare it also to knowing I think different, I’m Dyslexic too…

While I have been healing and recuperating from a very low thyroid level, I also had a chance to look into Thyroid problems and Dyslexia… It has been some interesting reading, about thyroid problems and my dyslexia, as the low thyroid problems with it being so low, had a major effect on my ability to think clearly, besides other physical problems…

Dyslexia appears to be more common in families in which someone has had Thyroid problems or disease than in the general population. Though these children are usually very bright, poor academic performance is not uncommon and may lead to loss of self-esteem. The condition occurs more commonly in males than females, and affected children are often left-handed or ambidextrous. So if your child seems to be learning things slowly, or family history with thyroid problems, there might be needing some blood testing along with different kinds of teaching methods…

In school I remember having lots of challenges with reading writing and spelling, though I excelled in the Arts, Math and Science classes… I do remember my first grade, my teacher putting my left hand into my belt, as I was practicing letter writing, the same letter on each line, with meeting in the middle, using both hands to fill in the line space with the letters, or would switch from one hand to the other when we started putting the letters into words and sentences…

But in high school, the doctor found my thyroid was “over sized” and I remember many visits to the doctor’s office in town between 9th and 12th grade for thyroid blood tests, … But I made it through school healthy and somehow made it through English and spelling classes and onto art college but it wasn’t until college that the thyroid became a problem, and I needed to get it controlled by the doctor…

I do remember while in Boston, I was working at a one-hour film-developing store, and was always looking at film nagitives, then the photos… I found I could read the negatives or reflections in windows just as easy of the signs across the street as to look at then forward… But so much time looking at all backwards in the film negatives, I found suddenly it was harder to read forward, so started to make sure I read out of a book 2 hours a day…

I remember the 1st Doc saying- “Thyroid’s control the hormones to all the glands in your body, including the ones in your brain, making memory and thought ability challenged, like literally not sending enough electricity to a light bulb…

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” – Albert Einstein

Being a visual thinker, I gravitated toward the Arts, Graphic design, Photography, Illustration, Art Education and Ceramics… Though was challenged in all writing classes or project grades all the way through college I accelerated with visuals arts… I Went to a small Junior college in Boston for Graphic Design, then transfer and graduated from Syracuse University VPA program with a dual major in Illustration and Art Education, with combined 194 credits, Dual Degree of Bachelors of Fine Arts…

While at Syracuse University, I started to have problems with thinking, gaining weight, my grades seemed to go down some, and I was becoming very tired all the time and even my dreams seemed to no longer be there…. At about the same time this was happening, I had picked up a second major of Art Education and one of the professors was worried I was having problems writing lesson plans… The head of the Art Education department read my lessons plans and knew my art abilities, felt I might be dyslexic, and should be tested… I was tested in college for this and corrected the thyroid during the same period that I was being tested for being Dyslexic, which included IQ tests. Having low level of thyroid and once the correct level was found- lets say- the difference in the IQ tests scores from beginning to end was a substantial increase… During this same period, it was obvious my grades started to go up as my thyroid level came close to the correct level…

When I think, in my head I picture many images, even reading a word I see in my head many images of just a word, in photos or sometimes moving images, that I can spin around and view from different angels… But at the same time, there are many images, more like the windows on a computer, some having movement, some sounds, smells relating to images, able to look and link many together into visual problem solving, or figuring out how to draw or relate those images to drawings or ways to communicate my ideas… It is almost like windows that float, inner connecting, layer upon layer of images, and a 3D computer screen of multi tasking… But without the thyroid levels being correct, my thoughts became flat, black and white and fuzzy, had to relate them together, and a challenge to remember words, having to re-read or rewrite things over and over…

Dyslexic people are intuitive, highly intelligent and creative individuals who are visual, multi-dimensional thinkers. But because they think in pictures, they have troubles when it comes to letters, numbers, symbols, and written words. When speaking, they encounter difficulties in putting thoughts into words, speak in unfinished phrases and leave sentences incomplete, mispronounces long words, modify phrases, words, and syllables. 10% of the dyslexic disorders develop abnormal ways of writing and reading: they reverse words by writing letters back to front (also known as “mirror writing” – the writing appears backwards, but when reflected in a mirror it can be read), they are not able to remember the sequence of letters in a word or sometimes read from right to left… There are many now who view people with dyslexia with being “Gifted” and relate many have high IQ’s and many who are Genius’s in history who where Dyslexic…

So for now, I am just a couple months away from being back to correct thyroid level and being mentally and physically healthy, while slowly getting back into both physical and mental work… Will be slowly getting back into finishing weather damage done to my studio and renovations to the farmhouse and around the property, prepping it to sell… Also while recuperating, will be working on Blog entries, writing articles, working on my internet café with a micro business incubator business plan and lessons and slowly on my business website and the services I will be offering…

Some great websites to visit I highly recommend are:

http://dyslexia.tv/ , http://dearthyroid.org/

http://www.dyslexia.com/ Buy the Book: Dyslexia the Gift

Computers are Dyslexic, thinking in Pictures…

I am dyslexic, but it hasn’t been until recently that I started to really enjoy and take advantage of my thinking as being a Gift… Though I had huge problems with writing, spelling and reading in elementary all the way through to College, I was often able to over compensate for it through talking, using hands and or images to explain my ideas or express what I was learning…

When I try to explain my thoughts now, how I see them inside my head, I tell people it is like a Macintosh Operating system except not in a monitor, but inside my head, and not flat, as I can walk into each of the windows, and turn things around in 3D, and also can relate sounds, smells, sounds of voices and sometimes even taste to my memories or relating them as I think or contemplate ideas or questions…

It is no wonder Steve Jobs, of Apple Computer, helped in designing what we now know as the Visual Operating System, as he is also dyslexic, and sees in his head pictures and not words… This idea he took and put the idea of this into an operating system, and related it to a “Desktop” concept, using documents, folders and file… He basically helped design an operating system on how a dyslexic person sees and thinks inside their heads, then put it into a computer monitor and related it to an office atmosphere…

Often when I read a word, like “Corn” in my head I see multiple images of photos or moving pictures of things I relate tot his word, but not the letters… I see in my minds eye a corn cob, a kernel of corn, a corn stock, a corn husk, fields of corn, rows of corn, buttery corn on the cob with salt (which for a moment the taste of corn touches my mouth), Corn kernel with a root growing out of it then it’s first leaf, and so on… All of these images float through my head with just seeing one word- “Corn”… If I was to just see the word Corn, the images would continue to things relating to “Corn”- like hand falls of corn kernels, grinding dried corn, animal feed corn, corn silage for feeding cows, Corn chips, Corn taco shells, Corn Flakes, and so on… Some having more tastes hitting my mouth or even memories of smells added to the images…

When reading a sentence, the pictures become so many, each finding a link to the other, as the words of the sentence is read, some form of logic to linking all of these images together into one large photo or moving image which then equals the sentence’s meaning…

The visual operating system of today’s computers and the Internet offer the same all in one monitor screen, relating all of these images and ideas through a search engine, shown in one screen of over lapping windows… Very much how a dyslexic person thinks inside of their heads…

Even though I accelerated in college through art, drawing, ceramics and photography, I probably would have flunked out without the help of the Macintosh Computer, Microsoft Word and spell check for my written papers…

The internet and the modern day computer are so very close to how a dyslexic person thinks, and often “Normal people view this as being ingénues, but I would guess to most dyslexic people, it seems like just an extension of their own thinking abilities and find themselves very easily learning how it all works…

So next time you hear someone say they are dyslexic, remember, they just see and imagine things in their heads a different way then 90% of the people do, they think in pictures… Look to their picture image solving minds and try to think of other things to have them problem solve or work on then just their writing abilities…

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