About Me

About Me

I’m a widely creative individual. This blog is a combination of all the things that make me who I am — a writer, artist, political science student, nutrition student, publishing enthusiast, designer and an advocate. Each of these things has influenced my life. However, above all else, I am a writer. Words and their meanings have captivated my attention since I was a child. I wrote my first formal poem at age 10 (by formal, this was the first time I thought to use pen and paper, and I probably got pen marks everywhere – I was destructive).

Some may believe my first venture in publishing was Misophonia International (a magazine and news site for the disorder misophonia). What they don’t know, is this untrue. My first publishing endeavour was when I was in middle school. I pitched my first project and got the green-light to start a school newspaper. Named affectionally after the school’s Wizard mascot, this is the story of “Wizard’s Scoop”. This venture lasted a very long, gruelling entirety of one issue. I’d like to attribute this to my ADHD, but alas, this was not the case. Instead, Wizard’s Scoop met its end because the administrative body decided that I had to let others get involved in the project. No thanks. At the ripe age of 11 (was it 12?) I was too nomadic and independent to let my peers help with a project. Luckily, with ten years under my belt, I’ve discovered that it’s actually pretty great that you can delegate projects to other people. Like, the best invention ever. Unfortunately, I learned this far too late for the fate of Wizard’s Scoop… but it has helped with my current projects…

misophonia international shaylynn hayesI run Misophonia International, a magazine and news site for my disorder, Misophonia. That being said, it’s a lot of whining about how much sounds and visuals torture me on a daily basis. Whistling, tapping, and other stimuli are so terrible that I often spend a lot of time at home. Thinking… and thus… writing. I am astounded by the amazing writing that contributors submit to this publication. I truly believe that if we work together, as a people, we can make disorders easier to manage. While I am proud of this project, it is really secondary to the awareness, research, and hope that we can initiate by taking a proactive stance.

Recently I’ve started writing blogs that are posted on The Huffington Post. While I primarily use this as a place of advocacy, I occasionally share thoughts and ideas. The world is an interesting place and I’m always exploring new ideas and concepts. Political science, social activism, and creating a world where #LoveNotStigma can triumph over hate, are just some of the ways I spend my time. I also use curse words. A lot.