About Me

First and foremost, I’m a writer. It’s what I’ve always loved, and what I’ve always been most compassionate about. No matter what changes in my life, I’ll always be a writer. I’ve written 2 and 1/2 fiction novels (none published, as I am still “fine tuning”). The one I love most is about illegal street racing and drug dealers. I love drama in fiction.

I have an honours diploma in Creative Digital Media (web, graphic and print design; and film editing). I do this for the most part, but it’s crossed borders with my advocacy work. I’m also attending university for a BA in Political Science and English.

I have a lesser-known disorder, misophonia. This disorder is pretty crappy and it means that I have a severe reaction to otherwise normal audial and visual stimuli. Tapping, chewing, whistling, etc, cause a severe fight flight reaction. There is no cure.

I’ve never been one to accept “no cure” as an answer. Therefore, I run an advocacy website (and a magazine), wrote and published a non-fiction book, and an anthology on the topic. I work with researchers at NYU and Duke to ensure there will be a cure – there’s been heavy push back and a lot of the info online is wrong, but I keep trying. This occupies most of my time.

As stated, I’m a writer. I’ve been published on The Mighty, Huffpost, Thought Catalog, POPSUGAR, Different Brains, and Healthy Minds Canada. Writing is a passion I’m unlikely to ever stop pursuing.

When I’m not doing all that… I’m either gaming or canoeing. It’s probably not a shock that I like to read. I also love television, and am pretty much religious about certain shows. I also enjoy fishing, beaches, swimming, camping, bonfires, and boating. Basically anything where there’s not a lot of people.

Games I love:

World of Warcraft
Mortal Kombat
Mass Effect
Dragon Age
Grand Theft Auto (I’ve played them all, not just the newer)
Sims (guilty pleasure)
Cities: Skylines

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.