Episode 13 – Neurodivergent ADHD with Anjie Furian

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Episode 13 – Neurodivergent ADHD with guest Anjie Furian

Anjie Furian
Anjie Furian, Sound Engineer

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In this episode our very own sound engineer Anjie Furian steps up to the mic for an interview for the show.

Anjie is was recently diagnosed with ADHD and that diagnoses has changed her life. We talk about what she had wrong about ADHD and the changes that being on medication has made in her life.

Links:

How to ADHD YouTube Channel
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-nPM1_kSZf91ZGkcgy_95Q

The Shel Silverstein Poem that Anjie reads: The Loser
https://www.amazon.com/Shel-Silverstein/e/B000AQ15KI?ref_=dbs_p_pbk_r00_abau_000000

Facebook Group: Adult ADHD/ADD Support Group
https://www.facebook.com/AdhdAdultPage/

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Attributions:

Host: Erin Furian

Producers: Erin Furian and Anjie Furian

Sound Engineer: Anjie Furian

Music- 7th floor Tango by silent partner from YouTube free music library

Meow – Mapplekitty

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I’ve Been Wrong Before

So I started a podcast.

I’ve wanted to do a podcast for a while but had just dreamed about doing it.  So how did I go from dreaming to doing?

I’ve blogged on and off since 2001 on various platforms from LiveJournal to my own website to WordPress. I’ve written stories for fun since I was in kindergarten. My fiction has ranged from good to horrible to porn to romance to science fiction. I tried a little writing for a friend that was making a comic book and discovered that I don’t appreciate the art of the graphic novel enough to make the effort to adapt my style so that was a no go.  But regardless I’ve been writing fiction most of my life.

What I’m saying is I’ve had experience with writing. I have zero experience interviewing people.  What did I want to do with my podcast?  Interview people!

Do I have any experience acting? Nope!

Do I have any experience with public speaking? Minimal!

Do I have any experience with standup? Noooooo!

Do I have any technical or radio experience or knowledge about the equipment? Hell no!

So what makes me think I can do a podcast? Well for one I was inspired by others.

The first podcast I ever listened to was the Metamor City Podcast by Chris Lester.  He managed to produce a full voice cast serialized audio book with a gripping story line. It’s great and kept me sane during a pretty dark time in my life. It’s changed a little since the full voice cast days but the story quality is fantastic. I highly recommend it. That podcast was my gateway drug. Then I discovered that NPR had podcasts also. I dove in.

It was radio without the annoying commercials. Podcasts where I could learn about stuff or hear more than just the headline of a story. And there was a ton of people talking about things I was interested in. From movies to religion to science to cosplay and making. It’s all there!

*happy sigh*

Quality varies wildly from podcast to podcast.  Podcasts also come and go with alarming frequency.  The podcastverse is filled with amateurs and pros alike. It’s still a newish medium that the big corporations are just now figuring out reaches an audience they can make money off.  That wild variety of quality is exactly one of the reasons I thought I might be able to do this thing called Podcasting.  The entry bar seemed low. I didn’t have to be good to begin with.  I could learn as I went.

So, I started researching.  YouTube was my friend. I even went the dead tree route by buying a book, Podcasting for Dummies. The authors had advertised their own podcasts on Chris Lester’s so I recognized the names. Then I actually read the book. 

This wouldn’t be quiet as immediate and easy as starting a blog or setting up a channel on YouTube.  Hosting large high-quality audio files is not something you can get for free. Making it so you can be found? Also not as easy as putting up a blog. And a big question rang in my head of “who is your audience?”

It’s possible at this point I hit information overload.  Because I didn’t think I had any experience with the technology or a clear idea of what I wanted the outcome to be I shelved the idea for a bit.  It became a desire but not something I was acting upon. 

Then I turned 50

I didn’t think it would be a big deal to me but I was also coming out of a season of depression and poverty and it turned out to be more of a big deal than I expected. I had been doing “this” all my life and it hadn’t gotten me where I wanted.  “this” being wanting something but not going the extra mile to get it. I’ve got a seriously odd set of skills that I’m sort of good at but nothing that I’d really developed past the hobbyist stage.  Then I hit 50.

I guess I had to grow up sometime

I implemented some changes.  I lost 35 pounds. I assessed my budget. I set my jaw. I buckled down and I told my fear to take a back seat while I gave this shit a try.  And that’s how I started a podcast.

Oh you wanted to hear about me magically discovering I was amazingly great at podcasting and interviewing people.  About me instantly going viral and now I have tons of listeners?

Sorry people. That isn’t how this works. Starting a podcast is work. I had to figure out my format. Get the equipment. Figure out how to record and then actually put up cash to pay for hosting all while learning 30 new things that are truly outside my comfort zone. I had to prepare for interviews. Fail at recording properly. Try for interviews beyond my friends and get turned down. Along the way I’ve discovered I enjoy this, and I am not Horrible at it.

Now I have even more work.  SEO, listener engagement, to advertise or stick with word of mouth, did I properly set up the feed so pandora will pick me up? And who the hell are those guys on YouTube with a similar show name??! it’s not easy. It’s work. Its deadlines and expectations and striving for quality.  Its not magic but it might, just might, be a little magical.

Go on, go check it out!

The I’ve Been Wrong Before Podcast

4 Am

Me; zzzzzzzzzz

My Brain: hey wake up!

Me: wha? Why? *checks time* Brain! Its 4am! Wtf? We have a busy day ahead. We need to sleep. We got to bed late and this is way too early to get up. Go back to sleep.

My Brain: valid points and well argued! Kudos! But we need to think about everything we are doing on Saturday plus like 90 other things! Plus remember that one time…

Me: Brain! Stop! No! Go back to sleep!

My Brain: but what about this? Or this? Or this!? Oh oh and Money! We need to think about money and well that there is always more month than paycheck so we need to think about that a lot. Also we miss Daisy. Oh and now we think about feeling guilty for not being able to afford better vet care. And…

Me: Brain!

My Brain: oh and we should also think about…

Me: Aaaargh! Thats it.

Body: oooft

Me: Cat! No you can’t lay on my face and damn it stop trying to get under the covers.

My Brain: ohhh how adorable and annoying.

Me: sigh okay. I’m getting up.

My Brain and Body: but its cold outside the covers. Lets just lay here!

My Brain: ooh look all this tossing and turning and wrestling with the cat has woken Wife, lets feel guilty about that too.

Wife: what time is it?

Me: Don’t ask!

Occasionally I worry

There are times I wonder about the decisions I make.  Fairly often I go with what my gut tells me would be great fun.  The less time between that decision and the action of follow through the better because when I have time to reconsider I have a tendency to worry or over plan or just plain over think all of the reasons my choice was a dumb idea.  The farther out the time between the decision and the action the worse it gets.

Right now I am seriously rethinking my decision to go on a road trip with my sister.  Oh not to the point of not going.  That bell has been rung, tickets have been bought, plans made and what not, no backing out now. But my brain is telling me about all the things that could go wrong. Flood, fire, earthquake, nuclear war ya know just the common problems that plague a lot of road trips.  *sigh*

The fact that we are flying to our starting location complicates the carry of my usual paranoia reducing talisman of good a multi-tool/pocket knife since I am trying to not have checked luggage. I’ll deal mostly because I am not big on the idea of lost luggage more than I am on the idea of not having my EDC lump with me.

Admittedly I considered restarting my Prozac for this trip since my sister and I have had a… well… a strained relationship for years that has just recently begun to heal. However I am doing well. I am stabil. She and I are doing well.  There is no reason to think we are going to degenerate into some form of interaction that would require me to either have an alibi or take a greyhound bus home and let her figure out how to drive back by herself.  OK, so maybe there is a couple of reasons but none that are terribly likely.  Just the fact that we are about to spend 4 or 5 days driving across the United States, alone, together in the cab of a moving van doesn’t mean anything uhm, volatile, will happen right? Right? Anyone? Anyone?

Really this is literally just my anxiety talking, I know.  I think that I am a pretty chill person most of the time. I like the adventure of traveling by car or in this case moving truck brings.  Road tripping is something I like to do even if I dont get to do it often.  You get to have far ranging conversations with your traveling companion and see amazing things together that make for a great bonding experience. I’m gonna keep telling myself this as I pack for my flight out on Wednesday.  It’s gonna be fine!

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