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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

New syn tidbits!

Here are some random ways syn works itself into my everyday life.

I've always thought St. Patrick's day is on march 16th cuz 16 is the colour of the holiday!

I've always wondered why they call it white noise. It's light grey.

For a story i wrote once, I had two characters named Jess and Maddie. I've always seen Jess wearing dark indigo and Maddie wearing light pink-coral - and I JUST realized it's because I based it off of the colours of their names subconsciously.

Amazing, huh?

Also, if all goes well, the actual YSI website (the address will probably be youngsyn.com) should be up within the next two weeks. I'm so excited!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

YSI Book?

I've been thinking: I really want to get my story out there; I want to raise awareness about synesthesia. And while this blog and the YSI website (when it's up) will be a good start, I want to do other things too. So I thought I might write a book about it. It would be about my experiences as a young synesthete, as well as advice to young synesthetes and their parents.

Because the problem is, there AREN'T a lot of good resources out there for ANY synesthetes, much less young ones, and I am looking to change that once and for all! A lofty goal, I know, but I know I can make a difference in synesthetes' lives - I just know it! :)

Sayonara, folks!
- Mal

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

My syn!

I am sorry everyone! I realized I forgot to tell you about my own synesthesia!

Here is what I know I have:
- Grapheme-colour
- Music-colour
- Concept-syn
- Ordinal-linguistic personification

And here's what I'm pretty darn sure I have:
- Emotion-touch
- Music-motion

Songs that need motion

I've realized lately that I like to listen to most songs while in motion. I don't like listening to my iPod while I'm not moving; even when I'm in a car or bus, I often have to pause the music when we stop because the song just needs motion. A song with a good driving drum beat will need more motion than one without, but it isn't necessarily about speed - like a slower song could potentially need motion just as much as a faster one if it had a good beat. I've considered that this might be OCD, but if it was, there wouldn't really be any reason for the pausing and playing of the music. No, it's more than just random compulsions - these songs really have an element of motion to them. I've also considered music-motion syn, which makes more sense. But usually this syn makes people literally move their bodies to the music, and this isn't that extreme.

So what do you guys think? A dumbed-down version of music-motion syn? OCD? Or a mix of the two?

Monday, January 17, 2011


Hey everybody!

So this here's your chance to ask me anything and everything about syn! Family don't believe you? I'll give you advice! Wanna know about my syn? I'll be happy to tell you about it! Think you have syn? I'll help you confirm it! Still mystified about syn in general? I'll try to clear the air for you.

So ask away, and I'll try my best to get back to you :)

Childhood memories of syn

My first memory of syn is in kindergarten. I was 5. We were sitting on the floor and Mrs. Cummings was teaching us how to spell the word "out". We recited a little phrase to help us remember: "O-U-T spells out, and out you must go!" I remember seeing O-U-T as gold-grey-green.

My next memory happened when I was probably 7 or so. I was colouring with my friend Hilary with crayons. One crayon sticks out in my memory: it was a pale pinkish-orange (kind of like my N, but pinker) and it was called "Annabelle." I remember loving that crayon since the colour fit the name.

For as long as I can remember, I drew cats yellow-orange and dogs brown because cat was yellow-orange and dog was brown.

I remember sitting in the backseat on a family trip and listening to "Does Your Mother Know" by Abba, and I saw a white background with lots of coloured shapes on it. This is one of the only music-syn memories from my childhood.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Welcome everyone!

Hey everyone and welcome to the YSI blog! I'll be posting here all the time - synesthesia facts and info as well as tidbits about my own syn!

P.S. You can ask me any question about syn and I'll try my best to answer it. :)