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Monday, September 21, 2009

Monday Spotlight: Dakota Trace

Forwards, Backwards, It’s Still Me

Hi, I’m Dakota, an under pressure mother of three, wife to my perfect mate and writer. While I can say I took to the first two roles like a duck to water, I really struggled with the last. Making up stories came naturally to me as breathing but unfortunately the English language wasn’t as nice. When I was in school, I was in remedial reading and writing until I hit junior high. My sixth grade language arts teacher took one look at my writing and reading skills and with input from my first typing teacher decided to call my folks. ‘Mr. and Mrs. Trace, your daughter isn’t stupid, we think she maybe dyslexic.’

Dyslexic? Back in the early eighties I wasn’t even sure what that meant. It was not a common place term in the school systems. I was just considered slow with a speech impediment. I later found out when my own son was diagnosed with it, it is learning disorder that occurs on the neurological level. It’s a decoding issue with written language. Some people see letters backwards while others, like in my case, have problems decoding words and sentences. It can affect writing, reading and speech.

So as a writer, how do I deal with it? Technology is wonderful. With the use of keyboarding skills a whole new world opened for me. I still have the disability. My handwriting is atrocious. My ‘b’, ‘d’, ‘p’, ‘q’ and ‘g’ still get all tangled up and turning words around are common place for me. I can type all my work. I don’t physically write any of my ideas down. So the letters I have such issues forming are avoided. The biggest help I have comes in the form of wonderful friends who don’t mind reading over my writing before I submit it. Thanks, Gloria and Sheri, without you I wouldn’t have a prayer of getting published.


booklover0226 said...

It's wonderful and encouraging to hear how you did not allow your disability to interfere with your passion for writing.


Dena said...

Hi Dakota, That's great your Dyslexia didn't hold you back. I couldn't imagine not being able to read and write the normal way. It's wonderful you can help your son deal with his because of your own experience too.