Thank you, Tobias Stone. I generally read your posts to keep up with UK politics (I synthesize your views w/ those of some of my UK academic friends.) But this piece is quite revelatory. I have had several entire careers in support of my life-long creative addictions. One of those was teaching people to drive tractor-trailer trucks — I eventually had enough experience with dyslexic students to discover that anxiety was the major problem. Technical bonding with the machinery was, naturally, the most important factor & — because the operation of such a heavy vehicle has serious public safety considerations — I had to make some pretty hard calls. A highly capable operator who “loses” operational fundamentals due to situational overload simply could not be passed for safety reasons, but the few who (excuse the Zen) who achieved “oneness” with the machinery did quite well — according to the same internal devices that prevents most dyslexics from walking into walls, I suppose. So, in addition to not “freezing,” there’s also that.
I also appreciated the computer set-up advice. As an editor myself, I couldn’t agree more &, on a personal level, since my spelling abilities have been badly scrambled by conflicts of early-development teaching methods (a de facto tension between two equally bad pedagogies) I would be useless as a writer w/o spellcheck — word processers have enabled my life as a writer. I cannot self-correct — once I’ve misspelt a word, it’s like “anything goes.” And contrary to what many have said & written, spellcheck has actually improved my ability to spell.