Episode 31 – Neurodivergence in YA

Guys! Guys! Guess what? It’s our third anniversary!

happy birthday to us

That’s right, three years ago today, we got together to complain about one of Robin’s favorite books, and start this grand Papercuts experiment!

Thanks you guys for hanging in and hanging out with us through our weird-ass publishing schedule and intermittent unexpected breaks, late-shipping giveaways, mediocre audio quality, and tendency towards month-long bouts of literary masochism. We love all of you, you’re all the goddamn best, and we hope to have more episodes for you soon!

But now, we have for you an episode that we recorded on the tail end of October and are only now getting out! Oh, us!

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We recorded this one after a month of enduring terrible mental illness tropes in horror novels, and widened it to a more general discussion. It’s by no means all-encompassing, and it’s a topic we’d like to revisit, in specifics, with folks more knowledgeable than we are. So by all means, if you’ve got experience with a particular topic or illness, and feel comfortable speaking about it, contact us! We’d love to set something up!

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*Robin talked about this one in a segment I had to remove because of the audio quality, where the implication was possibly dissociative, but it was not explicit


Theme music is Overnight, by Aya.

WARNING: NSFW! Mature audiences only! Contains salty language, subversive ideas, industry-challenging discussions, and nuts.


  • Azure

    December 4, 2015

    Have any of you seen Game Theory? He did a video on a character from Until Dawn that suffered mental illness. It’s a good watch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zi4i6e99Z1k

    On the diversity representation and normalizing it, I feel that we’re living in a society now where people scrutinize a creator’s work for any signs of racism, sexism, homophobia, etc. No doubt people will find an issue with my book (I’m a straight black man) that doesn’t just relate to writing style, character motivation, or plot. No one can ever just be a character that happens to be a minority or homosexual, we have to make a big deal about it, even if the creator didn’t.

  • Vanessa

    December 5, 2015

    Oh man, this is fantastic! I’m totally going to listen when I’m back from work. 🙂


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