One year ago Wednesday I made my first post on this blog. It was really scary until I realized that hardly anyone would see it . . .
Fortunately some people eventually found the blog and those people shared it with other people and things kind of snowballed from there. Rereading that post, I realize that my perception of what it means to be autistic has changed a lot in a year. (If you read that link, keep in mind that I had no idea what I was doing and I made some silly mistakes/assumptions that make me cringe now.) What hasn’t changed in the past year is my wish for this to be a place where people can share their experiences and knowledge and questions. You all have made that come true in ways I couldn’t have dreamed of a year ago.
Glitter stars for everyone!
Earlier this summer I wrote an article for a quarterly magazine published by Autism West Midlands so I was very excited to get a copy of the magazine in the mail this week. Julia, who is absolutely lovely to work with, also sent me rainbow-themed bookmarks and stickers.
(Yes, everything is going to get an exclamation point today. I’m excited. )
I’ve started on a new project, putting together some of the blog posts together with a bunch of new material into a book. I’d planned to do this at the beginning of the year, but I had no idea how to make it work. A month ago, I came up with a theme but zero clue how to get started. So two weekends ago, I sat down and made a plan. Then I stuck the plan up on the wall behind my desk, making it impossible to ignore:
Trust me, there’s no way to procrastinate when the plan takes up half of one wall. As I work through each chapter (represented by a car sticky!) I cross it off and write the word count on the car. One of the great things about planning this way is how easy it is to rearrange the pieces. As of today, here’s my progress:
Maybe posting an occasional update on Monday will give me some added motivation to get the draft finished.
Mados suggested that maybe some people would be interested in a survey about self-employment. If you’d like to participate (anonymously, like we’ve done in the past) or would find the answers to a self-employment survey helpful, drop a note in the comments. If there’s enough interest, I’ll pull something together.
Readings on Gender
Can anyone rec me some readings on how gender is constructed? I’m working on a post and have hit a wall. Primarily I’m looking for background readings, I guess. I’m not even sure. Help?
30-day Decision Making Experiment
The 30 days for my decision making experiment are up but it’s obvious that this needs to be a long term project. I’m still recording my observations and will write a post about them when I’ve had time to process more.