A big – if belated – happy 2018 to everyone in the autism community.
You may have noticed that I’ve been a little quiet on the blog posting side of things lately. But I have a good reason.
Some of you may know that I’ve been writing a book about my experiences as someone on the autistic spectrum. This has been an intense labour of love… and sometimes hate. Not unlike climbing Everest, or attempting the London Marathon – twice, without stopping. I have more or less, finished this book at least 3 times – edited, re-edited, and re-edited again; rewriting all the chapters that were either boring, irrelevant, badly written – and often all of these things combined.
I also deleted those chapters that came under the heading of, ‘what the hell was I thinking when I wrote that?’ Then I spent ages changing peoples names, to avoid being sued for all the money I don’ t have.
Writing a book on autism is hard, really hard. You have to do things like checking facts and researching stuff you thought you did, in case it had actually been a dream.
How to balance honesty without writing stuff that is just too embarrassing? And how to describe my view of autism without becoming self-indulgent and boring? How not to sound preachy (if that is actually a word) yet still trying to share even a little of the autism-related wisdom I’ve gained over the years? And how to keep it entertaining, without being dismissive of the difficulties autistic people face?
The book is not intended as a how-to guide; as in, what to do if you discover you have autism. Or, 10 ways to become a more effective autistic…
In fact, the book has turned out to be more of a, how not to guide; how I’ve managed to survive the pain of getting so many things wrong for so many years.
My book is also about life in the music industry, and being a corporate filmmaker. It’s about marriage and relationships, depression and OCD. It’s about growing up in the 1960’s before autism was a thing, and why doctors thought children like me were schizophrenic, and used words like, retarded, abnormal and maladjusted.
Anyway, I am really, really happy to say that I’m almost finished… yes, I know I’ve said this a few times over the past 12 months, but this time I mean it… honestly!
Well, I hope you found this book-update interesting. For people that did, I will post another update shortly.