The official symbol/ribbon of Asperger’s Syndrome. Picture courtesy of diyhealth.com
My (lack of) Progress In The Writing of the Book
I’ll just get right to the point:
As far as progress in the writing and self-publishing of the book detailing my struggles with interacting with people with no special needs while having Asperger’s Syndrome, I’ll be honest.
Nothing has changed since I last reported about this subject in this blog.
In fact, because I have been – and continue to be – busier than ever with my sports fan site/blog, SoCal Sports Annals.com (click on the link to check it out); what with writing wrap-ups of the local baseball teams, covering the two SoCal college football teams, having a very enthusiastic writer blogging about L.A.’s two hockey teams, and getting ready to cover the two NBA teams that call SoCal home,
To work on the “MY ASPIE LIFE” manuscript at the present time would result in a case of overload and burnout.
Which wouldn’t be good for anyone, let alone someone on the Autism Spectrum Disorder like me.
In fact, I must admit that I haven’t looked at the manuscript since I finished the first draft of Chapter 11, which is the last chapter; simply put, I have just been too busy.
And I also have to be honest and admit that due to my commitment to SoCal Sports Annals, making that site grow in the form of getting more reads and, as an ultimate long-term goal, getting that site to the point where money can be made from advertisements like other sports sites, it will be a while before I can give “MY ASPIE LIFE” the full attention that it very much deserves.
And it has to get my full focus, particularly since I have quite a bit of rewriting to do in several of the chapters.
Why is this so?
I am concerned that the book is giving off a general impression of me being whiny and spoiled, that I have been and am using my having Asperger’s as a crutch and an excuse for the shortcomings I have experienced in the workplace and in social situations.
Which I definitely and unequivocally DO NOT want to do as I freely admit that the mistakes and social screw-ups, though they did stem from my disability, are mine and mine alone; that I can’t use having AS as a “Get Out Of Jail Free” card, so to speak, and that I need to and do bear responsibility and accountability.
That’s what I want to make sure to emphasize a bit more in the book, which is why I’ll need a good amount of time to read the entire manuscript and make the needed changes to reflect this desired focus.
And is also why my target date for self-publishing this tome has changed once again.
This time it is a final, once-and-for-all change as I reckon around the time of my fiftieth birthday – a little more than a year and a half from now – will be the perfect occasion for “MY ASPIE LIFE” to be finished, published, and available.
I promise everyone, most of all myself, that it will be well worth the wait as this will give me the time needed to make this book of mine as good as it can be.
I made it a point to include this pic, not only because bullying – namely my long history of being bullied in school and other places – is a big part of “MY ASPIE LIFE”, but also because it’s an excellent slogan that needs to be prominent. Picture courtesy of yourlittleprofessor.com