An illustration of what I’ve been working on for the past few years now. Photo courtesy of thebalance.com
I’ll make this as brief and straight forward as possible…
For the past few years – I like to say five – I’ve been working on a book that tells my story about my social struggles with Asperger’s Syndrome in a mainstream world.
The one plan I have in this brand new 2018 year is a simple one:
FINISH “WALKING ON EGGSHELLS” AND HAVE IT (SELF) PUBLISHED ONCE AND FOR ALL.
I’m fully aware that I’ve been saying that I was going to have this book of mine finished for a couple of years, but life got in the way; that, and the fact that with all the editing it’s taken longer than expected (which shouldn’t be surprising, I know).
Which is the only explanation I have for the delay.
This time I’m determined to have it done by spring or summer – the end of this year at the utmost latest.
Especially since I’ve got only one more chapter to edit, plus another chapter in which I’m considering changing an important detail in the form of renaming a place that was important to me.
If “WALKING ON EGGSHELLS” is not in your hands being read by December 31st of this new year, I will consider myself as having failed at this venture.
In fact, I’m going to start my final editing and printing of chapter ten, which I call “Frustrations In My Forties, With a Glimmer Of Hope”, as soon as I finish this post today.
Then after I do that other chapter, plus a little more additional cleaning up and editing so the book will be as clear and concise as I can make it,
It should be ready to be taken to the self-publishing site http://Lulu.com.
It’s a site that an old friend told me about; after I checked it out – and saw that it was free – I was convinced.
I have no illusions of this tome, I do not expect it to make any best seller lists.
Heck, if “WALKING ON EGGSHELLS” sells any copies at all, I’ll be gladly surprised.
Particularly since my purpose is not necessarily to become like J.K. Rowling or Suzanne Collins (she wrote the Hunger Games trilogy) in any way, shape or form, but to simply tell my story.
And perhaps give other people on the Autism Spectrum Disorder who may read it an avenue of “Gee, I went through this too, I can relate.”
Later this month on this blog I plan to write and post another excerpt, most likely from the first of two chapters detailing my failures in the workforce – which is what the chapter is called, by the way.
I hope you take the time to read it.
In the meantime, hold good thoughts for me as I go on this once-and-for-all home stretch.
I like this picture; not only does it show what I’ve been doing for the past decade, but the glasses make a nice touch, as I’m in need of them whenever I’m writing – or online at all, for that matter. Photo courtesy of bendelanoy.com