Welcome

I use my photos where possible.

This blog is a device for collating personal experiences (mine and possibly yours) of Asperger syndrome. I plan to collect first and sort later, so brace yourself for randomness.

Though my symptoms cause me significant distress, I appreciate that yours (or those of the one/s you care for) may be much worse.

It’s therefore with humility and respect that I invite the views of those further along the spectrum. Any humour you detect in my posts is merely the other side of my particular coin.

I warmly welcome your input which (with your prior written permission) I may include in a book.

If I do, I’ll invite you to the book launch or send you a free, signed copy when it’s published.

This project was suggested by my psychologist. For the first few years I wanted to be anonymous – to find my feet and set down all the things that have affected me most.

If you see Aspiescribe (AS) on posts and comments, that’s me.

I’ve now decided to go public (on my 47th birthday), largely due to kind feedback and encouragement from Penelope Trunk.

Writing this blog has made me see that Asperger’s, like any affliction, has a silver lining.

In fact, aspie ‘superpowers’, if used to good effect, can constitute a significant GOLD lining.

My superpowers are writing, blogging, editing, proofreading and photography. To learn more, visit my business site – The Feisty Empire.

If I can help aspies and their supporters make the most of their situation, I’ll be a very happy camper.

While some of the impressions noted herein may be due to child abuse or depression, we may yet discover that Asperger syndrome is the nucleus of my woes.

If you’re a literary agent or publisher, I’d love to hear from you.

With best regards and many thanks for your time.

Paul Hassing. :)

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  1. Hello,
    I just found your blog today through twitter. I have already read though two of them and really enjoyed your writing style. My granddaughter has been diagnosed with “Moderate to Mild Autism”. She is five yet was diagnosed at 2 years old. She lives with us and I am always looking for things to help me understand her perspective a little better. I applaud your efforts here and look forward to reading more.
    Sincerely,
    Laurie Mitchell

    • Dear Laurie,
      I’m thrilled at your comment and very grateful that you took the time to make it. Thank you for your kind words, which are most encouraging.
      I am sorry to hear of your granddaughter’s diagnosis. At least she didn’t have to wait until 30 or 40 (or 50!) to be diagnosed. Small mercies.
      Now you can at least help her make the most of her situation right off the bat.
      Any time you’d like to check in and give us a report on how she (and you) are doing, I’d be very grateful.
      Best regards until then. AS.

  2. Thankyou for this wonderful blog. Your writing is amazing and very zen like in the simplicity of style and clarity of message. I find it greatly comforting and rewarding.

    • Thank YOU, Malcolm, for your very kind feedback. Knowing you’re out there – reading, appreciating – is both comfort and reward for me. Best regards indeed, AS. :)

    • Malcolm nailed it. Zen-like simplicity. Comforting and rewarding.

      I just found this blog and read through all of the postings. I am going to bookmark it so that I may suggest it to other aspies (if I ever get the nerve to approach someone I suspect is like-minded).

      I hope you will let us know if you get something published.

      • Thank you kindly, Amy. I’m very glad you feel that way and would be grateful if you do manage to spread the word. I have had one high profile aspie blogger express interest in this blog, so fingers crossed something comes of it. With best regards and many thanks for your interest. AS. :)

  3. I randomly discovered this blog, and I love it. Although my symptoms are fairly mild, I also have Asperger’s Syndrome, and reading your blog was amazing. I kept laughing just because so many things you talked about were so familiar–it was very cathartic. Thank you so much! I hope you keep writing.

    • Thank you so much for saying so, Michelle. It’s very encouraging to receive comments like yours. I do plan to return to this blog. It has been cathartic, but I’ve also needed a break. Have you read Penelope Trunk’s blog? She is an aspie writer and quite hilarious. Best regards and thanks again! AS. :) PS. Do feel free to tell your friends!

  4. Good luck, Paul! I hope this opens a lot more doors for you. And thanks for the shout out :)

    Penelope

    • Thank you so much, Penelope! I was already having a fabbo birthday, and you just totally crowned it. This is my first comment as … ME! I can’t think of a better person than you to reply to. Best regards and thanks again! PAUL. :)

  5. I haven’t visited this blog for awhile, but in revisiting, I’m struck again by the clarity of the writing. And your honesty, Paul. All power to you. This is significantly good work, and I hope to see it in a book some day.

    • My deep thanks to you, Adam, for being one of the first supporters of this initiative. It’ll be one of the greatest pleasures of my life when I hand you a first edition. Best regards, P. :)

  6. Hi Paul, Ilove your writing and look forward to many more posts this year. There is something in this for everyone and congratulations for all you have achieved.

    • Many thanks, Malcolm. As another inner-circle supporter, you’re part of the reason this is happening. I appreciate your encouragement VERY much. :)

  7. This (kindred) piece is full of hope:

    http://www.theage.com.au/lifestyle/life/loving-a-man-with-adhd-20120117-1q3v1.html

  8. This is great work Paul, I’ll be sharing this. And good luck with the book!

    • Thank you so much, Bridie. Today’s social media announcement is exciting and terrifying for me. Your kind words make me feel like it’s going to be alright. Best regards, as always. P. :)

  9. Paul, I salute your writing and your bravery. As you know, I have been a fan for years. So pleased to see this next step for you. Well done – I have already shared the link one-on-one with a couple of mates who will benefit.

    • That means a very great deal to me, Joanna. Your blog post today was like an endorsement from the stars; it sure was great to read it. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave your words of encouragement. They are very much appreciated indeed. P. :)

  10. I love your writing Paul, and I trust that this is a valuable outlet for you. I’ve known with a few people with A, so this is revealing in the sense it helps my understanding to grow. The story about colouring in was particularly touching. Thank You.

    • You’re always so supportive, Stephen! No blog would be complete without your ace comments and smiling face. :) This outlet has indeed been very helpful. It’s true what they say: better out than in. Writing down your hurts really does take some of the sting out of them. I’m so glad you’re along for this ride. Best regards, P. :)

  11. PAUL,

    Greetings from rural Australia.

    My goodness, Paul. You are a deep well of talent. Honesty. Humour. A flair for writing that’s both simple, riveting and packed with emotion.

    I’ve read every post.

    And couldn’t help but experience the sensation of falling on gravel. Skinning my knee. Getting up. Wondering what the fuss is about. And getting on with it.

    Which is you.

    And the world will be a better place now that you’re sharing your insights with it.

    I won’t miss one post. This will be a favourite blog for me to trawl through. Now that you’re in my Google Reader.

    As your fan base grows, I’ve no doubt this will be a top rating blog before too long. It has everything going for it.

    Best wishes always,

    Carol❤

    Carol Jones
    Director
    Interface Pty Ltd
    Designers of The Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover

    Ironing Diva’s stories are at http://bit.ly/TheIroningDiva

    • Dear Carol, when I camped for five nights outside the place that gave out readers, I was lucky enough to get YOU! Who could imagine that, on hearing of this blog, you’d immediately go and read all 95 posts?! Your support has always been amazing. Now it’s nothing short of staggering. Thank you so much. :)

  12. Salute Paul X

    • Thank you, Catherine. Your support means more than you may know. :)

  13. Hey Paul. Great blog and thank you for putting your heart and soul on the line. I have five friends with children with various degrees of aspergers-austism so this will help me understand a little of what they are going through, and of course help me understand their kids better. Thankyou. Flip

    • Thank you so much for visiting, Flip. I had NO idea you had ANY contact with folk on the spectrum (or their loved ones). The prospect of this blog helping you, or them, or anyone, really, makes me think this is something worth doing. So please feel free to spread the word. Thank YOU! P. :)

  14. What can I say?

    I know I will be inspired by you, Paul, your writing, your honesty and candour, your glass-half-full attitude.

    I know your contribution to raising awareness of Asperger’s will be valued by many, many people.

    And you know where to come for an outsider’s view as you prepare your book :-)

    Thank you for being someone I would like to spend time with.

    Desolie

    • It’s a total honour to have you here, Desolie. Instant gravitas! :) I go into the sun with a lighter heart, knowing this blog is on your radar. For yours is a very discerning device indeed. Thank you! :)

  15. Hello everyone! My name is Jacki Cucinotta. I am a senior at Curry College in Milton, MA, majoring in biology. I am also in the school’s Honors Program, and I am writing a thesis which examines the debate concerning whether or not Asperger syndrome should remain on the autism spectrum. This topic is extremely important to me because I have Asperger syndrome, which I was diagnosed with at the age of six.
    At this point I am looking to find individuals with any autism spectrum disorder (including Asperger syndrome, aka AS) to interview for my thesis. All information will be entirely confidential. If anybody is willing to be part of this interview process, please comment on this post or e-mail me at jcucinot2009@curry.edu. I really look forward to these interviews and discovering new insight related to AS.

    Thank you,
    Jacki Cucinotta

    P.S. The blog is awesome! Keep up the great work!

    • Great to hear from you, Jacki! Many thanks for your kind words. I’d be delighted to participate in your thesis. Email paul@thefeistyempire.com Best regards and all power to you! P. :)

  16. I haven’t been through your blog much yet but I have to agree this is a great way to find strengths. Two years ago we began a blog for my, then seven year old, son, and he has found it to be a great outlet for finding what he is good at in world where he doesn’t really fit and seems to do everything the wrong way. It has been a real confidence booster, a great way to break the ice in social situations and has led him to find some great super powers of his own in graphics and videography.

    I hope this continues to be a positive for you.

    • Hi, Shelle and welcome to our space! :) I’m glad your blog is doing the trick. Apart from finding a good counsellor (one who actually diagnosed me when the other TEN didn’t!) this blog has been the single most helpful thing I’ve done to make the most of my condition. I hope Lian continues to thrive with such a caring mother. If you or he ever has any questions, I’d be delighted to answer them to the best of my ability. With kind regards and many thanks for your wonderful comment. P. :)


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