March 25, 2015 at 2:31 pm | Posted in Benefits, Interests, Mind, Recreation, Senses, Sight, Treatment | 4 Comments
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A very, very exciting day!

A very, very exciting day!

Do you wonder what aspie fiction is like?

This collection of 19 short stories may give you an idea.

There's your book; now ... buy it!

There’s your book; now … buy it!

It took 20 years to create.

That should make it 200% better than Catch 22.

You can determine if this is true by buying Imagine Day.

To do so, go here or email to request a personalised message.

This first edition, strictly limited to just 200 copies, will be the only one featuring dedications written with my Magic Red Pen.

Regular readers of this blog will know I don’t flog stuff.

So this book must be rather special.

How frightfully exciting!


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December 29, 2013 at 7:20 am | Posted in 1, Interests, Treatment | 2 Comments
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An introduction to Paul Hassing's autobiography

Take the plunge!

If you’ve enjoyed this blog, you may also like my newest project.

It’s an autobiography, whose style you’ll find familiar.

I warmly welcome your visit and comments.


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October 8, 2012 at 7:32 am | Posted in Diagnosis, Treatment | 3 Comments
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Worth the trip.

If your counsellor  mentions ‘Highly Sensitive Person Syndrome‘, your first impulse may be to laugh.

First, it sounds like a pretty wishy-washy name.

Second, you already suffer from Asperger Syndrome; of what possible use could another condition be?

Still, as you’re always questing to find your way in a difficult world, you may accept your counsellor’s recommendation to read The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine N. Aron.

If you do, you may be struck by three things:

  1. There’s a questionnaire to see just how sensitive you are. Chances are you’ll attain a perfect score.
  2. Elaine is obviously an HSP, and her empathy with your condition is very welcome.
  3. She offers some useful and practical life tips.

Chief among these are:

  • Be your own ‘parent’ (i.e. look after yourself as if you still had a living and/or caring mother or father).
  • If you’re about to freak out in a situation, give it just a bit more time. Promise yourself you can leave if things remain difficult. There’s a good chance that after you get over your initial panic, you’ll be OK.
  • You really can’t afford to hide in your room forever. Especially if you have a partner. Give new things a go now and then. If something is too hard, you can always withdraw. But at least make an effort.

While some parts of the book may be uncomfortable to read, it’s true that without some pain there’s little gain.

On balance, you should find that The Highly Sensitive Person will reward your time and effort.

The book costs about ten bucks and you can buy it here.


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December 2, 2009 at 1:15 pm | Posted in 1, Compulsions, Humour, Interests, Mind, Recreation, School, Sight | 2 Comments
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Lawrence. About to lose it.
God knows I would too!

Lawrence of Arabia is another Aspie hero.

He certainly knew his stuff among the Arabs in World War I.

And if you read his biography, you’ll find he was a troubled chap indeed.

Despite his profound otherness, he achieved great things in archaeology, language, warfare and literature.

Though the movie is doubtless romanticised, it has more than enough grit to satisfy the fact-hungry viewer.

Lawrence’s ultra-violent response to his abuse by the Turks is an oft-cited character flaw.

Yet who among us, bullied at school to the edge of madness, would not take revenge on our tormentors if given the chance to do so with impunity?

As with Murphy’s War, I’d love to hear your views on this film.

Perhaps we can generate a Top Ten Aspie Film list.

The festival wouldn’t be much chop …

but our friends and family would certainly have an easy job at xmas!


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July 1, 2009 at 4:12 pm | Posted in Benefits, Interests, Recreation | Leave a comment
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Fire your imagination!

One of your most enjoyable literary experiences will be The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, by Mark Haddon.

It’ll speak to you like no other novel.

You’ll also greatly enjoy the works of John Steinbeck, in particular, Cannery Row.

Steinbeck’s writing is honest, elegant and highly observant – rare traits that you’ll appreciate and admire.

If you can get your hands on The Log from the Sea of Cortez, check out About Ed Ricketts in the front.

It’ll knock your socks off.


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June 30, 2009 at 10:10 am | Posted in Compulsions, People, Threats | Leave a comment
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Highly effective, but hard to reverse.

Relationships are difficult. The gulf between how you think you’re doing, and the reality, may cause you to ‘burn’ the friend you thought you had.

For example, you may believe for years that your keen interest in someone’s acting career is a mark of respect. They, however, feel belittled by your constant interrogations about their progress. When you learn of this disparity, you’ll feel crushed.

‘Burning’ is a destructive exercise designed to remove all reminders of your painful failure to relate. It involves eradicating the person from your life.

Cards, letters, emails, photos. You may even rip the dedications from books they’ve given you. Or sell the books on eBay.

There’s always a chance you’ll reconcile (and therefore feel very silly for your over-the-top reaction). Alas, the intense hurt you feel at having tried so hard but failed so utterly makes this unlikely.

The answer is counselling. A good practitioner can teach you to read social signs (instead of your own cracked compass). Unfortunately, this road can be hard and long.

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June 26, 2009 at 6:33 pm | Posted in Interests, Society | Leave a comment
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Used or abused?

Poorly run public libraries aren’t much fun.

The air is cloying and the books have been handled by a hundred dirty hands. People talk loudly and even answer mobile phones. Children run amok.

The search system is baffling, the numbers are too long to remember and it’s hard to work out where things are on the shelves.

Sometimes the system says something’s there and you look and look – only to be told that it’s ‘lost’.

Some libraries, however, have a wonderful section where just-bought books are put on display.

Here, you can scan all the covers at once to see if there’s something interesting. If there is, you can be FIRST to borrow it.

An expensive, pristine tome for you to take home and enjoy.

It’s almost worth the trip!


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