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An Outing: Part Two

The second part of my short story/first chapter...
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An Outing: Part One

Re-treading some old ground here! A few years ago, I wrote a novel which I've now returned to and am trying to rework into something quite different. 'An Outing' was originally a short story which I worked in to the beginning of that novel - but it always felt rather tacked-on and out of place. In the new draft, I'm using it more as a foundation for what follows (I hope!) The narrator is a man who has recently been late-diagnosed with autistic spectrum condition (Asperger's). This has enabled him to make sense of his life at last; to understand some of the problems he's encountered along the way. It's a liberation for him as he can now be 'himself', and not have to adapt to fit in as he previously had (with damaging psychological consequences). The difficulty now facing him is trying to get others - especially family and colleagues - to accept him as he is: to listen and to understand. But as he appears to be like everyone else in most other ways, this is never easy. I hope the novel, if it eventually becomes such, will also offer insights into the condition which might enable people to understand it much better. Writing it, too, is an exercise for me in self-understanding. I was diagnosed in 2015, aged 56. (my photo)
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The Last Christmas Tree (7)

Conclusion of my Yuletide tale. Jem sets off on her way again, leaving Annie to her Christmas...
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The Last Christmas Tree (6)

Part 6 of my Yuletide tale. Annie tells Jem the story of her marriage to Jack. And Jem tells a story of her own...
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The Last Christmas Tree (5)

Part 5 of my Yuletide tale. Jem helps Annie to dress the Christmas tree. Then they settle down for a natter about their lives...

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26 of my comments have received 31 Great Feedback votes

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I understand the info

Posted on Tue, 06 Nov 2018

I understand the info overload!  It's all a lot to take in, and it takes time to process.  I'm 3 years past diagnosis now, and I'm still running the numbers.  To use the old cliche, it's a rollercoaster.  So many positives... but the other side...

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Posted in Aspie Life

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Thanks, Stephen.  It takes

Posted on Tue, 06 Nov 2018

Thanks, Stephen.  It takes some processing - and we're good at that!  I over-analyse everything.

I tried to make this not so much about behaviours and more about how Aspies perceive the world.  It's one of the reasons that diagnosis is so...

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Legalise it now.  Either that

Posted on Fri, 02 Nov 2018

Legalise it now.  Either that, or I'm emigrating to Canada!

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A beautiful tale, Lindy.  It

Posted on Thu, 13 Mar 2014

A beautiful tale, Lindy.  It lifted my heart to read this today.

That's sounds like exactly my kind of holiday, too!  The travel agents never quite understand, do they.

I especially love the hope embodied in this - the...

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So many things going on in

Posted on Sun, 16 Mar 2014

So many things going on in this one, Tina.  Love, loss, disappointment, aging, the sense of growing isolation... and the comfort, still, in those small familiar things.  That final stanza is perfect in capturing it all.

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As I kid, I well remember mum

Posted on Sat, 01 Dec 2018

As I kid, I well remember mum walking around the sitting room with the V-shaped TV aerial until the picture was right - and dad saying 'That's it.  Just stay right there.'

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Posted in Another Cock-Eyed Christmas

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As you rightly say, the

Posted on Sat, 01 Dec 2018

As you rightly say, the pressures on the young nowadays are enormous.  The advent of social media and smart phone technology have created more problems than they've solved - especially for young people.  One of my niece's boys was getting...

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Posted in When Death Comes Too Soon

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Thanks, Jack - just caught up

Posted on Fri, 16 Nov 2018

Thanks, Jack - just caught up with all your comments.  Thanks for them all.

Your mentor is right, and I'm sure you'll like the story.  The whole book is pretty much perfect.  Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio is another such. ...

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Posted in Gift: A Son's Story (The Night Before)

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I can't stop laughing.  I

Posted on Mon, 12 Nov 2018

I can't stop laughing.  I couldn't help imagining colleagues at work (the boss is okay) I could happily do this to.  This is a brilliant piece of writing.  I love your sense of humour, Jane.

'The man’s white, flascidious buttocks...

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Thanks, Jack.  Yeah... there

Posted on Sat, 10 Nov 2018

Thanks, Jack.  Yeah... there are lots of misconceptions about Asperger's, even among trained people in the field.  Lacking empathy, emotionally cold, etc.  People struggle with Aspies for lots of reasons - principally because they don't follow...

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