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My stories have been read 31080 times and 94 of my stories have been cherry picked.
33 of my 384 comments have been voted Great Feedback with a total of 39 votes

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Kevin Marman

Care worker, writer, memester, autist, dissenter.

I like people who not only think outside the box, but reshape the box into something else!

I've been writing since I was 10.  It's my sanctuary - though the structure often needs maintenance.  Over the last twenty or so years, I've won some writing prizes (nothing major) for short fiction, poetry and playwriting.  In 2013, I published my first novel, 'In the Day'.  Looking at it now, I can see all sorts of things I would change - but I suppose that shows progress.  I also have a collection of short fiction, 'Still Life', available for Kindle.

In 2015, at the grand age of 56, I was finally diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Condition (Asperger's).  I live alone with my cat, Daisy, and lots of books.

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My stories

Cherry

Hunting for Duck (5)

I made myself a coffee and sat down to look through my pages. I sat for almost an hour, crossing out bits with a pencil, making notes in the margins...
Cherry

Hunting for Duck (4)

Sal's sister, Marlene, has arrived for a short stay after Nate, her last boyfriend, left her. (image: mine)
Cherry

Hunting for Duck (3)

Marlene lived fifty miles up the line, and Sal drove off on the Sunday morning to go pick her up. She’d wanted me to go, too, but I’d planned to get...
Cherry

Hunting for Duck (2)

So the day comes and they pull up in this big purple Olds, Nate driving. And here was a team. Bonnie and Clyde gone crazy as fuck. Marlene – skirt up...

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33 of my comments have received 39 Great Feedback votes

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And it's a very common

Posted on Mon, 04 Mar 2019

And it's a very common experience with high-functioning autistics - as I read and hear all the time from others.  Even in my last job, with an autism charity, the lack of proper understanding was profound.  I left in the end because of a bullying...

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Posted in The Love of the Loveless (Chapter 6) (8)

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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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Posted in Aspie Life

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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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Posted in Ode to Cannabis Sativa

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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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Posted in Monochrome

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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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Posted in Definitely Not Just Another Dog Story

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Yeah.  I fictionalised it

Posted on Mon, 04 Mar 2019

Yeah.  I fictionalised it this time.  I don't like defining people by their features, but it's the kind of thing kids notice. No offence to anyone with large noses.  I've got large ears!

I can remember that day like it was yesterday. ...

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Posted in The Love of the Loveless (Chapter 6) (9)

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Chapter 5 (2)...

Posted on Sun, 03 Mar 2019

Chapter 5 (2)...

I had three of Michael.  One as a small child, standing beside a Christmas tree, grinning a toothy grin as he held a bottle of beer up to a pint jug.  Clearly something posed by dad.  It always brought a smile to mum,...

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Posted in The Love of the Loveless (Chapter 6) (6)

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Cheers, mate.  It was the

Posted on Fri, 01 Mar 2019

Cheers, mate.  It was the colour of cotton, rather than like it... but I know what you mean.  Ash-grey is a cliche, too.  Hard to avoid 'em, really.

Minimum wage doesn't even get paid by some companies.  Some garment factories in Leicester...

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Posted in The Love of the Loveless (Chapter 6) (1)

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Thanks for your input,

Posted on Mon, 25 Feb 2019

Thanks for your input, Rhiannon.  It's something that's often discussed on Aspie forums.

I tend, now, to try to hold for a couple of seconds if I can - but it's never easy.  It is a bit of a myth, to be fair, that we avoid eye contact...

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Posted in The Love of the Loveless (Chapter 2) (3)

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