Everyday Aspergers Book Update and New Autism Posts

 

Hi All,

I hope you are well.

There are four new posts on Everyday Aspie. My favorite being the one more than 70 women contributed to: Autistics Share: Professionals Miss the Mark in Recognizing Autism.
You can see more links to newer blogs on the side of Everyday Aspie.

The book journey is going well. The brilliant Steve Silberman of NeuroTribes is looking over the manuscript, as well as well-known and adored autism author and advocate, Tony Attwood, and Tania Marshall, a strong supporter of women on the spectrum ( Aspien Girl ), is kindly reading Everyday Aspergers, too!

We hope to have the book available in late spring 2016!

Much love and lots of peace to you,
Sam

Everyday Aspergers, The Book

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Everyday Aspergers Synopsis
Samantha Craft

The book, Everyday Aspergers, delivers an in-depth firsthand account of life through the eyes of a woman with Asperger’s Syndrome. More than two hundred daily reflections are presented in a chronological journal-style format. These reflections are interwoven between short vignettes written before the author discovered she had Aspergers. The selections were chosen from the well-received blog Everyday Aspergers, which has proven to be an excellent resource for tens of thousands of adults and teens on the autism spectrum. The book is the next step in establishing a further support system and resource for those on the autism spectrum, their families and loved ones, as well as educators, vocational counselors, and those in the mental health profession.

Very few samples of quality literature can be found that reflect the autistic’s every day experience, and the books that are available on the market in a similar genre typically only touch on the surface level and/or are clinical in nature, limited in their scope and depth, or sidetrack past the individual’s thought processes and personal relationships.

The book begins with an open letter, and from there the author explains in brief how the department head at the local university she attends shuns her for announcing her new diagnosis, how she is forced to leave the school, and then later undergoes a series of writings to dislodge the resulting wound to her esteem. The book has an unrestricted flow, integrating diverse writing styles and genres, including philosophical introspection, comedic happenings, non-fiction stories, poetry, affirmations and more. Throughout the writings the author volleys back and forth between wanting to conquer her own mind while also trying simultaneously to accept herself exactly as is. Halfway through her tellings, the author experiences an existential transformation, a change that is reflected through her writing style. It is then her self-acceptance is first seeded and a new phase of her story begins. Though the subject matter is often serious, the continual undertones of humor and wit keep the feel of the book reasonably light. Indeed, the book reflects that of a humorous, educated and philosophical mother, wife and artist, despite her self-proclaimed shortcomings.

The author herself best sums up the primary purpose of the book on the opening page, when she writes: “My hope is that my interwoven journey provides a substantial view of the mind of a woman with Aspergers. It is my further hope that individuals on the autism spectrum, whilst reading these words, gain a sense of support and connection. And most importantly, I wish for those of us living on this little blue planet to recognize we are no longer alone in our often times overwhelming sense of isolation. You are seen. You are understood. And there is hope.”

A primary appeal to the writings is in the author’s method of self-introduction. How through her words she creates a clear picture of life on the autism spectrum without setting herself up as martyr or victim. Her constant strength is evident throughout the stories. Also, with a contagious authenticity, each account stands alone as a small testimony of the autistic journey. The book concludes with a sense of hope, including a touching vignette describing when the author was first called to write. As is the case in real life, her personal challenges are not neatly solved, resolved and tucked away. No matter, in the end the reader is left having had experienced the phenomenal life transitions of a very courageous and transparent human.

Thank you for being here and reading this.

To support this project please join our Facebook Community listed on this blog in the side section.

Here I am on Twitter
There is also an Everyday Aspergers Book Project Group that is supporting this journey.
I will soon have a website.

Stay tuned here for more information.

Book will likely be available in Spring of 2016.

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New Posts and Book Update

Hi All,

I have a couple of new posts over at Everyday Aspie you might find of interest. One is on the word we choose to call ourselves as ‘Aspies.’ The other is a 14-page post I recently spent a couple of hours redrafting, We, The Spectrum People.

My manuscript is being professionally edited and projected to be done in spring of 2016 and ready for publication. I will continue to update you. Looks to be about 700-pages long. I plan on sending the draft manuscript to Tony Attwood in early February, as he has kindly offered to read it.

I am reading NeuroTribes and loving it, having fun (and frustration) exploring Twitter after years of not being on, and continuing to make self-discoveries and practice self-acceptance. Join me on Twitter if you’d like or our Facebook community (see link on this blog in side section).

DCS_6209Much love to you all.

Best,
Sam
https://twitter.com/aspergersgirls

Two new posts and quick book update

Good day. Just letting you all know there a couple new posts on my new blog, Everyday Aspie. I’ll continue to update you here every few weeks about new posts; however you can follow that blog, if you’d like, by pressing the follow button.

And a quick book update:

I will go into contract soon with a small publishing company who will publish the book under their company name. The working title (it’s changed again) is ‘Everyday Aspergers.’

The manuscript is set to be professionally edited in January and February, and sent to Tony Attwood for review during that time period, as well. I am thankful he has offered to view it. The final version will likely be about 700 pages in length and available on my own book website, the publisher’s website/catalog, some bookstores, Amazon (international, too). I will have a Post Office Box to receive requests and correspondence.

I am establishing a small family business in the next month to create economical perimeters for travel, royalties, book signing, the next book, charity donations, and the like.

There will be free e-books available from time-to-time and give aways.

Overall, I am struggling with some aspects of publishing a book. I am a bit hyper-critical of my writing and how I come across. (Sound familiar?) And I am not comfortable with self-promotion. I keep trusting that the words will reach who they are intended to reach. And although I love connection and hearing from others, I don’t much care for attention from large groups. It will be an interesting process, to say the least.

Again, thank you for all of your support.

Best,
Sam

Everyday Aspergers: The Book

My Middle Son Andrew who Has Aspergers (Age 3) He is now almost 17.
My Middle Son Andrew who has Aspergers (at age 3)

Dear Readers,

This coming February will mark four years since I started my self-growth project: Everyday Aspergers. I initially set out to write an entry for each day of one year, 365 posts. Last time I checked I was approaching 550 posts (some 1,200 pages). I am happy to report the project turned out to be a great success!

I am also pleased to let you know that the (first-draft) manuscript for a book based on this blog is complete. The book is projected to be available for purchase in spring of 2016. The working title is ‘Everyday Aspergers: Behind the Door’ or perhaps ‘Sam of Everyday Aspergers.’ Of course, I have come up with about 200 titles, already.I also will likely make a poster/calendar book of 365 short quotes from this blog, as a second book.

In addition, I recently got word that Tony Attwood is very interested in my manuscript and has offered to review the book early next year! Yes, that is exciting for me. 

This isn’t a goodbye. You can find our online community on Facebook. The link is to the right of this page. From there you can private message me anytime. And you can always skim through the pages here and comment. I also have another blog called ‘Belly of a Star’ that you might enjoy. And I started this blog recently: Everyday Aspie, about Aspies and relationships.

Again and again I thank you for your support and your presence, and for simply existing. I owe my newfound self-acceptance to those who held the space here for me. And I will always be grateful for that opportunity. I wish you much love and much fortune in all your endeavors, and above all peace.

Your friend,
Sam