Free e-book of Everyday Aspergers!

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Everyday Aspergers has received 5 star reviews and praise from autistic advocates and bestselling authors.

10 years in the making and meticulously edited by myself and professional editors.

Links to some of the countries:
· Amazon US link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IGE6ZBE#navbar
· Amazon UK link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01IGE6ZBE
· Amazon Australia link: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01IGE6ZBE

The softback version is available in USA on Amazon here.

Current updates can be found  at my company Spectrum Suite. (myspectrumsuite.com)

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Recent writings are at Everyday Aspie.

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Samantha Craft’s New Book!

Lost and Found

If you have been researching autism, especially female autism, for any length of time you have no doubt come across Samantha Craft’s blog, Everyday Aspergers. Her soul bared, posts are both whimsical and down-to-earth real. Sam has everything from helpful lists (because, come on, you know we love lists) of female Aspie traits, to sensitive, thoughtful poetry, to personal anecdotes from her life experience. It is all engaging and enlightening and comforting and validating for those of us seeking to recognize ourselves, our differences, in someone else. To know we’re not alone.

Sam’s beautiful book is available now from Booklogix for those in the US and will be available July 1st on Amazon. It will also soon be available internationally through Amazon.

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Everyday Aspergers Book! Reviews and Preorders

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“There has never been another book like Everyday Aspergers. In prose that is alternatingly playful, witty, brave, heartbreaking, and encouraging, Samantha Craft explores her experience of life on the spectrum in meticulous and comprehensive detail. Many parts of the book — including “116 Reasons I Know I Have Asperger’s Syndrome” and her description of her journey to “Planet Aspie” and return to Earth — are classic, stand-alone set pieces that rank with the very best writing from autistic self-advocates. This book is a gift for autistic people in general, for autistic women in specific, and for neurotypical readers who want to become more effective allies. By exploring her autism, Craft teaches us all how to be more compassionate and alive human beings.” — Steve Silberman, author of NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity

Just in!!! You can preorder Everyday Aspergers #EA at BookLogix

“This book is stunning, beautifully written with a raw and arresting honesty that illuminates the details of living and being autistic/Aspie. Dip in and out or read right through, you will find something that resonates with you as being autistic is being human.” ~ Emma Goodall PhD, author of Understanding and Facilitating the Achievement of Autistic Potential & The Autism Spectrum Guide to Sexuality and Relationships & co-author of The Guide to Good Mental Health on the Autism Spectrum

“Craft is a positive and professional strengths-based role model with many gifts. Her insightful story illuminates the multiple attributes I’ve observed in the hundreds of females I’ve assessed and diagnosed on the autism spectrum. The information is current and prolific. Her self-reflection, intelligence, humor, and faith are refreshing. This is one book that I’ll be recommending in my “what next” sections with my clients. Everyday Aspergers will no doubt serve as a helpful resource to many.” ~ Tania Marshall, M.Sc., psychologist and gold winning author of I am Aspien Woman and I Am AspienGirl

” . . . I am really enjoying your book. I sat down with it last night and fifty pages later I stopped reading it! It is so honest and relatable. I learned things about myself from reading it. You write beautifully . . . The writing is personal but not in a complaining or negative sense. I particularly liked the list of 116 points on being Aspie. Most of them I thought, ‘Yup, me too!’. I think Autistic people will gain a lot of insight and support from the book and non-Autistic people will gain a lot of understanding of what it is to be an Autistic woman” ~ Jeanette Purkis Âû, co-author of The Guide to Good Mental Health on the Autism Spectrum and author of Finding a Different Kind of Normal: Misadventures with Asperger’s Syndrome

Summary:
Through 150 telling journal entries, Samantha Craft presents a life of humorous faux pas, profound insights, and the everyday adventures of a female with Asperger’s Syndrome. A former schoolteacher and mother of three boys, Craft doesn’t experience ordinary everyday happenings like most. In her vivid world nothing is simple and everything appears pertinent. Even an average trip to the grocery store is a feat and cause for reflection. From being a dyslexic cheerleader with dysgraphia going the wrong direction, to bathroom stalking, to figuring out if she can wear that panty-free dress, Craft explores the profoundness of daily living through hilarious anecdotes and heartwarming childhood memories. When she’s not laughing at the bizarreness of her days or reflecting back, then she’s sharing the serious and relevant challenges of everyday living on the autism spectrum. Ten years in the making, Craft’s revealing memoir brings Aspergers Syndrome into a spectrum of brilliant light, exposing the day-to-day interactions and complex inner workings of an autistic female from childhood to midlife. (Back Cover of Everyday Aspergers)

Other Information:

The softback book is scheduled for release July 1, 2016, $16.95, 380 pages

Preorders for books are available starting NOW at BookLogix.

The book will be available at Amazon USA, the publisher’s bookstore, at Spectrum Suite gatherings, and some bookstores and libraries.

The eBook will be available, at a special price, starting mid-July. Ebook stores for Everyday Aspergers include:
· US · UK · DE · FR · Japan · CA · IT · ES · IN · AU · NL · BR · MX.

For multiple orders of the book at a discount price, please contact the publisher directly at: BookLogix, Tel: 470.239.8547

What the Autistic Community is saying about Samantha Craft & Everyday Aspergers

“When I found you, I was almost to the point of giving up. Misdiagnosed all my life, I seemed very different, even strange to myself. I did things that I couldn’t explain. It was very hard to fit in at work, with family, anywhere really. I owe you a lot. My life has changed completely.” ~ Jane

“You are one of the reasons I have hope with being a female with Asperger’s. Every blog post I’ve read of yours, it represents finding independence among the spectrum; to get past the stigmas and the isolation we can feel, to get to where we need to be, which is to be free. You have taught me a lot in learning to embrace those things about myself that I don’t find perfect. I appreciate what your story with having Asperger’s represents, and believe it’s going to inspire many other people including those without Asperger’s to find themselves on this amazing journey in life.” ~ Maya

“So excited to get my hands on my very own copy of Everyday Aspergers new book. Samantha Crafts blogs have been a comfort when I need reassurance, a wise friend when I am feeling lonely and place of discovery helping me to find my forever missing identity. Age 49, I have found a place where I feel I belong. Thank you so much Samantha Craft for your passion, honesty & always brilliant writing.” ~ Moria

“I can’t wait! You have been a light and an encouragement to me since we “met” and I can’t wait to have a copy in my hands.” ~ Johanna

“The Everyday Aspergers blog changed my life. Knowing that information will be available, in a new improved format, is like waiting for Christmas day. I just know it’s gonna be good!” ~ Lennee

“I cannot wait to finally read the fabulous book that Samantha Craft has labored on for years. I would love to see her common sense and wisdom and brilliance in experiencing and dealing with situations that we Aspies face each day and especially female autistics. (And her giggling on YouTube so cute and funny.)” ~ John

“I am looking forward to holding Sam Craft’s first book Everyday Aspergers in my hands and feeling the weight of the wisdom, compassion and understanding the words within contain.” ~Melissa

“I can’t wait for Everyday Aspergers because it is one more book in the fight for Autism awareness for Women. When I started my research, it was hard to find anything. These books are great resources for those of us seeking help to further accept who we are.” ~ Ashely

“Do you want to really get how it is to be an Aspergers, a woman Aspergers? Samantha Craft, in her friendly, warm, and deeply-sensitive, insightful diary-blog turned book,Everyday Aspergers, welcomes you into this world as we Aspies live it. Don’t be surprised to discover some or many parts of your own self coming into the light! This book is a treasure you will want to share, write in and keep by your bed.” ~ Robin (as she anticipates reading the book)

“There’s nothing worse than feeling alone and misunderstood. Sam has the gift of putting into words how thousands of us think and feel, of expressing things many of us find difficult to impossible to communicate, assuring us we’re not alone at all.” ~ Beni

“I think it will just be great as it’s from a Woman’s Personal Journal with growing up not knowing she had Aspergers until later on in life. The experiences she has had a lot of us relate to. It (her blog) helped me see myself having those same experiences and just makes it real. Also, to know I’m not alone. So I’m looking forward to it. It helps me understand the Puzzle and is very inspiring.” ~ Kylee

“I enjoy the blog posts and Facebook group, and cannot wait to read more detail.” ~ Patricia

“I can’t wait to read this book! Every day you give me extra pieces to the puzzle I’ve been desperately trying to solve for 37 years. I can’t wait to see my finished product, and I know this book can help me get there quicker!” ~ Amy

“I am waiting with great anticipation for the book, Everyday Aspergers, to be released. There is a growing restlessness among those of us who have Asperger’s to stand up and be counted. We are finding each other amongst a vast array of false information. We are the voice of who we are, and Samantha Craft is a pivotal and gracious spokesperson for this change in understanding…… that can no longer be ignored.” ~ Jennifer R.

“I think my biggest yearning is to be understood. I don’t even necessarily need to be accepted, just understood. When I first found Sam Craft’s blog I rejoiced. This awesome lady was just like me; she understood how I thought and felt. She made me proud to be me rather than ashamed. Her book to me will be worth its weight it gold.” ~ Melissa

“It’s been an enlightening experience learning about Aspergers and learning how to fit into this often confusing world. I have read many of EA posts the last few years . . . and it will be amazing to read these familiar words that have been such a comfort in the pages of a book. It will be an amazing experience.” ~ Diana

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“Sometimes my writing is another player in the game—this game I’ve played since I was old enough to know that if I was nice enough, funny enough, and interesting enough then people would pay attention to me. And in turn, if I exhibited too much honesty, was too revealing, or too straightforward, people would reject me—or worse, simply disappear.” ~ Sam, Everyday Aspergers

I’d love to hear from you, in the comment section below, about how long you have followed Everyday Asperger’s Blog or anything you’d like to add.

Beyond book updates, this blog is officially retired. You can find me at myspectrumsuite.com and Everyday Aspie. Our Facebook Clan is awesome!
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Balancing the World; thoughts on leadership and autism

My entire life, like many on the autism spectrum, I have oftentimes been misjudged, misinterpreted, and misunderstood. When I finally, after over four decades on this earth, located individuals with like minds, I was overcome with mixed emotions. I’d finally found “my people” and at the same time lost a piece of myself that I thought was extremely different. Lost in the sense that I came to realize, after conversing with other autistics, that I wasn’t so different and “unique” after all. However, this was okay—extremely okay. Finding a home base community in which I was at last understood, accepted, and supported far out weighed any sense of loss of elements of self.

Four-plus years later, after an outpour of online writing, and I am navigating another aspect of my journey. I am entering another unfamiliar zone—a place of no predictability. I am facing a wide-open space of new people and new encounters. In addition, I am trying my best to maneuver in rarely frequented territory: that of an autistic leader.

Autism, in my case Asperger’s Syndrome, comes in all shapes and sizes, multiple colors of the rainbow. It is truly a spectrum. With autism, there are the typical “gifts” and tribulations. For me, the beneficial attributes of my ASD are profound empathy and insight, prolific writing, poetry, and the ability to put into words my suffering in a way others can understand. In this way, I am able to make the loneliness of some less of a burden, and I have been able to serve as a sort of gateway into a supportive community of other autistics. A community in which we find ourselves in one another. I don’t say this lightly. There have been streams of individuals filtering through the pages of my blogs and social media pages to essentially say that they now have at last found hope—and some a reason to not end their life. I don’t say this to brag, either. Those that have known me, know my heart, and it is for them I speak.

The trouble today is not so much my tribulations related to ASD, such as peak moments of heightened anxiety, bombardments of feelings that at first look are hard to decipher, the jarring reminders every hour of my waking day that I am somehow not built like most others, the intense heartache and lack of breath from searing pangs of empathy, and the worries brought on by my minds ability to steer off into complex, multi-level corridors of discovery. No, it’s not so much in that—though “that” still consumes me. More over, it is this new place I find myself, in where I am exposed.

I am a natural born leader; I always have been, despite my own qualms and misgivings. Despite my protest. Despite my quirks and challenges. Overall, I tend to end up as a voice of some sort–usually for the downcast or underdog. And it’s not amongst my favorite of tasks—this speaking up for myself and others. Indeed, it would be fair to say, I dread many moments beyond the comfort of my home. Still, there are mornings of great hope and gratitude for my ability to reach out, and with this comes waves of great peace; but there, on the other end of the pendulum, is the bareness of naked vulnerability, the removal of shield, the entranceway for stinging spears. There, in the darker zone, lives my fear and weakness, and the very brittle fight to survive exposure. For I’m not the average person, I’m not made the way of the masses. I am very much, despite where I stand, still autistic.

I am hurt daily, by my own accord, by the acceptance of others’ truths as mine. By the energy it takes to abstract and remove everything that doesn’t ring true to me. And to then wade through the muck of others’ ideas, input, feelings, insights—and on an on—to hopefully decipher what is valid and necessary at this time. I am not only balancing myself, which those on the spectrum readily know is a gallant effort, I am also balancing everyone within my reach. In this way, it is hard to be outside exposed in the “real” world.

It is especially challenging when outsiders (who do not know me and often see a reflection of their own self) try to pin their tail of identity onto me. I feel smothered, unrecognized, and brought back to the bastardized halls of my high school years. Brought back to the pettiness, the name-calling, the finger pointing, and relive the nightmares over again. It is equally difficult when another, particularly in the autistic community, starts proclaiming how I should tailor my words to suit their needs—the current societal trends—the current “right way.” To see this conglomeration of “do-gooders” with supposed good intention in mind, attempt to steer me into what is the most well accepted approach of the day is excruciatingly exhausting.

I can only be so much. I can only do so much. And I don’t understand why my own tribe would not see this. They forget that I am autistic. They forget how dreadfully scary this is. How frightening to attempt to build a bridge from the autistic world to the non-autistic world, and to appear “normal” enough in the typical arena to be heard and listened to, and “autistic” enough to be trusted in my own community. It is a fine balancing act in which I am continually on a high wire with a long heavy pole. Constantly pushed off balance while attempting to get to the other side to the unknown. I am walking step-by-step toward something that is neither a goal nor destiny, but rather a calling. I am serving, I am giving, I am loving, I am supporting, I am being my all. Yet no matter how I struggle, no matter where I step, to some, as is this world—it is never enough.

 

(I normally post at my blog Everyday Aspie, but my WordPress options were not working accurately there today.)

 

THIS BLOG EVERYDAY ASPERGER’S BY SAMANTHA CRAFT IS RETIRED. HER NEW BLOG CAN BE FOUND AT EVERYDAY ASPIE AND HER COMPANY WEBSITE AT MYSPECTRUMSUITE.COM  THANK YOU FOR THE COMMUNITY AND SUPPORT YOU HAVE OFFERED THROUGH THE YEARS.

10 Years in the Making! Everyday Aspergers

This Blog Everyday Asperger’s by Samantha Craft is retired. Her new blog can be found at Everyday Aspie and her company website at myspectrumsuite.com  Thank you for the community and support you have offered through the years.

 

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In 2004, I was called to write. I dedicated myself to write every day for a year. I only missed one day and completed a 250-page memoir. I often wrote 4 to 10 hours a day. I spent the next years editing because my dyslexia and dysgraphia make it very challenging for me to detect errors. I knew nothing of writing. It was pretty substandard material at the start. I didn’t even know when to capitalize the word ‘mom’ or how to use a semi-colon. It took me three years of writing and editing to find ‘my voice.’

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I taught myself to write by studying other books, relentlessly. I took notes and would write pages and pages of words I found (in other books) on notepads. In 2012, I started Everyday Asperger’s (blog) and  wrote almost every day for a year. I then continued posting blog posts several times a month, for another two years. Each Everyday Asperger’s blog post took a long time to edit. Then, after it was online, I would reread the words for an hour (at least) trying to find all the small mistakes that I couldn’t find the first time. (I didn’t mind; it was a type of stimming for me.) At the time of writing the blog, I also reedited some of the original (year 2004) childhood stories.

Recently, after 3.5 years of writing over 1,300 pages online, I began the process for my book: Everyday Aspergers (EA). I tore through 1,200 single-spaced pages of this blog, some of which were my childhood stories, picking and choosing, and then piecing the posts together like a puzzle. This took a solid two months of working almost daily. From there, I refined and refined, trimming most posts to 1/3 original size; some of those posts, if not most, were originally two to three pages long. Next I found little parts that got cut but were still gold nuggets and found places to sprinkle them in.

After that I polished and polished and polished, and began to edit. Soon the final editing took place from December to today. Most weeks I spent the equivalent of a full-time job editing. I also employed the help of a professional editing team. To date, the manuscript for Everyday Aspergers has gone through four editing rounds, in which I read the words (at first 717 pages, then 615 pages, then 417 pages) from start to end. Each page was reedited each time! I’d spend marathon days, up to 12 hours straight editing. Some of the childhood stories have been edited and polished at minimum 15 hours per page! Counting the years before, I’d say the book itself has well over 5,000 hours of editing alone. That doesn’t count any of my writing time. It’s a HUGE accomplishment. It’s not just something I threw together. It has a huge heart and huge effort behind my endeavor.

I cannot wait for the book to be in my hands. More so, I cannot wait for those who wish to have the book to hold the story in their hands! I’ve been waiting since 2004, when I had a dream.

Much love,
Samantha Craft

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