This Blog Everyday Asperger’s by Samantha Craft is retired. Her company website is myspectrumsuite.com Thank you for the community and support you have offered through the years.
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.’
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.
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17 thoughts on “10 Years in the Making! Everyday Aspergers”
Well done sounds a bit tame, after reading this. But… well done. Phew. It’ll make a difference to many people’s lives. x
🙂 lol thank you! If not, that’s okay. I already have met so many wonderful people.
Very very many congratulations, heroic achievement, I’m exhausted just reading about the journey and can’t wait to have a copy!
thank you much 🙂
Wow, Loved Flashdance. Played the clip and danced. Tell everyone I meet I am on The Autism Spectrum. Tell everyone You are Groundbreaking and They want to get the Book.vI wish You Great Success, It is Imperative.
thank you 🙂
I am so excited for this! Your commitment to your blog and your book is outstanding. Well done xx
thank you very much 🙂
Congrats….this struck me because I DO This and it IS stimming for me…my husband teases me…It sometimes only takes me 15 minutes to write a post but then two hours reading it over and over!
Each Everyday Asperger’s blog post took a long time to edit before I posted it online. Then, after it was online, I would reread it for an hour (at least) trying to find all the small mistakes that I couldn’t see the first time. (I didn’t mind; it was a type of stimming for me.)”
I also put songs on the ends of my posts as it gives the emotion sometimes!! LOVE your choices!
i LOVE your outside landscape! Love it
we must meet someday 🙂 my blog twin x
Looking forward to your book! Such an amazing journey
happy dance ~ :)))
So awesome! Thanks for all your work – and what an accomplishment that you’ve achieved all this, basically since 2004, if I understand correctly. Nicely done. Ample evidence for the amazing power of Aspie focus!
thank you :))
Hi. Just found your blog. Will be reading it. Wow the journey of writing for you! I can hear your passion for it and how it keeps you going. When you publish can you get it on audible or bookshare? I’m blind and know others who are blind or have reading disabilities would apreciate it. Oh by the way my name is Samantha too. But I like to be called Sam.
I hope to do this. I have had other requests. I need to look into how to do this. 🙂 My legal name is Marcelle. I like the name Sam, too. 🙂