A little bit autistic?

Paula Sanchez

The UK’s Channel 4 is currently promoting its upcoming series ‘How autistic are you?’.The blurb asks if you “think you might be autistic?” as a precursor to a whistle-stop tour of reasons you might indeed be autistic:

“Struggle with social interaction, maintaining eye contact, or understanding the expressions and gestures of those around you? Do you have difficulty understanding other people’s feelings and managing your own? Or perhaps bright, loud or crowded places make you anxious?”

This isn’t helpful.

  • When free to create our own spaces for social interaction we form strong bonds and lasting relationships.
  • I have heard of too many children and adults refused assessment or diagnosis because they can do eye contact.
  • We are empathetic of others, we just might need them to communicate in a way we understand.
  • We often know exactly what to do to manage our own feelings, it’s just that external expectations…

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a return… of sorts

Well, here I am. I’m not sure why I feel the need to return to WordPress even after not using it for so long. Perhaps, like leaves in autumn, I am returning to earth. Tumblr is a wonderful place to share things, but it gets very crowded very quickly, especially if you don’t have separate blogs for things you share and things you create. In that sense, WordPress is great for actually showcasing content while presenting it in an elegant package. It still seems to lack the immediate (and gratifying) response from the social networking structure Tumblr has, though. I don’t know if that makes sense to anyone who’s NOT used both before.

Anyway, to cut a long story short (as Procrustes would no doubt love to say), I’m back. I might not post as much as I used to, but I have begun various new things I feel I ought to share on here. More updates shortly!

#haiku collection

A few I have written recently (to my shame, I don’t know what the plural of ‘haiku’ is).


mouth frames a silent
shape into the ultimate
defeat of language.


gulping down bottles
brimming with you yet I still
have deserts for lips.

eyes closed

when eyes shut, you paint
my world in hues of jade smiles
and cherry laughter.


she wanders round rooms,
fingers flicking morse code lights;
no doorways darkened.


I excavate words,
the archaeology of
ancient souls laid bare


you: an open wound
cauterised daily with lime
and tequila tears.


I have had a phrase stuck in my head that I think is a quote from something. The thing is, I have no idea where it’s from and I’ve no idea how to look for it. (Google is not helping) Any thoughts?

discoveries: on writing

My latest writing discoveries:

  1. I write a lot of stuff that initially doesn’t seem to make sense (mostly poetry). Well, maybe it really doesn’t at all, I dunno. I just like the sound of certain words together. Certain phrases just get stuck in my head and I feel I have to put them down on the page.
  2. I like using usual words in an unusual order (as opposed to fancier words).
  3. I like writing one-line stories or micropoetry.
  4. Also, I like space.
  5. At the moment, I seem to be at war with grammar. to me, capital letters are not aesthetically pleasing (at least, for micropoetry/one or two-line stories) so I don’t use them at the beginnings of sentences.
  6. I enjoy writing poetry. 🙂

A Bookish Nudge

The Musing Quill

As voracious readers, at times, we feel weighed down by our reading commitments and challenges. So for all such readers like me, here’s a little nudge to keep you going. Here are a few of my favorite quotes from famous literary people we’ve grown to love. For those who read incessantly without the need for a nudge at all, cheers! May you enjoy the post. 🙂

  1. When I get a little money, I buy books. If any is left, I buy food and clothes. — Erasmus
  2. There is no friend as loyal as a book.  — Ernest Hemingway
  3. I am simply a ‘book drunkard.’ Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them. — L. M. Montgomery
  4. Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them. — Lemony Snicket
  5. A book is a gift you can open again and…

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