My 2023 in Books

My 2023 in Books

Happy New Year! Have you made any resolutions? In 2023, one of mine was ‘to read more’, partly because I’d started an MA in Creative Writing with the Open University and our Tutor was fiercely passionate about reading as widely and deeply as possible. It would make us...
Christmas: do you thrive or survive?

Christmas: do you thrive or survive?

Christmas is only a few days away, so for my final blog of 2023 I wanted to reflect on my relationship with the festive season, especially in the context of life as an (originally undiagnosed) autistic person. Many autistics thrive at this time of year, but for others...
How Neurospicy are you?

How Neurospicy are you?

Since my son and I were both diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Conditions, my wife has sought out relatable information about having a differently-wired brain. One of her go-to sources is the ADHD Love account on Facebook. (I’ve abandoned my account, but they’re on...
In a SpIn

In a SpIn

When I got confirmation that I have an Autistic Spectrum Condition in 2021, one of the immediate benefits was that it helped me to understand what my Special Interests are and how they – when combined with Autism – have helped shape my life. For the rest of this blog,...
Giving myself permission

Giving myself permission

Back in August, during the Summer break from the MA in Creative Writing I’m undertaking with the Open University, our Tutor Group had a discussion about when a person gets to call themselves a writer. At the time, I was working for ToolStore UK in a role which...
That’s the Ticket (Office)!

That’s the Ticket (Office)!

When you’re at your local railway station, the word ‘cancelled’ usually triggers a feeling of dread, but on Halloween there was one notable exception. The plan to close most of the ticket offices at stations in England has been binned after more than 750,000 people...