Where do we go from here?

This weekend, I attended Autistics Present Symposium in Bellevue, Washington.  It was an amazing time, and I got to listen to and meet a bunch of people that I’ve admired for years. I’ve been to plenty of autism conferences before, but having an autistic space where the experience was centered on us was something new entirely.  It wasn’t something I knew that I needed until I was there. I’ll definitely be back next year.

One of the workshops I attended was focused on writing and finding autistic characters written by autistic people, led by the wonderful Neurowonderful. I’d been thinking about getting back into writing fiction after a longish hiatus, and their workshop made me think even more about doing so, so that’s something that will be in the works in the next few weeks.

In addition, though, it made me realize how much I had neglected this blog.  I started writing back in 2012, and I have never been a weekly or sometimes even monthly updater here, but I definitely haven’t written anything since April 2017.  That is entirely too long, and I definitely need to change that.  I take to Twitter quite a bit nowadays, but this blog is often more accessible for people to find out information about autism, what it’s like to be an autistic parent, and especially what it’s like to be an autistic person closer to 40 years old than to 20 or 30.

I posted on my personal Facebook yesterday that I could do a whole blog series on my blog search terms alone and probably come up with a year’s worth of topics to talk about.  I think they would help younger autistic people figure out that it is possible to have a successful life and be autistic, and it’s possible to do so if your autism intersects with other parts of your identity, and how to manage that.  I haven’t found the answers to every question myself, but I’m working on it, and I want to share that experience with you, my readers.

So for now, I’m committing to at least one new post per month.  There will likely be a post after this one is published, at least within the next week, because I need to explain how my life has changed since April 2017, because it has changed drastically in some very, very good ways.  I really want to commit to posting once a week, but I cannot make that promise because of time management, executive functioning and the like, but I can promise that I will be writing at least once a month.  That is an achievable goal for me.

So until next time, thank you for reading. I hope to make this a space where folks can ask questions and gain a better understanding of what the world is like for me and possibly other autistic people like me.  If you have any questions, you can always email me at thecaffeinatedautistic@gmail.com.  Thanks so much for reading!

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