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Hi, all–

I’m back, at least, from a “you can see the blog now” angle.

I learned a lot over the past few months, and I’ll be blogging again soon, assuming there’s interest in a return.  If I do return, do note there will be considerable changes with regard to content since I’m making a lot of serious changes in who Nicole is, as a result of leaving the school I loved far sooner than I intended.  Identity is an ongoing problem with Autistics, particularly Autistic women who love to mask, and I’ve done a lot of introspection over these last two months.

BUT the main thing is that I am gainfully employed again, so I feel safe resurrecting the blog.

 

Temporary Hiatus

During the job hunt, which has come faster than expected due to a mutual agreement with my now former employer, I am temporarily putting the blog on hiatus and removed a lot of posts.

I am still writing blog posts, and will work on design/revision of what is here, so you may notice some changes.

You can reach me, as always, via e-mail or Twitter.

Christmas Break is Here!

The last bit before Christmas is always hard for me because I’m busy trying to “act normal” with my kids to keep them from freaking out just before Christmas.

I think we did a good job this year, since we had relative peace and continued learning like we always do so as to smooth out the panic kids get before the break.

I’ll do some thinking about school and other adventures and will be back to writing ASAP.

Catch you all soon!

Brief Update on the Agent Pitch

Regarding yesterday’s post on missed opportunities:

Guess whose pitch went well enough that the agent, looking for authentic female voices who also has background in working with Autistic children as a volunteer…greenlighted this person to send her the full novel?  Not chapters.  Not an outline and a chapter a two.  The full novel?

(This is agent speak for: this particular project, I really do want to see and I’m not on the fence about whether or not I want to see it.)

She seemed very nice and nurturing enough (she literally said she doesn’t like to give up on an author if she keeps believing in him or her, even if they have to change direction sometime) that she might be a good fit for me.  She also seems to be kind and gentle enough that she might have actually developed relationships with editors in such a way that she stands out.  I know New York can be rough; a Midwesterner selling a Midwestern book (she’s sold to all the majors) might be a welcome contact for them in terms of being treated pleasantly, but firmly.

It’s early, and the actual book might not be a fit for her, but I felt blessed to even move to the next step.

This time, I know we moved forward because of my Autism, and not in spite of it, since we spent quite a bit of time talking about what adult Autism looks like and how it can manifest in the novel without completely revealing itself.  There is something quite beautiful about that.