Thursday, June 2, 2011

Same Child, Different Day II: Doing what I do best

Stay with me for a minute...this really is going somewhere.

You are all wonderful. Your comments on the blog Same Child, Different Day have been thoughtful and inspiring. And your remarks regarding the booklet Same Child, Different Day have been nothing but encouraging. Follow that up with the fact that there is so much more to say, and so many more people who need to hear what needs to be said. Autism is not going away in the foreseeable future, and our loved ones are everywhere.

We have had discussions regarding potty training, I've written articles about autism in public, we've ventured into the world of politics, and I never even told you about the time 1) the school forgot to put Nolan on the bus and --- 2) he was almost "expelled" (he's a special needs kindergartner) for a day (or two). All the while, I've been reaching an audience who already lives it.

That's not bad, in and of itself. However, if ever we're going to bring awareness about that which is autism, it's the "other people" I/we need to reach.

So...I've been writing a book...again.

Tentatively titled Fishing for Nolan, it's both an expansion of the booklet Same Child, Different Day, and at the same time is it is a completely new work. For one thing, Fishing, which this time will be a full-length "memoir", looks at autism from a father's perspective. As the Product Description for Breaking Autism's Barriers (Bill Davis, Jessica Kingsley Pub, Feb, 2001) denotes, "Few books about autism have been written from a father's perspective." Fishing also takes on a different tone than Not My Boy (Rodney Peete, Hyperion, Mar, 2010). While Not My Boy looks at the issue through a cause-and-effect lens, Fishing takes a more anecdotal, open-minded approach.

While we, too, have our beliefs about Nolan's diagnosis, this book is geared more toward the general reader. I've pointed this book in the direction of public awareness.

So, there you have it. Over the next few months, I will be glued to this chair in an effort to bring our story to you (and in a more ambitious way, to the rest of the World). I appreciate your continued support ... because without all of you, this never would have been possible!

Thanks, Everyone.



Deanna Schrayer said...

YES! Yes, yes, yes! John, I am so glad to hear you're writing again, and about that which touches your heart deeply. I have missed you! You must be sure to keep us up-to-date on your progress - and that's an order Mister! :)

Jon G said...

Deanna, Thanks for writing. I've missed you as well. This has been a long time coming; it took putting writing behind me for me to realize its what I really enjoy doing more than anything else. So...that said, I am 'butt-in-seat' every day now. Thanks so much for writing back. We will definitely stay in touch. I won't have a lot of time for 'other' writing, but it will be worth it in the end!