On Monday, I posted ‘Pitfalls’ – a glimpse into the process that an ‘Aspie’ uses to write something up. Yes, it has a lot to do with my recent posts on Aspergers – I think I have it ready, then read something else and have to hit the re-start button…
I’m afraid I modeled it on my experience…only. And while that may be a typical ‘Aspie’ thing to do, it is (I am told) more applicable to female Aspies…who are in minority. Aside: As ‘ADifferentVoice’ aticulated, I also wish there were a better terms for ‘a person with Asperger Syndrome’ and ‘Neurotypical’ (NT)- if you know of one, or would like to suggest one, please, let me know.
In the interests of accuracy and entertainment, I have re-thought the post…and come up with a conclusion more indicative of the ‘Aspie-typical’ person. (How’s that for a convoluted term??? It makes me proud!) ;0)
Most of the post would remain unchanged: the bits where excessive research is done, 2-3 major studies are read and their raw data reassessed, several books, a stack of periodicals, and numerous online sources, cross-referenced and indexed (physically or mentally), you start thinking about the actual write up. Except that somebody mentions something related, so now you have to research that, or risk inacuracy! So, more research is required…and then you go for 3 days without posting!!!
Now, here is where the difference comes in. When I start to ‘write’ the actual post/write-up/article/assignment, my most difficult task is cutting the 80-odd pages down to a managable bite. So much stuff to be stuffed in! And it has to be phrased carefully, so as not to mislead or misrepresent – not intentionally, anyway!
Well, I do need to correct the misconception that all Aspies are like that. The vast majority would be much more efficient at analyzing the salient and essential points, and expressing them in a highly efficient manner. The long, painful hours I would spend ‘cutting down’ my notes, they spend in expanding their resultant 3 sentences into a full paragraph.
But then again, if you can’t laugh at yourself, somebody will make a sitcom … and the world will laugh at you! My family insists that when I forget to keep a tight control over my ‘inner voice’, it reveals itself to be a bit of a ‘Sheldon’… or perhaps a little bit of ‘Leslie’….hope you enjoy the clips below!