About the Author

I’m one of the rare writers who manages to make a living solely through writing. My freelance business pays the bills, so I can spend my free time writing novels.

As a neurodivergent writer, I’m fascinated by the intersections among neurodivergence, creativity, and the process of creation. I’m always looking for new answers to the question, “How do we turn creative inspiration into concrete results – and become better people along the way?”

When I’m not writing, I’m coaching at Boundless Winterguard, or spoiling my three cats, three nieces, and nephew.

If you’re curious about my professional writing services, check out my portfolio here.

About This Blog

I started blogging in 2007 or thereabouts. For a long time, this blog served as a dumping ground for odd ideas and random thoughts I found funny.

Recently, I’ve been focusing its contents a bit more. You’ll find advice on fiction writing, freelance writing, harnessing creativity, and managing various forms of neurodivergence.

…You’ll also find the occasional oddball post. Like my series on the value of Girl Scout handbooks as collectibles, or my how-to guide on using Brodart book covers, or that time I catalogued the animals that old books are made from.

I also occasionally drop book suggestions, like these books for figure skaters, these books for kids who read way above grade level, and these “inappropriate” books for kids.

In case you’ve deduced I love books, I do. I love them so much I also wrote a handy guide on how to destroy them.

Once in a while, I’ll dust off my law degree and break down a legal question I’m seeing get a lot of coverage without a lot of understanding, like 2018’s kerfuffle over Gamble.

Sometimes, I’m just out to amuse myself with snark, and sometimes it amuses other people, too: Like my Five Reasons I Hate Les Miserables – inexplicably, my single most popular blog post of all time.

Questions? Want me to talk about something I haven’t yet? Drop your ideas in the comments here!

18 thoughts on “About

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  16. Cam says:

    Yet another Girl Scout handbook question! (But NOT an appraisal request)
    Do you happen to know what year the Junior handbook switched from being printed on uncoated paper to coated? Early 1970s, but do you happen to know exactly what year/impression? I have a copy of the Eleventh impression (1969) but it’s on uncoated paper.


  17. Megan McLaughlin says:

    Hi. I am writing a book on autism and human rights in the United States. In my chapter on early interventions, I wanted to quote something you said in your old blog, Autistic Academic. However, I can’t find it online anymore. Is there any way to get access to your old post on “functioning and functioning labels,” where you talk about your experiences with ABA and masking?
    You can respond either on my WordPress account or directly to:


  18. Matthew Braunschweig says:

    Have you given A Generation of Sociopaths a read? It is a fairly good explanation of the “why” underlying your simpsons piece. Interestingly, it discusses how boomers have lived that unattainable lifestyle by mortgaging future generations week being, and ginger mHomer is literally right in the middle of the boomer gen


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