With impeccable timing aspermama has nominated me for a Liebster Award just in time for this, my 200th post. This isn’t some award from a nameless, faceless panel sat in isolation somewhere, but recognition from a fellow blogger, and as such it really means a lot to me. I cherish the opinions of my peers who know what it is like either to be on the autism spectrum, or to raise an autistic child.
Besides, apart from all that serious stuff, I think it will be fun to join in!
- Each nominee must link back the person who nominated them.
- Answer the 10 questions given to you by the nominator.
- Nominate 10 other bloggers for this award who have less than 200 followers.
- Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
- Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them
1. What song impacts you the most personally?
I find it difficult to choose a single song because my listening preferences change depending on my mood, but one that I keep coming back to is Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd. I could listen to David Gilmour’s soaring guitar solos for hours on end, and the lyrics speak to me in a way that makes them very personal. This is a song I can play when I’m feeling a little down in the certain knowledge that it will lift my spirits.
2. What was your favourite book growing up?
I think that would have to be Dune by Frank Herbert. I loved the world he created, the eponymous desert planet Dune, as well as the richness of the pictures that reading it conjures up. I still have the paperback copy I bought in my early teens and it has been read more than 20 times over the best part of 30 years.
3. If you could go back to any time in history, which would it be?
This has to be a particular place as well as a time: I choose the Victorian age in England because it was a time of great progress in philosophy, science and engineering. It was a time when there was such great energy dedicated to progress and for all its faults — and they are many to a modern eye — it was an age where people began to defy conventional thinking. It planted the seeds of our modern world.
4. What do you like about yourself the most?
My compassion. I think that is my greatest quality: I care about people and try to help them in whatever small ways I am able.
5. What was the last book you read?
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. I love his writing: there is an elegance to it that I can only dream of emulating. And the imagination he demonstrates in his fantasy novels and short stories to create such vividly described characters and settings is stunning.
6. If your life were made into a movie, what would it be about and who would play you?
My life has been largely devoid of dramatic incidents and as such would probably make a terribly dull movie. I think a much better idea would be to give it a treatment, Hollywood style, and embellish it to the point where even I don’t recognize it. Russell Brand could play me: he looks nothing like me and so I could rest easy in the knowledge that I would never get recognized on the streets.
7. If you had an entire day to do whatever you wanted, what would you do?
I would take my wife for a day out, perhaps to the coast, because she would enjoy that, and I derive pleasure from seeing her happy.
8. What is your favourite guilty pleasure?
Guilt and me have an arrangement where I don’t feel guilty as long as I enjoy myself and nobody gets hurt. My guilt mostly stems from feeling I have failed to meet my own standards of behavior or achievement.
9. What about yourself do you most want people to know?
I will listen if you want to talk to me. I can’t promise to be able to help, but I will do my best to understand and offer support.
10. If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
The ability to read non-verbal communication — body language. Well, it seems to be a super power to me: it is beyond my natural abilities.
This is the hardest part for me. Which blogs do I choose? Do there really have to be ten? Well, I guess as long as it doesn’t break the rules I can do whatever I want. So, in no particular order, here are some of my favorite reads…
- Laughing Helps: Marriage Spiced With Aspergers — Blog by a woman married for 20 years to a man with Aspergers. By turns it is funny, sad or uplifting, but always fresh and insightful.
- The Clockwork Pastor — Thought-provoking and intelligent blog by an openly gay ordained pastor with Aspergers.
- The Autistic Me — Blog by C. S. Wyatt, PhD, with a focus on autism and education.
- autisticook — Yes, I know aspermama nominated this blog, but I find her writing so engaging. She adds a lot to discussions with her well-thought-out and informative comments. And there’s food-related posts too: what more could you want?
- Mados — Plenty of helpful information about autism: well-written and -researched.
- ischemgeek — A very personal account from another blogger who contributes so much to online discussions. Sometimes painful in its intensity but well worth reading for her insights. And, yes, I’ve repeated another of aspermama’s choices. 😉
- Why did you start blogging?
- What has made you happy recently?
- If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?
- What 3 words best describe you?
- Who inspires you, and why?
- What is your favorite place?
- What is the greatest challenge you face in your life?
- Who is your favorite author?
- What angers you?
- Star Wars or Star Trek?