I was as a teacher, but was forced to stop working for health reasons after twelve years. Writing has become increasingly more important to me the last few years. This is partly because I don’t talk much. There was a period when I had more or less given that up. It didn’t mean I intended to become nonverbal, because oral communication has always been important to me. I just needed a break when life threw a lot of crap in my direction.
That is related to challenges known as nonverbal learning disorder (NLD), which is so close to Asberger syndrome that most people do not see the difference. I was diagnosed as late as 2010, at the age of 42. That is significant because without a diagnose people just assume that I was lazy and/or stupid. NLD is not recognised in ICD or DSM yet, so nothing much has changed. That explains some of the experiences I’ve had, and their consequences.
The written language didn’t come easy to me. I had to struggle for it. Reading and writing was very difficult throughout most of my education, and this continued in college. I never gave up, and I got my teacher’s diploma at the age of 32. As I have indicated I found work life to be very challenging.
This blog has gone through several changes since I started it in 2012. I didn’t have a clear idea of what I wanted with it. I just felt like writing. Sometimes it was about politics, sometimes it was about mental health, and sometimes I described how it was living with NLD. The world can be a puzzling place, which isn’t all bad, but other times it can be a dark and scary place. This blog was a sort of sanctuary, a place where I could make sense of the world. I have moved some of that over to my other blog, I am more, where I write about nonverbal learning disorder, autism, and ADHD. Writing helps me to think and put things into perspective.
I feel better than I have done in a long time, and now I want to focus on books. I have always had a passion for books. I like to read books, but I have also wanted to create the magic my heroes have done before me. I have some stories inside me, and if I can create an oasis, shielded from the loud and unforgiving world outside, I will write them. That is my project. I am working on an historical children’s novel at the moment, and I have several more ideas I want to work on later. I will also share some reflections on this blog, because this blog has been and will continue to be a lifeline. It’s my contact with the community I want to be a part of.
I use it to communicate and keep a connection with readers and writers around the world. I live in Norway, and the feeling that Australia and America is practically the coffee bar on the corner is amazing.