My agent is threatening to quit. He says I really don’t need him because I dont make money from my blogs and articles…. that I’m not acting responsibly. If advocacy is important to me, I should be proactive and plan for my future.
“ You can’t survive as a starving artist. No more foot tapping and avoiding my eyes young man“, he admonished me. ”Every famous actor started off as a waiter or personal trainer at LA Fitness. Don’t change the subject! I know you aren’t an actor but I’m just trying to make a point here. . It’s time to prostitute your integrity and made a buck from your writing.”
“Oh yeah, Well… I got a book deal going .. ” I though to myself.
“And don’t tell me about your book deal. That’s a long, long way off”.
Well. To be fair… and because my agent is such a good guy, I have agreed to a capitalist project. I authorized publication of a calendar that consolidates excerpts from my published articles. Pix and pearls of wisdom previously strewn across the Internet, have now been assembled for your reading pleasure. What the heck. I’m not asking for a handout; a calendar is a very useful tool… or so I have been told. Anyway, this one has all sorts of great pix and graphics. It also has a little graphing “thingy” so you can chart your mood throughout the whole month. Low tech… but highly effective, I think.
Yes, there are other picture calendars.. dedicated to various obsessions such as cute puppies, race cars, Justin Beber, T&A and Amish covered bridges. Take your pick at Walmart or Kroger Drugs for $14.99 a pop. Mine is not $14.99… but you can’t get it anywhere other than the Neurodiversity Mall, a cool new place where everything sold is is either by or for someone on the spectrum. My calendar is their first product for sale. I hope you will visit the Neurodiversity Mall and order one… or two… or three. They make great holiday gifts . Then I can follow up to this blog post with one entitled “Worked For Food… and boy! was that good!”
2012 I Am Autistic wall calendar
ALL 12 MONTHS AT NO EXTRA CHARGE !!
(ghost-written by my agent)
Posted by John Scott Holman on November 26, 2012
A memory of my sister wouldn’t leave me on the ride home today. I cried when I thought of it. It was one of those long days in the hospital and Kassidy was constipated. She had been for a week. Her belly swelled and her pain increased and my family’s tension and exhaustion increased with it. “Please God, let her go a little,” I mouthed as I pushed open the bathroom door.
Like an idiot I forgot to shield her eyes from the mirror. When last she had seen herself her hair was long and her face slender. When she caught sight of herself just then her head was completely hairless. It dipped low on the right side where a port had been surgically inserted into her brain. This freakish indentation was crusty with blood and pus. Her face was swollen and lumpy from the prednisone. She trembled for a moment, trying to be brave, then buried her head in my shoulder and sobbed long and low. I was 15.
I’ve spent years running from memories like this one. I’m emotionally constipated. I have to let go of all that… and if I catch sight of my reflection on the way, I have a feeling I won’t like what I see. And I’ll cry. You bet I’ll cry.
Kassidy could have been spared her reflection but it’s time I took a hard look at mine.
After I cry I’ll laugh again. That’s just how it goes. And it’s good and healthy too. I know that now. I wish I would have known it then.
Posted by John Scott Holman on August 2, 2012
Though part I was illegally deleted (sadness…) you guys can enjoy part II of my series Autism RX now! And never fear, part I will return to youtube later today!
Posted by John Scott Holman on May 6, 2012
I’m listed as associate producer on this video. I’m not sure what it means but it sounds fancy. I got to interview Phil McKinney, Peter Bell, Andy Shih, and lots of other cool and important people.
Posted by John Scott Holman on April 23, 2012
The medication of autism spectrum disorders is a complex and controversial subject. So let’s jump right in and discuss it!
Posted by John Scott Holman on April 21, 2012
Share this video with friends, relatives, your bank teller… Whoever! Please do your part to prevent police brutality resulting from ignorance of autism spectrum disorders. The simple click of a button could prevent the abuse of yet another autistic individual!
WARNING: This video contains brief footage of a meltdown which includes explicit language. Don’t hate -I can’t help it! But please keep the kiddos out of earshot…
Posted by John Scott Holman on March 26, 2012
Posted on autismafter16.com
John says, “I don’t know that I’ve ever poured so much emotion into my writing as I did in parts I and II of my new article “Love Yourself First.” I’m exhausted! Hope you guys like it! “
Posted by John Scott Holman on January 21, 2012
Welcome to JohnScottHolman.com!
We are still in the midst of design and creation. Feel free to look around while we do so!
Posted by John Scott Holman on January 8, 2012