Doubtless if you are reading this journal and have any observation skills, you will have already noticed the My Fiction section at the top.
I mention that because although I make no pretenses about its quality, I have recently massaged several of the pieces of fiction featured there into a compilation of short stories that you can purchase for three dollars in US currency or download the first fifteen percent of for free.
The specific stories that made their way into Tales of the Stoneworld after much grumbling and grinding and hammering of the text into a shape that I enjoyed reading are A dream that Linula had, The Peculiar Visitor, and A Solder In A Strange Land. All of them have been retitled, and all of them have been edited so heavily that they only resemble the versions seen on this site in their basic plot thrust. The Peculiar Visitor in particular was so heavily edited that it becomes a whole other story.
Literally. There are two versions of it in the book. One follows the same plot thread in which a disenfranchised man goes back in time and attempts to warn his mother of what his life will be. The other sort of gives a more contextual reason for this enormous violation of the laws of time and physics.
I have been facing a very difficult decision since this book was released on Smashwords a little over two weeks ago. Namely, do I mention anything about it here, and thus associate it with the little window into my world that I have made on this journal? But I digress.
My original plan when I began compiling this tome was to simply offer the book as an .epub from this site without any checking or tracking to see if anyone paid any attention to it. Self-publishing on Smashwords at least gives me something tangible and organised to sell.
I intend to add this little chunk of text to the menu bar at the top of this site, too. But for now, the first book is well and truly in distribution, and whilst it has not flown off the shelf yet, I hope someone out there will consider adding it to their library.
I would also like to throw a word at the Autistic Self Advocacy Network and other self-advocacy organisations such as the Autistic Tsunami. You want examples of positive and strong examples of autistic people creating things, or stories that touch upon the autistic civil rights struggle? Well, here is something that meets that criteria for you to ignore because it does not feed into the cuddly, teddy-bear, children children children rhetoric.
The direction of this journal continues to be pondered and wondered about. Thank you.