Monday 11th July 2022: New Things (I’ve got the word N*E*W*S blocked, but I think this’ll work)

Hi everyone! Yes I’ve been away for a few weeks. I’m just posting this one, because at least there’s some gay stuff in it. Then I will possibly post every other week, if I even have the time. I’m working full-time teaching English for Academic Purposes at Heriot-Watt university. I hope to do some work...

Monday 20th June 2022: Pride Season! New! Flash! Written While Tired.

Hi everyone, Hope you’re doing ok. I was trying not to write this blog as I’m a bit exhausted, but I couldn’t not. My brain wouldn’t allow me to switch off otherwise. It’s going to be a bit shorter than usual, for that reason. So today, I’m going to give the latest news! Bad Gays...

An image of Jorik, a 34-year old man, smiling a tired smile, holding up a postcard of Alice Oseman's Heartstopper, sent by his mother.

Monday 6th June 2022: Pride Season #2 – Happy Pride! How is it Going with Conversion Therapy (TLDR: FML)

Hi everyone! Happy Pride! My mum sent us this beautiful card the other day. Thanks to her and to the amazing Alice Oseman for their work on Heartstopper which I will watch/read one day, I promise. This year’s Pride Season kicks off with a catch-up on one of the most important blogs I wrote last...

Monday 2nd May 2022: Section on Sectioning – Autistic and Hospitalised 2/2

Hi everyone! Hope you’re doing great. I’ve been very busy this week – good things are happening that I’m not yet ready to reveal, but trust that I will when I get the go-ahead. In the meantime, please have a look at Liam O’Dell’s excellent and ongoing work on conversion therapy and how it is...

A picture of the interior herb garden of the Dom church, Utrecht, from our recent holiday.

Monday 25th April 2022: Section on Sectioning – Autistic and Hospitalised 1/2

Hi everyone, I hope you’ve had a good week. I’ve been busy, getting on with Teeming again after a long while. Also busy teaching, admin for future speaking and writing opportunities as well as, y’know, enjoying the weather. On Friday, I had to have blood taken, so the weekend was a bit of a write-off,...

An image of a grey pluche kangaroo, being held by Jorik in a café next to Fosse Way School. His name is Kevin (of course it is).

Monday 4th April 2022: Autistic and on Holiday 1/2 – THEN SOME OTHER STUFF OCCURRED!

Hi everyone, Sorry for being a bit early off the mark for this week’s blog – but since last week’s one was delayed and next week’s one is not happening I thought I’d give you a blog on the Sunday. I was going to write about holidays. You know – the nice fuzzy cuddly kind...

NOTE: NOT MY PUPPY

Monday 21st March 2022: We’re All Neurodiverse – But Not All Neurodivergent!

Hi everyone! Before we begin, the puppy in the picture is not mine, this is the gorgeous Louis/Leo – a puppy I met at my partner’s work. He’s slightly godlike. I had the privilege of holding him for 5 minutes, when he was falling asleep in the crick of my neck. How are you? The...

Pictured: a white autistic manchild of nearly 34, wearing glasses, fluffy hair, an old University of Amsterdam t-shirt and a yellow hoodie. Jorik is holding his fist up in a power-stance, while smiling broadly, teeth showing smugly. I love him.

Monday 6th December 2021: Depressed? Me? I suppose! – On Alexithymia and Emotional Porousness

Content warning: This is a brutal one. Discussions of trauma, depression, self-harm, suicidal thinking and activity. Also discussions of painful recent news events. If you’re not having a good day, come back to this one later. Hi everyone! I hope you’re well. I am well, increasingly so actually. I spoke to a friend I hadn’t...

Monday 18th October 2021: Autistic At Work – Mentoring/Being a Freelancer

CW: discussions of suicide and mental illness. Hi everyone, I hope you’re doing great. There wasn’t a blog last week, due to me working for Autminds, a Dutch-language autistic-rights conference (they were all wonderful and I’m happy I was of use). I am trying to keep to what I promised myself previously. I need to...

Jorik (a thirty-three year old wearing glasses, a faded blue shirt and wireless earbuds) is lying down next to a handsome stack of books, all queer, while pursing his lips and holding his finger in a 'shhh' motion.

Monday 5th July 2021: On Speaking (and on when I can’t) + Videos!

EDITED: Please find the videos for the Q&A with Jerry Rothwell in the middle of the blog. Hi everyone, Hope you’re doing alright. I’ve been busy this week, mostly recuperating from last Sunday’s performance. As I said in the blog two weeks ago, I was invited to a Q&A with Jerry Rothwell, the director of...

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