Fifty Thousand Words

No, I’m not talking about the current inventory of Kaitlyn’s vocabulary, but I would not be shocked if it were that high.

Fifty thousand words, from what I am told, is the minimum number necessary to complete a book worth writing.  That’s a lot of words.

And the challenge I am accepting.  From pretty much the first entry in this blog over a year ago, my dad has been encouraging me to compile what I have written in a binder or somewhere and have it to show to Kaitlyn at some point.  It is and was a good idea. 

It wasn’t, however, until a friend of mine (who happens to own a publishing company) came and told me that she has been reading my blog, and she encouraged me to write a book, did I even seriously think about it.  And when she told me that it should be at least 50,000 words, I was not discouraged or intimidated.  A little overwhelmed, but up to the challenge.

So, I am going to attempt to take some of these entries and expand on them, while also adding some new stuff, and write a book.  The more I thought about it, the more I was convinced that maybe it could help another family just getting a diagnosis, or one that is dealing with some of the hurdles we jumped.  I could be wrong and nobody will buy it.  Either way, I am ultimately doing this for Kaitlyn, Amber, and myself.  Despite the openness that I try to have on here, I have held some things back, mostly to conserve space, and a book is a fine place to let them out.

The goal is to have the book completed by the end of this year.  I will continue to write on here as much as I have in the past, because caring for someone with Asperger’s is nothing if not a fluid situation.  The title of the book is still to be determined, but I have a few ideas floating around (any suggestions are welcomed).  I may even use this space to provide updates on the progress of the book.  Some of what will be in there will be raw and emotional, and I do not plan on filtering what is written in an effort to “fluff” anything.

Thank you for continuing to read and share in our adventures.


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