1. Not having to bother with managing a mutual fund portfolio or a 401 K retirement plan - too complicated!
2. Your tight food budget results in an automatically low-carb, low-cal diet!
3. Being able to drive your friends crazy by overanalyzing the plots of whatever random TV shows or movies they take you to. Using words such as "post-critical thematic critique" and "anti-chronological theoretical analysis" in your explanation.
4. Getting to join in with the talkative homeless people on city street corners, expounding on your views for any and all passersby to listen. (The homeless were often my best, most appreciative audience at open mic reading events).
5. Stopping every ten seconds while reading a book, asking yourself if you understand all the subtle layers of direct and implied meaning, figuring out what you would have done were you the author.
6. Staying close to your family - after all, you'll probably be living with your parents well into their retirement.
7. Having novel and story ideas pop into your head constantly, on buses, in bed, while brushing your teeth. Jumping out of bed, pouring yourself some coffee, and scribbling away.
8. Blurting out something in conversation, starting to tell a story about something you think you remember doing, and then stopping once you realize it was something one of the characters in your novel did/said.
9. Having strong, callused fingers from all that typing late into the night.
10. Coming up with a million poetically creative answers to the question, "So, what do you do for a living?"
I'd like to ask those of you reading to take an active hand in the shaping of this community, and request things that I can put in our 'interests' section, so that more people will be able to find us.
Also, if anyone knows of a community that might appreciate hearing about us, please do tell. I want to get the word out. In the coming days, I will also be searching for some online information about poetic forms and other stuff to provide you guys with. Poetic forms are interesting because they actually give you guidelines to write poetry with - something of an oxymoronic statement, if I ever heard one. Guidelines for poetry? Who knew? I think that, for the aspie, guidelines are extra appreciated. But poetry is so hard - I don't even know any NTs who seem to truly understand it!
I just realized that poetry counts as a form of writing too, and we need not be limited to fiction or essays...
Anyways, call me slow for that, but I'm an amateur (very amateur) poet, and I find that I write more poetry than the other stuff these days. Something that popped into my head the other day:
'Upon Hearing Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata'
She hears the light within
cascading bittersweeet down a stair
all the notes bead
upon her skin,
make golden of her hair.
It liquifies, sinks down deep
to the blood. Ecstasy
that is all she is
in this light-dappled
sistine chapel masterpiece
moment of being.
Now, as a rule, poetry is about a hundred times harder than prose, and I'm sure anyone who'd ever written any will attest that their early poems suck/are mediocre. Unless they happen to be one of those rare, talented individuals. The above poem is one of the three acceptable poems I've written in my life. I'm not sure where I'm going with this except to say that no one should be afraid to post their poetry. I don't know that we have any poetic experts here, but I still think that posting could be fun.
I've also been thinking that the purpose of this group is not specifically to critique, but that if someone wants their stuff to be seriously read/proofread, for improvement, etc., then they could put that as a request in their post. If not, that's fine too, as some of us just feel like sharing.