Need a Mid-Month Pick Me Up?

I’ve got you covered:

Get Party Giraffe swag, plus snarky greeting cards featuring everyone’s favorite judgmental cake topper, Mr. McShade. I’ll be adding new stuff (nearly) every day this month, so check back often – and share the link with friends!


Fun Stuff for the Holidays

We have book bundles.  And toys.  They are glorious.  And if you order them today or tomorrow, they’ll arrive by Christmas.  Or Kwanzaa.  Or the start of Hanukkah.


From Ink and Daggers Illustration, BUTTONS.  I’ll be ordering an “Ask Me About My Conversion Therapy” as a stocking stuffer for myself.  “Respect the Stim” and “Vaccines Made Me Gay” also available.


For Autistic Activists, friends with new diagnoses in the family, professionals who “work with” autistic people, and anyone else who needs to be In the Know:

  • The ABCs of Autism Acceptance, by Sparrow Rose Jones
  • Typed Words, Loud Voices, edited by Amy Sequenzia and Ibby Grace
  • The Real Experts, edited by Michelle Sutton

Anticipating the release of Spoon Knife 2: Test Chamber?  Want to know what this “Neuroqueer” revolution in literature is all about?  Just want to read some dang good spec fic?  You need the NeuroQueer Horizons bundle:

  • The Spoon Knife Anthology, edited by Michael S. Monje Jr. and N.I. Nicholson.  (I have a piece in this one as well!)
  • Imaginary Friends, by Michael S. Monje Jr.
  • Mirror Project, by Michael S. Monje Jr.

(PS: Mirror Project will be re-released soon with a new title, so if you’re into collectibles, get your “first edition” copy while you can!)

Michael S. Monje Jr.’s Shaping Clay series follows the life and mishaps of Clay Dillon through an epic thirty volumes, the first three of which are in print.  While you can read Shaping Clay: The Elementary Trilogy in any order, I recommend the order listed here:

  • Defiant (nominated for the Lambda Literary Award!)
  • Nothing is Right
  • Imaginary Friends

(Nothing is Right is also slated for re-release with a new cover, which will also make this edition a collectible.  Get yours while you can.)

(Want to find out what happens next in the Shaping Clay series before your friends do?  Subscribe to the author’s Patreon!)

Love poetry?  We have a NeuroQueer Poetry Bundle:

  • Barking Sycamores: Year One, edited by V. Solomon Maday and N.I. Nicholson
  • Teaching Languagings to: Nonverbal Thinkers: The US Book, by Michael Scott Monje Jr. (I wrote the Afterword!)
  • Adrift in a Sea of M&Ms, Marcel Price, aka “Fable the Poet”

And, last but not least….


Finally, whether or not you order by December 20th, you can save 20 percent (and learn all the latest news about our cool stuff) by signing up for our newsletter.

Autism, Satire, and More: Join My Patreon


In 2009, I started writing marketing copy for a living.  It pays the bills, but it’s not all that exciting to write, and it certainly doesn’t captivate, inspire, or entertain the way my decades of non-paid fiction, satire, and short stories have.

Eight years in, I’ve decided it’s time for a change.  It’s time for me to be able to produce more of the stuff you love to write.

That’s why I’m now on Patreon:

I call it the Practical Joke Universe – a place where I can produce science fiction and other flights of fancy, hone the delicious satire you’ve seen here and at Field Notes on Allistics, and share writing advice and commentary on a wide range of topics.

And you’re invited.

What do you get out of it?  By supporting my Patreon at any level – even $1 per month – you get access to all the members-only content.  Kick in more and you get special content and even some AutPress swag.

What do I get out of it?  Another brick in the wall of my eventual getting to write fiction and blog full-time.  We’ll be moving this blog to the Neurodiversity Matters network in a few months; my first science fiction novel, Nantais, comes out in 2017. The  more support I get, the more time I can spend updating this blog regularly and producing more of the stuff y’all actually want to read, instead of marketing crap y’all would rather avoid.

This blog, as well as my professional blog, will keep rolling ahead as usual – which is to say, they’ll be updated when I feel like I have something to say.  But if you want to see more than just autism commentary, and you want to see it more regularly, head over to Patreon.  I’ll see you there!

Fun With the Search Terms, Part II: More Fun With the Search Terms Than Part I Was

Periodically, I go through this blog’s list of search terms people use to get here, and respond to them as if they are questions searchers asked me personally instead of, y’know, Google.  Here are the newest ones on the list.

gay women with autism

There are a lot of them!  Also a lot of bisexual women with autism!  I am one of them!  But I am also married and monogamous so if this was a dating request I am sorry about that.

gwendolyn kansen cure

Oh no!  Is she sick?

neurodiversity advocates


academic list for auisism

I’m not entirely sure what prompted this one.  Does the searcher need a reading list?  A lesson plan for an autistic (excuse me, “auisistic”) kid? A list of autistic professors?

I can probably produce all three, but not on what I’ve got here.

men do not do emotional labor

…Well.  They do some, unless they live alone in a cave (and they might even do some then; Tom Hanks was real kind to that volleyball in Castaway).  Some men do more emotional labor than others.

At the societal/cultural level, however, the bulk of the emotional labor falls to women in most cases, yes.

are there any autism publications that pay for submissions?

You want the “upcoming anthologies” announcements at Autonomous Press.

was lewis carroll autistic

No.  Yes!  Maybe?  IDK, diagnosing people who have been dead for centuries has always been a dicey proposition.  He might have just been really, really addled from all the formaldehyde and calomel in his diet.