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When you’re a writer, you look a lot of stuff up. Like how long it takes for a space shuttle to leave Earth’s atmosphere, because your character just asked the captain of this ship how long it would take to leave home. Continue reading

The stories we tell

When I was little, I read a lot of Sherlock Holmes. It’s tempting to say that I suspect many autistic kids do – but maybe they don’t. I might be extrapolating from insufficient data. That’s a thing I do, and a thing I’m trying *not* to do, since no matter how attractive the Encyclopedia Brown books made it look, the inevitable actual result of my personal extrapolation would be to center my experience rather than to make a reasonable sampling of ways people encounter the world.

You know?

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