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PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 2004 8:44 pm
by Vicky
For some reason I didn't discover Matt's forum before, even though I come to the site quite a lot. In his guestbook I posted a message about a book I am writing for dyspraxic teenagers. I myself am severely dyspraxic and I'm trying to plug an extrememly large hole in the book market by supplying the information and support that dyspraxic teens urgently need. To do this, I need snippets and short pieces about dyspraxia, preferably written by teenagers, to insert in the book. Matt has helped me in the past with a questionnaire and his Karate Story, and I am in touch with a couple of people across the web. If there is anyone interested in helping, please e-mail me as the book is having a mid-life crisis!
Thank you,
Vicky

PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 2004 8:47 pm
by Ruby
For some reason I didn't discover Matt's forum before, even though I come to the site quite a lot. In his guestbook I posted a message about a book I am writing for dyspraxic teenagers. I myself am severely dyspraxic and I'm trying to plug an extrememly large hole in the book market by supplying the information and support that dyspraxic teens urgently need. To do this, I need snippets and short pieces about dyspraxia, preferably written by teenagers, to insert in the book. Matt has helped me in the past with a questionnaire and his Karate Story, and I am in touch with a couple of people across the web. If there is anyone interested in helping, please e-mail me as the book is having a mid-life crisis!
Thank you,
Vicky


Just A little thing u might want to include!
we maybe dyspraxic but we're fantastic -infact we're weird -AND WONDERFUL!
Ruby,12

PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 2004 8:54 pm
by Vicky
Hey all,

The book is now in its final stages. I have one more chapter to complete...then it's going to be proofread for accuracy by my psychologist and lovely obliging SENCO. I am now looking for possible publishing houses to submit it too.

Thanks to everyone who got in touch with me. There is just one more person I need to chase up...Claire A-F, Matt gave me your e-mail address so I could see if you wanted to write a short piece on having a dyspraxic person for a brother. Typically, I accidentally deleted it and then forgot it. :( If you wouldn'y mind doing this, could you try to reach me at fire_of_opal@yahoo.co.uk?

Well done on the fictional diary, Matt...it's brilliant. Best thing I've read all week!

Vicky :)

PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 2004 8:54 pm
by Dyspraxic Fantastic
Hello Vicky, my name is Charlotte and I am sixteen and mildly dyspraxic. I know you have nearly finished your book but I have a poem that you would be welcome to use if it's not too late for you to put it in.

If dyspraxia could talk to me it’d say…

My name is dyspraxia I’ve been with you all your life,
I’ve seen you go through a lot of pain and strife,
I can be your worst enemy but I can be your best friend too,
I’ve made you what you are today I’ve made you, you.

Please don’t ignore me and hope I’ll go away,
You have to face up to me every single day,
People think you’re stupid, clumsy, lazy or bad,
But it’s me that taught you not to let those idiots make you sad

Please don’t feel clumsy when you break that cup,
Please don’t feel useless and think you should give up,
Please have the sense of humour to laugh until you shake,
It’s me that gave you that ability to laugh at your mistakes.

Please don’t feel stupid when you fail the test,
Please understand you learn differently to the rest,
Please revise your way until you get it right,
It’s me that gave you the ability to work with all your might.

Please try hard until you succeed
It will happen eventually, I guarantee,
It feels so good when things happen the way you want,
It’s me that gave you the determination to carry on.

Please understand when others do things wrong,
You know how they feel so tell them to carry on
Please stay polite even when it’s hard to do,
It’s me that’s made you care so much for others as well as you.

Please don’t ever feel like you’ll never fit in anywhere,
Keep searching until you find happiness somewhere,
Please stay positive through all that life will bring
It’s me that taught you to look on the bright side of things.

My name is dyspraxia I’ve been with you all your life,
I’ve seen you go through a lot of pain and strife,
I can be your worst enemy but I can be your best friend too,
I’ve made you what you are today I’ve made you, you.

Like I said, if it's too late to fit it in or if you just don't want to never mind. I have just posted it in 'Officially dyspraxic fantastic leaflet campaign.' My e-mail is broken so you can't e-mail me.

Good luck with the book

Charlotte x

PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 2004 8:55 pm
by Vicky
:) I received a reply from the publishing-house, approving my book proposal and asking to see the book! All fingers crossed...and thank you to everyone who sent me so many stories and strategies. Thank you especially, Matt, your site has been a HUGE help - I would never have got in touch with so many people if it hadn't been for this. :D

PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 2004 8:56 pm
by Guest_Helen
Hi Vicky,
That is great news! Hope all goes well and I look forward to having the opportunity to purchase a copy of your book one day soon. Glad that so many people came forward to help you and that Matt's site played a part in you completing your book. Just brilliant...well done :lol:
All the very best,
Helen