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Postby parnassus » Fri Oct 29, 2004 1:02 pm

I have been deserting this website owing to the cruel labour demands of the despotic banana republic. (Also known as school.) I should be writing out my psychology coursework at this very moment, but...uh hum...it involves graphs. Ugh.

I have an update on the dyspraxia book I wrote! It will probably be coming out on March 3rd, 2005, and it is now available for pre-ordering at www.amazon.co.uk. You can find it here:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASI ... 40-3563632

Thank you so much to everyone who contributed their personal stories, poems, tips and tricks, etc - especially Matt, because without the Hideout I wouldn't have been able to contact so many dyspraxic teens. Once the book is out, both the sites should get some more traffic, as I listed them under 'Useful Websites'. Thanks everyone!
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Postby Darlen » Sat Oct 30, 2004 11:17 am

Wow Vicky, that's fantastic !!! :D Have just pre-ordered my copy!!!

I'll get Matt to put your great news on his site as well. Once again, well done :D :P :D

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Postby Helen » Sat Oct 30, 2004 12:04 pm

I am thrilled for you Vicky. :D :D
Cannot wait to get my hands on our copy....Darren has pre-ordered one all ready!
Once it is out I shall be spending alot of time in bookshops making sure their copies of your book are displayed correctly!!!!! :wink:

All the best with your studies.

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Postby Matt » Sat Oct 30, 2004 12:11 pm

Excellent news! :D I can't wait to read it!

Good luck with your studies!
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Well Done Vicky!

Postby Chaz » Sun Nov 07, 2004 1:13 pm

Well done Vicky that is great, you are so very talented and I look forwards to reading it :D

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Postby parnassus » Thu Jan 20, 2005 6:16 pm

Well, ladies and gents, it looks as if I have unwittingly authored a forbidden political satire or some such thing, instead of an autobiography-cum-self-help-guide for adolescents with dyspraxia. My special needs teacher (a lovely kind lady, a brilliant teacher, and a member of the National Olympic Worrying Squad) has been repeatedly asking me to show the manuscript to the Headteacher, just to be sure that I have written nothing that might get me into trouble. Last term I even had to go to a meeting with him (organized by the special needs teacher) to check that the book was 'suitable'. He was serious but sensible, telling me that he didn't want to censor me and he was sure that I wouldn't have written anything damning about the school.

I hesitated to give him the manuscript. Firstly, it had already gone forward for publication, so how could I change parts of it even if he didn't like it? Secondly, I haven't mentioned any names at all - my school is anonymous, teachers are anonymous, and it is never clear whether or not I am talking about my current school or one of my old schools in Saudi Arabia. Thirdly, I have written nothing rude, libellous, or untruthful.

I have written about how it feels to be a teenager with a hidden handicap. Almost everyone on this forum knows what that's like. How you can go from feeling brilliant and exuberant because of your original mind to feeling wretched about yourself because peers and teachers don't understand how said mind works. The confusions, the joys, the terrors and the pleasures of being dyspraxic are all there.

I have written how it took me almost three years to get a diagnosis since moving to England, as my teachers didn't recognize that I was really fighting to keep up with the rest. This bit didn't go down well with the special needs department. But how on earth could I have written anything differently? Very few of you received early diagnosis, plenty of early intervention, perfect understanding and perfect support. How can I sugar coat the truth ("Oh yes, dyspraxia is very well recognized by the secondary education system!") when all of you, and many other people besides, would be able to detect the lie?

I tried to explain this to my SENCo. She got extremely angry, and that's the first time I've ever heard her shout. "Vicky, if you get into trouble over this, you can't say that I haven't tried to dot the 'i's' and cross the 't's'!"

That made me very annoyed. I appreciate that she is merely showing concern for me, but she makes it sound as if I ought to have gone round asking people to tell me what to write. To my mind this is very disturbing - almost like propaganda. How can I distort the truth just to satisfy a few people who don't want to believe that for some children, schooldays might not be the best days of their lives? To strengthen my point, I told her about Matthew and his experiences with bullying (also mentioned in the book - thanks, Matt) and asked how spinning fairytales about the education system would make people in his situation feel better. I have also included lots of very positive stories about my school life, but I utterly refuse to present the light without the shadow. That would be abject hypocrisy.

This little incident has irritated me greatly, but it has given me an interesting insight into my school's perception of dyspraxia. The way they are carrying on, you'd almost think they have something to hide.
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Postby SomeT » Sat Jan 22, 2005 11:39 pm

This book sounds great, I am writing a screenplay about dyspraxia at the moment and have just pre ordered this boo kto help myself and help me write the screenplay, cant wait to read it, it sounds amazing. This book must be the first dyspraxic book as well where it aint so aimed at the younger generation of dyspraxics, it sounds like it looks at it on all kinds of levels which is good, well done!
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Postby Guest » Sun Jan 23, 2005 11:35 am

Thank you, SomeT. :) I just wish my special needs department shared your views. They were very happy when I announced that I was writing the book, but when it actually got accepted by a publisher they started to get jittery. The whole attitude has confused me very much. The Headmaster must have read the chapters I left with him by now, so tomorrow I will probably find out what he thinks...

...and if he commands me to burn the book at the stake, what on earth can I possibly do now?!
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Postby parnassus » Sun Jan 23, 2005 11:42 am

Obviously enough, that last message was posted by me. I hate it when I think I've logged in, but I haven't.

What aspects of dyspraxia is your screenplay focusing on, and what made you decide to produce one? This sounds like a brilliant technique for raising awareness. We will then have two websites by and for dyspraxic teens (Matt's Hideout and this forum), a screenplay, and a book! Hah, before we know it we will all be in some kind of Rupert Murdoch collective, owning and controlling much of the media. :D
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Postby SomeT » Sun Jan 23, 2005 8:47 pm

I am just starting to write up the treatment and characters, it looks like it is going to be about the older generation of dyspraxics and how much its affected there lives without realising it, but when the main character gets properly diagnosed finally at about the age of 25-30 he decides not to do anything about it and still carry on living how he is living or something like that, I will be able to give a clearer sypnosis when I actually start writing the full on screenplay which will be quite a while away due to demands of work etc, how did you get your book published anyway? I am just curious how books get published as i've never really spoke to a published author?
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Postby parnassus » Sat Feb 05, 2005 8:26 pm

I selected a publishing house that specialises in books of this type from the resource list on www.jbwb.com (Jacqui Bennet's Writers' Bureau). Then I prepared a covering letter, a synopsis of the book, and a sample chapter for their consideration. Nearly two months later they wrote back and asked to see the complete manuscript. I sent it to them, and they responded with a 'yes'! Whereupon I cancan danced around the room. (Nearly breaking the furniture, naturally.)

On Thursday I had an interview with The Times about the book. I think that went quite well, apart from the moment when the photographer examined a close-up that he had just taken of my face and said, "No, I don't think we'll use this one." How dare he! If I hadn't been posing precariously on the edge of a desk I would have been exceedingly indignant. I would like to assure you all that I am not so very ugly.
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Postby Helen » Sun Feb 06, 2005 1:05 pm

Hello Vicky,
Just a quick note to ask when your article is to be in the Times. Have we missed it? I would very much like to read a copy.

Hear from you soon.

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Postby Guest » Sun Feb 06, 2005 2:03 pm

No, the article is coming out the day before the book is due to be released, so it will be printed in the T2 supplement of The Times on the 2nd of March. (I can't think whether or not I mentioned this, but the release date of the book has been moved forward to March 3rd.)

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Postby Helen » Sun Feb 06, 2005 3:44 pm

Hello Vicky,
Thank you for letting me know. I shall look forward to reading the article and even more to reading your book. Not long now :) How do you feel? Excited?

Hope you are well.

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Postby parnassus » Thu Feb 10, 2005 5:34 pm

I am extremely excited, especially as I have just heard that the advance copies of the book have been put in the post and are winging their way to me as I type this! :shock:

I won't quite believe that I've written a book until I am holding it in my hands.
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