About

Hi.

I’ve been keeping journals for the last 10 years.

I hoard stuff. These are the bits from my diaries, journals, notebooks, dead blogs, writing exercises I’m not ready to throw out yet. These are the parts I think are interesting in some way, capture a moment or period of my life, make me think “Ah, look at what I was thinking then. What a twit,” or “Gosh. I actually had a brain that worked then.”

There will be swearing.

I get obsessively interested in things. The things I have thought, read and written about compulsively include, in no particular order:

  • my relationships with my family, partner, in-laws, friends, clients, neighbours, the rest of the world
  • cartoons, graphic novels and, in particular, the art of Lynda Barry
  • management consulting, in particular, creativity, innovation and change management
  • national cultural differences, TV series, wine, Asperger Syndrome, Greek myths, childhood, writing, teaching, reading, psychology, …

Asperger Syndrome is a recent interest. I might have AS. My whole family might have AS. Everyone I know seems to be at least a bit Aspergersy. Sometimes I think the whole of Northern Italy, where I live, has AS. Sometimes I wonder if AS isn’t one of those things there seem to be epidemics of, like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and ADHD in the 1990s. I’m not fond of labels, but unlike a lot of others what I’ve found out about AS makes me feel a lot more forgiving of my younger and present self.

At the moment I am a writing student. What a lot there is to learn about how to write.

BTW, for those of you who know me, I’ll be re-publishing the cartoons I drew in 2008-9, the ones I think are worth keeping. Who knows, I might even draw some more.

Anyway, glad to meet you. Hope to see you again.

Elena

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2 Comments to “About”

  1. This is such a fascinating idea for a blog. I love it.

  2. Love the drawings and the way you capture the moment. As a side note, one of my sons has Asperger’s Syndrome. He’s extremely high functioning but has a tendency to obsess over things of interest or distress. He has always been a cartoonist, constantly drawing and interpreting through it. His perspectives and the 3D aspect of his drawings are always unique. That said, AS or not, this is a great idea for a blog — and one I plan to follow 😉

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