- Note for blogging101 co-bloggers: This blog’s title is Blogging 101: Why Am I Here and it’s tagline is “Art, Autism, And Amnesia”
- Note for all other visitors: It’s just another blog from me. 🙂
I feel honored to be a part of the WordPress 101 Blogging University project.
My name is Rick London and I am a 60 year old autistic author, songwriter, cartoonist and gift designer. I am married to my best friend @LeeHillerLondon (who will also be taking the class) as well as the Branding 101 class of which I hope to be a part.
I mention the autism as I was not diagnosed until age 60, about 3 months ago. I have much to learn about writing, though I’ve been doing it for about 32 years.
I guess I am best known for launching Londons Times Cartoons (LTCartoons.com) in an abandoned tin shed in rural Mississippi in 1997. It became Google’s #1 ranked offbeat cartoons and offbeat cartoon gifts, a ranking it has held since January of 2005.
I have published about 4500 cartoons but written many more than that. It is a team effort. I create the concepts, write the cartoons, and assign them to one of my three team illustrators. I then design the gift items digitally.
Finally, I have decided to go public, just this year, with the fact that I was a neglected/abused autistic child, never diagnosed, but obviously very different, and hidden away, isolated from my other two siblings in an attic bedroom. I was scapegoated. I am public not for sympathy, but because I now know how prevalent such family dynamics are, and I’ve already been told in my last few months of blogging about it, that my story has helped several families.
I have written all kinds of “flights of fancy” and slayed some dragons. It was my wife’s idea to “get back to basics”, and this seems the perfect place to do so. When I’m back to basics I am centered, and open to learn. And I hope to accomplish those things. Thank you.