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The Other Side of Deanna is back! And she even has a name….. #fridayflash group

Hi everyone. Some of you may recall that I had two separate blogs, The Life of a Working Writer Mommy for my nonfiction, and The Other Side of Deanna for my fiction. A little more than a year ago I combined those blogs into This Side Over Yonder because I was posting mostly fiction and felt it was cumbersome to maintain two sites. I also wanted the URL to reflect my name, which This Side Over Yonder does.

Now, since I am fortunate enough to have more time to write, and because I will be posting more nonfiction articles, I have built a new site for my fiction, The Tale Well: Stories by Roslyn Fain.

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Years ago I wondered why anyone would want to use a pen name; now that I’m building my freelance career. yet still want to write fiction, I understand. Although Deanna and Roslyn are one-in-the-same, there is a vast difference in their personalities…..did I just say I have a split personality? Well, I am a writer!…..there is the business side of me (Deanna) and there is the playful side (Roslyn) and I feel they both deserve their own place.

Why the name Roslyn Fain? Fain is my mother’s maiden name and Roslyn was the first thing that popped into my head (which I always go with). It is apparently an old-fashioned name, had its peak in the 1940s, and fell off the “popular names” list in 1978. My family tells me I do look like a Roslyn, so there you go. I hope you’ll stop by The Tale Well and enjoy Roslyn’s first story, Those First Nights.

What about you? Do you use a pen name? What is it, and how did you hit upon that particular name? (If you’re using your pen name be brave and tell us your real name). 🙂

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Can we rid the world of Down’s Syndrome, of Pervasive Developmental Disorders? Would we want to? #autism #autismawareness

It’s been several years since I read Elizabeth Moon’s The Speed of Dark but it’s the first thing I thought of when reading this article about the forthcoming possibility of curing Down’s Syndrome. The Speed of Dark is about a man’s struggle with whether or not to participate in a study to “cure” his autism. Here’s the blurb from The Speed of Dark, via Elizabeth Moon’s website:

“Lou is a high-functioning autistic adult who has made a good life for himself and is, he thinks, content. But a new manager in the pharmaceutical firm for which he works decides to put pressure on the unit that employs autistic persons. Lou is pressured to undergo an experimental treatment that might “cure” the autism he doesn’t think needs curing, or risk losing his job–and certainly the accommodations the company has put in place for its autistic employees.”

The ethical question that both the article and The Speed of Dark poses is: If you could cure the disease would you be willing to risk the possibility of basically erasing [the person’s] personality?

To be short and to the point, I wouldn’t. My son has High Functioning Autism, which is basically the mildest form of autism under the “umbrella” of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Although his autism caused many difficulties for him throughout his early school years, especially in social situations, with continual therapy and much hard work he overcame those challenges, and along that journey he became one of the most kind-hearted and intelligent people I’ve ever known. (Yes, the possibility of exaggerating that, as his mother, exists but others have expressed this opinion too).

One of the characteristics I love most about my son is his insistence at questioning everything, and when I say everything I mean everything. At times that can be frustrating of course, (mainly when I don’t know the answer and am unable to explain something to him), but I am rather proud of his persistence in investigating until he finds the answers he seeks. This trait makes for terrific philosophical discussions, something I’ve always enjoyed, even when the particular subject shoots way over my head. (He is 16-years-old now and as he discovers more and more about life this is often the case).

Because of this “need to know” my son has developed a dogged patience that I quite envy. When he wants to learn something, (he is very interested in software design and such), he sits down, he studies, and he learns it, no matter how long it takes. He is also quite a talented artist, not only using software tools but also with nothing more than pencil and paper, (something else I’m proud of considering how many teenagers are averse to doing anything that doesn’t require a computer).

If this sounds like a “mommy brag post”, well, I suppose it is, but the point is: should a cure for autism suddenly be discovered and offered to all people diagnosed [with a form of autism] I would not want my son to take advantage of it, I would not be willing to sacrifice the personality traits that make him the wonderful person he is.

What about you? If your child is living with autism, Down’s Syndrome, Asperger’s, etc., or if you know someone who is, would you be willing to risk the loss of their personality to “remove the parts of them” that present the challenges of living with such an illness?

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A brand new year = a brand new….everything!

Hey y’all, I’m back! I greatly appreciate your patience with my MIA status and I’m even more thankful for the true friendship you’ve shown with the emails, phone calls and prayer you’ve sent my way these last several months. I have missed writing, a lot, but I’ve missed the camaraderie of the wonderful Friday Flash group and all my other internet friends even more and I look forward to posting and interacting with you all again. Now, and with a brand new site, it is time to get back into the swing of doing what I enjoy so much: writing and reading.

The good news is that the inspiration is overflowing; the no-way-am-I-going-to-call-it-bad-news is that said inspiration is a bit scattered about for the moment. While forcing waiting for those ideas to settle down and get organized I’m creating this new place: This Side…..Over Yonder. Most of you know I’ve had two blog sites for – wow, a few years now, The Life of a Working Writer Mommy for my nonfiction articles and The Other Side of Deanna for my fiction. What better time than the new year to combine those sites? At This Side….Over Yonder you’ll find my short fiction, including the ever-popular Friday Flash, as well as my essays, articles and general ramblings about life. And you should have no trouble at all distinguishing them, (though there was that one time Jim Bronyaur read my story about my thieving dog on The Life of a Working Writer Mommy, and swore up one side and down the other it was a #fridayflash). But that’s one of the main reasons I’m merging my work into one place – so you can simply look at the category (fiction or nonfiction) and know what you’re getting into, er, uh….I mean, know what you’re about to read.

Since this is a new place and we all know how chaotic fun it can be to start all over, I appreciate your feedback very much. Is the background too bright? Let me know. (That’s a real question by the way). Do you want to see more fiction than nonfiction? Let me know that too. Did you think that #fridayflash was a true story…..really? Go sit by Jim and scratch your head. Seriously, I’d love to hear what you think, so please do leave comments, as many as you like.

I hope you all enjoy This Side….Over Yonder and I look forward to this new venture and all it has to offer. Happy New Year everyone!

(P.S. I just penned the first [fiction] story I’ve written in over five months; we’ll let it set and determine soon if it’s ready to post for #fridayflash this week.)

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