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Germaine de Pibrac James

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"I’m Not Dead Yet!"

I’m not dead yet! Monty Python’s Flying Circus


Sorry for not being around so much friends and followers! I’ve been away for both good and bad reasons. I’m battling a major health issue that is taking time and attention to attack and stabilize. And on the good side I have had so much writing work! Tons of ghost writing assignments from e-books to scripts! I can’t complain about that! I’ll try to keep the blog up more even if I’m not on social media except for the occasional check in.

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Characters with Autisim Spectrum Disorder in the Movies: Good , Bad or ugly?

Here is a list of characters termed on the autistic spectrum from Wkipedia.

1969 Amanda Change of Habit
1986 Eric Gibb The Boy Who Could Fly
1988 Raymond “Ray” Babbitt Rain Man
1990 Shane Costello Backstreet Dreams
1993 Randall Eberlin Family Pictures
1993 Sally Matthews House of Cards
1994 Michael Barth Cries from the Heart
1994 David Goodson David’s Mother
1994 Henry and Verlin Henry & Verlin
1994 Tim Warden Silent Fall
1994 Gregory White The Innocent
1995 Rosetta Basilio Under the Piano
1998 Simon Lynch Mercury Rising
1998 Meaghan Robinson Nightworld: Lost Souls
1998 Tracy Sinclair Down in the Delta
1999 Molly McKay Molly
2000 Cody O’Connor Bless the Child
2002 Chloé Les Diables
2004 Vernon Jackson Killer Diller
2004 Jovana Midwinter Night’s Dream
2004 Karl ] Somersault
2005 Cho-won Marathon
2005 Rama Krishna Raam
2005 Donald Morton and Isabelle Sorenson Mozart and the Whale
2006 Bea Breaking and Entering
2006 Linda Freeman Snow Cake
2007 Ben Ben X
2007 Daniel Connelly P.S. I Love You
2007 Anna Woodruff Imagination
2008 Charlie Mollison The Black Balloon
2008 Poppy Dustbin Baby
2008 Noah Connelly God’s Ears
2008 Sarah Dark Floors
2008 Zen Chocolate
2009 Charles Suzie
2009 Chris City Rats
2009 Max Horovitz Mary and Max
2009 Adam Raki Adam
2010 Dafu Ocean Heaven
2010 Rizwan Khan My Name Is Khan
2010 Mandy Fly Away
2010 Terry Marshall Quantum Apocalypse
2010 Tom Taylor Burning Bright
2010 Alan Wheddon Dear John
2011 Alfred Jones Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
2011 Dana Minor Exodus Fall
2011 Yoav Pomerantz Dr. Pomerantz
2011 Tomer Roshko Mabul
2011 Oskar Schell Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
2011 Mickey Tussler A Mile in His Shoes
2012 Jhilmil Chatterjee Barfi!
2012 Luke and Zack The Story of Luke
2012 Nick Young White Frog

Do you agree with all or some of them? Disagree? How do you feel about how the portrayal of ASD was portrayed? Was it just stunt writing and had no real connection or importance to the character and their actions?

Something to think about when writing characters such as these: It is possible to write a stereotype even if its framed as cool or positively. It is possible for a positive stereotype to have a negative effect.

ASD has become increasing popular in both movies and television. Sometimes its portrayed as gifting magical abilities, sometimes its portrayed as just being an asshole. Rarely is the character portrayed realistically with ASD, particularly what used to be termed Asperger’s Syndrome. Instead they are portrayed with stereotypes of antisocial behaviors that are superficial and don’t really show not only the great range that occurs within ASD but how that affects individuals.


So what do you think about the fad of ASD characters?

Can you add to this list and what do you think of the characters?

(Source: Wikipedia)

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Here's What Your Favorite Television Writers Make

"Sticker shock aside, there are a few major takeaways from the numbers below—but before we dive into the numbers, it’s important to remember that these numbers are simply minimums. Savvy agents will negotiate a far higher payday for their clients, both on their weekly salaries as well as their rate for writing a specific episode. The minimums are also far closer to the actual payday for staff writers, but once you get to a level higher than staff writer (story editor, executive story editor, producer, etc.), the minimum amount of payment is far lower than what you’ll generally be paid: they solely exist to prevent a network from lowballing a writer far below their paygrade."

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