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A + for The A-Word: The most authentic look at Autism on screen.

I worked for several years with a succession of autistic children—which mostly means boys—kids who were mainstreamed in regular education classrooms, with a classroom aide assigned to shadow them. That was me, the shadow. 

We also lived next door to a family who had an autistic son who became one of our son’s closest playmates, until we moved away at the end of elementary school. Chris, with his funny idiosyncrasies is the source of some very sweet memories, as well as moments of high drama. That’s what you get with autism, children who can be deeply involved when their needs and passions are directed and shared but who can sometimes find it frustrating when those needs are brushed aside. 

It’s typical for an autistic child to want to talk about dinosaurs—or whatever the passion is—and be frustrated while the rest of the kids have moved on to another topic. The autistic child is focused on that stegasaurus and exactly how cool it is, just not quite getting that the others don't shar…

About Sim

People who don’t know Sim Carter very well call her Sweet Sim. She doesn’t know why. The alliterative appeal, probably. Or they imagine her vanilla exterior coats a similarly inoffensive inside. Her family, her friends, her husband, can all assure you, she is not sweet. 

It’s not as though she's an axe murderer or anything quite so evil. It’s just that like many of you, she has a checkered past littered with her fair share of mistakes. Some of which she shares with you here on the Memoir section of the site. Born lazy, she's hoping to slack off on the work and sneak a few of these pieces in a book currently in progress under the working title About a Boy. What do you think? Too derivative? 

Born in Britain in the 50's, her parents wandering ways meant their family of five—an older brother, a younger sister—spent a few years in Tripoli and Turkey prior to coming to North America in the early 1960's. Coming of age in Canada with the British Invasion before the family took a detour to Puerto Rico and finally landing in L.A. Sim has worked as a journalist, a copywriter, realtor, a media buyer, a Universal Studios tour guide, a substitute teacher, a film & television production coordinator and likely a few others her brain is too addled to recall.

Why the blog?

"Sharing my life's stories, just trying to get it all down before I'm too old to remember, that's the whole point of this website. A book? I'm working on two. The memoir collection and a novel set in the world of advertising in the 1970's."

About the work available to read here  

While you'll find mostly memoir, Carter also has those moments when she writes about what she wants to write about. A mishmash of rants and raves, odes to Britain, love letters to France, reflections of living here in Los Angeles and the occasional film-centric piece ala this series of posts about working on That Thing You Do. Like the L.A. freeways, it’s kind of crowded and all over the place.

Some of Sim Carter's credits include Los Angeles Times Sunday magazine Beach MusicSkylark Literary Journal Last Dance; South Bay Reader The Arab boy who took out his eye under the title Double Vision; The Good Men Project 7 Reasons Older Women Love Older Men  
Parents Doing Nothing, LA Family, Children, the Daily Breeze and 805 Living Magazine.  For more see Out of Order.

Sim traces her love of reading back to her mum who used to take her on regular trips to the library where they would depart with stacks and stacks of books—the maximum allowed— in their arms. You can find Sim’s pieces reflecting on her mother's life and demise due to Alzheimer's at Songs of My Mother.

Carter has also embarked on a virtual adventure, taking an imaginary walking tour of London. Tag along on her journey as she follows Above Ground on the London Underground

Like everyone else in Hollywood Sim has a script in a drawer. Her husband works in the film business and their son is a fledgling writer/director teaching himself the ropes. 

Visit Sim's book-to-movie appreciation site at Chapter1-Take1, where she shares her fascination with big screen adaptations. 


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