Wednesday, July 29, 2020

A reading of "The Mu Rhythm Bluff"

As many of those who have followed me over the years know, about seven years ago, I self-published a novel "The Mu Rhythm Bluff" on Amazon.  I hoped I could use my autism as a gimmick to promote it.  However, you know what they say about the best laid plans of mice and men.  It basically went nowhere and it sold about 250 copies, though seven years later, I still sell some copies from time to time. 

Not only did the gimmick not work the way I wanted it to, but now autistic novelists may soon be a dime a dozen.  Madeleine Ryan, the Australian writer who recently published an article in the New York Times telling parents that their autistic child is perfect has a novel published by a major house that will be released next month.  Helen Hoang who is married with children and diagnosed with autism at age 34 has stated that her autism is so mild that it does not even feel like a disability.  Her novels have been commercially successful and for a brief time one of her novels was in the top 100 in Amazon's kindle store. 

I gave up on trying to promote it a while ago, but I suppose most novels (even those published by a major house) have a shelf life of less than seven years. 

I recently purchased a web cam and have been making some videos to test it out.  Just now I made one of my reading from the beginning of "The Mu Rhythm Bluff".  If anyone is interested in purchasing the novel, either kindle or paperback, the link to do so is at the top of my blog, featuring the artwork of my talented cover artist Liz Ingersoll.  I've decided to post the video in this blog enjoy:


Unknown said...

Hi Jon, long time follower, first time commenter to the gadfly blog. I hope you get more intereai and sales for the mu rhythm bluff. I am proud of my copy and that you autographed the book.

Anonymous said...

I bought a copy of the book, though I have barely started reading it, partly because I fear what I might read, (matters of autism and sex are deeply upsetting to me). I discovered this blog a month or two ago and it has become an addiction. All I want to do all day long sometimes is read constantly about how awful autism is, here and on some other sites.

I'm low functioning as shit, 26 years old, failed college, never had a job or girlfriend, can't drive, mum does everything for me. Every other week I beg her to kill me and I mean it. Who the fuck are these people who have what I have (diagnosed Aspergers) and have PHDs and wives and kids? I don't know what they have but what I have is a living hell. Cure for autism? Try euthanasia. That would be just fine for me.

Let me know if any of you wouldn't mind talking about autism with me. I have no contact with fellow sufferers. I need to talk to someone other than my mother or counselor. We can talk right here on this comments section if Johnathan is OK with that.

jonathan said...

I wouldn't mind, but probably better to do in an email. My email address is

Joseph said...

I can relate. Life has on the been kind of hellish.

Anonymous said...

To anonymous

We can measure the impact of this farce by seeing people's reaction to revealing one's condition to others. People don't sympathize with autistic people, and it's mostly not because they are afraid, nay, they want to celebrate it.

But if we form our identity around it, they will get annoyed and think our abnormal behaviors are character defects we embrace, it won't cross their mind we hate this disease as much as they do.

The world isn't the movie or tv show where an autistic person wishes to be normal but learns to accept it by the end of the story and gets the prize, all end up worse off at the end in real life.

Phil's Gadfly said...

Look at this fake Twitter profile of Phil Gluyas, LMAO: