Freelance photo diary from an Autistic perspective

This month marks one month of being a freelance journalist. And to mark this ‘landmark’ (cough) I thought I’d show you what it has been like, along with a few photos. These have essentially been akin to a diary this month.

To get organised, I immediately started to invest in new stationery. (Because new notebook = new project = good organisation, surely?) I started off with a pink spiral bound notebook, then a notebook from The Bold Type... And this is the notebook I’m going to go for next.

One of the things I find, being on spectrum, is that I have a lot of thoughts. I can fixate on words, and story ideas come to me in the middle of the night. One way of controlling this is to have a notebook with me constantly-and it means I have freelance story ideas when I need them.

This is an LBD from M&S (I think.) For professional events I have been trying to put together a uniform-something that looks professional to go from an interview to drinks, that works well for potential sensory issues. This is the sort of thing that would work well for me. (This is a similar dress.) I also love name jewellery, like over at Tatty Devine.

This is my mentor, Lesley Ann Jones, and I, at The Groucho. (Her photo not mine, but I’m sure she won’t mind.)

This was taken on one of the best assignments I have ever been given; as I wrote this post, it’s something I’m still writing. I’ll have more to share with you soon.

Earlier that day, I got to go to….

The Guardian.

I think that this is the paper I would like (read: love) to work for. The stories produced under Rusbridger’s editorship (another story I’ll share soon) were something that influenced me journalistically. A columnist showed me around and spent time talking to me; it was also really refreshing as she has an Autistic relative.

And… Inspiration alert…

I find myself visually attuned to artwork in particular, following my trip to Rotterdam. (Brighton also has a lot of artwork!) They also spark of inspiration for stories, personally.

The same day I was looking around Camden Market..

For various (obvious) reasons, I’m trying to be thrifty with time and money. I guess I’ll be looking around markets more! Can you spot the Chanel case?

One of the things that I love about being freelance is that I can choose where to work. Just grab the laptop and/or notebook and go! Hyde Park is a place I’d like to work in, one day, tapping the day away…

This is Steve the Parakeet. Yep, really.

One of the things that I have enjoyed most this month is reviewing an EP. I know-an actual record!

I was sent Sleepwalking, via the address of BN1 magazine, a few months ago. I finally received the album-and I loved enough that I had to live tweet it! My review will soon be uploaded to my author page.

And lastly…

One of the things that has dominated my month is books. I read books for research, to review, for pleasure (something I haven’t done in a while), and to escape an all-too-regular commute. This is next on the list; I’ll be reviewing it here soon.

How has your month been?


  1. August 27, 2018 / 5:23 pm

    Some beautiful photos! I really enjoyed looking through them!

    • mademoisellewomen
      September 4, 2018 / 8:58 am

      Thank you! I’ll try and write a monthly diary from now on..

  2. Lupe
    August 30, 2018 / 5:10 pm

    My month has been full of work, reading and getting ready for classes. Congratulations on being a freelance journalist that is such an amazing thing! Love the post you’ve written x

    • mademoisellewomen
      September 4, 2018 / 8:58 am

      Thank you!

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