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Autism Acceptance Month: Links

a rainbow dragon coiled around itself in pounce-position, looking as though it's about to take off.
Image Description: a rainbow dragon coiled around itself in pounce-position, looking as though it’s about to take off.

Just a short Link-post today about Autism Acceptance Month. You might be expecting me to explain what Autism Acceptance Month and #LightItUpRed or #RedInstead is about, however, I figured it would be better for those explanations to come directly from Autistic people instead of myself, so check out the links below. If you’d like me to add more links of Autistic Creators (Authors, Bloggers, Youtube Video Creators), let me know in the comments section below and I’m make sure to add their link to the post.

Links:

~ASAN: Australia and New Zealand

~Autistic Self Advocacy Network: Sharon Lewis Statement for Autism Acceptance Month (Youtube Video)

~L.C. Mawson: #RedInstead (Youtube Video)

~Stream of Awareness: Youtube Channel

~Tiffany Grey: Youtube Channel

~Neurowonderful: Ask an Autistic #22 – Why Acceptance? Autism Acceptance Month (Youtube Video)

~Neurowonderful: Ask an Autistic #1 – What is Stimming? (Youtube Video)

~A Bit of Brave: Autistic Stimming (Youtube Video) (Warnings: Flashing, Moving Images, Moving, Rapid Transitions, Coloured Lights)

~Baby Robot: Harmful Stims (Youtube Video) (Warnings: use of snap-chat filters, moving images)

~Baby Robot: The Joy of Stimming (Youtube Video) (Warnings: use of snap-chat filters, moving images)

~The Introverted Matriarch: Chronic Pain and Autism

~Megan Rhiannon: My Autism Diagnosis Story – TW self harm + suicide mentions (Blog-post)

~So Much Stranger, So Much Darker, So Much Madder, So Much Better: Autism A-Z: A is for Acceptance (Blog-post)

~Autism Doesn’t Make Me Blue: How to Support Autistic People This April by Nova Mona (Article)

~April Is Autism Acceptance Month By Laura Jo (Article)

Arts and Crafts: For Whom The Bell Tolls

Image Description: a title-post picture with the words Arts and Crafts written in the centre of the picture in rainbow word-art with a clip-art picture of a red rose in each of the corners.
Image Description: a title-post picture with the words Arts and Crafts written in the centre of the picture in rainbow word-art with a clip-art picture of a red rose in each of the corners.

Articles to read before I begin:
~Neurowonderful: Ask an Autistic #6 – What’s Wrong With Autism Speaks? by Amythest Schaber
~Autism Women’s Network: Is Autism Speaks a Hate Group? by Amy Sequenzia
~The Caffeinated Autistic: Why I am Against Autism Speaks (and you should be, too)
~My Autistic Point of View: April is Autism Awareness Month, Autism Acceptance and #RedInstead

One of the problems with working in Retail is that you quickly lose your faith in humanity, especially when you see people do questionable stuff in the name of profit. Take hot-cross buns, as far as I’m concerned, supermarkets and bakeries shouldn’t be selling them until at least March. But on January 1st, year after year, the supermarket I work at has hot-cross buns ready to go at 06:00 am when the store opens.

The first day of the year, the Christmas season has only just finished and yet, the desire to shove Easter in our faces is clearly a temptation some corporations clearly can’t resist. Now, you could blame the customer for buying in the product, after all no one is forcing them to buy hot-cross buns on January 1st, but my experience with customer service has taught me that convenience is the key.

Unless the customer has come in for a specific item for a specific purpose, if the product isn’t there on the shelf, the majority of customers won’t bother, they only want the item because it’s right there. This is why, in my personal view, I feel that boycotting a product because the company displays unethical behaviour doesn’t achieve much in the long term.

Sure, it makes me feel better not to purchase items from Nestle (reasons why here) or Lindt (reasons why here). But the reality is that I know that by the end of the Easter period all those chocolate bunnies and chickens are going to be sold and consumed, and there’s not much I can do to stop them.

I understand that boycotting and choosing to abstain from certain companies and items is the only form of protest some people can participate in, this isn’t a judgement of that, I just dislike grappling with the feeling that I should be doing more.

Eventually, I got an idea, what if I could combine Neurodivergent traits like crafting and hoarding with those little bells that accessorise the chocolate Lindt rabbits and chickens and use them as part of a beaded lanyard? Behold!

Image Description: from right to left, a chrome key-ring and lobster-claw clasp, attached to the key-ring is small gold-coloured bell. Also attached to the key ring is a long beaded lanyard made of black elastic, with four different types of beads (hourglass, pearl, acrylic, transparent) displayed in nine colour-variations of beads (light pink, dark pink, red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue and purple), with a pink-glittery-star-bead as a stopper at the end.
Image Description: from right to left, a chrome key-ring and lobster-claw clasp, attached to the key-ring is small gold-coloured bell. Also attached to the key ring is a long beaded lanyard made of black elastic, with four different types of beads (hourglass, pearl, acrylic, transparent) displayed in nine colour-variations of beads (light pink, dark pink, red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue and purple), with a pink-glittery-star-bead as a stopper at the end.

Image Description: from right to left, a chrome key-ring and lobster-claw clasp, attached to the key-ring is small gold-coloured bell. Also attached to the key ring is a long beaded lanyard made of lavender coloured elastic with with four different types of beads (acrylic, transparent, pearl, hourglass) displayed in variations of purple with a transparent-glittery-star-bead with silver glitter in between each group of beads, with a transparent-glittery-star-bead with silver glitter as a stopper at the end.
Image Description: from right to left, a chrome key-ring and lobster-claw clasp, attached to the key-ring is small gold-coloured bell. Also attached to the key ring is a long beaded lanyard made of lavender coloured elastic with with four different types of beads (acrylic, transparent, pearl, hourglass) displayed in variations of purple with a transparent-glittery-star-bead with silver glitter in between each group of beads, with a transparent-glittery-star-bead with silver glitter as a stopper at the end.

Image Description: from right to left, a chrome key-ring and lobster-claw clasp, attached to the key-ring is small gold-coloured bell. Also attached to the key ring is a long beaded lanyard made of robin's egg blue coloured elastic with with five different types of beads (acrylic, transparent, pearl, glittery, hourglass) displayed in variations of light blue with a blue-glittery-star-bead with silver glitter in between each group of beads, with a blue-glittery-star-bead with silver glitter as a stopper at the end.
Image Description: from right to left, a chrome key-ring and lobster-claw clasp, attached to the key-ring is small gold-coloured bell. Also attached to the key ring is a long beaded lanyard made of robin’s egg blue coloured elastic with with five different types of beads (acrylic, transparent, pearl, glittery, hourglass) displayed in variations of light blue with a blue-glittery-star-bead with silver glitter in between each group of beads, with a blue-glittery-star-bead with silver glitter as a stopper at the end.

Image Description: from right to left, a chrome key-ring and lobster-claw clasp, attached to the key-ring is small gold-coloured bell. Also attached to the key ring is a long beaded lanyard made of pink coloured elastic with with five different types of beads (acrylic, transparent, hourglass, glittery, pearl) displayed in variations of light pink and dark pink with a pink-glittery-star-bead with silver glitter in between each group of beads, with a pink-glittery-star-bead with silver glitter as a stopper at the end.
Image Description: from right to left, a chrome key-ring and lobster-claw clasp, attached to the key-ring is small gold-coloured bell. Also attached to the key ring is a long beaded lanyard made of pink coloured elastic with with five different types of beads (acrylic, transparent, hourglass, glittery, pearl) displayed in variations of light pink and dark pink with a pink-glittery-star-bead with silver glitter in between each group of beads, with a pink-glittery-star-bead with silver glitter as a stopper at the end.

Image Description: from right to left, a chrome key-ring and lobster-claw clasp, attached to the key-ring is small gold-coloured bell. Also attached to the key ring is a long beaded lanyard made of black rat-tail cord with eight pearl beads (pink, red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue and purple), a transparent-glittery-star-bead with silver glitter, another group of eight pearl beads (pink, red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue and purple), a transparent-glittery-star-bead with gold glitter, another group of eight pearl beads (pink, red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue and purple), with a pink-glittery-star-bead with silver glitter as a stopper at the end.
Image Description: from right to left, a chrome key-ring and lobster-claw clasp, attached to the key-ring is small gold-coloured bell. Also attached to the key ring is a long beaded lanyard made of black rat-tail cord with eight pearl beads (pink, red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue and purple), a transparent-glittery-star-bead with silver glitter, another group of eight pearl beads (pink, red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue and purple), a transparent-glittery-star-bead with gold glitter, another group of eight pearl beads (pink, red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue and purple), with a pink-glittery-star-bead with silver glitter as a stopper at the end.

So while I’m aware this might be a bad idea, if I had to pick one, I’d probably pick the last one. I love pearl beads and rainbows and that covers both. It also might not be obvious from the picture but the pearl rainbow lanyard is slightly shorter than the other ones, which I’ll admit are ridiculously long. I bought the black rat-tail cord off Ebay, I paid AU $2.00 in shipping fees (the seller is UK-based), but I honestly didn’t care. I’ve noticed the black rat-tail cord is thinner than the black rat-tail cord Kim obtained for me from Lincraft, but I felt this worked for me, the hot-pink wrap-tail cord I bought is too thick for me to use with my current collection of beads, which is super frustrating.

So what do readers think? Are the bells a good addition? Or just another one of my shitty ideas? I would offer to sell these and donate the profits to AWN or ASAN, but seeing as my Diverse Books Giveaway didn’t really take off (who had thought it would be difficult to tempt Australian and New Zealand book bloggers with free stuff?), I’m beginning to think I’m not as persuasive as I thought. Let me know what you think in the comments section down below.

Ambiguous Pieces: End of Year Book Survey for 2016

Image Description: a picture of an open book with red and yellow string in the shape of a heart
Number Of Books You Read: 14
Number of Re-Reads: 0
Genre You Read The Most From: Non-Fiction/Memoir

1. Best Book You Read In 2016?
Image Description: the book cover of Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Image Description: book cover of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Image Description: book cover of Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Red Rising by Pierce Brown – At first glance it didn’t seem that much different from all the other Young Adult Dystopian trilogies coming out so I was hesitant to read it at first, especially since Divergent and Matched were such boring disappointments, but I really enjoyed the book and flew straight through it, I’m looking forward to completing the trilogy.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
Image Description: book cover of Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
Image Description: book cover of Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
Furiously Happy and Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson – I bought both of these as Christmas presents and the friends I gave them to started reading them immediately.

5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?
Image Description: a collection of four books on a green blanket, the books are The Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce
I’ve only just started to read the Shade of Magic series by V.E. Schwab (I know, I know, I’m so very behind) but I’m also going to be starting to read The Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce for 2017

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?
Jenny Lawson

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Image Description: cover of Saga, a graphic novel, volume one
I keep saying memoir is the genre I don’t find most comfortable or read a lot of, but in the last two years, the vast majority of the books on my list have been memoir books, so I’ll have to pick a genre I really like by rarely read from, which is the graphic novel/comics genre and the Saga comic series by Brian K. Vaughan (Writer) and Fiona Staples (Artist). I know it will sound cliche on the surface, especially with the inclusion of literal star-crossed lovers, but it’s really good and I can’t recommend it enough (also read from the beginning or it won’t make a lick of sense). I used to read graphic novels all the time, but kinda stopped, so I’m trying to get back into it.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Tie between the Saga comic series and A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
The Saga Comic Series

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?
Image Description: book cover of Rebel of The Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Technically this is cheating as I haven’t read it yet, but I did buy it this year so I think it still counts, I just adore the cover of Rebel of The Sands by Alwyn Hamilton, it’s beautifully embossed and I love running my hands over the cover.

11. Most memorable character of 2016?
Image Description: A royal portrait of an alien Prince who has a TV for a head
I’d have to say Prince Robot IV from Saga and Holland from A Darker Shade of Magic – both characters had really strong “Alas Poor Villain!” qualities, I didn’t agree with what they were doing, but I really felt for them.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?
IDK, I don’t think I’ve got one for this year

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?
Furiouly Happy by Jenny Lawson

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?
Image Description: the book cover of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
Image Description: the book cover of Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) and Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling – they were quick and easy reads but highly enjoyable, I don’t know why I put off reading them.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?
My favourite chapter of Furiously Happy which is when Jenny and her husband Victor go to Japan and Victor ends up chasing out people “trying to break into their hotel room” in nothing but a pair of boxer shorts and a katana-sword.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?
Shortest: We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 49 pages
Longest: Red Rising by Pierce Brown 434 pages

17. Book That Shocked You The Most
(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)
Probably a tie between The Night Circus (bad reasons) and Red Rising (good reasons)

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)
I dunno, I still feel a bit meh about most of the couples I’m reading about

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Image Description: book cover of The Crossing by Michael Connelly
Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller (they’re brothers) from the Harry Bosch series and The Lincoln Lawyer series (they occasionally cross-over) by Michael Connelly

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Michael Connelly

21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
Image Description: book cover of A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Probably A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, everyone was saying how great it is (which is true) I kind of felt I had to read it, but I’m super glad I did, although I did procrastinate a bit because of the hype.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?
IDK, didn’t really have one.

23. Best 2016 debut you read?
Image Description: book cover of American Housewife by Helen Ellis
American Housewife by Helen Ellis – it’s a comedic collection of short stories, it’s worth a read.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson and A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Furiously Happy and Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?
Image Description: book cover of M is for Autism by The Students of Limpsfield Grange School
Most of the memoirs written by funny ladies had sharp painful moments, but M is for Autism by The Students of Limpsfield Grange School is the one that hit me in the feels the most

Book Blogging 2016
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson – Everyone I know will eventually get a copy of this book

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?
The Night Circus by Erin Morganstein – I had been struggling with the book for so long, I was just so glad it was finally over and I could move on from it.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
This is hard for me to evaluate, but I’m glad I began the “Things We Don’t Talk About” series of blog-posts, they may not be popular but I don’t write those posts for popularity.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
Probably The Beautiful People writing prompt created by Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further In

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?
Self-publishing my first Ebook, Canis Major: Volume I in the Pushing Boundaries series (yes, I will shamelessly plug my own book)

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Getting the reading and writing balance, I was trying to read and review 20 books this year, but my Ebook pretty much took over, which is fine, but I wish I had handled it better.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
The Beautiful Books – NaNoWriMo 2016

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
IDK, I was a little all over the place this year

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
We Need Diverse Books and Disability in Kidlit

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I aimed to read 20 books this year, but changed it to 10, I managed to read over ten books, but it still feels like cheating a little. I managed to self-publish my first Ebook with Kim’s help (Kim is amazing) and I also managed to graduate this year from University (some how? It’s all a bit of blur at this stage)

Looking Ahead to 2017
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?
There are so many books I intended to read but had to discard, I’m going to try and remedy that this year.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?
The Princess Bride (Book VS Movie) and The Last Unicorn (Book VS Movie)

3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Image Description: book cover of Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
Image Description: book cover of A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
Our Dark Duet and A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?
I’m hoping to finish the Hunger Games trilogy and the Red Rising trilogy by the end of the year

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?
Getting back to regularly commenting on the few book blogs I follow

6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
Probably the Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab

Links:
~The Perpetual Page-Turner: End of Year Book Survey

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