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Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation Doodles 'n' Scribbles, no. 26: post-meltdown rainbow/star stim-doodle

Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation Doodles 'n' Scribbles, no. 26: post-meltdown rainbow/star stim-doodle

This image is much more overtly a “doodle” than some of my others. I started it in a manager’s office at work, where I’d been give some space and time to recover from a severe crying meltdown in response to some bad news, delivered some six months ago. after a period of uncertainty.

I see it as being more of a stim than a piece of art. The repeated stars somewhat irregular in position

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Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation doodles 'n' scribbles, no. 25: Weird Sisters

Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation doodles 'n' scribbles, no. 25: Weird Sisters

Another one from my little Moleskine book. Yet more horror/spooky connections, plus a nod to the literary.

I refer to a lot of these fineliner pen drawings as “doodles” because other than having a vague idea on my head about what I’m going to draw, I don’t really plan them, or sketch anything out beforehand. And I usually begin by drawing one area of the picture in detail, and “completing” this, before I move

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Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation doodles 'n' scribbles, no 24: another 20-minute mindful paint in the park

Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation doodles 'n' scribbles, no 24: another 20-minute mindful paint in the park

I stopped for 20 minutes painted this on the iPad on the way home from work last Thursday. It’s a good exercise in discipline to try and do art work within a tight timeframe — I prefer obsessing over detail, but I think it’s helpful to hone my skills of observation and composition, in particular, by dashing some stuff off very quickly. I also feel somewhat as if I’m laying myself bare by posting

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Blog:The Aspie Teacher- Ableism in Society – Autism and Mental Illness

Blog:The Aspie Teacher- Ableism in Society – Autism and Mental Illness

Last week my, children and I attended a traumatic brain injury symposium.  I attended for work purposes, but it ended up resulting in so much more.  If you have read my previous blogs, you would know that both my children and well as myself are autistic.  My daughter also has bipolar, more specifically, Juvenile or Early-onset Bipolar Disorder.  She was officially diagnosed when she was eight years old, two years before her Autism was officially

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Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation doodles 'n' scribbles, no. 23: bonfire

Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation doodles 'n' scribbles, no. 23: bonfire

This is another image doodled in pen in one of my little Moleskine journals back in the autumn (fall) of 2017. But regardless of it not being bonfire season at the moment, there really is something about fire and flames that makes this worth sharing now.

I don’t light fires for fun.

But I find the intricate shapes and patterns caused by rising flames to be mesmerising and soothing. During the autumns and winters

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Blog:The Secret Aspie- Damn this boi

Blog:The Secret Aspie- Damn this boi

So I spent Saturday with Boi and while I am loving what we have we do still have awkward moments as with any new relationship or dynamic. And then there are times when I am so excited by being with him that I adore our time together.

Friday night he messaged me that his friend had cancelled coming to spend the weekend with him and we decided in the morning to work out

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Blog:The Secret Aspie- Three Day Quote Challenge – Day Three

Blog:The Secret Aspie- Three Day Quote Challenge – Day Three

Better late than never!

I added the bloggers I nominated for day 2 and now here is day 3, only one day late!

Thank you to Sayyidsgirl

for nominating me for the 3 DAY QUOTE CHALLENGE. And yes I still hate these things.

DAY 3Rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you.2. Post a quote for three consecutive days (1 quote for each day).3. Share why this quote appeals so much to you.4. Nominate

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Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation doodles 'n' scribbles, no. 22: I feel too much, and I cry a lot.

Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation doodles 'n' scribbles, no. 22: I feel too much, and I cry a lot.

Before I understood more and knew better, I didn’t see myself as autistic because I knew I felt empathy. Tonnes of it. So much so that I can barely cope with reading or watching the news. I’m particularly affected when I read about, hear about, or witness the abuse or suffering of any being who is vulnerable.

I’m finding this month difficult. I’m keeping social media, and Autism Awareness Month, at arms’ length. But

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Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation doodles 'n' scribbles, no. 21: I stopped for 20 minutes on the way to work and painted a cherry tree.

Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation doodles 'n' scribbles, no. 21: I stopped for 20 minutes on the way to work and painted a cherry tree.

I deliberately lengthen my walk to work these days so I can take myself through a couple of parks and get a little bit of nature before I set foot in the office. And I’ve resolved to use painting and drawing as a method for mindfulness, given that I’m the kind of person who struggles to keep still long enough to do a seated meditation – to stop off and try and capture something

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Blog:The Secret Aspie- Three Day Quote Challenge – Day Two

Blog:The Secret Aspie- Three Day Quote Challenge – Day Two

Thank you to Sayyidsgirl

for nominating me for the 3 DAY QUOTE CHALLENGE. Ah crap, I hate these things.

DAY 2Rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you.2. Post a quote for three consecutive days (1 quote for each day).3. Share why this quote appeals so much to you.4. Nominate 3 different bloggers for each day.

Of course you might have seen this one o my blog, all my life I have done

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Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation Doodles 'n' scribbles, no. 20: Sycamore leaves

Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation Doodles 'n' scribbles, no. 20: Sycamore leaves

It’s April and I live in the UK which means it’s spring, so obviously I didn’t draw this one recently. But it’s a nice reminder of the colours that I love, from a season which mixes beauty and vibrancy with loss, decay, and darkness.

I love autumn leaves – there’s so much to look at and appreciate about them.

[Image description: full-colour fine liner pen drawing in landscape orientation of sycamore leaves coloured in

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Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation doodles 'n' scribbles, no. 19: Easily Distracted

Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation doodles 'n' scribbles, no. 19: Easily Distracted

The autism:ADHD interface.

I struggle to keep focused sometimes, unless I’m really engaged, interested, and enjoying what it is I’m doing. Sometimes it’s my surroundings that distract me; sometimes it’s my own thoughts. My brain never stops motoring.

[Image description: black and white felt tip comic scrip with two panels.

PANEL 1 (left-hand side: two female-presenting people, walking along – one is talking to the other (speech bubble: “so anyway, she was all, like…?!”),

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Blog:The Secret Aspie- 3 Day Quote Challenge – Day One

Blog:The Secret Aspie- 3 Day Quote Challenge – Day One

I am snowed under with study atm and struggling to complete an assignment due tomorrow night but I just wanted to quickly say thank you to Sayyidsgirl

for nominating me for the 3 DAY QUOTE CHALLENGE. Ah crap, I hate these things.

DAY 1Rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you.2. Post a quote for three consecutive days (1 quote for each day).3. Share why this quote appeals so much to you.4. Nominate 3

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Blog:The Silent Wave- Autism, executive function, and … school

Blog:The Silent Wave- Autism, executive function, and … school

In case it seems like the hallways of The Silent Wave have become ghostly lately, I can explain (grin).

I have decided to go back to school, as some of y’all know, for a Masters degree.

It’s hard to go back to school as a grown-up, especially when you’ve been out of the School Mode for nearly a decade, and especially when you’re … autistic.

Well, that’s the case for me, anyway.  Far be it

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Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation doodles 'n' scribbles, no. 18: Robots

Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation doodles 'n' scribbles, no. 18: Robots

You’d think, wouldn’t you, by now, that the stereotype of autistic people as emotionless, empathy-devoid, monotonous-voiced beings with no inner life might have been chucked out of the window forever. But it still seems to persist, even as we work to change the narrative.

I am fully human. My brain is simply a different machine from that of a neurotypical person.

I do quite like robots, though.

[Image description: Portrait orientation fineliner pen drawing

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Blog:The Secret Aspie- “Being Us”

Blog:The Secret Aspie- “Being Us”

Being Us

I came across this movie today and as I seem to find it interesting watching how movies and books portray people with MPD/DID I watched it. And it wasn’t a bad movie as movies go, it was a bit soppy here and there but the main character who was a woman with MPD I felt was pretty close to the real deal. At least how I experienced my insiders.

It’s strange watching

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Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation doodles 'n' scribbles, no 17: the cabin in the woods

Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation doodles 'n' scribbles, no 17: the cabin in the woods

This one plays on my interests in horror (the haunted cabin in the woods is a common trope), spooky stuff, nature, and getting away from civilisation.

Like the ‘Edge of the Woods’ image, I have mixed feelings about the finished picture. I wasn’t always consistent in my choice of media (sometimes fineliner, sometimes felt tip, sometimes alcohol-based marker), so the blocks of colour are a bit uneven in places. And the composition of the

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Blog:The Secret Aspie- Feminising my Boi

Blog:The Secret Aspie- Feminising my Boi

So I was thinking, why do I enjoy feminisation, and with different partners, it has had different meanings. With Serena, it was because she was transgender and so I saw her as female. With J a couple of years ago it was because he enjoyed cross-dressing and with R it was because he would feel humiliated wearing women’s panties and show him I did not see him as a real man.

With Boi,

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