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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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Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation doodles 'n' scribbles, no. 16: Ooohhh! Deeeetails!

Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation doodles 'n' scribbles, no. 16: Ooohhh! Deeeetails!

Autistics like me see, hear, and feel the details. Everywhere. We can’t stop our brains from detecting everything. When we’re vulnerable, tired, stressed, or anxious, or already overloaded, it’s hard to cope.

But sometimes, details can be delicious. When I’m relaxed, I revel in them. And sometimes, drawing my focus towards one particular detail or cluster of details keeps the rest of the clutter out of view.

[Image description: Cartoon Mama Pineapple, full colour,

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Blog:The Secret Aspie- Answer to Porngirl3 – Words

Blog:The Secret Aspie- Answer to Porngirl3 – Words

Porngirl3 commented on my previous post “A presumptuous Boi”

I realize this isn’t a lecture or an interactive story but I have questions please if you don’t mind.1. What words do you use? Can you give me a sample or two?2. His little clitty? Is that a euphemism for his penis?3. What are “the insiders”? Multiple personalities? How did you resolve that?If you are to answer please Mistress even just in private I would

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Blog:The Secret Aspie- A presumptious Boi

Blog:The Secret Aspie- A presumptious Boi

Boi and I met at his place after he finished work and each time I see him my heart shudders to life and purrs. I laugh at how eager he is and how needy. As soon as he got home he rushed to have a shower before I got there and his hair was still wet when I grabbed his head in a heated kiss. My thank you was the desire I saw

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Blog:The Other Side- Get networked in! Autism and systemic ableism in the arts.

Blog:The Other Side- Get networked in! Autism and systemic ableism in the arts.

Mrs Pepperpot to the Rescue

My name is Sonia Boué and I’m an autistic artist. I’ve had a lot of luck in my career lately –  which has largely come about using my own autistic methods and working with two truly wonderful mentors. On the face of it I look pretty networked in, but most of my opportunities have come from sharing my work and ideas online. At the end of each project I have

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Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation Doodles 'n' scribbles, no. 15: Butterflies

Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation Doodles 'n' scribbles, no. 15: Butterflies

This was one of the first “doodles” I drew in my recent return to drawing, sketched out and filled in on a Pendolino train to Glasgow for a conference as a way of drawing my focus away from the busyness all around me.

I was compelled to use highly contrasting colours for each of these butterflies – there was something therapeutic and meditative about taking almost a “colouring book” approach to their execution, at

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Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation Doodles 'n' Scribbles, no. 14: Being an Autistic Parent (PART 2)

Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation Doodles 'n' Scribbles, no. 14: Being an Autistic Parent (PART 2)

A continuation of yesterday’s little comic strip. One day I might expand this into a longer piece about autistic parenting, but I don’t have the spare time or executive function to commit to producing a regular web comic at the moment…

Text description:

A comic strip of three panels, laid out in portrait orientation, and drawn digitally in black and white.

PANEL 1:IMAGE: Silhouette of a mother and two children (the elder one long

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Blog:Paginated Thoughts- The NYT antidepressant article: what it does – and doesn't – say

Blog:Paginated Thoughts- The NYT antidepressant article: what it does – and doesn't – say

There’s a New York Times article on mental health – and reactions to it – making the rounds on my social media feeds. The article under debate is “Many People Taking Antidepressants Discover They Cannot Quit.” And the NYT has a less than stellar track record on mental health. They’ve run articles on whether we should construct a new wave of “modern asylums.” Based on people’s reactions, and the NYT track record, I mostly expected the antidepressants article to be shaming

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Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation Doodles 'n' Scribbles, no. 13: Being an Autistic Parent (PART 1)

Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation Doodles 'n' Scribbles, no. 13: Being an Autistic Parent (PART 1)

First attempt at a (sort of) comic. Part 2 (which takes a happier, more positive slant!) coming up tomorrow.

Text description:

A comic strip of four panels, laid out in portrait orientation, and drawn digitally in black and white.

PANEL 1:IMAGE: A headshot of Mama Pineapple, a white female-presenting person with mid-length hair, sweating, shaking, and looking exasperated, with a tear running down her left cheek.TEXT: “Being an autistic parent can be really hard

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Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation doodles 'n' scribbles, no. 12: Edge of the Woods

Blog:Mama Pineapple- #AutismAcceptance/#AutismAppreciation doodles 'n' scribbles, no. 12: Edge of the Woods

I’m really frustrated by this image. I drew out all the silhouettes first, and had a lovely monochrome image of the tree and its inhabitants. Some people who saw it, as well as this version, prefer the one without all the colours. But I forgot to scan in a decent copy of it before I added all the other elements.

Nature is a huge part of how I look after myself. I love to

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Blog:The Secret Aspie- Lock, Stock and Barrel

Blog:The Secret Aspie- Lock, Stock and Barrel

My, my Boi is going to have a red ass this weekend. After our talk last night he was so excited about the thought of living with me in the future that he came like a rabid dog, lol. Even after I told him he couldn’t, tsk, what a brat. And the thing is I am going to make sure he gets no pleasure out of the spanking at all as much as

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