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I’m not okay, but that’s okay?

CW burn-out, depression, self-harm, chronic pain, menstruation You may be wondering what I mean with my title. I'll do my best to explain this. Thing is, I haven't been doing too well lately. And that's okay. By okay, I don't mean I deserve to not be okay. I just mean that suffering is not a taboo. I won't … Continue reading I’m not okay, but that’s okay?

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Advice for dealing with health care providers

After some thinking and after discussing things with my boyfriend (a med student) and my mom (who has similar problems to mine), as well as on Twitter, I decided to write this post to hopefully help those like me who need health care and have difficulty in dealing with health care providers. These are my … Continue reading Advice for dealing with health care providers

Update: Autism Acceptance Month, Aro Ace April and Camp NaNoWriMo

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It's April 2nd today, which means: We survived April Fools (or did we?) It's Autism Acceptance Month It's Aro Ace Month It's time for Camp NaNoWriMo Reading wise, Becca's Book Realm is hosting the #AutisticPrideMonth: Description: bingo slots include: ownvoices rep scifi or fantasy romance indie or self-published queer author or rep by an autistic … Continue reading Update: Autism Acceptance Month, Aro Ace April and Camp NaNoWriMo

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Getting personal: money and mental health

Content warnings: money, anxiety, panic attacks, suicide I figured that since I've been complaining about money for a while now on Twitter, I might as well elaborate on my problems with money. I'm from what I consider a middle-class family. We had the basics, my parents made ends meet every month, but not without struggle. … Continue reading Getting personal: money and mental health

Autism Acceptance Month: my contribution

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April is coming near, and so, it is almost Autism Acceptance Month. You may have heard of Autism Awareness Month, of Autism Speaks, of Light it up Blue... So let me make something clear: Autism Speaks does not speak for us autistic people. Allow me to share this flyer (courtesy of The Autistic Self Advocacy … Continue reading Autism Acceptance Month: my contribution

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Getting Personal: Umbrella Terms

I recently discovered that I prefer using umbrella terms, instead of more specific terms, to identify myself. Identity is a hard thing to grasp, even harder when you deal with imposter syndrome. For those unfamiliar with these things: imposter syndrome: the persistent inability to believe that one's success is deserved or has been legitimately achieved as … Continue reading Getting Personal: Umbrella Terms

Review: The Wicked King by Holly black

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Goodreads 5/5 sparkling stars *Spoilers for Cruel Prince* Summary Wicked King picks up shortly after the end of Cruel Prince, with Cardan as King of Faerie, bound to Jude Duarte for exactly one year and a day. Acting as the King's seneschal as the power behind the throne, Jude struggles with Faerie politics and Cardan's … Continue reading Review: The Wicked King by Holly black

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Personal writing: poems

Last year, I started writing poetry. Today, I added more poems to the collection I started. I have no plans for this, but I wish to share some of them with you. Be warned, as these poems may be triggering to autistic people and/or people who have experienced anxiety and/or depression. Stay safe. The poems: … Continue reading Personal writing: poems

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Getting personal: diagnoses and identity: I am autistic

I was diagnosed with Asperger's and social anxiety at the age of 13. They changed my diagnoses to Autism Spectrum Disorder with symptoms of depression when I was 16* I was re-diagnosed by my new mental health care provider at the age of 18 with Autism Spectrum Disorder. *This is around the time when they … Continue reading Getting personal: diagnoses and identity: I am autistic

Review: Of Fire and Starts by Audrey Coulthurst

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Goodreads 4/5 fiery stars for a f/f fantasy novel with a forbidden romance. "...I knew that given the chance to do everything over again, I would willingly make the same mistakes twenty times over.”  Of Fire and Stars is one of those books that gets better as you keep reading, in my opinion. Of course, I … Continue reading Review: Of Fire and Starts by Audrey Coulthurst

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Getting personal: Dreams versus Reality part I: Teenage Writer

You can find the books mentioned below on the Goodreads Author page I made back then (shame shame shame) I felt like writing a piece on hopes and dreams versus reality, so here you go: I'm at that age now where people consider me an adult and expect me to be able to make decisions … Continue reading Getting personal: Dreams versus Reality part I: Teenage Writer

Review: The Place Inside the Storm by Bradley W. Wright

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Goodreads 4/5 stars for a Scifi/Dystopian novel with a very relatable and ownvoices autistic main character. "Being weird is okay." There are two words which are very prominent in my notes for this ARC: same and relatable. The way Tara felt emotions from her parents wash over her, the way her sister Zoie said she … Continue reading Review: The Place Inside the Storm by Bradley W. Wright

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Getting personal: emotion regulation

Trigger warnings: anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts This is a bunch of rambling, so read it at your own risk. Part of me doesn't want to write this, but I feel like it might help me, and hopefully others. Right now, I'm shaking, I have a weird feeling in my chest, I feel the urge to … Continue reading Getting personal: emotion regulation

Review: The Savior’s Champion by Jenna Moreci

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3/5 stars for a book I had high expectations for, perhaps too high. The Savior's Champion can be described as a Spartacus: Blood and Sand meets The Maze Runner. There's a lot of blood, tits, swearing and wine as well as a cliché cardboard 'heroic' main character and barely any worldbuilding for the first half … Continue reading Review: The Savior’s Champion by Jenna Moreci

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Writing: The Girl in Man’s Armor

Dalila joins the war disguised as her brother Don, taking his place, in order to save him. If they find out she’s not actually her brother, she’ll be executed, but it’s more likely a soldier, magician, or dragon will kill her first. That’s one of my current pitches for The Girl in Man’s Armor, the … Continue reading Writing: The Girl in Man’s Armor