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Big Giant Giveaway: Books, Stim Toys, Chewy Jewelry

It’s been a year since I’ve done a giveaway and to make up for that long gap (and to celebrate the launch of Stimtastic) I’ve decided to give away a whole bunch of things this time.

First,  the rules:

  • To enter, do at least one of the following:
  1. Leave a comment on this post
  2. Reblog the Tumblr post announcing the giveaway
  3. Like or comment on the Facebook page status announcing the giveaway
  • Maximum of 3 entries per person (1 for a comment here, 1 for a reblog on Tumblr, 1 for a comment/like on the Facebook status)
  • The giveaway is open to everyone (over 18 or under 18 with parental permission), including those outside the US.
  • Giveaway ends Monday, November 24th at 11:59 p.m. EST
  • 10 winners will be chosen at random on November 25th. The first winner chosen will get first pick of the items. The second winner can choose from the remaining items and so on. The tenth winner will receive the remaining item.

Good luck!

Giveaway Items:

WINNER: Cecily Shaw 1.  2 Spinner Rings: Arrow and Infinity (your choice of size 6,7,8,9 or 10)


WINNER: Pam Fikter 2. Chewable jewelry necklace and bracelet set #1 (your choice of colors):


WINNER: Daniel Obejas 3. Set of 5 Building Block Highlighters


WINNER: Gallonjug 4. Set of 3 Stim Toys


WINNER: A. M. 5. “Nerdy, Shy and Socially Inappropriate” Book (Your choice of Paperback or Kindle version)


WINNER: xkrisxcross 6. Thinking Putty (Choice of Blue, Green or Lilac) and Gel Ball


WINNER: Leah Kelley 7. Bike Chain Bracelet (Blue/Silver or Black/Silver)


WINNER: BLUE 8. Chewable jewelry necklace and bracelet set #2 (your choice of colors):


WINNER: toxiccanary 9. Dog Fidget Necklace and Paracord Keychain (Your Choice of 4 Colors)


WINNER: Mae 10. “I Think I Might Be Autistic” (Your choice of Paperback or Kindle version)


Also, this will be the last substantial post about Stimtastic here so if you’d like to get notifications of giveaways, contests, etc. in the future, please go ahead and follow the Stimtastic BlogFacebook, Twitter or Tumblr.

Giveaway Winners and Call for Survey Questions

Congratulations to the 5 winners of  Ultraviolet Voices – Stories of Women on the Autism Spectrum :

  • Otterknot
  • Lana
  • Nicole G.
  • Mama4science
  • Tagaught

I sent off emails to the winners, so be sure to check your inbox and get back to me with your mailing address if your name is on the list above.


There was enough interest in doing another round of surveys so let’s go for it. The last time we did surveys, I had a lot fewer readers and we still ended up with 5 weeks worth of survey questions so I have no idea how manageable this will be, but we’ll give it a try.

The Concept

Do you have a question you’ve always wanted to ask other autistic people? This is your chance. Some of the questions in the last survey had over a hundred people answer them and often the answers went into a lot of detail. For an idea of questions that were asked and answered last time around, take a look at this post and the posts linked from it.

How it works:

1. Leave a comment on this post with your question(s). You can post more than one question and I’ll try to include everything, but if there are too many questions, I may have to limit the number of questions per person that get used.

2. I’ll collect the questions and organize them by theme.

3. I’ll post the first survey on a Tuesday (tradition!) and then post a new survey once a week until we run out of questions or we get tired of talking about ourselves. 🙂

Book Giveaway: Ultraviolet Voices – Stories of Women on the Autism Spectrum

The giveaway is now closed to new entries – winners will be announced soon!


It’s time for another giveaway!

The past few weeks have been really hectic, so no new posts this week but I do have some books to giveaway. Late last year, I was invited by Autism West Midlands to contribute to their anthology Ultraviolet Voices – Stories of Women on the Autism Spectrum (more details about the book). It’s a collection of narratives, each 1 chapter in length, most written by women on the spectrum, meant to shed light on the difficulties related to being seen and understood as an autistic girl or woman. There is also artwork, poetry, an interview and some background research. I’m Chapter 2! 🙂

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I have 5 copies to giveaway and to keep it simple, I’m going to choose 5 random comments from this post. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post telling me about something that’s making you happy today. That’s it! Everyone is eligible to enter, including international readers. You have until Sunday evening at 5 PM EST.  Ready? Go.

Oh! Wait! I have a question for you all and this seems like a great place to ask it – how many of you would be interested in doing another set of make-our-own survey questions to answer? Kmarie wanted me to do a survey about traveling and a while back someone else suggested a survey on another topic. Maybe it’s time to do another survey series?

Giveaway: Yay! Autistic Artists

Congratulations to the Autistic Artists Giveaway winners: 

Tiny Brush Pendant winner: Trains with Sophie
ABCs of Stimming book winner: Natalie Jerkins
Because Patterns Journal winner: Lucy
unspokenVisuals Communication Buttons winner: Schenley Pilgram

Thank you to everyone who entered!


It’s time for another giveaway and I have exciting news:

  1. There are 4 giveaway items, which means 4 winners!
  2. The giveaway is open to international readers too so everyone can enter this time.
  3. All of the giveaway items are made by autistic individuals.

Thanks to Lei over at the Parenting Autistic Children with Love and Acceptance Facebook page, there is a holiday shopping guide with links to the work of autistic artist, writers, and creators. I’ve selected 4 artists from that list and chosen one item from each for the giveaway.

Here’s what you can win:

#1: Set of 14 communication pins made by Annabelle at Unspoken Visuals


#2: A Journal with your choice of geometric pattern on the cover by Alyssa at Because Patterns


#3: Custom pendant by Amythest at TinyBrush


#4:  The ABCs of Stimming book by Paul at Catspergers


To enter, do at least one of the following:

Some rules:

  • Giveaway ends December 2nd at 11:59 p.m. EST

  • Max. 3 entries per person (1 for a comment here, 1 for a reblog on Tumblr, 1 for a comment/like on the Facebook status)

  • 4 winners will be chosen at random on December 3rd. The first winner chosen will get first pick of the items. The second winner can choose from the remaining items and so on. The fourth winner will receive the fourth remaining item.

Good luck!

Monday Morning Musings (9/16)

Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Tumblr user captain-irrayditation who is the winner of the weighted blanket giveaway.  There were a ton of entries and I wish I was able to give every single person a weighted blanket. Hopefully there will be more giveaways in the not too distant future.

Looking for Input from Women Who are Late/Mis/Un-Diagnosed

I’m writing a pair of articles for the Autism Women’s Network about the high rates of late, missed and misdiagnosis in women on the spectrum. If you’ve experienced any of these and would be willing to be quoted in the article, please take a look at a short questionnaire I’ve put together to collect more information on the topic. There are five questions but feel free to answer even one if it applies to you and you’d like to participate.

Nat is Blogging!

Nat, who is a frequent and prolific commenter here (as Quarries and Corridors), has a new blog. The latest post Understanding the ‘Spectrum’ in Autistic Spectrum is a great take on the different ways that the spectrum concept can be interpreted.  I especially enjoyed the color wheel/slider bar analogy. I guess you’ll have to go read it to see what I’m talking about. 🙂  Continue reading Monday Morning Musings (9/16)

Weighted Blanket Giveaway

When I published “I Think I Might Be Autistic” as an e-book earlier this summer, I thought about giving part of the proceeds to a charity that supports autistic people. Then I thought some more and realized that, “Hang on, I know lots of autistic people!” Why not use the proceeds to give back to the community directly?


Sooooo .  . . thanks to everyone who bought the e-book (or the print version!), I’m excited to announce the first giveaway for a 38″ x 50″ weighted blanket from Mosaic Weighted Blankets. The blanket pictured about is mine, which I absolutely love and use every day. The winner will be able to choose from the fabrics and colors that Mosaic currently has available.

To enter, do at least one of the following:

Some rules: 

  • Giveaway ends September 14th at 11:59 p.m. EST
  • US residents only (due to the shipping cost)
  • Max. 3 entries per person (1 for a comment here, 1 for a reblog on Tumblr, 1 for a comment/like on the Facebook status)
  • 1 winner will be chosen at random on September 15th

Good luck!

Monday Morning Musings (8/5)

Doing What I Want Experiment: Week 1

Some reflections from the first week of my “What do I want?” experiment:

The first two nights I dreamt about making decisions. My brain is  uber-serious about this experiment.

Side note: I’ve been having weird disturbing dreams all week. Not sure if that’s related to pushing myself out of my comfort zone with decision making or something else.

Decision making seems to be a multi-step process:

1. realize that a decision is required
2. sense my wants
3. align the wants with possible options for fulfilling them
4. choose among them based on convenience, preference, etc.

. . . okay, clearly more work is needed on the “just feel it” part of decision making

I made two big decisions:

The first was emotionally hard. I was proud of myself because I overrode my instinct to make the other person happy. It took a lot of effort but I felt accomplished when I decided to do what would be best and healthiest for me.

The second was a situation where I would normally have defaulted to making plans based on what the other person was doing, but I overrode that and thought about what I really wanted. The end result is I’m going to be doing something in the fall that I find a little scary but exciting.

I tried setting a 30-second time limit on minor decisions. Meh. I need a better strategy for minor decisions.

When a decision feels frightening, it might be because I don’t have enough information so I should ask for more details.

Funniest moment: The Scientist was rearranging the couch/hassock for TV watching and asked where I like to sit. I replied “however you like it is fine—no, no, wait, wait, in the hole” which he magically understood as “I like to sink into the crack between the cushions so put the hassock where I can do that and still put my feet up comfortably.” The magic of being married forever. Also, look at how I caught myself defaulting to his preference and changed strategies – yay!

Key realization: I’m an adult. I can decide how to use my time. If I’m bored, I can actively choose to do something else. This probably sounds stupid but I’m throwing it out there because it was a revelation to me.  Continue reading Monday Morning Musings (8/5)