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:
- Leave a comment on this post
- Reblog the Tumblr post announcing the giveaway
- 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.
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 Blog, Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr.
Unlike the short story that the title alludes to, this post is about happy things.
When I started blogging, it was scary to be writing about myself. I had no idea what me talking about me sounded like. At first I think I simply imitated the voices of other bloggers I liked, holding myself at arm’s length as a defense mechanism.
I probably shouldn’t have been as worried as I was. Few people read those early posts in real time. A lot of you have since mainlined the entire blog (in chronological order, no less), but at the time, I was mostly shouting in the wilderness.
There have been times when I’ve been tempted to go back and revise some of the early posts. I had little knowledge about autism and no right sounding as authoritative as I did. But I’ve let them stand as they are because I like the record they create and I like the evolution I can trace in my writing and in the way I’ve come to think about autism and being autistic. I’ve learned a lot in 26 months, some through research and self-examination, but just as much through the comments that so many of you have generously shared.
As the number of comments on each post has grown, I’ve come to see my writing as a conversation starter and I look forward to seeing what readers will add to my initial thoughts.
I’ve never been good at writing conclusively. Endings are my nemesis. Thankfully, blogging is suited as much to asking questions as to providing answers. Continue reading Where Am I Going, Where Have I Been
We’ve arrived at the final set of survey questions for this round. Phew. These are the questions that didn’t seem to fit thematically in any of the other surveys. I wish I had a snappy title for it, but I ended up going with the obvious. Okay, maybe not that obvious.
You can answer here or anonymously at Survey Monkey
- Do you think you would have performed better academically if you hadn’t devoted part of your brain power to performing “normally”?
- What [stereo]typical ASD trait you lack would you want to have? Eg maths genius 😉
- Do you have a job or volunteer activity that you are particularly suited to because of your autism?
- Do you group letters on things like signs and license plates until you can get an even number?
- What can’t you still believe everyone doesn’t think?
- If you are interested in something typical for your gender (e.g. fashion for girls) are you interested in a different way? (e.g. hats not shoes or historical costume rather than being “bang on trend”)
- Do you think some of the appeal of a favourite subject/special interest is that immersion in a topic acts as priming making it easier and more comfortable to remember and think about it? Do you have trouble remembering facts on demand for other subjects you aren’t spending time on even though you know it and find it interesting?
- Do you have difficulty concentrating when listening to radio/audio drama?
- What was the most helpful thing after you received your diagnosis? Why?
- Do you dislike wearing jewellery?