I'm just your everyday Autistic Artist.
"I Don't Like Mondays"
America has a history of school shootings dating all the way back to 1764 in which the schoolmaster of a settlers' log schoolhouse and ten students were killed during Pontiac's Rebellion. The ones that most likely come to mind are those with the highest body counts, which include the ones committed at Virginia Tech (the highest one to date with thirty-three deaths), Columbine High School, and Sandy Hook Elementary School. As shocking as those were, many people might be unfamiliar with the first-ever school shooting committed by a female. She may not have had the highest body count, but she managed to carry it all out without having to step foot onto the property. Brenda Ann Spencer told those around her that she wanted to do something big to get on TV, and she got her wish.
Packing Up My Gear (And Moving On)
"Clean up your desk and I'll escort you out." Most people hate their jobs and spend most of their work hours wishing they were somewhere else. No matter how much we hate our jobs, we need them in order to make a living, and we'd rather quit than be fired. I was relieved when I finally got to quit after five years as a cashier, and I was more than eager to start a full-time job in an office. Even though I knew that being a telemarketer wasn't going to be fun or glamourous, I was determined to make a living in such a boring environment. Unfortunately, I only lasted three months before my supervisor asked me to stop what I was doing and follow her to the manager's office. As soon as I heard the manager say "termination", I asked him to repeat what he said in disbelief. He slid the form across the table for me to sign, and I implored him to let me keep the job that I needed. He stated that it wasn't his decision to terminate my employment and that the higher-ups made the decision based on "performance". I purposely took my sweet time signing the document.
A Summer Sonnet
Last summer, I was trapped inside my room. Nothing made me happy. Nothing at all. My poor heart was filled with despair and gloom.
A Man Wakes Up On A Ship
A man woke up on a ship with no memory of how he got there. This was clearly a Viking ship given its size, the dragon head pointing straight ahead at the front, and the tail curled towards the water in the back. It contained neither sails nor oars, and each side was boldly decorated with a row of green shields. A massive pile of kindling sat in the middle, and miscellaneous items were among the burning material. These weren’t items that you’d normally find on a Viking ship, but rather everyday items like a toy train, a baseball glove, and a briefcase.
A Date with a "Vampire"
His driver’s license said that his name was Kevin, his social media accounts said that his name was Vladimir, and he looked like his name should’ve been Chase. With his silver nose ring clinging to his left nostril, his platinum blonde braid stretching down to the center of his back, and that blood-red leather jacket that he wore with just about everything, there was this cool and dangerous vibe that he gave off. Even those who claimed that he wasn’t their type couldn’t help but DM him. Maybe it was the muscles, or maybe it was that lovely set of icy blue eyes. Whatever it was, something about him made hearts fall like dominos. Even though his driver’s license stated that he was thirty-three, he claimed on his many social media accounts that he was a vampire who was born and then reborn in the 17th century. His commitment to this claim was enough to score him a date with a particular lady he found on Instagram.
A Playlist of Autism Anthems
There's an anthem for just about every type of community. The gays can dance the night away to "I Will Survive", black activists can blast "This Is America" to get their message across, and feminists can sing along to anything from Lesley Gore's "You Don't Own Me" to No Doubt's "Just A Girl". What about us autistic folks, though? We autistics normally stim to music when we need to calm down, and it's a good way for us to release our frustrations. While there may not be too many autistic artists or songs about autism known to the public, there are plenty of songs that we can relate to. Since today (April 2nd) is Autism Acceptance Day, I decided to put together a playlist of anthems for my community.
Do You Like Scary Movies? In That Case, Watch These.
As someone who aspires to be a scream queen, I've seen just about every type of horror movie that mankind has to offer. Whether it's slashers, psychological horrors, or creature features, I've seen just about everything. With that being said, I've put together a list of films for those looking for something new. I've selected ten different horror movies that most people would pick as their favorite and then came up with three similar selections for each one. They don't have to have a lot in common with the main film I've paired them up with, but they will be in similar sub-genres and have similar themes and plots. Now that the setup is over, let's be afraid. Let's be very afraid.
"I see autistic people."
As an autistic person, I'd have to say that Hollywood's collection of autistic characters is a real-life horror movie. They are almost all the same and come across as caricatures rather than actual human beings. It also doesn't help that these characters are normally created by neurotypical (non-autistic) writers and performed by neurotypical actors, making the whole thing feel a bit too staged. Because nearly all of these depictions are pure crap, we autistics often look for other characters to compare ourselves to. These are known as "autistic coded characters", or characters that come across as autistic despite not being confirmed by their creators as being on the spectrum. Ironically, they are often seen as a better representation of the spectrum compared to the characters that are actually written to be that way. Some of the most well-known autistic coded characters include Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Temperance Brennan from Bones, and Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter. Since I'm so obsessed with horror movies and it's my birthday (it's on March 7th, but this probably won't get published in time), I created a list of characters in horror movies that could be on the spectrum.