Note For Anyone Writing About Me

Guide to Writing About Me

I am an Autistic person,not a person with autism. I am also not Aspergers. The diagnosis isn't even in the DSM anymore, and yes, I agree with the consolidation of all autistic spectrum stuff under one umbrella. I have other issues with the DSM.

I don't like Autism Speaks. I'm Disabled, not differently abled, and I am an Autistic activist. Self-advocate is true, but incomplete.

Citing My Posts

MLA: Hillary, Alyssa. "Post Title." Yes, That Too. Day Month Year of post. Web. Day Month Year of retrieval.

APA: Hillary, A. (Year Month Day of post.) Post Title. [Web log post]. Retrieved from

Sunday, January 20, 2013

This Thing Called a Liebster

I dunno. It's one of those chain blog awards. I got tagged by PDDWorld, which has the honor of being a parent blog I like. That's saying a lot, so go pay attention to them, OK? Cool.
So this one has an image. It looks like this:

Actually a decent image, huh?
I give 11 random facts about myself. I answer the 11 questions that PDDWorld set me. (If I tag you, you answer the ones that I set you- answer from the person who tags you!) I make 11 new questions for the people I tag. I tag 11 blogs that are either new or have less than 200 followers. So, let's get started:
11 Facts About Me
  1. I just graduated from college with a bachelors in math, and am now working on a masters in math while continuing with the bachelors in engineering and Chinese.
  2. One of my favorite stims is running something silky between my fingers, hence destroying the satin binding on all my blankets.
  3. When allowed a dictionary to look up topic-specific words, I can write at a professional or near-professional level in Chinese on a couple of topics, one of which is neurodiversity.
  4. I start/join in on way too many side projects. These include: 
    1. Encyclopedia Autistica
    2. Allistic/Neurotypical Privilege
    3. Disability Reviews
    4. F*** Yeah, Stimming
    5. Compiling a book of essays, working title With a Capital A.
  5. I am well aware that it is not my job to educate anyone (unless it's literally my job, like at Art of Problem Solving...), but I'm a teacher at heart and therefore have this tendency to educate anyways.
  6. I really like BBC Sherlock and Eureka.
  7. I occasionally write fiction, though I don't think it's very good. I'm currently working on a bit of an Autistic!Sherlock one.
  8. I really, really like tea.
  9. My sense of smell isn't useless, but it's close to it.
  10. I'm face-blind. 
  11. The music on my iPod is a kinda weird combination. I've got Disney musicals, Chinese pop, alt rock, old rock... yeah....

Answering 11 Questions From PDDWorld

  1. What are three things you CAN NOT live without? 
    1. Food.
    2. Water.
    3. Shelter.
  2. When was the last time you cried?                                                                                                     I think the last time I cried was also my most recent mini-meltdown. I was in Chinese tutoring, and my tutor was trying to help me. Apparently I was pronouncing something in the back of my mouth instead of the front of my mouth? It's the reverse of the issue that I had/still have with the "R" sound. It brought up old memories of people trying to help me with my "R" sound but refusing to believe that I couldn't hear the difference in my own speaking between a correct "R" and an incorrect "R" or that I couldn't feel the difference between speaking in the front and back of my mouth. I never did figure out either of those two things. The "R" issue resolved itself because the way they taught us to make it in Chinese I could actually do, but my tutor had trouble with the fact that I couldn't hear the difference in myself or tell the difference between speaking in the front and back of my mouth. She believed me when I couldn't get it each individual way, but the frustration added up with each method she tried and in the end... mini-meltdown, crying and shortness of breath included.
  3. Do you secretly have a favorite kid? Uh... I'm 20, and I haven't got any kids. Not applicable.
  4. Bath or shower? I'm at college. There are no bathtubs here.
  5. If you saw somebody shoplifting, would you say something or pretend you didn't see anything? Say something. Exactly what I say has some level of situation dependence, but say something to someone.
  6. Do you have a favorite picture of yourself? When and where was it taken? I really like my 10th grade school picture.
  7. Do you have any pets? Nope. 
  8. What song is stuck in your head right now? Basically the entire soundtrack of Les Mis is stuck in my head, along with some Dispatch music.
  9. Have you ever been arrested? Nope. Have some funny stories involving the police, but none of them involve me being in trouble.
  10. Do you think you're a good judge of a person's character? Kind of? I get vibes from people sometimes, and of course, I can get a very good idea very quickly by making sure they know I'm Autistic and AFAB , then disagreeing with them and seeing how they react. If it's because of the autism or the being AFAB and therefore invalid, they are not a good person.
  11. When was the last time you laughed until your face hurt? I'm not sure.
Asking 11 Questions
  1. How old are you?
  2. Why did you start blogging?
  3. What is the most frustrating song you have ever had stuck in your head?
  4. Do you have a useless talent? (If so, what?)
  5. What is something that happened to you where people responded with "Only you could..."
  6. Have you read Loud Hands yet? (And if you haven't, WHY NOT?)
  7. Do you take things literally?
  8. What is the most hilarious rumor that has been spread about you (that you know of and are willing to share?)
  9. Do you know any other languages? (Which ones? How proficient?)
  10. If money were no object, where would you travel?
  11. If money were no object (and hence you could hire people/lobby/etc) what change would you try to make in the world?


  1. Thank you for tagging me. This was fun to do. I like how it gives us a chance to get to know each other a little better beyond the subjects we blog about.

  2. Thank you! I found this a little on the late side, but am going to hop on it today.. (i hope, or at least that is the current plan)

    1. Well, I didn't actually tell any of the people I tagged because what is executive functioning?


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