This week I actually made four YouTube vlog videos, mostly because my shoulder and back have been acting up which makes it hard to do much else. In this post I am going to share links to my favorite two of the four videos, but if you want to see the other two, feel free to check my account on YouTube (one of the other videos is about conservative opposition to gay marriage and the other is about the South Park cartoon episode about Asperger’s Syndrome).
The first video I’m sharing today is about a study I came across recently about the high rates of suicidal thoughts and suicidal attempts among those with Asperger’s Syndrome. I find this truly heartbreaking and (in some cases) feel that the tragedy might easily be avoided if more services were in place for adults with Asperger’s.
The other video is about a study I heard on the news about dating and marriage statistics. It really surprised me how many times the average person “falls in love” before they take the plunge and get married.
For my Asperger’s vlog this week, I decided to talk about the pressure of “forced socialization”, both from external and internal sources. I debate whether it is helpful or hurtful to force yourself to socialize when you really don’t want to.
I also made a vlog video reviewing the new “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” documentary that recently aired on HBO. In this video I especially discuss the negative aspects of the documentary that have shocked some viewers.
“I’ve Seen Better Days” ink & colored pencil on paper. Pretty much how I’m feeling today.
If you are a regular reader of my blog, you probably notice things look a bit different. I figured it was about time to change things up and try a new design. I hope you like it! Here are a few other things I have been up to lately:
- Visiting the ER with my husband and then trying to be a good nurse while he recovers from another back injury. I never realize how much he does on a daily basis until I have to do it instead! That is one reason why I didn’t do any YouTube vlog videos this week, just too much else going on.
- Getting ready to participate in the upcoming Dayton Book Expo this Saturday. I hope I get to meet lots of eager readers and share my books!
- Reading way too much Foo Fighters fanfiction.
- Brushing up on my art history, particularly the abstract expressionism movement. Looking at awesome art by other people always inspires me to create my own!
- Figuring out Tumblr (which seems a lot like Pinterest to me). Feel free to follow me on there if you want!
- Selling some artworks (woot woot), including the one pictured above which I just finished yesterday!
- Trying to figure out how teachers are expected to pay back outrageous student loans on the pay they get!
- Munching on Chocolatey Strawberry Pop-Tarts, which are delicious!
- Dreaming about how cool it would be to be a medical examiner (if I could get past the smells).
For my Asperger’s video blog this week, I tackled the problems I struggle with when it comes to self-motivation. I also questioned whether these issues may stem from Asperger’s or something else.
I also made a short video asking the question “what the heck is a hipster?” (A question that everyone seems to have a different view on)
For my Asperger’s Vlog this week I focused on what I call “autism critics”, which are those people who think high-functioning autism simply doesn’t exist or those who criticize people with autism because they don’t think they show the right symptoms or have the symptoms bad enough to qualify for the autism diagnosis.
On my other new vlog video, I talked about the genre of outsider art – where the term comes from and why I consider myself an outsider artist.
“Stories Behind My Art, Vol. 2″
This is just a short blog post to let everyone know that the 2nd volume in my Kindle ebook mini-series “Stories Behind My Art” is now available! In each volume of this ebook series, I share at least 20 of my recent artworks and talk about the story or inspiration behind each painting or drawing. I started this ebook series because I wanted to share my love for creating art with all my fans. The books feature a wide variety of artistic styles, including outsider, folk, naive, expressionism, cultural, primitive and abstract art. At only $.99 per Kindle download, each ebook in the “Stories Behind My Art” series is a great deal and a fun, quick read.
If you haven’t read Volume 1 yet, make sure you take a look at that too! (Please note that these art ebooks are best read on color devices if possible.) If you read and enjoy my new book please consider leaving a review on Amazon or Goodreads so that I will know!