About Me

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Hi! I am an artist, author, and blogger who also happens to have high-functioning autism. I have won several awards and honors for my writings and artwork. I suffer from a few mental and chronic pain conditions (Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Ehlers Danlos, Fibromyalgia, CFS/ME, etc.), which greatly affects my life and makes me want to advocate for others going through similar things. Other interests of mine include art, reading, writing, music, movies, paganism, the occult, anything cute or creepy, hanging out with my family, and annoying my 3 cats.

If you have any questions or would like to find out more about me, you can find me on Facebook, YouTube, follow me on Twitter and Instagram, or contact me by email at shojobeatgirl@live.com. I am always looking for new ways to share my art and writing, so feel free to contact me about any publicity opportunities!

To see my artwork and find out where to buy it, please visit the ‘Art Gallery’ page on this website, and to see the books that I currently have available, please visit the ‘My Books’ page on this website.

67 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Maranda, I do wish you luck in all you do! Looking forward to getting your picture book! I too am in the process of taking those first steps. Your site is just up my alley too! Thanks for providing all the neat art and information!

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  2. After study a few of the blog posts on your website now, and I truly like your way of blogging. I bookmarked it to my bookmark website list and will be checking back soon. Pls check out my web site as well and let me know what you think.

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  3. I love your site! As a teacher and a writer (yet unpublished) I found lots of great stuff here. Will definitely be back. Currently writing my first young adult book titled, By the Grace of God. It’s on my blog. Would love feedback from someone like you. Best of luck to you on your endeavors.

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  5. This is my first time i visit here. I found so many entertaining stuff in your blog, especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the enjoyment here!

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  6. It’s a shame you don’t have a donate button! I’d definitely donate to this outstanding blog! I suppose for now i’ll settle for book-marking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account. I look forward to new updates and will talk about this website with my Facebook group. Talk soon!

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  10. Maranda, your blog will soon be added to our Actually Autistic Blogs List (anautismobserver.wordpress.com). Please click on the “How do you want your blog listed?” link at the top of that site to customize your blog’s description.
    Thank you.
    Judy (An Autism Observer)

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  11. Thank you for your comment on my blog. You are a very inspiring lady! I too have chronic pain and also deal with other issues after cancer. Art and reading is my therapy. I love your blog and your art.

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  12. hi Miranda, good to meet you! I was happy to find a like minded person to connect with. I am blind, and I suffer with complex ptsd and dissociative identity disorder, I am 37, and I have a guide dog named nitro. I blog over at http://therapybits.com/ if you wanna check it out. I blog about living with mental illness disability and my therapy journey. I will definitely follow your blog!

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    1. Awesome, I will check out your blog. Sounds like we do blog about a lot of the same stuff. I also have c-ptsd as well as bipolar type 2 and Asperger’s Syndrome. I also blog a lot of my art and poetry, which is often inspired by the mental and physical health issues I face daily.

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  13. Howdy! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a group of volunteers and starting a new initiative in a community in the same niche. Your blog provided us beneficial information to work on. You have done a wonderful job!

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  14. Maranda, I love following your blog and reading your poetry. Would you be willing to let me read one of your poetry eBooks and post a review on my blog and on Amazon in exchange for the same for my eBook? Mine is very “rough” and definitely in need of some reworking 😉

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  15. I’m John, and I have arthritis issues, I love art (though I’m still goofing off with my own art) I am a pretty big fan of words! I enjoy poetry and literature. And I like cartoons too!

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  16. Hello!

    I’d love to connect and collaborate with you (somehow!)

    My work outlines practical and creative ideas inspired by love in the quest for wellbeing.

    In Fit for Joy, I wrote about the paradox of two realities that don’t match: physical health and mental chaos. The idea was to start a conversation about the “true” meaning of health.

    As a podcast host, I am in search of meaningful truths, ideas, and insights about mental and spiritual health that can awaken new ways of thinking, leading us toward a new way of being — Being Well.”

    Would you be interested in any or a combination of:

    – A podcast interview: A Quest for Well-Being

    – Guest blogging

    – Book review

    – Affiliate Link

    Looking forward to our collaboration!

    Thank You,

    Valeria Teles

    My website is: https://fitforjoy.org

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  17. Youre so cool! I dont suppose Ive learn anything like this before. So nice to find someone with some unique ideas on this subject. realy thank you for beginning this up. this website is one thing that is wanted on the internet, somebody with a little bit originality. useful job for bringing something new to the web!

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