25 Get To Know Me Questions Tag.

As any Blogger will know, we can get ‘Bloggers Block’-which is essentially the same as Blogger’s Block, but we just do not know what to post. Therefore, I googled possible tags I could post-and found ’25 Get To Know Me Questions’. (You can see the post here.)  I wish to tag anyone who wishes to also write this tag-I’m not tagging any specific blogger, as I think they are tired of it, with the amount of tag posts I write.

1. What is your middle name? 

Keren. And surprisingly, very few people can spell it correctly the first time they hear it! 

2. What was favorite subject at school?  This varied a lot over the years, due to subject changes, or if I was really struggling with a particular unit. I really liked English-and as a wannabe Journalist and Blogger, why wouldn’t I?-but I also loved Media, as we had to make a magazine cover and spread. But now I really love politics.

3. What is your favorite drink? This depends on what mood I’m in, or if I’m sick. I love a hot strawberry Ribena when I’m sick (works wonders, trust me!), or Elderflower. But I also really enjoy a Strawberry Frappe from Starbucks. (I drink neither tea or coffee.)

4. What is your favorite song at the moment? Good question. This would probably have to be ‘Flash’ from the Queen Rock Montreal album. 

5. What is your favorite food? Macaroni cheese! Lasagne! Spag Bol! Icecream! Curry! (Trust me, what I really love tends not to be very healthy.) 

6. What is the last thing you bought? I think a box of Strawberry liquorice from Tiger, although I may be wrong about that. (Although I am intending to buy a new planner, which sort of counts towards the question-I’ve already bought it in my head.)

7. Favorite book of all time? I can’t single out just one book! For the amount I read it would be a struggle to just pick one. But I love The Diary Of Anne Frank, The Bell Jar, Searching For Grace Kelly, How To Stop Time, The Storyteller, The Summer Of Impossible Things….

8. Favorite Colour? Pink!

9. Do you have any pets? A cat and a dog.

10. Favorite Perfume? Wonderstruck by Taylor Swift. 

11. Favorite Holiday? Probably either when I visited Boston, and got to go inside the John F Kennedy library, or when I went to Amsterdam, and went to visit the Anne Frank House. These have both been goals of mine for a long time.

12. Are you married? Nope. 

13. Have you ever been out of the country, if so how many times? I’m not sure as to how many times, but I have been out of it-and you can tell that from two questions above this.

14. Do you speak any other language? I really wish I could, but I can’t. I studied Spanish for my GCSE, but I have trouble learning any language, as it becomes very muddled in my brain. 

15. How many siblings do you have? I am one of five. 

16. What is your favorite shop? Again, this is a question that depends on my mood at the time. I love Paperchase for all of its pretty notebooks, Washi Tape, and anything planner related. But I also love Smiths for its collection of magazines. 

17. Favorite restaurant? Ed’s Diner. I love that it has jukeboxes at each table, complete with fifties rock songs. Jailhouse Rock anyone?

18. When was the last time you cried? Ditto.

19. Favorite Blog? I love a lot of blogs, but I can’t write them all here. I love Gala Darling, A Beautiful Chaos, Philofaxy, Country Katie UK, Dorkface…I also sometimes look back at blogs that are no longer active-so, Gem Fatale, Oberjean.

20. Favorite film? There are a lot, I can’t just pick one! So, Funny Face, Bridge Of Spies, State Of play, Jackie, and many more. 

21. Favorite TV shows? I think I’ve started to prefer Netflix, as there’s a lot less reality TV, and more choice. But I do like Line Of Duty, Saturday Night Takeaway, and The missing. I also LOVED Raised By Wolves. (Why, just why, was it cancelled??)

22. PC or Mac? I now have a MacBook Air…

23. What phone do you have? An iPhone 6s in Rose gold.

24. How tall are you? Less that six feet, but more than four…the long and the short of it-no pun intended-is that I don’t know. 

25. Can you cook? Nope!

Lydia

XO

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What’s in my bag? Guest post by Chloe-Rose. 

(This is a guest post, written by Chloe-Rose, over at What Chloe Wrote. Her blog is great-and you should read it, by clicking here.)

I thought that I would jump on the bandwagon with these ‘What’s in my bag’ posts. I am a huge lover of these posts. I just love finding out what bags and purses people use especially if they are co-ordinated! I think you can tell a lot about a person by what they carry around with them.

Lets jump straight in .

The Bag

I use this black faux leather buckle backpack from Primark. I used to be a hoarder of bags, I had them sitting in the back of my wardrobe gathering dust, so recently I had a huge clear out and decided to buy one staple bag. I love backpacks more than handbags because they are so versatile! This was £9!

Purse

A necessity for every bag. This is my little cupcake purse that I have had for god knows how many years. It was given to me by my mum after she bought it and didn’t like it. I recently found a new purse on Depop! In my purse I have money and my cards and endless amount of loyalty cards.


Make up bag

I got this Rimmel make up bag free after buying an eyebrow product In a promotion a few months ago at Boots. In here I mainly keep pads just because periods can be super inconvenient. I would rather keep them altogether than have them floating around my bag. If I am wearing lipstick that day it will also be in there.

Lip Balm/Lipstick
I always keep a lip balm in my bag and this one is my favourite at the moment. Crazy Rumors Gingerbread lip balm. It’s so moisturizing and I can’t recommend it enough! I will always have the lipstick I am wearing on the day in my bag. I have been loving this matte lip liquid by The Body Shop in the shade ‘Windsor Rose 032’

iPod and headphones

I can’t go anywhere without being able to listen to music. It is a must have for my bag.


Phone

I currently have a Nokia Lumia and it is the worst phone ever. I can’t wait to upgrade to an iPhone. I always have to take my phone with me in case my sister or my mum want to grab me while I’m out.


Notebook and pen

I always carry a notebook and pen with me in case I have a rush of inspiration. So many times I have been granted with a great idea in my head and I can’t write it down and then I forget. This way I can write down whatever idea comes to my head.


Camera

I usually take my camera out with me, so many times I have seen something and thought, “That would look amazing on my blog” but then I don’t have a good quality camera to take a picture of it. I have a bridge camera and it’s quite small so it easily fits in my bag.

This is everything I have in my bag! I hope you have enjoyed this post!
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Photo Diary: Where Have I Been?

I haven’t posted a photo diary for a little while…therefore, for today, I thought “why not?” This shows what I have been up to recently, with a little look at behind the scenes of this blog at points.


I went to see Emeli Sande! This was onlr as tickets to write about it for this blog and in my column…


Can I now not claim to not be a legitimate Journalist!? I’ve been all the way to Fleet Street!*

*But then again, this was in Brighton..


This proof copy also came in the post for me to to review, courtesy of Canongate. Needless to say, I am very excited to be reading this book!


Where’s the front cover?!


This was part of a larger sample that was posted to me recently to review…(coming soon!) I could smell it through the packaging, which smelt divine! You’ll be able to read all about it soon..


Adding colour to my life!

What have you been doing?

Lydia

XO

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My top five essentials for my handbag. 


Handbags are very funny things: considered widely now to be a staple of a women’s wardrobe, they contain all sorts of things. They even are used as a handy tool. (Take a look at Mrs Thatcher!) Instead of showing you what’s in my bag, I thought I’d share with you what my top five things are for my bag.

  1. Tangle tamer. Does anyone else have really bushy hair? Mine is horrible, and does exactly as it pleases-whether it’s sunny and I’m walking, or it’s rainy and I’m running for a train. I’m keeping this with me now, in order just to look a little bit more professional.
  2. Highlighters. I colour code everything! Meaning I know what something is at a glance…
  3. Eyeliner. This is Topshop’s magic liner, and I love it. For it is easy to use, good durability, comes off easily, and doesn’t stab me in the eye. (As somebody with glasses, eye make up is a real hassle.) It adds an extra feature to my day, and allows me to feel better about my poor eyesight and glasses.
  4. Book. Mind over matter, right!? 
  5. Magazine. News is everywhere I go, meaning that I have a slight addiction-I have to know what’s happening in US politics, UK politics, the NHS, books, films, fashion trends, photography, etc. And I get this from regularly reading glossy magazines, newspapers, and news websites.

What are your top five essentials? 

Lydia

XO

Why I Like To Write; An Answer To A FAQ! 

*By FAQ, I mean frequently asked question.

Hello.-

For this post,I thought I would answer a frequently asked question: why do you write? 

For me it’s almost funny: now as a Columnist, Blogger, Interviewer,and  Freelancer, I, still asked: why do you like to write? It’s a question that has taken a long time to answer-alongside the variants of it.

Usually this is phatic talk, and we chat on about what I hope to write in future.

I wasn’t always a writer. And that’s why this is a seemingly funny question to me-becacuse I write like I talk, generally speaking. My features and blog posts are littered with features of spoken language. Writing is just having a conversation in print, essentially, to me. I don’t write to inform like a reporter; I do it instead to share my opinion, as well as to entertain. Not for the ego gratification.

Writers are important, because these are the people that live on, in terms of legacy; for instance, English students are still talking about The Great Gatsby. Book Bloggers review new releases all the time. They essentially write the history books, influencing us beyond what can sometimes be comprehended.

But at the end of the day; writing allows me to get rid of the cares of that day, dissolving my negative thoughts, and carry out a need to do so. If you lot weren’t here, reading this, I’d still be writing. I’d still be writing because I feel the need to-be it blog posts, columns, letters, missives, articles, books, poetry, etc.

At the core are words, the very thing that fascinate me; after all, I was never very good with numbers. But they are subjective in that they can mean different things to different people; love can differ in context, language, the pragmatics of the situation, etc. This is an endless puzzle, one that I want to solve.

Lydia

XO 

Why I dislike having my photo taken..


Photos. Photos. Photos. Uggghhhh.

I really dislike having my photo taken. And as a warning, this post was written as a ‘rant’-although I’m trying to be logical and balanced. That’s a possible fail.

Anyway, back to the topic; I dislike having my photo taken. I really detest it-the awkwardness, coupled with the fact that it’ll possibly be put on display-be it a byline photo, your parents mantelpiece, newspaper, etc. (The latter one was a particular ‘favourite’; me smiling with a rather large tongue stuck out. How embarrassing.)

In my lifetime, there’s been a general increase in technological culture;you’re reading this blog right now, for instance. We Instagram, tweet, Facebook, email, read e-books. Essentially, we move electronically, in amongst this huge field of data. But what happens with such a thing as trolling?

In spite of the fact that I’m a blogger, my life is still private to me; I have every right to maintain my privacy. I may write about my social impairment, yet you don’t know intimate details of that. You don’t know my friendships, my likes or dislikes, what I eat for dinner, etc. 

Plus, I’m just awkward. And there’s so much time between posing and snapping!

Caitlin Moran wrote the brilliant piece about why she doesn’t just smile, but brings out her ‘Muppet face’ for photos-simply because it proves the point she isn’t static, but rather alive and kicking. But I think I’ve used that trick for too long-I’m told to smile more often, stand up straight, etc. The mullet face isn’t going to work any more.

As long as I’m laughing, I’m happy, just not comfortable in photos.

What do you think about having your photo taken?

Lydia

XO

Frustrations of being an Aspergic teenager. 

Disclaimer: This post is entirely subjective to my own opinions, and own hallmarks of the spectrum of ASD. I do not claim to be a Doctor or medical professional. Rather, this post is just my opinion, not intended as a guide or advisory. I cannot take responsibility for anything that happens as a result of this post being misconstrueded or misused. 

For all of my posts relating to ASD, and my personal observations of my version of Aspergers Sydrome, I’ve tried to strike a positive spin on the issues discussed. I’ve had to, really; I would b a very different indurvidual otherwise. Similarly, I’m in opposition to negative perceptions of ASD; here are a group of often marginalised indurviduals, who have so much potential. Why leave them behind, lost in broken systems?


Anyway, I digress.

I was a teenager when diagnosed; I still am. At times I’ve become really frustrated, though; often through lack of understanding, I have sometimes felt sidelined. (This is now the rarity-being open about my social impairment has worked better and in my favour, in educational instutions.) 

Social. 

Back in 2015, it was not a surprise to me to have a diagnosis on paper. I think the main characteristic attributed to me was ‘eccentric’ whilst at secondary school; but really, that was just my Aspergers manifesting itself. But socially, it has had a big impact.

Making friends is really hard for me. The simple reason as to why is that I cannot always identify what you’re trying to tell me by your face; humans are more nuanced than just the basic happy vs sad notion. This is really frustrating; I make mistakes, yet did and still feel lonely at the best of times.

Communication is also a problem. Taking the face facet I just mentioned-that mollifies conversation at times. I can chat easily to people considered ‘adults’-lecturers, parents, editors. But to chat to my classmates easily? I find that really difficult. I’m probably more likely to say something perceived as inappropriate, stammer, apologise, and repeat the same pattern. 

People can also be really confusing-are you being sarcastic, genuine? Why did you decide to ignore me? What gave you permission to mock my dress sense? Why do you care so much about popularity? Why are teasing me? Is that supposed to be funny?

See. These I’ll never be able to answer.

I also rarely get to talk about my special interests; it is always boys/cosmetics/hair/homework. With Trump and Brexit, there was a little bit of political discussion-yet with levels of apathy, it seemed a little bit pointless. I want to talk about Jacqueline Kennedy, World War Two history, the prime minister, Feminism, poetry, Rock opera, blogging, etc. This hasn’t happened yet.

Sound.

If I can control it, that’s fine.

As somebody who wishes to be a Journalist, potentially specialising in music, this is probably a bit of a contradiction; I could sit through a Rock concert, yet become very agitated at something as mundane as cutlery clunking against a china worktop. (Ugh!) Some noise can overwhelm my brain; I’m still working on a way to define it-the sharp, shocking, strange noises that overwhelm me. 

This is frustrating in a classroom-all the voices floating around!

But in transit round places; I was called out, told “it’s not that noisy”, when travelling round with other students getting to lessons. (I had my hands clamped to my ears, just wanting to block it all out.) It’s overwhelming to me. To be honest, at times I’ve wanted to cry. I can’t work as well, my speech becomes tangled in my throat, and I stim. (For bullies, this has been a signal, almost a target.)

I love the sound that voices make in musics; whether it’s Phil Collins singing Mamma, Freddie Mercury singing Tear It Up, or Anastacia singing I Dreamed Of You, these voices calm my brain. (Even Carly Simon-All I Want Is You.) They are different to the sudden noises that shock my brain.

Stimming.

How to define stimming? 

Whenever under stress-a change in stimuli, environment, etc-it is a movement carried out repeatedly, aiming at being something calming. For me, I slap the outside of my legs. A I can also tap. (Rocking back and forth on the toes seems to be the main one.)

I wish I had a different response to changes in stimuli, environment, etc; I get stared at, people suggesting that what I’m doing is wrong facially. 

Stimming is alright to music; I’ve since learnt that any beat seemingly covers it up. It looks like you’re tapping along to the beat. Although I feel that this should not have to be the case.

But….

Here comes the positive spin.

Of all the people I have met with either Autism or Aspergers Sydrome, none of them have been dull or boring. These are the larger-than-life characters that I wish to mirror. They don’t fit into a mold. They are colourful characters intent on being their own indurvidual.

Without Aspergers Sydrome, I highly doubt that I would have been able to achieve any of the things that I have. Prior to the age of eighteen, I’ve seen Queen and Adam Lambert in concert, interviewed Anastacia, built this little blog, scored a column with my local paper, met Brian May, reviewed albums prior to release, seen Lissie live in concert, spoken at Portcullis house, interviewed Jodi Picoult, and met Derren Brown.

It’s a message I wish to include in my novel; I identify as the ‘little proffesor’ that Hans Asperger identified. (Aspergers Sydrome is named after him.) In spite of the frustrations and restrictions, I am determined to overcome. And you’re going to watch me run.

Lydia

XO