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A Plea To NaNoWriMo Overachievers:
If You're Gonna Write Autistic Characters,
Then Stop Research Asperger's And
Start Researching Autism For A Change!

As has been requested (endlessly) EK's Star Log is returning to the internet. You can still read the original archive here... https://eelkat.wordpress.com 

The reason you couldn't find it is because I set it to private un-index mode, meaning it no longer shows up in Google search results and can only be accessed by a direct link.

Meaning, if you didn't have the url for it, no amount of searching for it would tell you how to find it. Anyone who had the url could still access it though.

I had set it to private September 23, 2013, intending to move each page here to EelKat.com... however, November 14, 2013, after only moving about 30 pages, I was beaten up and left paralyzed for 5 months, then spent 18 months relearning to walk. I am still crippled and have limited mobility.

Below is one of the blog posts that originally appeared on EK's Star Log. The original articles are still online but no longer indexed in Google. Links to the original article, are included with this post, as is the original posting date. Clicking the links will take you to the original site, where you can see the old Space Dock 13 website still online. Space Dock 13 as it looked when hosted on WordPress from 2003 to 2013.


By EelKat Wendy C Allen

Autism & Me: The Squidoo Lens

A Plea To NaNoWriMo Overachievers: 
If You're Gonna Write Autistic Characters,
Then Stop Research Asperger's And 
Start Researching Autism For A Change!

"Can anyone tell me how to write characters with autism while avoiding stereotypes? Thank you."

Here is my response to a question from the NaNoWriMo forums on avoiding the stereo types when writing about characters with Autism:

"Can anyone tell me how to write characters with autism while avoiding stereotypes? Thank you."

My response, resulted in a 500+ page non-fiction book on living with autism. 

The response, went off into a rant, not because of the person asking the question, but instead, because of the 300+ Asperger's patients who responded to the question to tell her how to write ASPEGER'S characters, all while claiming their Asperger's was the SAME THING as Autism.

More then 2,000 forum posts were added to the thread, by these 300+ people, boldly spreading huge amounts of extremely inaccurate misinformation about what Autism is and is not, and helping to spread the urban myth that Aspergers is a type of Autism.

Sadly after taking 3 days to read every post on the thread, I finally reached the end to find that not even ONE of the more then 2,000 posts had given her ANY information about Autism.

My response is too long for one page, all pages are being linked to here:

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Autistics Have Feelings Too & Diverse Books Rant

This was written in response to an email, which stated books featuring Autistic main characters, Gypsies as main characters, and suicidal main characters, should not be written, let alone published.

Let me tell you something: Just because I have Autism, doesn’t mean I don’t have feelings and it DOES hurt to be called retarded, and guess what, it did hurt a lot to have someone campaigning in the comments, telling people not to buy my books because “this author is a retard”. That hurt more then the  campaigning in the comments, telling people not to buy my books because “this author is a Gypsy scumbag”.

The problem with the Quaraun series is multiple:

  1. The characters are all Gypsies.
  2. They do not speak American English.
  3. They do not speak UK English.
  4. They speak Scottish Gypsy English.
  5. The book is written in Scottish English and the dialogue of several of the characters is in Scottish Gypsy English.
  6. The characters live the Scottish Gypsy lifestyle: they are Gypsies and therefore do Gypsy things, say Gypsy things, eat Gypsy foods, practice Gypsy religion, traveling in Gypsy wagons, and wear Gypsy clothes.
  7. The main character, Quaraun, has Autism. He does not act "normal". He constantly has to deal with bullies and he often responds to being called retarded by murdering the norms who bully him.
  8. Quaraun is depressed, suicidal, and every volume of this series has mention of suicide in it.
  9. Quaraun's best friend and lover Unicorn is bi-polar, depressed, and does commit suicide.
  10. Quaraun is a Necromancer. Don't commit suicide around an Autistic Necromancer who can't accept change - he'll resurrect you as a Lich, a Vampire, a Ghoul, a Zombie, or all of the above depending on how many times you keep killing yourself.
  11. Unicorn, now undead, continues to commit suicide over and over again throughout the series. The Necromancer keeps bringing him back. Unicorn resorts to drugs to avoid seeing the world around him since Quaraun won't let him die.
  12. Quaraun and Unicorn are both men and they have sex. [It's gay fiction - the horrors!]
  13. I am a Scottish Gypsy.
  14. I do not speak or write in Americans or UK English. I speak and write in Scots Language, Scottish English, and Scottish Gypsy English.
  15. I have Autism. I've had to deal with bullies since I was old enough to walk. I let Quaraun do to bullies in my books, what I can't legally do to them in real life.
  16. I witnessed the brutal murder of my 5 best friends when I was 14.
  17. Because we are Gypsies, a local white supremacist group built a grease fryer bomb and blew up our house, with my family inside of it in 2006. I am crippled for the rest of my life, walk with a cane, and have PTSD as a result.
  18. Most of the series is written from the perspective of a very depressed and suicidal Autistic Gypsy who is trying to find a reason to want to wake up and be alive the next day.
  19. The Quaraun series is a very dark look into the life of a Gypsy with Autism, who really doesn't want to live anymore and is trying to find alternatives to suicide.
  20. Suicide and hate crimes against Autistics and Gypsies IS the overarching, underlying theme of the Quaraun series.

If you don't like people with Autism, Gypsies, or looking at the world through the eyes of a suicidal Autistic, Gypsy, you really don't want to read this series.


88,589 / 33,000 words.
284 pages.
Published!

48,541 / 30,000 words.
155 pages.
Published!

47,191 / 35,000 words.
162 pages.
Published!

My question here is, this series is based largely off my own everyday life and if characters in fiction are seen as controversial if they have Autism, are a minority race (Gypsy), or have thoughts of suicide...does that mean my life is controversial?

What is wrong with having a main character who Autism?

What is wrong with having all the characters of a book be Scottish Gypsies?

What is wrong with writing a book from the perspective of a suicidal character who's dealing with the suicide of his lover?

There are Autistic people in real life, WE deserve to be ACCURATELY represented in books, by Autistic authors who ACTUALLY HAVE Autism and know how to portray fictional Autistic characters without the stereotypes.

There are Scottish Gypsies in real life, WE deserve to be ACCURATELY represented in books, by Scottish Gypsy authors who ACTUALLY ARE Gypsies and know how to portray fictional Gypsy characters without the stereotypes.

There are suicidally depressed people in real life, WE deserve to be ACCURATELY represented in books, by suicidally depressed authors   who ACTUALLY ARE suicidally depressed and know how to portray fictional suicidally depressed characters without the stereotypes.

Damn! If my character was a white middle class American living a happy go lucky nothing ever goes wrong lifestyle, nobody would complain, but then there'd be nothing for me to write about either. And heck, why would I write about a white middle class American living a happy-go-lucky nothing-ever-goes-wrong lifestyle, when I haven't got the first clue what it'd be like to even have a white middle class American living a happy-go-lucky nothing-ever-goes-wrong lifestyle? I write what I know SugarPlum, and I know the lifestyle of being a depressed Gypsy with Autism, so that's what I write. If you can't deal with it, then just go back to reading your white middle class American living a happy-go-lucky nothing-ever-goes-wrong lifestyle characters, but don't look for them from me, because I don't write them. Sorry. Only gay depressed Autistic Gypsy Elves and Faeries in my books.

Will I stop publishing the Quaraun series just to keep the haters happy?

No! Of course I won’t. Why would I give up and let them win? They’ve only inspired me to write even more stories for the series.

The section above was originally written in 2014.

A 2017 update is coming soon and will appear in this section below.



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UPDATE: June 5, 2017
US Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division,
Joins FBI In Investigation of
Old Orchard Beach Town Hall and Police Department 
For Hate Crimes & Discrimination Done To
140+ Gypsies, Blacks, & LGBTQA+ Residents



Have Information?
Please Call FBI Agent Andy Drewer @ (207) 774-9322  

More info on what happened can be found HERE.