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Getting Stuck After a Trigger
Anxiety / Getting support / mental health / Spoonie Challenges / Working

Getting Stuck After a Trigger

Hey, ho, it’s your Spoonie Authors Network editor! I’ve not posted for a wee while but wanted to share something today. While I’m basically an upbeat and maybe frighteningly friendly person, I am also a human who manages mental illness. I am blessed to be surrounded by caring friends and family, and I love my … Continue reading

Disability Tropes 101: Overcoming
Crafting characters / Disability Tropes 101 / Represention

Disability Tropes 101: Overcoming

One of the most problematic tropes that is projected onto disabled people and our narratives is the trope of Overcoming. In these narratives, disabled people are able to “overcome” their disability (that is, become able-bodied) by working hard and pushing boundaries. Disability activist Eli Clare observes: “Overcoming bombards disabled people. It’s everywhere. I think of … Continue reading

Disability Tropes 101: The Outsider
Crafting characters / Disability Tropes 101 / Represention

Disability Tropes 101: The Outsider

Scholar Isabel Brittain brings attention to the trope of “The Outsider” in her article on “An Examination into the Portrayal of Deaf Characters and Deaf Issues in Picture Books for Children” (Disability Studies Quarterly 2004, Vol 24, No 1). In this trope, “the character with an impairment is portrayed as a figure of alienation and … Continue reading

Anthology Kickstarter: We Shall Be Monsters (Or, as I call it: The Frankenthology)
Books/Anthologies

Anthology Kickstarter: We Shall Be Monsters (Or, as I call it: The Frankenthology)

Originally posted on Cait Gordon, Author:
So I’m pretty stoked. Last December I submitted a short story called The Hilltop Gathering to the We Shall Be Monsters anthology call-for-submissions. What really appealed to me about this project was how authors were invited to write stories that explored disability. As a disabled person, this simply delighted me.…