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Confessions of a Reluctant Spoonie
Autism / Fibromyalgia / Representing ourselves / Spoonie Challenges / Writing journey

Confessions of a Reluctant Spoonie

Forgive me, Father, for I have synonymed. Oh, wait, I’m not Catholic or Anglican (both traditions have the sacrament of Confession), I’m Jewish. So, that sort of confession isn’t appropriate. Yet, confession is an appropriate term for where I’m at with being a spoonie. The evidence is there in report cards and in what has … Continue reading

Featured SpAn Author: Derek Newman-Stille
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Featured SpAn Author: Derek Newman-Stille

Derek Newman-Stille is a PhD ABD and teaches at Trent University. He runs the five-time Aurora Award-Winning website and associated radio show Speculating Canada. Derek is also the co-creator (along with Brittany Warman and Sara Cleto) and editor of the folklore digital humanities hub Through the Twisted Woods. He has written afterwards for publications like Accessing the … Continue reading

Spoon-Feeding the Able-Bodied Reader
Crafting characters / Representing ourselves / Writing journey

Spoon-Feeding the Able-Bodied Reader

I am a disabled author, editor, and academic. I grew up wanting to see people like myself in my fiction—people with disabilities. All I ever encountered were tropes about disabled people. We could be the wise mentor who dies, the inspirational hero who is rewarded with a magical cure, about the person who triumphs over … Continue reading

The ‘new’ me. Can I function in the world at my own snail’s pace?
chronic pain / Migraines / Spoonie Challenges / Working / Writing journey

The ‘new’ me. Can I function in the world at my own snail’s pace?

Let’s discuss tomorrow, today, and right now. Tomorrow I am going to take the first step towards getting some (very) part-time work by being interviewed at the local Vocational Rehabilitation office. Compared to the majority of the people they see, my Bachelor’s degree, my year of graduate school, various successful professions, and being a business … Continue reading