This network was created by lil’ ol’ me (author Cait Gordon), who wrote Life in the ‘Cosm, a space opera that includes love, adventure, and an appalling amount of dessert.
I wrestle with a disability that causes chronic neuropathic pain and limits my mobility. When I wrote ‘Cosm, I created a character who was also fighting a debilitating illness, but with an unwavering lust for life. This character turned out to be a positive influence on my own life, and I realised how writing helped me cope with my daily afflictions.
When my book got published, I took my cane to my first literary conference and noticed so many other writers with canes, walkers, and wheelchairs. I felt so encouraged by their presence and enthusiasm for their craft, I thought, This is cool. There are a lot of us out here. And I knew that I wasn’t even counting writers with invisible disabilities at that conference. So, the number of spoonies had to be even higher.
In November 2016, I decided to create the Spoonie Author Network, in hopes of finding other writers who would like to connect and their their journeys. My goal is to capture the diversity of spoonies, so that we can understand there are disabilities and/or chronic conditions that we can see and that we cannot see. Every one of them is real and valid.
We write words and manage spoons.
Our contributor list is growing and I’m gobsmacked. The stories touch me deeply as I edit them, and I am thrilled that many want to come back again as guest bloggers. If you’d like to be a guest blogger on the SpAN, please contact me!
Currently, we have no funding, which sucks, but in the meantime we try to promote our authors by listing links to their writing, websites, and social media.