Disability Tropes 101: The Lithium Kiss
Crafting characters / Disability Tropes 101 / mental health

Disability Tropes 101: The Lithium Kiss

Editor’s note: There’s still time to submit short stories to the Nothing Without Us anthology! Submissions close December 31, 2018. Read more about the submission guidelines here! And Derek’s Disability Tropes 101 series is great reference material to provide tips about what tropes to avoid!  One of the tropes of disability I have wanted to … Continue reading

Do you have a fatigue budget?
chronic fatigue / Living fully / mental health / Spoonie Challenges / Working

Do you have a fatigue budget?

The other day, a buddy of mine and I were discussing how the slightest medical procedures or even routine vaccinations can greatly impact our chronic fatigue symptoms. We can lose spoons just like POOF! I told my friend that having more time alloted to their fatigue budget would really help. Then I explained how in … Continue reading

Spoon Stealers, Week 3: The Unicorn Who Farted Sparkles
Cerebral Palsy / Living fully / mental health / Multiple Sclerosis / Spoon Stealers / Spoonie Challenges

Spoon Stealers, Week 3: The Unicorn Who Farted Sparkles

I am my own worst enemy. I tend to spiral downwards when issues get to me, and I lose myself in the shadowy labyrinth. I know its walls very well and have wandered them for so long, they are a second home to me now. Looking back, I see spoons littering the dirt floor of … Continue reading

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

“Winning” NaNoWriMo as a Spoonie
chronic fatigue / chronic pain / Fibromyalgia / mental health / Spoonie Challenges / Writing journey

“Winning” NaNoWriMo as a Spoonie

So, yesterday I got this fancy thing: This November I participated in my first-ever National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) adventure. Now, I’ll confess right away that I have not been a fan of the concept for years. The win-or-lose thing did not appeal to me (because writing 35,000 words in a month instead of 50,000 … Continue reading

Mental Illness is More Than Meets the Eye
Anxiety / mental health / Spoonie Challenges

Mental Illness is More Than Meets the Eye

This week Caro Fréchette shares a poem that reflects their personal experience dealing with other people’s perception of mental illness .  ~Ed. You see me smile when you come in, brightly, because that’s the only way I know how You think I am happy What you don’t see is I’ve thought of dying five times since … Continue reading