I’m not F**king Brave
Author image / Body positivity / Cerebral Palsy / chronic fatigue / chronic pain / Living fully / Multiple Sclerosis / Representing ourselves / Spoonie Challenges / Writing journey

I’m not F**king Brave

Just to set the record straight, I’m not brave, okay? I live with spastic cerebral palsy (CP) and relapse-and-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS). I can’t count the number of people who have called me brave. I always smile and nod when they say this, but the truth is that bravery has nothing to do with it. … Continue reading

How do you make *this* sexy? Why representation in fiction matters. (Part I)
Body positivity / Cerebral Palsy / chronic pain / Representing ourselves / sex / Sexah

How do you make *this* sexy? Why representation in fiction matters. (Part I)

“How do you make this sexy?” a reader asked me, gesturing to her wheelchair in the middle of one of my sex education Q&A sessions. The question stumped me because the answer isn’t an easy one. The short version is: You don’t. There isn’t anything inherently sexy about using a wheelchair or a walker, or having … Continue reading

What’s in a Name?
Author image / Body positivity / Representing ourselves / Writing journey

What’s in a Name?

I have an interesting relationship with pen names. I’ve been writing since I was eight years old, and I started thinking about a pen name almost immediately. It wasn’t that I disliked my name, exactly. I’m very attached to the name given to me by my parents,—mostly because I’m very attached to my parents—but I … Continue reading

A Spoonie Year in Review and Warm Holiday Wishes
Representing ourselves / Writing journey / Writing Opportunities

A Spoonie Year in Review and Warm Holiday Wishes

Thank you for making 2017 an incredible year for The Spoonie Authors Network! I am just gobsmacked by the undiluted talent of the contributors to this blog. You make me so proud to be your editor. I’m really looking forward to seeing what you share with us in 2018! And to our readers, again, thank … Continue reading

Mine for Keeps
Author image / Cerebral Palsy / Crafting characters / Representing ourselves / Spoonie Challenges / Writing journey

Mine for Keeps

I remember very distinctly the first time I read about “someone like me” in a book. I couldn’t have been more than ten or twelve at the most, and the book was Mine for Keeps by Jean Little. The main character, Sally, had cerebral palsy—just like me. She wasn’t the sad, crippled friend that you … Continue reading