Writing with Awareness and Sensitivity
editing / Representing ourselves / Working / Writing journey

Writing with Awareness and Sensitivity

For many transgender people, stories about transgender people written by cisgender authors are a source of anxiety. The same holds true when people with disabilities read the works of authors who don’t have disabilities but choose to write about specific disabilities. All too often it becomes clear from the writing that the authors and their … Continue reading

Spooning with Spoonies at Can-Con 2017!
Events / Representing ourselves / sex

Spooning with Spoonies at Can-Con 2017!

I’m so excited to announce that several of our SpAN contributors (including myself) are going to be on a panel at Can-Con 2017 (the Conference on Canadian Content in Speculative Arts and Literature). The topic? Sex! Spooning with Spoonies: Disability and Sexuality—Disability is often represented as the antithesis of sexuality and disabled people are often … Continue reading

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

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