Spoonie Spotlight: Talia C. Johnson
Author interviews / Autism / Offering Support / Represention / Spoonie Spotlight

Spoonie Spotlight: Talia C. Johnson

It’s your friendly neighbourhood SpAN Editor here. I thought for the start of 2019, it would be great to highlight how our contributors (and other awesome humans) are using their spoons! For this week’s Spoonie Spotlight, we’re featuring Talia C. Johnson, who does so many thing with her life, I just wanted you to learn … Continue reading

Me, ableist? That’s cr*zy!
Connecting / Crafting characters / Offering Support / Represention

Me, ableist? That’s cr*zy!

Content warning: This article deals with terms that can be hurtful to people who manage disabilities, mental illness, or other medical conditions. I mention these terms to educate about why we should choose other words instead. If the title of this article made you cringe, then I feel hopeful, because you recognized a term originally … Continue reading

Disability Tropes 101: Upgrade My Body
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Disability Tropes 101: Upgrade My Body

The “Upgrade My Body” trope is one that is frequent in science fiction and other speculative media. This trope generally involves the notion of leaving the disabled or ageing body behind in order to transfer consciousness into another, more “durable” form. This form can involve a robot, android, clone, or another person’s body.   I … Continue reading

Disability Tropes 101: Manipulative Sympathy
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Disability Tropes 101: Manipulative Sympathy

I recently watched the musical Wicked, and one scene particularly stood out to me as problematic. It tied into a few other problematic representations of disability that I have encountered in literature, film, and television. In Wicked: The Musical , the main character’s sister, Nessarose, is a wheelchair user. During the performance, she, at various … Continue reading

Finding Me: On Writing as Myself
Author image / Cerebral Palsy / Crafting characters / Multiple Sclerosis / Represention / Writing journey

Finding Me: On Writing as Myself

I’ve written over sixty books in multiple genres that run the gambit: short fiction, romance, fantasy, poetry, young adult, children’s literature, horror and suspense, even some science fiction. In all of those books, I have never had a character that was disabled—not in any of my books. I was born with cerebral palsy (CP). When … Continue reading