Doing ‘It’ with a Disability
Cerebral Palsy / Multiple Sclerosis / sex / Sexah / Spoonie Challenges / Writing journey

Doing ‘It’ with a Disability

The first piece of writing advice that I was given was: Write what you know.   Throughout my twenty years as a writer, I’ve happily ignored that advice. I’ve written fantasy novels, horror stories, and countless short stories and poems. And throughout all of them, I wrote only what pleased me, what I felt called … 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

Featured SpAN Author: Talia Johnson
Autism / Featured Author / Fibromyalgia / Spoonie Challenges / Writing journey

Featured SpAN Author: Talia Johnson

Talia Johnson is a multi-faceted woman who is transgender, autistic, Jewish, queer, and more than the sum of her parts. She lives in Toronto, Ontario. Her work centres on bridging faith and queer communities, facilitating workshops, educating, speaking, writing, and one-on-one coaching, counselling, and mentoring. She is an academic, poet, and short story writer. You … 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