Writing with Awareness and Sensitivity
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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

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. Her work centres on bridging faith and queer communities, facilitating workshops, educating, speaking, writing, one-on-one coaching, counselling, and mentoring. She is a queer and trans sensitivity editor for writers and publishers. Talia’s most recent poem, Holy Love, will … Continue reading

I’ve Zipped Through Gynecological Surgery
cancer / Living fully / Migraines / Spoonie Challenges / Writing journey

I’ve Zipped Through Gynecological Surgery

Okay, Susan, cut to the chase. For those of you who read my last post, Today’s Letter is “C”, you might remember that I’ve been spending way, way, way too much time visiting the gynecological oncologist and was heading in for a complete hysterectomy because there were some suspicious growths, particularly a neoplasm on my … Continue reading

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