All the Parts of Me
Fibromyalgia / Getting support / Living fully / ME/CFS / Myalgic Encephalomyalitis / Spoonie Challenges / Writing journey

All the Parts of Me

I don’t know about you, but many doctors have told me that besides my having myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), I’m in good health. My primary care doctor prescribes drugs for general pain, muscle spasms, severe headaches, allergic eyes, dry eyes, breathing difficulties, dry mucus membranes, and add to that anti-inflammatory meds and the list goes on. … Continue reading

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

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

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

“Winning” NaNoWriMo as a Spoonie
chronic fatigue / chronic pain / Fibromyalgia / mental health / Spoonie Challenges / Writing journey

“Winning” NaNoWriMo as a Spoonie

So, yesterday I got this fancy thing: This November I participated in my first-ever National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) adventure. Now, I’ll confess right away that I have not been a fan of the concept for years. The win-or-lose thing did not appeal to me (because writing 35,000 words in a month instead of 50,000 … Continue reading