“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

Mine for Keeps
Author image / Cerebral Palsy / Crafting characters / Representing ourselves / Spoonie Challenges / Writing journey

Mine for Keeps

I remember very distinctly the first time I read about “someone like me” in a book. I couldn’t have been more than ten or twelve at the most, and the book was Mine for Keeps by Jean Little. The main character, Sally, had cerebral palsy—just like me. She wasn’t the sad, crippled friend that you … 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

Everyone Remembers Their First Time…
cons / Representing ourselves / sex / Writing journey

Everyone Remembers Their First Time…

This weekend, I had the immense pleasure of being part of The Conference for Canadian Content in Speculative Arts and Literature—Can-Con, for short. I’ve been to conferences before, but always as a fan, attending panels and being a fanboy over authors I love. However, this conference was special to me. It was my first conference … Continue reading

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