Writing Through the Summer from Hell
chronic fatigue / chronic pain / Getting support / Living fully / Spoonie Challenges / Writing journey

Writing Through the Summer from Hell

Disclaimer: The following article is based on Laurie’s personal experiences with managing chronic pain. Always consult your own medical professionals to ensure you’re getting the best advice for you! Don’t get me wrong, summer is my favourite season. Usually. It’s hot, so the cold doesn’t make my bones ache. It’s dry, so the damp doesn’t … Continue reading

You must write every day—my favourite BS notion.
chronic fatigue / chronic pain / Fibromyalgia / Living fully / Spoonie Challenges / Writing journey

You must write every day—my favourite BS notion.

I have been trying so hard to stay out of social media arguments these days, stopping myself from reading or writing comments. Mostly because I find it comes to nothing in the end and drains my spoons. But then a thing happened this week I couldn’t ignore. A quote appeared on my Twitter timeline from … 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

Confessions of a Reluctant Spoonie
Autism / Fibromyalgia / Represention / 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

Spoonie Error 404
chronic fatigue / chronic pain / poetry / Spoonie Challenges

Spoonie Error 404

Lately, I’ve seen a co-opting of the phrase ‘I’m out of spoons’, by people who are not dealing with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses. To be frank, I wish this would stop. I reckon these people don’t know what it’s truly like to have to chose between washing yourself and making your meal. That’s the way it is when you are a spoonie. Some days you might have so little stamina, you must make a choice between eating and bathing. Other times, you might think you have enough spoons to get through the day when suddenly you realise no more spoons exist, and the great cash happens. It’s awful, to be honest.
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Everyone’s writing, and I’m all like…
Fibromyalgia / Spoonie Challenges / Writing journey

Everyone’s writing, and I’m all like…

Ever feel like everyone’s writing but you? I do. Now that I’m published and have all these new writer friends and acquaintances on social media, I’m able to read updates about their word journeys. To me it feels like they’re constantly writing. Meanwhile, I’m all like, Yeah, I need to lie down now.  After working intensely on Life in … Continue reading