Disability Tropes 101: Karmically Disabled
Crafting characters / Disability Tropes 101

Disability Tropes 101: Karmically Disabled

I recently finished watching Season 2 of Dirk Gently and have been reflecting on the huge number of problematic disability tropes in the show, particularly around the invented disability “Pararibulitis,” but for this post, I want to focus on one particular trope that frequently appears in representations of disability, what I call the Karmically Disabled Trope. In … Continue reading

Mine for Keeps
Author image / Cerebral Palsy / Crafting characters / Represention / 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

Spoon-Feeding the Able-Bodied Reader
Crafting characters / Represention / 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