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Spoonie Editor Levelled Up Her Spooniness (Also: What’s Ahead This Fall)

Hello to our followers! It’s Cait, your friendly neighbourhood young disabled crone and editor-in-chief of the Spoonie Authors Network.

On my summer hiatus, I decided to relax by getting a shoulder issue, injuring said shoulder even further, and now moving on to Stage 2 of frozen shoulder. Wheee!

So, my activities will have to be quite limited and intentional while I go through months of rehabilitation and physiotherapy. However, we have a couple of exciting things coming up!

  • Season 2 of the Spoonie Authors Podcast, produced and directed by Dianna Gunn, will be happening this fall.
  • A new blog series, Being Spoonie in 2020, is also coming this fall. Discover what it’s been like for our contributors/interviewees this year.
  • I will be hosting a weekly Twitter Chat starting September 13 at 1pm EDT called Spoonie Authors Chat (on the @SpoonieAuthNet Twitter account). Search for #SpoonieAuthChat on Twitter and join the conversation!
(Image text: #SpoonieAuthChat, A writing chat for writers who manage spoons. Sundays at 1 PM EDT on Twitter @SpoonieAuthNet. Image description: A lilac background with black and lilac clip art of a spoon and a computer keyboard.)
Join us on Twitter, starting September 13, 2020 at 1pm (EDT)

As always, if you’re interested in blogging for us, please consider contacting us through the Submissions form. (This is still a volunteer-run network, so we do not have funding available to pay our contributors, but we do have a Shameless Plugs page!) We’re also looking for BIPOC creatives who are disabled, Deaf, neurodiverse, Spoonie, and/or who manage mental illness to be interviewed or who might like to write for us. Please spread the word and contact us!

Oh yeah, and this happened…

Kohenet Talia C. Johnson and I attended the Prix Aurora Awards as nominees. While Nothing Without Us didn’t win the award for Best Related Work, it was still great to have peer recognition for this anthology.

ID: Aurora-sky background with headshots of Cait Gordon and Talia C. Johnson. Text reads: nominated for Prix Aurora, Best Related Work category: Nothing Without Us, Cait Gordon and Talia C. Johnson

And we also got Aurora pins for being first-time nominees. So, that was pretty awesome. Nothing Without Us is a collection of 22 multigenre stories where the authors and their protagonists are disabled, Deaf, neurodiverse, Spoonie, and/or they manage mental illness. You can buy it directly from Renaisssance (in paperback, audiobook, or ebook)!

Looking forward to getting back to all the spoonie authoryness! Yes, I have decided authoryness is a word.

Cheers, and may the spoons be with you!

Cait Gordon, Editor in chief of the Spoonie Authors Network

Cait Gordon is a humorist and disability advocate who writes speculative fiction that celebrates the reality of diversity. She is the author of Life in the ’Cosm and The Stealth Lovers. Her short stories have appeared in Alice Unbound Beyond Wonderland (Ed. Colleen Anderson, Exile Editions), We Shall Be Monsters (Ed. Derek Newman-Stille, Renaissance), and Space Opera Libretti (Eds. McNett and Rossman). Cait also founded The Spoonie Authors Network and joined Kohent Talia C. Johnson to co-edit Nothing Without Us, a collection of 22 stories whose authors and protagonists identify as disabled, Deaf, neurodiverse, and/or they manage mental illness. You can connect with Cait at, or on Twitter (@CaitGAuthor).

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