A Spoonie Year in Review and Warm Holiday Wishes
Annual review / Represention / 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

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

Everyone Remembers Their First Time…
cons / Represention / 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 / Represention / 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

I’ve Zipped Through Gynecological Surgery
cancer / Living fully / Migraines / Spoonie Challenges / Writing journey

I’ve Zipped Through Gynecological Surgery

Okay, Susan, cut to the chase. For those of you who read my last post, Today’s Letter is “C”, you might remember that I’ve been spending way, way, way too much time visiting the gynecological oncologist and was heading in for a complete hysterectomy because there were some suspicious growths, particularly a neoplasm on my … Continue reading