Editor’s note: We thought it would be useful to feature publishing professionals who manage spoons! You can also check out our Writing Resources menu for more tips and consultants! This week, Robert Kingett answers some of our questions about user accessibility and representation of Blind characters in fiction! SpAN Editor: Can you describe the services … Continue reading
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Welcome to 2020!
SpAN Editor Cait Gordon has a few words to share about the upcoming year. Closed captioning is available for this video. Happy new year! Continue reading
SpAN Contributors Nominated for Prix Aurora Awards!
Welcome! It’s your friendly neighbourhood editor-in-spoons posting this week. Today I wanted to give a shout-out to the Spoonie Authors Network contributors who are on the ballot for the Prix Aurora Awards. This is a prestigious award for Canadian speculative fiction writing. How exciting is this? Hint: super exciting. So, let’s begin! Best Young Adult … Continue reading
Becoming a Sensitivity Editor of Indigenous Content
The thing about sensitivity editing, and looking for content that might be inaccurate or offensive, is that no particular group is a monolith. This is the thought that entered my head when I was asked to be a sensitivity editor for any Indigenous content that appeared in the forthcoming anthology, Nothing Without Us. There are … Continue reading
Disability Tropes 101: The “Tiny Tim”
The trope that I call the “Tiny Tim” is the creation by an author of a disabled character whose exclusive role is to be an object of pity and in need of charity. I have used the name of the best known of these figures from Dickens—”Tiny Tim.” Tiny Tim doesn’t have a life outside … Continue reading
How do you make *this* sexy? Why representation in fiction matters.
“How do you make this sexy?” a reader asked me, gesturing to her wheelchair in the middle of one of my sex education Q&A sessions. The question stumped me because the answer isn’t an easy one. The short version is: You don’t. There isn’t anything inherently sexy about using a wheelchair or a walker, or having … Continue reading
Tale from a Token Crip
I’m really tired of being disabled and I don’t wanna do it no more, mkay? Oh yeah, that’s not a thing. I guess I’ll just take a deep breath, use my words, and say, “WTF is the matter with you people without disabilities?” No, seriously, are you all right? Is there anyone I can call? … Continue reading