• 2012,  disability,  language,  Uncategorized,  wheelchair

    >The Meaning of Wheelchair User #wheelchair #language #disability #disability #CP

    >I’ve been thinking for a while that there needs to be a different term to wheelchair user. I spend 99% of my waking hours in my wheelchair. I can stand to transfer but I need to get my chair right by the bed or the loo or whatever. The thing I’m transferring to needs to be the right height and also stable. In the bathroom I have to have grab rails and with them I can take a couple of steps. If I stay in a hotel I have to a room with a wheel in / level access shower. That’s what I mean when I say “I’m a wheelchair…

  • 100 days of writing,  2012,  haiku,  Poetry,  Uncategorized,  writing

    >A Few Haiku #poetry #100daysofwriting #haiku #amwriting

    >One of the things I’ve been hoping that will come out of this 100 days of writing project is that I’ll be stretched as a writer. And that’s definitely happening, the daily commitment is tough to maintain. But I’m enjoying it and I think the discipline of it is helping me a lot. I want to be stretched as a writer in other ways though. One of the things I’ve always struggled with is set forms of poetry. And particularly haiku. I get confused by the syllables and knowing how many a word has. I really want to get the hang of it because I think it’s something that could…

  • 100 days of writing,  2012,  Poetry,  Uncategorized

    >Decisions #100daysofwriting #amwriting #poetry

    >I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about various things over the weekend which has inspired this poem. My thinking hasn’t resulted in any real decisions as yet. It seems I can write about them but not make them today. Decisions Definitely Maybe Slowly Quickly Life flashing byInformation hits meComing from all anglesBlink and you’ll miss it Up Down In Out Don’t know what to doInformation overloadThere’s a need to filterBut scared to miss out Today Tomorrow Me You Decisions decisionsChoices aboundReasons for thisReasons for that Yes No Left Right Is it a good idea?Or is it a bad?Too many choicesDrives me mad Forward Back Inside Out Life and deathWorries…

  • 2012,  books and reading,  Uncategorized

    >Things What I Have Been Reading – January 2012 #fridayreads, #readingchallenge

    >I know! A blog entry that isn’t writing related! Nobody faint now… I thought it would be interesting to blog about the books I’ve been reading (other than books in given to review I mean) this year. So here goes The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender I loved this book but having tried and failed twice to explain it to friends I fear I won’t be able to do it justice. This was a little bit slower to get started than I’d expected but it certainly packed a punch. It really reminded me of The Time Travellers Wife but more in the feel of the book than…

  • 100 days of writing,  2012,  Uncategorized

    >Appearances Can Be Deceiving #100daysofwriting #amwriting #sailing

    >Day 10 of my 100 days of writing. This is my attempt at a piece with more description of the setting. It’s an amalgamation of a couple of the places I’ve sailed and a bit of artistic license. Appearances Can Be Deceiving With its bare trees and complete lack of flowers at first the reservoir seems like a completely desolate place. The high winds whipping through your hair on this cold winters day add to that as you develop a feeling of being chilled to the bone. A sewage works looms in one corner of the grounds. Ugly, noisy and occasionally wafting an unidentifiable yet disgusting smell your way. Everyone…

  • 100 days of writing,  2012,  Uncategorized

    >The Story of a Writer #100daysofwriting, #amwriting, #writetip, #writersblock

    >100 days of writing day 9. I started writing about writing and finding it hard tonight – something that was recommended in the creative writing class I took if you ever got stuck. It’s not a technique I’ve tried before but it definitely worked. I’d be very keen to hear feedback on this or any of my other pieces. The Story of a Writer Sitting there. Writing. Knowing that the words would flow easily once they started. But getting started feels almost impossible. So that should probably be sitting there, not writing. Got to be honest after all. Wanting to write, needing to write. Longing to write, having to write.…

  • 100 days of writing,  2012,  Poetry,  Uncategorized

    >Service #100daysofwriting #customerservice #poetry #amwriting

    >Day 8 of my 100 days of writing. 1 week down, 13 and a bit to go (having just worked that out I’m glad I didn’t do so earlier). Today I have experienced good service. And also some bad service this evening where promises weren’t lived up to. It was very much a no harm, no foul situation but it left me frustrated. This was what I came up with for my writing. I guess you might call it a poem of sorts. Service Smart sensible strong supportive serviceEasy economical eager established everywhere Ready raring responsive revitalising recommendedViable varied valuable vital village-like Isolated instrumental inestimable intense invaluableCaring complex complete clear…

  • 100 days of writing,  2012,  courage,  disability,  quotes,  Uncategorized

    >The Lion’s Den

    >I was thinking about my favourite quote earlier because it’s part of my focus for the year (something I need to blog more about). This is inspired by that quote and I hope it works. The quote is right at the end of the piece. I think it’s a great one for disabled people like me. Also: day 7 of my 100 days of writing! Given the level my depression was at the fact I’ve made it this far is huge. I really wanted to do this but equally I wasn’t sure I could. It has been tough to find the motivation on several of he days but once I…

  • 100 days of writing,  2012,  Uncategorized

    >Knowledge Is Power #fiction #100daysofwriting #amwriting, #character

    >Day six of my 100 days of writing and a piece partially written earlier this evening whilst I was setting a new goal in my standing frame (37 mins). I’m back to fiction today. This is very rough and I think it’s much more of a character sketch than anything else. I’ve called it knowledge is power for no reason other than its better than leaving it untitled. I think I might return to this/these characters in future. I’ve no idea where they came from but they intrigue me. Knowledge is Power “You can’t give up hope just because it’s hopeless.” “what the hell does that mean” Jan asked Abby…