• acceptance,  advocacy,  attitudes,  awareness,  courage,  disability,  Disability Glossary,  honesty,  I want to change the world,  perceptions,  perspective,  tv,  Uncategorized

    Inspiration Porn

    Tonight is the yearly Children in Need appeal here in the UK. BBC One is taken over by a telethon for about seven hours. The idea is to raise money to help disadvantaged children. So you see video clips of children from other countries walking miles for water, young carers helping their mum or dad and disabled children doing things too. And it’s a given that those children will either look sad or have their story told using emotive language such as “suffers from…” Or “whilst other children are playing little Johnny must…” Interspersed with those clips are famous people doing silly stuff, frequent updates on how much has been…

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    With All My Love by Patricia Scanlan

    I picked up an advance copy of With All My Love by Patricia Scanlan when I went to the Simon and Schuster blogger event. The book is coming out in February 2013. I read quite a few Patricia Scanlan books when I was younger but haven’t read any for several years. I’m glad I got the chance to rediscover her writing with this book! It’s about three generations of women, the secrets they keep and what happens when one is discovered. And it does it really well. I expected there to be lots of angst and difficulties in the book and whilst they are both there they aren’t the main…

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    You Know You’ve Got CP When…

    …your wheelchair breaks and you don’t call the NHS out of hours repair service because its the weekend and it doesn’t seem bad enough to bother them. When the technician finally comes several days later he tells you to always call with that issue even out of hours because it needs sorting quick. In fact they consider the chair unusable with that problem. Then a year later you have the exact same problem on a Friday afternoon and they tell you to wait until Monday. Even when you push them and they say they’ll double check and call back the answer still ends up being you need to wait until…

  • 2012,  blogging,  books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    Simon and Schuster Autumn Blogger Event

    I went to a blogger event hosted by Simon and Schuster yesterday. It was a lot of fun! They had an author panel with four different authors (Ali Harris, Robert Ryan, Dean Crawford and Wendy Wallace) for an hour or so and I got a couple of questions answered. I asked about the best and worst things about being a writer and how to keep motivated on bad days. It was interesting to hear their answers and also with the motivation one to see some similarities with how I try to find motivation – particularly the going to write somewhere out of the house one that I use at times.…