• 2013,  carnivals,  disability blog carnival,  disability blogs,  Uncategorized

    The Disability Blog Carnival

    Just quickly because there was a question in my comments: The disability blog carnival is technically still running. However there really haven’t been any submissions (1 since I took over in January) so it didn’t happen in February. I do have a pile of links I found and plan to post them soon but the past week got away from me and I didn’t have the capacity. I’m keen to keep this going if possible. Submissions via email to ejcrees@gmail.com or twitter @funkyfairy22

  • 2013,  Uncategorized,  you know you've got CP

    You Know You’ve Got CP When…

    …You go somewhere you’ve been literally hundreds of times over the years and discover they’ve made what you’re pretty convinced they thought were cosmetic changes (and possibly for safety) and in the process have screwed up their access. *** …you get to listen to five minutes of someone else’s mobile phone conversation. Because apparently the new place to have private conversations on your phone is the disabled loo. The look on their face when they realised they’d kept a wheelchair user waiting and that I’d heard most of her conversation was priceless. *** …you ask someone about access for something they’re planning and also double check it yourself just to…

  • 2013,  books and reading,  Uncategorized,  you know...

    You Know You’re A Book Blogger When…

    It’s 9pm Wednesday night. You’re going away for the weekend first thing Friday morning. And Thursday will be busy. And whilst you have started getting ready all you’ve actually done is sort out your reading material. But just to be sure you’re still hunting online in case there’s anything better. What? You mean most people pack clothes first? What’s the point of that? 😉

  • 2013,  acceptance,  access,  awareness,  blogging,  campaigns,  courage,  CP related,  current affairs,  difficulties,  disability,  disability normal,  disability rights,  freedom,  frustrations,  hopes and dreams,  I want to change the world,  identity,  Uncategorized

    In which I ramble and am grouchy when it comes to “awareness”

    (I was going to title this “why I’m not blogging about CP awareness day” and then I realised that by writing this I pretty much was blogging about CP awareness day just not in the way most people are and that would be a pointless title) So. Word on the street the internet is that 25th March is CP awareness day. i.e. that tomorrow is CP awareness day. Except,  to me, it’s not, really.  It’s national CP awareness day in the US.  I’m not in the US and I sometimes feel like the entirety of the fucking internet resolves around people from the US  and that those of us not…

  • 2013,  books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    Geek Girl by Holly Smale

    I received a free copy of Geek Girl by Holly Smale for review from the publisher.  As always my reviews are my thoughts and opinions and are not influenced by the fact I was asked to write them. They are however an attempt to be fair. “My name is Harriet Manners, and I am a geek.” Harriet Manners knows that a cat has 32 muscles in each ear, a “jiffy” lasts 1/100th of a second, and the average person laughs 15 times per day. She knows that bats always turn left when exiting a cave and that peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite. But she doesn’t know why…

  • 2013,  books and reading,  reviews,  Star Trek,  Uncategorized

    Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Stuff of Dreams by James Swallow

    I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Stuff of Dreams by James Swallow.  It’s a new ebook only Star Trek novella of roughly 100 pages and it’s coming out on March 25th. The Enterprise-E arrives in unclaimed space for a rendezvous with the Starfleet science vessel Newton. Jean-Luc Picard and his crew have been ordered to assist the Newton with the final phase of its current mission—a mission that brings Picard face to face with something he never thought he would see again: the phenomenon known as the Nexus. Less than twelve years after it left the Alpha Quadrant, the Nexus…

  • 2013,  acceptance,  benefits,  DLA,  ESA,  guest blog,  perceptions,  personal,  Uncategorized,  writing

    File this under “you couldn’t make it up.”

    Last Wednesday I got the news that I’ve been awarded ESA for two years. I’ve been put straight into the support group. It’s definitely the right decision and now I’ve had a chance to think about things and calm down I’m relieved its sorted and ok with it. But it’s not a comfortable place and if I’m completely honest I felt like I must be much more disabled than I realised. I wrote more about that, the ESA process and how it relates to me over on Bea Magazine And then yesterday I got a letter telling me about my DLA entitlement for this year. And all about how DLA…

  • 2013,  50 Questions,  Uncategorized

    50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind – Question 2

    In 2011 I came accross 50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind I was very intrigued by the questions and decided to start answering them on my blog. I only actually answered the 1st three before abandoning the project but it’s something I’ve wanted to restart for a while. Having just decided to restart I chose to answer the questions I did before as well as the others but I didn’t read what I wrote in 2011 until after I finished writing this. WHICH IS WORSE: FAILING OR NEVER TRYING For the most part I’d say never trying is worse than failing.  I’ve done many things that I’ve found difficult.  I’ve…

  • 2013,  blogging,  books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    Days Like These by Kristian and Rachel Anderson

    I received a review copy of Days Like These: a life cut short by cancer, a love that touched the world by Kristian and Rachel Anderson and spent a few hours yesterday morning curled up in bed reading it.  I’d decided that I wanted to read lots in honour of World Book Day and this definitely the right book to choose for that! When Kristian Anderson received the diagnosis that every devoted husband and father fears, he refused to resign himself silently to fate. He began a brave and candid blog as he underwent treatment for cancer: sharing the joy of each small victory, the devastation in every setback, and…