• 2014,  books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    Doctor January by Rhoda Baxter

    Earlier this year Rhoda Baxter kindly sent me a copy of her first book Patently in Love (since republished as Girl on The Run) to review and I really enjoyed it – my review is here.  She also answered some questions for me and was my first ever author interview on my blog – read that here.  A few months later I read her second book Having a Ball, flew threw it in one day on the trains to and from London and found it loads of fun (no review on this blog but I did post a few thoughts on goodreads).  So when she e-mailed to tell me her…

  • 2014,  sailing,  Uncategorized

    Random Bullet Points of Life

    Random Bullet Points of Life: for those bits of life that I want to record but which probably don’t merit their own blog entry. And/or are too long for tweets! + Novel writing continues.  I’ve almost definitely set myself too much of a goal in too short a period and it’s not going as fast as I’d like.  But I’ve got stuff I like done and I’m pleased with that. + The sailing season is nearly over.  I’ve had a couple of really long sails in the past couple of weeks which were good.  Both longer than I expected because I’d been convinced it’d be a case of on the…

  • 2014,  disability,  things people say,  Uncategorized

    Polite Small Talk

    I meet usually at least two new people each week through CAB.  If I see them as clients I can often find out a lot about them.  They rarely learn much about me.  I do tell them my  name but often that and the fact I’m sat there in a powerchair is all they learn about me. I also do resident involvement stuff with the housing association I rent from.  I’ve made one really good friend through that and I’m friendly with several others.  But I’ve met loads of people there.  And also because I’ve done disability awareness talks there for staff and tenants there have been a few occasions…

  • 2014,  antidepressants,  depression,  fluoxetine,  honesty,  meds,  mental health,  personal,  Sertraline,  things people say,  treatment,  Uncategorized

    Apparently people with mental health problems just need to “tell someone”

    So Robin Williams has died.  Suicide.  And that’s sad as any death is. Facebook is full of posts with his picture sharing phone numbers and websites of helplines.  Ones telling people that “suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.”  And declarations that if you’re feeling down, if you have depression to make sure you tell someone.  Friend’s saying that they hope their friends feel capable of telling them.  And similar on twitter and other places. Here’s the thing: I have a depression diagnosis and I have a lot of anxiety at times which has been recognised by medics although it’s never been given a label like GAD (generalised…

  • 2014,  books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    Worlds Apart by Ber Carroll

    I received a free review copy of Worlds Apart by Ber Carroll.  My review isn’t in any way influenced by the fact I was asked to write it.  It may however by somewhat influenced by the fact that I’m hurting a lot right now and have take a whack of painkillers.  Writing this review is distracting me while I wait for them to kick in but I’m worried I might not do Worlds Apart justice. If you could imagine that my enthusiasm for this book is much more than it’s coming across as, that would be excellent. Here’s the blurb from the back: Two women worlds apart … one secret…

  • 2014,  books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    The Way You Look Tonight by Richard Madeley

    Simon and Schuster kindly sent me a free copy of The Way You Look Tonight by Richard Madeley (in fact they very kindly sent me two copies because the first got lost in the post) so I could read it and then review it on my blog.  This is Richard Madeley’s second novel, I reviewed the first, Someday I’ll Find You last year. The Way You Look Tonight is a sort of sequel to Someday I’ll Find You in that Stella, the main character appears in both books.  She’s a child in  Someday I’ll Find You and The Way You Look Tonight is set ten ish years later when she’s…

  • 2014,  Uncategorized

    Social Justice Can Be Exhausting

    I believe, truly and passionately, in the concept of social justice.  Social justice is defined (by wikipedia) as a political philosophy that values equality and solidarity. Rather than being a specifically disability thing it’s about equality for whatever reason be that sexuality, gender, race, health, disability or whatever other group I’ve not mentioned.  It’s the same as believing in disability rights but different in that it takes it further. But there’s the thing.  I’ve in the last few days had inappropriate comments (and in one case actions) made to me because of my disability.  I tweeted a bit about one of the incidents earlier.  I’ve also had well meaning but…

  • 2014,  Uncategorized,  writing

    Chasing a dream

    I’ve always wanted to write.  It’s been a dream of mine for a long time to have a book published.  It’s not one I’ve worked on very consistantly over the years but I love to write and I’ve dreamt of author moments. I’m trying at the moment to use the daily writing mojo I built up doing the book a day prompts to make a big dent into the novel I’ve been planning to write all year. I set a goal at the beginning of the year to have a complete draft by the end of the year and unless I get my act into gear that goal isn’t going…

  • 2014,  disability,  Uncategorized,  wheelchair

    On knowing other wheelchair users

    Recently I was in a coffee shop waiting for a friend.  I’d gone a bit early to do some writing (which didn’t happen in the end) and as I was queuing for a drink a very vague acquaintance was in the queue in front of me.  They turned and said Hi. I said hello and asked how they were and we chatted a bit.  Briefly but friendly, but not really involved.  I don’t know this person and I don’t think we have much in common so I guess that’s how that’s going to stay. They then mentioned having seen someone we both know recently who for the purposes of this…