• Uncategorized

    Reasons why Emma isn’t blogging

    I was talking about this blogtober challenge at my writers group yesterday. Saying how I either need to start blogging again properly or give it up, not keep posting apologies and excuses. This challenge will be kill or cure for my “bloggers block” I reckon. But today was very much a day not designed for blogging. It was a day for only a little internet. For time spent wandering round a bookshop (only to leave empty handed). For lunch with a friend, followed by a large glass of wine at 2pm. For starting a new book on the train to lunch and finishing it once I got home. For entirely…

  • 2018,  Poetry

    A Poem, Perhaps?

    Facebook tells me today Is National Poetry Day Twitter tells me October Is Blogtober It makes me Wonder How I ever Found anything Out Before Social Media (But I digress) The two collide And it feels like I should Write poems Not blogs Today I sometimes Write poems But mostly I don’t Write poems I love to Write poems Occasionally But I Rarely want to Google tells me This years theme Is change But perhaps The fact I’m Writing this Is change enough (I haven’t written A poem Since June And hadn’t planned To write one This soon) I’ve done poetry Workshops Learnt Some types And rules Acrostic, Haiku Sonnet…

  • 2018,  NaNoWriMo,  writing

    Yet another thing I failed at

    I am very good at saying I’m going to do stuff. I’m good at the planning. I’m very bad at actually following through and doing what I set out to. Particularly when it comes to writing. Every new year since probably 2014 I’ve declared that this is going to be the year that ends with me having written a first draft of a novel. And every year has ended with me declaring that actually, no, I’m going to achieve it next year. I haven’t written any of a novel this year. I said I was going to, but I haven’t yet. But I am planning to take part in NaNoWriMo…

  • 2018,  access

    Allegedly Accessible

    There’s something of a myth that everywhere has to have wheelchair access now because “the law requires it.” In reality, the law (Equality Act, 2010 which replaced various antidiscrimination laws including the Disability Discrimination Act) requires companies and venues to make “reasonable adjustments”. So they can argue there’s no demand for adaptations or it’s too expensive to do so. And in practice it often takes someone arguing for improved access or even the threat of court to get it. The reality of my life as a wheelchair user is that things are a lot more accessible and inclusive than they were when I was a child, but no where near…

  • 2018,  attitudes,  disability

    Blogging and Blogtober

    I have been thinking a lot about blogging lately (and about writing in general). And I came to many conclusions, the main one of which was I don’t want to stop blogging. So I decided that I would take part in #Blogtober this month (blogging everyday) because if that doesn’t help me find my love for blogging again, nothing will. (One of these days I’m going to look back and see how many times I’ve shared similar thoughts on here in the last three or so years. Probably an embarrassing number of times). My bio on Facebook describes me as “writer, blogger, reader, adviser, crafter, reviewer, wheelchair user, advocate, crip.”…