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    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.”…

  • 2018,  Poetry,  writing,  writing prompts

    Instructions for a Wedding Speech

    This was supposed to be my entry for the Didcot Writers monthly competition back in June but I forgot to submit it. The theme was ‘toast’ Instructions for a Wedding Speech Rather than have a best man panicking About having to make a toast I thought I’d offer instructions Speaking in front of a crowd is scary Even when you do it all the time You should Open with a joke Understand your audience Regale with tales of years gone by. Give them a toast to remember Let the couple know you care A hope, dream or wish Should be shared Speak from the heart Eloquence is required Some gentle…

  • 2018,  creative,  disability,  disability normal,  things that make me smile,  yayness

    Unlimited Festival 2018

    On Wednesday, a friend and I went to London to visit Unlimited Festival at The Southbank Centre. Unlimited is a festival of disability arts. We saw a variety of different art exhibits. One was a messy house, meant to represent how the artist’s disability means she struggles with cleaning. The different fabrics and wallpapers had bright patterns, inspired by the dirt in her own home. Another was pictures by two people with learning disabilities who had spent a year exploring London and based the pictures on that. One, Ian Wornast, had drawn map like layouts in what appeared to be felt tip. I think they were my favourite. The big…

  • 2018,  access,  customer service

    The same bad service

    We have a new extension to the shopping centre here. It opened a few months ago and it’s disappointing. It’s rather empty and most of the shops that were talked about haven’t come. But a week or two ago the much hyped Nandos finally opened. I don’t get the big deal about Nandos but admittedly I’ve only been once or twice and that was years ago. My route to and from CAB takes me past it so I’d been occasionally noticing progress and looking forward to seeing if it’s worth the hype. Then it began to look more and more like they’d taken their perfectly accessible new building and made…

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    In which I’ve become one of those stories

    When I was looking to buy my Quickie Salsa in 2012 I had to go to a new supplier. I’ve used them ever since. It’s a family business and the guy who owns it brought me the demo chair out. He told me a bit about the business, a lot about the chair, and a few stories. The chair they did this to, the customer they did that for. About the techs going to rescue people whose chairs broke down and giving people a lift home if they were local and could get in a van. And one mostly irrelevant story about a friend of his with Spina Bifida. Sometime…

  • 2018,  books and reading,  reviews

    The Gravity of Love by Noelle Harrison

    I received a free review copy of The Gravity of Love by Noelle Harrison and am taking part in the blog tour today. In love, there’s no such thing as a coincidence … Scottsville, Arizona, 1989 In small-town America, Joy Sheldon loves the plants that bloom in the desert but longs too for the sea’s elemental wildness. It’s a dream never realised – and now, facing the brutal truth that her husband is a cheat, Joy learns of unimaginable secrets in her early life. Riven by betrayal and loss, a chance encounter with the enigmatic Lewis, Joy embarks on a journey to seek her true identity – and to discover…