• 2012,  disability,  Disability Glossary,  disability rights,  good things,  Uncategorized,  writing

    Nothing About Us Without Us

    I’m trying to work my way through a series of disability specific terms and especially some disability specific concepts and define them for my blog. A sort of glossary of disability according to Emma if you will. I’ve also been asked to contribute monthly to Bea Magazine. My first piece went up there today and happily the subject I wanted to write about for them is also something I would have written about in my disability glossary. (Although I hadn’t actually planned for it to me the next entry in my glossary). I’m sure all of my readers are now breathing a sigh of relief that they don’t have to…

  • 2012,  acceptance,  advocacy,  Attempts at World Domination,  current affairs,  disability,  Uncategorized

    International Day of Persons with Disabilities

    Today is the UNs annual International Day of Persons with Disabilities.  That’s a very medical model term (although I suspect it was changed because it’s “people first language”) and I’m much more of a social model girl so I shall henceforth refer to it as a day of Disabled People. The UN statistics state that 1 billion people worldwide have a disability or approximately 15% of the population.  I don’t know how they’ve classified disability but I have to say whilst the 1 billion figure feels right to me based on previous figures I’ve heard, I was a little surprised it was so low as 15%. I realise this makes…

  • 2012,  Uncategorized

    Random Bullet Points of Life

    I’m getting over a nasty cold but it didn’t go to my chest and I didn’t need antibiotics.  Lots of win there. Depression and low mood have been a big issue in the last few days.  I think not getting out and feeling ill have had a lot to do with that. I’m in the middle of the IB to ESA transfer and it’s horrific.  Mum and I finished the form today and she asked if I wanted to put anything in the “any other info box” and all I could say was “i’m just done with it.” I really did want to write in that box “yes I have…

  • 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.…

  • 2012,  acceptance,  access,  discrimination,  freedom,  friends,  frustrations,  I want to change the world,  influences,  Life,  mental health,  nano group,  personal,  powerchair,  Quickie Salsa,  quotes,  Uncategorized

    Rekindled

    I’m reading a good book at the moment.  I hope to finish it tonight and I’ll review it for my blog in the next few days most likely.  When I flicked to the back to see how many pages it has I noticed that on the page after the end of the story there is the following quote. “Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light.” Albert Schweitzer I’ve had a tough year I think it’s fair to say.  And things are greatly improving and I feel like I’m not in…

  • 2012,  nano group,  NaNoWriMo,  short story,  Uncategorized,  writing prompts

    This is the story of…

    We played Consequences at the NaNoWriMo kick off meet up today. It was pretty funny and I said I’d record them for posterity. I figured my blog was a better place for them than the forum as things get lost on there! This is the story of how Bugs Bunny met Goldilocks on Red Dwarf. He said “I’d kill for a slice of that pie.” She said “Hush you!” And they got lost in the forest and found the witches house. — This is the story of how Reginald Harris met Marilyn Monroe at the circus. He said “Have you ever seen Mamma Mia?” She said “How RUDE!” And that’s…

  • 2012,  action3,  Quickie Salsa,  ranting,  Uncategorized,  wheelchair

    Wheelchair Etiquette

    Every so often I see articles doing the rounds online about dos and don’ts for dealing with us wheelchair users.  I don’t agree with a lot of things those include.  I was thinking about writing my own version but basically it comes down to Be aware of the persons preferrence – a lot of these articles say you should get down on wheelchair height if at all possible when talking to a wheelie.  I prefer that people remain standing – or sitting whatever they were doing.  I’m not a fan of the crouched down beside me making a special effort thing.  I’m not just saying that because of the seat…

  • 2012,  acceptance,  attitudes,  crafts,  customer service,  disability,  Uncategorized

    The need to be grateful

    I went shopping in a brand new craft shop last week.  It had one of those lifts where just the platform moves and you have to hold the button down the whole time.  It was also one where you have to open the door yourself. And on the ground floor it had a ramp up to it.  I got another customer to open the door for me so I could go in it and then backed my chair into the door so I could open it at the top And when I came down I grabbed a member of staff and asked for help.  She offered to come down in…

  • 2012,  books and reading,  Uncategorized

    Readathon October 2012

    This is my third readathon.  After my first one I thought that whilst I enjoyed dedicating a lot of time on one day to reading I wasn’t sure I’d take part in an actual readathon again.  Clearly I was wrong.  I’ll come back to this post a few times throughout the day and edit in what I’m reading and updates and the like. So far: First I read Heather Leaves School by Elinor M Brent Dyer.  That’s one of the La Rochelle books and is new to me.  I grew up on her Chalet School ones and loved them (still do!) but these are much better in my opinion.  I…