• 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…

  • 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…

  • 2018,  books and reading,  reviews

    The Manhattan Project by Paul McNeive

    Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for The Manhattan Project by Paul McNeive. This thriller is being published today and Black and White Publishing kindly sent me an advance copy for review. Here is the blurb: New York City is under attack. Millions may die. But the enemy’s weapons are invisible, undetectable and creating terror at lightning speed. Now, there’s nothing to stand in their way … A Hiroshima survivor turned criminal mastermind Pharma industry fat cats corrupted by big money A Libyan fast food entrepreneur coerced by threats to his family A New York cop falling fast for an elusive beauty Visitors to Tokyo from the desolate…

  • 2018,  C-A-B,  Crochet,  Decopatch,  musicals,  NaNo,  NaNoWriMo,  writing

    Random Bullet Points of Life

    For the little things in life worth recording but possibly not worth a full entry I usually tell people that if an entry appears on my blog before about 9:30 it’s because I wrote it in advance and scheduled it.  But it’s 08:42 and I’m actually writing this live so to say.  I’m waiting for carer, it’s been put back to just after 9 today. Lately I have not been reading.  I did just start an audiobook which I like (Where Love Lies by Julie Cohen which I got from the e-library). And I must finish my library ebook this morning as the time on it runs out just after…

  • 2018,  fiction,  Flash Fiction,  writing,  writing prompts

    Flash Fiction: Friends Request

    My writers group have started posting a monthly prompt competition for a piece of no more than 500 words.  I submitted this for the March competition and was unsuccessful so thought I would share it here instead.  It’s the first time I entered – it was given as an exercise at the flash fiction workshop  I went to at the end of February (as the tutor was the one who set that prompt and did this month’s judging) and I wrote it there and then typed it up and tweaked it to submit to the competion.  The prompt was “The Last Request” Friends Request Claire smiled when she saw the…