• 2015,  guest blog,  Uncategorized

    Emma, Elsewhere

    I’ve been doing lots of writing lately.  Lots of writing in places other than this.  So I thought I should probably come and share a few links here.  There are a couple more articles I’m waiting to be posted and at least one I’ve yet to write.  It’s all good writing wise so far this year but I really need to write some of my novel as I’ve not touched that since I think the day after New Year’s Day.  I don’t want to turn down blogging or writing opportunites but I may need to find some balance between those and novelling. Before Christmas I spent some time writing for…

  • 2014,  C-A-B,  campaigns,  guest blog,  I want to change the world,  mental health,  my flat,  perceptions,  personal,  perspective,  political,  success stories,  Uncategorized

    On Volunteering and Housing Day

    Today is #HousingDay (hashtag housing day) a day designed to promote social housing and highlight all it does for people in the UK, how important it is and just what the need for social housing is. I know from my own experiences just how much having access to a flat that is fully adapted to my needs, is safe and secure (in terms of both safety and tenancy) and affordable is.  It’s more than a roof over your head it’s the ability to make plans and do things and get on with your life that might otherwise be impossible. And in both parts of my CAB  role (adviser/gateway assessor and…

  • 2014,  books and reading,  guest blog,  Uncategorized

    Emma Elsewhere

    Soha, the housing association I rent from, have started a blog.  It’s called Get Greener With Soha and it’s written by staff and tenants as a place to share hints, tips, hobbies etc all around a theme of getting greener and being more sustainable. I’m one of the residents who has posting access and I’ve been writing about ways to get cheaper (or otherwise more sustainable) books – I think I’m a bit more on the sustainable is thrifty and looking for cheaper side of things than the sustainable is green side of things that a lot of the other bloggers have been going down. A couple of weeks ago…

  • 2014,  books and reading,  CP related,  disability,  disability normal,  guest blog,  Uncategorized

    Emma, Elsewhere

    If you were looking for a blog post from me today you’ll have to wander over to Disability In Kidlit where a discussion post I contributed to has just been published. Say What You Will is a YA book by Cammie McGovern where one of the main characters has CP and the other OCD.  If you’re like me and in the UK you’ll find it in book shops under the title Amy and Matthew. ***This link contains spoilers but this post on my blog hopefully doesn’t*** Emma Crees, Courtney Gilfillian, and s.e. smith review SAY WHAT YOU WILL I really enjoyed the discussion and getting to chat with Courtney and s.e. …

  • 2014,  guest blog,  Uncategorized,  writing

    Writing Tips from Andrea Murray

    As well as answering some questions for me Andrea Murray, author of Omni, also sent me some writing tips. I’ve been finding my writing hard lately so I was hoping some writing tips might help.  I think they did but I also think I’m getting a bit obsessed with getting writing tips and I probably need to just spend less time reading about how to write and more time actually doing some damn writing. But before we get to Andrea’s tips here is a quote about writing I literally just found and really liked: “The secret of being a writer: not to expect others to value what you’ve done as…

  • 2014,  current affairs,  guest blog,  Uncategorized

    One year later

    In February 2013 a woman called Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead by Oscar Pistorius.  She was his girlfriend and he admits he shot her, claiming he mistook her for an intruder.  There were a lot of problems with the way it was covered in the press and the way twitter and facebook reacted to the murder of a beautiful woman by a famous disabled man.  Misogyny, ableism and the works. At the time I wrote about it over on Bea Magazine in the post Disability and The Reeva Steenkamp murder.  I also wrote a little more about it on this blog in my post disability in the media. I never…

  • 2013,  acceptance,  benefits,  DLA,  ESA,  guest blog,  perceptions,  personal,  Uncategorized,  writing

    File this under “you couldn’t make it up.”

    Last Wednesday I got the news that I’ve been awarded ESA for two years. I’ve been put straight into the support group. It’s definitely the right decision and now I’ve had a chance to think about things and calm down I’m relieved its sorted and ok with it. But it’s not a comfortable place and if I’m completely honest I felt like I must be much more disabled than I realised. I wrote more about that, the ESA process and how it relates to me over on Bea Magazine And then yesterday I got a letter telling me about my DLA entitlement for this year. And all about how DLA…

  • 2013,  attitudes,  blogging,  campaigns,  CP related,  current affairs,  disability,  disability blogs,  disablism,  freedom,  guest blog,  interwebs,  language,  Paralympics,  political,  press,  ranting,  sailing,  Uncategorized

    Disability in the media

    I’m paying a second visit over at Bea Magazine this month.  I wrote about the disability issues which were raised by the news that paralympian Oscar Pistorius has been arrested on suspicion of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. You can read it here: Disability and the Reeva Steenkamp Murder The coverage of disability in the media has always been problematic but I’m really hoping this might be the beginning of it changing. I suspect that it’s more likely that it will change the way violence against women is covered by the media than disability.  Still I hope. Last year I was asked to speak to the local paper about my…

  • 2013,  acceptance,  antidepressants,  courage,  depression,  difficulties,  fluoxetine,  guest blog,  meds,  mental health,  normal,  Sertraline,  sharing,  treatment,  Uncategorized,  writing

    Talking, Ten Years Later

    It’s that time of the month again when I mosey on over to Bea Magazine and share what I’m thinking, feeling, doing, whatever with them. I don’t like February. There have been a lot of tough times in previous ones and there are several anniversaries now in a short time. It’s been long enough now that most of their sting has gone but still it lurks. This year I remembered the dates but it wasn’t until several days into the month when I wondered why I felt down and put it together that its often a time I struggle. Yesterday marked 10 years since I was first diagnosed with depression.…