• 2018,  quotes,  thinking,  writing

    A Writing Quote

    A daily commitment to writing seems to be doing me a lot of good.  I’ve spent almost 5 hours on writing and writing related things (editing mostly but some research) over the last two days.  And maybe something will come of it, maybe it won’t. I just read an interesting quote about writing from Ray Bradbury and I wanted to share it here so I can remember it and find it again when I want it. “If you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling. You must write every single day of your life.…

  • 2015,  acceptance,  attitudes,  books and reading,  disability,  fiction,  language,  quotes,  Uncategorized

    “Special Needs”

    Language around disability is a really tricky thing. Some terms are acceptable to some people and completely unacceptable to others. Some are fine for disabled people to use amongst themselves or to refer to themselves but problematic when used by strangers.  And there are times when disabled people argue amongst themselves about the terms.  People first language and identity first language are two of the biggest culprit’s there. One term that I’ve been saying I don’t like and arguing against for the last few years is “special needs”  I can explain why I don’t like it but it’s something I find others always agree with although some people do come…

  • 2014,  disability,  quotes,  Uncategorized

    We’re all going on a quote hunt

    I’ve been looking at disability statistics lately.  I wanted one particularly statistic and ended up getting sucked in by several different ones.  But that’s a story for a different blog entry.  One that I don’t feel like writing right now.  I was then thinking about one of those statistics and thinking that I’ve read a quote similar to it.  I was pretty sure I’d shared it here so I went hunting through my quote entries.  I don’t think it actually is here but I found several I’d forgotten about and thought I’d reshare. “If someone asked you ‘can you swim a mile?’ you’d say ‘nah’. But if you found yourself…

  • 2014,  books and reading,  disability,  memories,  quotes,  Uncategorized

    The Memory Book by Rowan Coleman

    So I made a conscious decision that I wasn’t going to go on NetGalley for a while.  And I was really good.  I didn’t go on it and I ignored all their emails inviting me to read books and suggesting ones I’d like.  Then at stupid o’clock last Saturday night/Sunday morning when I really should have been in bed I decided enough was enough and I’d go and see what books they had that I might be able to review. And so my quick five minutes look before bed turned even longer when I requested All The Books.  Several I was turned down for but luckily for me Ebury approved…

  • 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


    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,  photos,  quotes,  sailing,  Uncategorized


    “Sunset and evening star, And one clear call for me! And may there be no moaning of the bar, When I put out to sea” Alfred, Lord Tennyson (visual description: two photos of the sunset over the reservoir after sailing this evening. The top one was taken earlier so the sun is higher and reflected on the water. In the foreground some people appear in silhouette. The second was taken perhaps 15 minutes later. The sun is much lower and the clouds are more obvious. Our accessible pontoon is in the foreground. These are the same photos I posted on Facebook earlier). ♥ Emma

  • 2012,  acceptance,  advocacy,  honesty,  quotes,  Uncategorized


    Quitting is not giving up, it can be choosing to focus your attention on something more important. Quitting is not losing confidence, it’s realizing that there are more valuable ways you can spend your time. Quitting is not making excuses; it’s learning to be more productive, efficient and effective instead. Quitting is letting go of things (or people) that are sucking the life out of you so you can do more things that will bring you strength.” ~ Osayi Osar-Emokpae. ♥ Emma

  • 2012,  quotes,  Uncategorized

    A few quotes

    I have a free quote of the day app on my iPad. It shows three quotes at a time. Today’s, yesterday’s and a random one. Today I thought all three were worth sharing. “One man with courage makes a majority” ~ Andrew Jackson “Success isn’t the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.” ~ Arnold H Glasow “For everything you miss you gain something else and for everything you gain you miss something else.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • 100 days of writing,  2012,  courage,  disability,  quotes,  Uncategorized

    >The Lion’s Den

    >I was thinking about my favourite quote earlier because it’s part of my focus for the year (something I need to blog more about). This is inspired by that quote and I hope it works. The quote is right at the end of the piece. I think it’s a great one for disabled people like me. Also: day 7 of my 100 days of writing! Given the level my depression was at the fact I’ve made it this far is huge. I really wanted to do this but equally I wasn’t sure I could. It has been tough to find the motivation on several of he days but once I…

  • quotes,  Uncategorized


    >I’ve always loved quotes.  I’ve loved them for as long as I can remember.  And on and off since I was 13 or 14 I’ve kept journals of quotes.  At the moment I’ve not got a quotes book on the go and haven’t for a long time.  It’s something I really want to start again however.  I love the moment when I read something and it just clicks, calls to me even and means something to me.  It might be that it makes me laugh, it might make me think, it might sum up what I want to say or how I’m feeling or it might fit a particular situation.…