• 2014,  attitudes,  awareness,  campaigns,  CP related,  disability,  disability normal,  disablism,  internet,  interwebs,  medical model,  perspective,  ranting,  social model,  twitter,  Uncategorized

    In which I get Ranty

    (subtitle: and lose my shit all over the Internet.) This is ridiculous. In fact It’s the most stupid thing ever and frankly I probably shouldn’t dignify it with a response but I can’t let it go. There’s an American company called 3eLove. They sell a range of products with their logo on – the logo is a wheelchair symbol like you see on many different things but with the wheel replaced with a heart. It’s called the wheelchair heart.  I can’t remember if I’ve blogged about it before or not. Their products have a variety of slogans on as well as the wheelchair heart.  In 2012 my parents gave me…

  • 2013,  Attempts at World Domination,  creative,  ranting,  thinking,  Uncategorized,  writing

    On being a writer

    I know you want to sing. See. I love to sing. Nothing makes me happier.I either wanted to be a singer or the head of the Ice Capades. Hey. Do you know who the Ice Capades are? Don’t roll your eyes. They were very cool. I went to my mother who gave me this book…called Letters To A Young Poet. Rainer Maria Rilke. He’s a fabulous writer. A fellow used to write to him and say: “I want to be a writer. Please read my stuff.” And Rilke says to this guy: “Don’t ask me about being a writer. lf when you wake up in the morning you can think…

  • 2013,  acceptance,  access,  argh,  attitudes,  CP related,  difficulties,  disability,  drama,  frustrations,  powerchair,  Quickie Salsa,  ranting,  sarcasm,  so you had a bad day,  things people say,  Uncategorized,  wheelchair

    A word of advice

    For those who don’t know me. Don’t try offering me unsolicited advice or helpful suggestions about my wheelchair and then go off on me when I tell you’re wrong and calmly explain the reasons why I do what I do and/or can’t do anything else. Telling me where you saw me cross the road is dangerous is one thing. Repeatedly screeching at me that I’m going to get myself killed when I tell you its the only place I can is upsetting. And talking to me like I’m stupid and telling me that I do have a choice and could cross the road elsewhere is another that shouldn’t happen. Suggesting…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • lists,  ranting,  Uncategorized

    >Grumpy Gripping Girl

    >Things that have annoyed me today: Being messed around Cold Callers Bad English. Lack of Professionalism People not taking access into account being told to be flexible. A nose bleed Burning my finger Bad justification Arrangements being made about me without my being consulted Good Things about today: No Chocolate I sat outside reading Getting a free book to review from WHSmith.co.uk via Twitter.  No idea what, just hope it’s not the same as the one I got from Waterstones! All content copyright Emma Crees, 2006 – 2012 unless otherwise stated http://writerinawheelchair.blogspot.com

  • depression,  disability,  meds,  NaNoDiYe,  ranting,  Uncategorized

    >Ugh, annoyed

    >In the past two days I have not met any of my three daily goals. Ugh. The goals are daily meds 10 minutes of exercise 2L of water And in fact, I have had nothing to drink today but coke and a tiny amount of bitter lemon first thing. I’m gonna go have a glass of water and my meds in a min. Basically some of you will know that a couple of somethings I can’t blog about happened and got me very down. And then I get annoyed with myself for still being upset because the other people involved will have moved on and really it’s not my problem.…