Introduction

Disability issues are something that I am passionate about.   Here you’ll find my many opinions about disability rights and also reviews and suggestions of romances and other books you might enjoy that feature main characters who have physical disabilities. Check out the Current Fiction page to see my own contributions to the genre! Come on in and enjoy

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What If They Always Called You A Creep?

What If They Always Called You A Creep?

Today I read a guest post on Dear Author by a woman named Kris who took it personally when people described the terrible behavior of Kathleen Hale as “crazy, mental, batshit, insane”, etc. She writes about how abelist it is to use words that describe mental illness to talk about someone being an asshole. As someone with mental illnesses, Kris took those words personally. If she can find people using derogatory words associated with her disability to describe a stranger offensive, I wonder if she can imagine what it’s like when words are directly used for what you are? In other words, what it’s like to be a dev and to have every person talking about it in media ALWAYS use the word “creep” along with it. In this case these words...

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“A” for Effort

I’m getting kind of tired of seeing these pictures and videos of designs people have come up with to integrate ramps and stairs better. Yeah, it’s super important to find ways to make all buildings accessible to people who use wheelchairs, but I have yet to see one of these designs that isn’t enormously flawed. Like this one that turns some stairs into a ramp….when you step on a lever. Hello? Is anyone paying attention here? You designed this so people who use wheelchairs could access a building more easily and then you made it so they wouldn’t be able to access the ramp at all? (Not to mention the angle of stairs is way too steep for a ramp) And you’ve probably seen this video where a hidden lift comes out when needed. But all...

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When a Character Comes Alive

When a Character Comes Alive

My goal in all my stories is to create really vivid characters. Characters who will be memorable, who will make the story. I was struggling at first with the main character for The Billionaire’s Secretary. The basic plot is not exactly new! I wanted to bring my own style to it, but Chloe was feeling very bland in the first few drafts. I’m not sure how I thought of it, but the strangest thing brought her to life. I didn’t expect something so superficial to make such a difference, but when I got a sense of Chloe’s fashion style, everything changed! I tweaked her hair and described her whimsical clothes and in moments she felt so much more alive to me. I understood her in a whole new way. In honor of Chloe’s fashion sense, I created a...

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