A Disabled/ Deaf/ Neurodivergent Crew Tears Through Space

I’m keeping the details of my new WIP close to my chest because I just want to immerse myself in crafting the first draft. However, I can say that this space opera promises to be a lot of fun.

To date, I’ve mapped the “writing prompts” for each episode of Iris and the Crew Tear Through Space, and I have the titles in place for each. My plan is instead of chapters, the book will have episodes, and each episode will be a short story. This really works for where my brain is right now. I’ll feel a sense of accomplishment by breaking down this book into smaller stories, as opposed to writing a novel. Plus, if I achieve my goal, it should feel like you’re binging a series! Like many series, there will be 13 episodes, but it will be released as an entire book.

As with my other works, my eventual plan is to submit it to Renaissance because I cannot think of any other publisher that would respect the representation (and the author) in quite the same way. Diversity matters to me and to Renaissance.

Also, lately I’ve been overwhelmed with poor representation of disabled/Deaf/neurodivergent characters in fiction, and want to answer the call for disabled authors to write them as heroes in their own adventures. I’m building a world that I’d like to live in as well. You’ll understand what I mean when the book (or, I guess I can say “series”) is released.

So, if you’ve been following this blog, you’ll have noticed I’ve been bouncing back and forth with what my next WIP will be. That was primarily because of exhaustion and burnout. Not writing at all is not a good option for me, though. I realized that writing t truly helps my mental health, and I have a feeling these characters are gonna be a blast. I’m already seeing their personalities come out in “Episode One: The Intergalactic Janitor.”

Humorous space adventures really are my happy place.

Will keep you posted about my progress!

Cait Gordon, in a black and white digital sketch

Cait Gordon is a disability advocate and the author of Life in the ’Cosm and The Stealth Lovers. When she’s not writing, Cait’s editing manuscripts and running The Spoonie Authors Network, a blog whose contributors manage disabilities and/or chronic conditions. She also teamed up with Kohenet Talia C. Johnson to co-edit the Nothing Without Us anthology in an attempt to take over the world. Narf.

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