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In the ’Cosm Podcast S1, Ep6: The Artificial Divide Between the Blind and the Sighted, with Robert Kingett and Randy Lacey

Season 1 ends with a bang editors Robert Kingett and Randy Lacey speak to me about their upcoming anthology, Artifical Divide. This collection of fiction stories is written by authors who are Blind, visually impaired, or who have low vision. You can listen to this episode by clicking the embedded Spotify widget, or you can …

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Accessibility in Worldbuilding panel video available now!

I had the honour of being invited by Canadian dark fantasy author Dianna Gunn to moderate a panel called Accessibility in Worldbuilding as part of her Worldbuilding Deep Dive con in February of this year. This is a topic that's dear to my heart as a disabled, hard-of-hearing, and autistic reader and a writer (Iris …

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How I Wrote Over 20K Words in April 2021

I have absolutely no clue how I had the endurance to manage it. But I did it. I set a goal of 20,000 words for CampNaNoWriMo this April and just passed it this afternoon, three days early. Why this is amazing to me is because of the state I am in at present. The pandemic …

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I was interviewed by Ada Hoffman as part of their series about autistic authors, taking place this April!

Canadian speculating fiction author and poet Ada Hoffman interviewed me as part of their series on autistic authors, taking place during the month of April. We discuss Nothing Without Us, autistic representation in fiction, and what it’s like to be an autistic author in the publishing world! You can find the interview here. I highly …

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In the ’Cosm Podcast S1, Ep5: Diversity representation in fiction (and why Jackie Collins is awesome) with Christina Robins

CW: Mentions of sex trafficking, relationship abuse, and child abuse Emerging Canadian author Christina Robins shares her point of view about sex work and writing a protagonist who is a sex worker in her newly released novella, Entanglements. She also explains why autistic characters are not “too much,” and how she loves reading and writing …

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In the ’Cosm Podcast S1 Ep4: From A (as in seeking asylum) to Zee with Su J. Sokol

You can listen to this episode by clicking the embedded Spotify widget, or you can stream the podcast from  Anchor.fm, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Radio Public, and Google Podcasts. You can also watch it (with CC) on my YouTube Channel! (Click the bell on my YouTube channel to be notified when new episodes are published!) (Please scroll down to read the …

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I went to university for the second time, but not as a student…

All mic’d up and ready to Zoom! So, I never went to university. Life's circumstances were such that I needed to work full-time at age 19 in order to be able to survive on my own. But it was fine because I had a diploma in Electrotechnology and Industrial Automation at the C.E.G.E.P. level in …

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In the ’Cosm Podcast S1 Ep3: The mystery of Shakespeare’s authorship, writing through grief, and the importance of humour with Sue Taylor-Davidson

You can listen to this episode by clicking the embedded Spotify widget, or you can stream the podcast from  Anchor.fm, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Radio Public, and Google Podcasts. You can also watch it (with CC) on my YouTube Channel! (Click the bell on my YouTube channel to be notified when new episodes are published!) (Please scroll down to read the …

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I’m moderating a panel about Accessibility in Worldbuilding on Feb 20!

Canadian fantasy author Dianna Gunn is hosting a one-day virtual con on Saturday February 20 called Worldbuilding Deep Dive! I have the pleasure of moderating a panel about accessibility in worldbuilding. I think it's going to be an absolute blast! Here's the complete schedule with moderator bios and Zoom links, so you can register for …

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The Power of Creativity and the Disabled Writing Community

I did some reflecting on the past six years and how I had gone from #DisabledAndAlone to an advocate, sensitivity editor, and someone comfortable in her own skin. And I credit creativity and the disabled writing community for it!

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I spent 2014 in an acute state of fear.

Yeah, I know that seems hyperbolic, but I was quite terrified. The chronic pain I had been experiencing from the neuropathy of fibromyalgia had levelled up to a state where it felt like someone had injected several areas of my body with burning hot, vibrating curling irons. The most relentless spots were at my hips, knees, and ankles. I couldn’t stand for long, and I definitely couldn’t walk for long on my own power. I’d envisioned the writing on the wall—I would probably end up in a wheelchair. The thought of this had brought me to tears often enough. After all, my world as I’d known it would be over, right?

Reflecting back, I feel really bad for Past Me, because she was #DisabledAndAlone. The only information I’d had to go on stemmed from the typical ableist narratives that we internalize…

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