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Mini-fiction Monday: We Together

I thought it might be fun to post short fiction pieces on Mondays that just streamed out of my brain. We together by Cait Gordon Genre: fantasy You wrap yourself around me and I feel enveloped in the coolness of your skin. Here, I am secure. In the quiet of this place, high above where …

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Needing a sensitivity editor doesn’t mean you’re an insensitive person.

More and more these days, fiction authors are hiring sensitivity readers/editors or being asked to have their works or pitches reviewed by readers/editors who share a lived experience with the characters in their stories. For me, who is a sensitivity editor and who relies on them so much, I forget that the concept might rub …

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For All Time book cover: A background that is night sky on the left and daylight on the right. Two Black teenagers, a tall boy with short hair wearing dark blue clothes and a shorter girl with curly black hair wearing aqua clothes, embrace and look into each other’s eyes. There are pink flowers all along the bottom of the image.

#CaitTacklesTBRPile—For All Time, by Shanna Miles

Sometimes Twitter can be wonderful. (How many times do we say that, eh?) However, it is possible to come across really awesome people. This happened to me when I saw a tweet from author Shanna Miles about her debut novel that was so witty and confident, I had to reply with, “That does it. I’m …

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Goodbye 2022. Don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out!

CN: Mentions of ableism, eugenics, the pandemic, depression, suicidal ideation, gaslighting, and physical illness Whew. I made it. Just barely. Let’s recap, shall we? Nothing Without Us Too came to be! Holy moly, when Talia and I pitched Renaissance to take on a second disability-fiction anthology, we had no idea the work would happen during …

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Awards Eligibility 2022

So, this has been a full year for me, even though my name is only on one book. Since that book happens to be an anthology where I am co-editor, I will already take that as a win! It’s not the quantity, but the quality, as they say. And in the case of this collection, …

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The freedom that comes from saying, “I can’t.”

CN: Mentions of mental illness, ableism, disability symptoms, and toxic environments As a person who manages a chronic pain and fatigue disability, I’ve had to constantly “push through” my discomfort in order to have any semblance of a life. Sometimes I have aids like my mobility device to make things much easier on me, but …

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How Cosplaying a Barbie as Reva Sevander is Helping Me Through Childhood Trauma

CN: mentions of mental health, violence against children, trauma I’m 53 years old. Recently, I’ve experienced a triggering that brought me back right into the scene of events that were supremely not okay when I was a teenager. So, in case anyone tries to gaslight you with “Oh, that happened so long ago, why are …

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The Ableism and Privilege Behind “You Must Write Every Day”

You are the expert on yourself.  (This article first appeared in Write, the official magazine of the Writers’ Union of Canada, Summer 2022 edition.) One of my favourite things about being in author spaces is discovering how many ways there are to reach the end of a first draft. Some folks are pantsers, meaning they don’t …

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