Why I’m so done with writers putting themselves down—me included.

My neurodiverse brain tends to pick up on patterns, whether they are patterns on objects or patterns of behaviour. And for the last several months, I've been somehow more attuned to an increasing number of posts where authors are just metaphorically punching themselves repeatedly in their own faces. Some are people I know, and others …

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Space background with ringed planet. In white text: Life in Cait's 'Cosm

Noola schooled me in ’Cosm. Xax did in The Stealth Lovers!

I feel my characters in these microcosms are always trying to tell me something about myself. When I was drafting Life in the ’Cosm, I was #DisabledAndAlone, so not in community with other Disabled folks. I was frightened, completely unsure about my future. I had been a runner and worked out regularly. Then fibromyalgia pummeled …

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Masking: The Fine Art of Faking Being Neurotypical

I’m autistic. You don’t know how freeing it is to write that. Every single time I do, I feel like a little more of that burden I’ve been carrying for decades is being lifted off my shoulders. I’m one of those cases (as happens to many autistic cisgender women) where I only discovered this last …

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I took a March break for self-care. Here’s what I learned.

SPLAAAAT! That was the sound of my existence two weeks ago. I'd been juggling different assignments and got to the point where my brain went on strike. I literally couldn't make any decisions about work-related things. My mind and body united in a resounding, "NOPE!" By now you all pretty much know I'm a disabled …

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It’s almost mid-January and I haven’t posted yet!

So, here's my post. How'd ya like it so far? ID: Grayscale image of wooden fence post in against a field grown wild. Life has been a whirlwind lately with extra bits of whoosh. I've barely had time to think. Yet, after only 12 days into 2019, I've already learned a lesson: I super-really, absolutely, …

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Okay, I’m done. But don’t worry—I’m happy about it.

I just this evening had a BOIIIING moment. I'm done with writing for 2018. And you know what? That's perfectly fine. It's been a great year for me. A Night at the Rabbit Hole was published in the Alice Unbound Beyond Wonderland anthology, and I got to hang with some awesome authors. The Hilltop Gathering will be published …

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Managing the Dumpster Fire of Life

CW: Sexual Assault This week on Twitter, my timeline has been full of posts with the #WhyIDidntReportIt hashtag, in response to all the ignorant people who really don't get how difficult it is for survivors of sexual assault to report these crimes. Some have gone to the police, their parents, school administrations, and the like, …

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Choosing ‘The Funny’ While Managing Anxiety

It’s amazing to me how people who deal with mental illness can be stigmatized as being weak, ’cause I’m like, Really? Really, doods? Do you actually have the teensiest clue what it’s like?  I manage OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) impulses and anxiety. It wasn’t enough for me to have chronic neuropathy throughout my body. I wanted a mental …

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SpAN folks at Can-Con 2017

#CanConCold2017, but still, I had a blast!

It’s Monday morning, and Can-Con 2017 is over. I MADE IT, I MADE IT! WHOOOPIEEEE! Oh, let me explain. The one thing I really wanted to do no matter what was attend Can-Con this year. I’ve had a wonderful 12 months of networking with amazing authors, many of whom are now friends, and I knew …

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