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An Eggciting new project?
In the “what the heck am I doing” files, I decided to follow through with a “threat” I’d been making for years about writing a Romance novel. I told people it would be awkward and nobody should ever read one if I write it, yet folks encouraged me anyway. THIS IS ALL ON YOU!
For Camp NaNoWriMo (April 2023), I began my short novel, Hot Wings and Sauciness. It stars Colleen O’Donnell, and autistic, disabled, and 50something technician who works for the We’re Greater Than corporation. She’s been living on a network of hospitality industry space stations for the past six years, tending to whatever needs fixing.
Her closest friend ’Brina is marrying Sharon, and they want to hold a hen party at the Coq of the Walk exotic dance club and rotisserie that boasts the best wing sauce in the solar system. That’s a bit strange but Colleen nearly molts when she discovers they all have to dress up as actual hens!
Meanwhile, everyone is in an uproar over Captain Josh Speers, renowned war hero, returning to the stations. Messages of “Captain Hot Wings” is back are everywhere. Squeals abound!
This means absolutely nothing to Colleen. She’s single and fine that way. Hot Wings can dip into someone else’s sauce, right? What are the chances she and her rollator Fiona would even bump into him? And if they did, would it amount to anything?
Tearing through space with the cool kids!
It’s a really exciting time for me because my new Iris and the Crew disability-hopepunk space opera series has been acquired by Renaissance, so Season One: Iris and the Crew Tear Through Space is currently in copy editing, and it will be published on September 15, 2023!
This work is near and dear to my heart. It has an ensemble cast, bodymind celebration, an accessible ship, and PEW-PEW-PEW! It’s a book, but I’ve written it as 13 episodes, so CALL ME, NETFLIX!
Oh yeah, and of course there are scenes with dessert because have you met me?
Curating amazing stories!
The fall of 2022 brought the second of our disability fiction series, Nothing Without Us Too into the world. Kohenet Talia C. Johnson and I co-edited this work during the height of the pandemic, and the title seems even more significant to us than ever. The stories are so amazing—snarky, funny, moving—and we couldn’t be more proud of our contributing authors. It was sad for us to hear of Melissa Mead’s passing, but thanks to her family, we were able to include Melissa’s story in this collection. And how awesome was it for Amanda Leduc to agree to write the foreword! That was so exciting for us.
Now we’re promoting through launches and hoping for reviews because this is yet another collection that imo, everyone should read to understand how disabled creatives write protagonists that need to be in fiction.
New Spoonie Authors Network initiatives!
In 2023, we’re piloting the ReLaunchpad, where disabled indie and small-press authors can launch or relaunch their works in a virtual book launch. Our hopes are to also turn this into a readings and panel discussion. For January 15, there will be readings only, but there will also be giveaways! These events are free, and you can register your spot at Eventbrite !
Being heckin’ crafty!
I discovered I love unwinding by playing with polymer clay and making jewellery! It began with repairing some earrings I had, then I got the bug!
I recently edited the first book in Christina Robin’s Angel series, called Angel of Death. Roses play a big part of the protagonist’s life. But, Sarah is also a serial killer, so hence the bloody petal and droplets. Christina had a rose with blood as a scene separator, so I made this pin for her for the book birthday!
I also am just learning how to twist wire for jewellery making! It’s so much fun! Bruce bought me a massive kit of stone chips, so I have crafted some pretty pieces. This garnet and silver set is for my ma!
Cosplaying Barbies! Read about this Barbie’s transformation in my post, “How Cosplaying a Barbie as Reva Sevander is Helping Me Through Childhood Trauma.”