Friday, August 18, 2017
I will still (at times) "edit for" trolls, especially when they're trying to sound intellectually superior to someone else. Truly smart people don't flaunt their intelligence to make others feel inferior (and most people who try such a thing tend to have atrocious spelling).
However, I won't give unsolicited editing to acquaintances. It's a crappy thing to do to someone who is just sharing random thoughts with the world. I even considered my behavior trolling, once I looked at it closely. A person on Facebook might not have English as a first (or even third) language. A disabled person might not have the dexterity to type flawlessly. Creative spelling and punctuation could be a conscious choice. Mistakes can happen to anyone.
There is a time for editing words. At the wrong time, it becomes annoying and hurtful. I'm thankful I realized it years ago... I'd be insufferable on Twitter!
Have you ever corrected someone's grammar or spelling on social media? If so, why?
Friday, August 11, 2017
|Photo: Jeannine Hall Gailey|
Do you have a writing routine? If so, what is it? If not, why not?
You came back to poetry during a time of illness, when your previous career path wasn't sustainable. What was your official diagnosis and how did writing affect your outlook on your diagnosis/symptoms?
You write fairly often about changes in the (female) body, often with fantastical elements. Has your relationship with your body influenced this interest? If so, in what way?
One of the recurring themes in my work is the horrifying, the grotesque, and the monstrous - probably because I've always identified myself as a real-life mutant and being female is already treated as somewhat grotesque and monstrous by our culture. Selkies, mermaids, and dragons, in particular, repeatedly appear in my work. I also explore the tropes of comics - how supervillains are often portrayed as having mutations, illnesses/deformities/things that keep them in wheelchairs. I think if I didn't feel like quite so much of a medical mystery, I might not be quite so interested in these tropes.
Readers of your speculative poetry reach out to you more often than literary poetry readers. Why do you think that is? Do you think "genre-snobs" are less of an issue in poetry than in fiction?
How important to you is the form/style a poem takes? Is there a form/type of poem you'd never try?
You served as poet laureate of Redmond, Washington. Was the appointment a surprise? What was the most unexpected part of the position?
Who are your literary influences/favorite writers? (They need not be disabled/neurodivergent.)
What is the worst piece of advice you've ever received on writing/publishing? Did you take the advice? If so, what happened?
You're writing a nonfiction book about PR just for poets. Why is it so important for a guide to be written specifically for them? Do you think a lot of books about marketing/branding leave poets out?
Friday, August 4, 2017
I made a few updates to the Literary Links of Interest and the Inclusive Mainstream Publications lists.
On Literary Links of Interest I added:
The Healing Muse
Thanks to Erica Verrillo who runs the fabulous blog: Publishing ... and Other Forms of Insanity for a couple of these.
Plus the following hashtags were added:
#DisLit and #WriteDis
On the Inclusive Mainstream Publications I added:
The online literary magazine BODY
The speculative fiction publication VOICES
Well, those are the updates. As always, if you have more recommendations, please let me know.
In late 2017 (or early 2018), I will be adding a tab on this site just for inclusive mainstream presses.
Friday, July 28, 2017
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
The ripples through the disabled community were widespread. It was horrific and sad. But, it didn't surprise us. Ableist beliefs have lead to the deaths of our people before...
A year has gone by. No updates about the survivors are readily available.
A year has gone by. No details on any increase in security have manifested online.
A year has gone by. We still don't know their names.
It almost makes it unreal, to not have names or faces. The public isn't owed the information. But, are the victims owed the acknowledgement? Shouldn't they be worth more media coverage than a vile piece of scum?
A year has gone by. And we still remember.
Friday, July 21, 2017
This book has disability done well. It covers mobility impairment, PTSD, and learning disability.
Author Bio: Leigh Bardugo is the #1 New York Times bestselling and USA Today bestselling author of Six of Crows, Crooked Kingdom and the Grisha Trilogy: Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising. She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and most recently, makeup and special effects. These days, she lives and writes in Hollywood where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band.
Friday, May 19, 2017
A couple of minor plot points felt like they didn’t really lend much to the story, but that’s all I can really say in regards to negatives.