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Fran Wilde is a contributor to Invisible 3, Jim Hines & MaryAnne Mohanraj's collection about representation in SF. She's posted a lovely essay on Jim's Dreamwidth


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It turns out that what I wanted wasn’t the story of a young woman coming to terms with her brace or her body (seriously it’s a fine story, but it didn’t fit me at all—or, rather, it fit me like a brace, constraining and awkward). What I wanted was something to love. I was listening for that familiar thunk on the hull; I just didn’t know it. That recognition that there was a mind inside a cage of muscle, bone, pain, fiberglass, and metal. The acknowledgement that a mind could do things—heroic things! Cool things!—even if the body rebelled.
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read the whole essay here: http://jimhines.dreamwidth.org/437695.html
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From April 2016

by Elsa S. Henry

So, You wanna write a blind character?

http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2016/04/20/elsa-henry-so-you-wanna-write-a-blind-character/

content note: brief description of eye trauma
I have not read the comments
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[Content note: discussion of psychiatric hospitals in the link]

The Atlantic is currently calling for reader notes from people who have spent time in psychiatric hospitals either as patients or as staff. E-mail to contribute is hello@theatlantic.com

Here's the discussion thus far: https://www.theatlantic.com/notes/2016/12/tell-us-have-you-spent-time-in-a-psychiatric-hospital/510512/

While I can't guarantee that this particular conversation will be productive, I will say that in general, I tend to like the discussions that come out of reader notes posted on The Atlantic. The combination of curating the reader notes and publishing notes from a wide range of readers means that the discussions are often nuanced and thought-provoking. Plus, in this case, I'm really grateful to them for posting the original note from Eva even though it wasn't prompted by a specific article or news event.

[Mods: wasn't sure how to tag this -- let me know if I should change anything!]
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Published three times a year, the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies combines essays, ideas, and discussion between academics, non-academics and folks like us.

They've just issued a call for submissions for their theme issue on the relationships between fanfiction and disability.

The full call for papers is here:
http://cjds.uwaterloo.ca/index.php/cjds/announcement/view/10

A taste of what they want follows:
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However, disability and accessibility have not been explored in either academic or fan scholarship as crucial aspects of fanfiction practices, and disabled fans and fanfiction writers have not been included as significant contributors to online fanfiction communities.

Yet, disability and fanfiction are in a complicated relationship with one another. Fanfiction loves its disabled characters ( Stiles from Teen Wolf, Hiccup from How to Train Your Dragon, Homestuck, House, River Tam from Firefly), and loves to disable its characters (Harry Potter is iconic in this respect), to get all the feels, to explore all the possibilities, and because you hurt those you love, a lot, especially in fanfic.

Many fans and fan creators have identified online as disabled and/or people with disabilities/impairments. Fans are sharing their experiences and having discussions about disability representation in fandoms and fanfiction, about ableism and accessibility. How disability manifests in online fanfiction works and communities remains to be brought into play in critical disability studies and in fan studies.
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We welcome single and multiple authored pieces. Formats can be written, video (must be captioned), audio (must include transcript).
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Submissions are due 15 April 2016 and can be emailed to
Cath Duchastel de M. at: electrocrip@gmail.com

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Please signal boost like there's no tomorrow.

(no subject)

Thu, Feb. 12th, 2015 01:24 pm
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verity at Tumblr: Writing Trauma and Survival: A Marvel Primer

After several months of reading and writing in Marvel fandom, I decided that I wanted to write a primer on trauma from the perspective of being a trauma survivor and coming from a disability studies background. You might be interested in the stuff in here if you’re writing about Bucky post-CATWS, Sam’s counseling practice, or the experiences of any number of Marvel characters. I’m drawing on a variety of articles, zines, and books, all of which are available to read online or download.
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Corinne Duyvis at Sf Signal: On Minding Your Metaphors

Note that the title and tag system at SF signal uses "Special Needs in Strange Worlds" which is language I personally am not a fan of; your mileage may vary.
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Accessing the Future anthology is accepting short fiction submissions, and is paying pro rates (6 cents a word). Deadline November 30.

Details at The Future Fire.

We want stories that place emphasis on intersectional narratives (rejection of, undoing, and speaking against ableist, heteronormative, racist, cissexist, and classist constructions) and that are informed by an understanding of disability issues and politics at individual and institutional levels. We want to read stories from writers that think critically about how prosthetic technologies, new virtual and physical environments, and genetic modifications will impact human bodies, our communities, and planet.
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DiversifYA's interview with me on living with Hypermobility Syndrome, being disabled, and writing diverse and specifically disabled characters is now up here.

DiversifYA promotes greater diversity in Young Adult literature and is doing a bunch of interviews with people with diverse backgrounds in the hope of encouraging authors to be more diverse in their writing (and readers in their reading). This particular interview spun out of meeting up with Marieke Nijkamp, one of DiversifYA's founders, and a Vice President of We Need Diverse Books, at LonCon. Ironically we didn't work out we both have HMS until a week later, at which point she grabbed me for an interview.

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Today I'm running a Poetry Fishbowl in the series P.I.E., which you can explore via that link.  This is urban fantasy about a mobility-impaired private investigator who handles paranormal cases and her accident-prone cop boyfriend. 

You may also want to browse recent discussions about disability in F&SF and the vocabulary of disability on my blogs.

Please drop by my Dreamwidth or LiveJournal to leave prompts for what you'd like to see me writing along the themes of urban fantasy, life with disabilities, or romance.  You can watch those posts for thumbnails of poems available for sponsorship, and at least one will get posted for free as thanks for the prompts.


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Based on an audience poll, there will be a bonus fishbowl session in my series P.I.E. on Tuesday, September 16. 

This series is urban fantasy about a wheelchair-riding private detective who handles the really weird cases, and her able-bodied but kind of accident-prone policeman boyfriend.  When the fishbowl theme is something that doesn't get much attention, I try to spread the word to relevant audiences.  So please tell any of your friends who are mobility-impaired or otherwise interested in this topic that it will be featured in a prompt call where they can come suggest things to be written.  If you're new to P.I.E. then you can find links to all its published poems via the series page; several these were prompted by folks with limited mobility.
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Academic Editing Canada:
Call for proposals: Anomalous embodiment in YA spec fic. Jun 4 2014.

We are particularly looking for contributions on works which either (1) interrogate, problematize the dominant discourse on normative embodiment present in YA fiction, (2) emphasize, by a play on repetition or any other means, the limitations of the traditional discourse on the ‘abnormal’ or ‘disabled’ body, and signal the inherent violence of such normative paradigms, and/or (3) propose an alternative approach to the anomalous body.
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Ada Hoffmann writing at Jim Hines' blog: Autism, Representation, and Success

Maybe we, as autistic people, need to be shown warts and all sometimes. Maybe what we need most desperately to see is that we can be visibly disabled, and unsuccessful, and fail to meet NT expectations in all kinds of ways, and be treated with all sorts of horrible ableism, and still be human. And still be lovable and worth something, even if no one else sees it.
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I wrote something for fun at one point. It was a scene from the point of view of a character with PTSD, set immediately following the part of canon where he returns to the exact location where most of his trauma occurred. If I were to draw a graph where the Y axis represents being more mentally unwell, and the X axis represents time since the end of the original trauma, then I might draw a line sloping shallowly downward as it heads further right, with a bump in the middle. The fic would be that bump. It has its own beginning, middle and end.

I hear bad things about H/C, and I think this fic might be H/C )

Because I feel uncertain about this, I would like to invite the thoughts of anyone with relevant experience or information.

(no subject)

Sat, Jan. 26th, 2013 05:55 pm
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Type of media: Fanfic
Fandom: The Departed
Author/Creator: Me
Brief description: I'm AUing the end of the movie to spoilers ) and am looking for advice on communicating some of the physical and emotional responses he'll have.
Link: A public post at my journal

Apologies to the mods for misunderstanding the new policy.

Request for beta

Wed, Dec. 12th, 2012 08:57 pm
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 I'm writing a fic for Yuletide with a character with a below the knee amputation who uses a prosthetic. I'm looking for a beta with experience with amputations and prosthesis, particularly legs. Mostly I just want to make sure I don't include anything stupid, and I'd like someone who can spot inaccuracies or accidental stereotypes.

I've done a bit of research on forums etc, but I would really like someone to just give it a once over. You do not need to be super detailed in your beta-ing, just give it a read through and let me know what I'll need to change. 
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Recently, I wrote a fic for an old movie called The Goonies. It deals with things I don't have personal experience with and I was wondering whether anyone here could help or knew where to find help making sure that the story is accurate and respectful.

cut for spoilers )
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The editor of the WisCon Chronicles is looking for more submissions, particularly regarding the portrayal of disability in speculative fiction.

Here's the LJ post!

She says:

I'm also willing to consider submissions from people who have never attended WisCon before, but who would like to. So as long as you know what the con is and isn't about, I'm all ears.
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http://blobolobolob.blogspot.com/2012/07/10-things-fiction-writers-need-to.html

Part one of an overview of how to write about disability in a more realistic way.

Summary:
1. Disabled characters can be at the centre of stories which aren't all about disability.
2. Disability can be part of the plot of great stories.
3. People with long-term impairments or chronic illness are not fascinated by their own condition or their own symptoms.
4. Disabled people are not all young, white, straight, affluent men.
5. Disabled people go bad for a reason.
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The WisCon Chronicles have now become an annual tradition, published by Aqueduct Press. This year's edition (covering WisCon 36, which ended nine days ago) will feature disability as a theme. Jo Vanderhooft will be editing. Her call for submissions is right here

http://wiscon.livejournal.com/362591.html

Spread the word!
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The next session of the Crowdfunding Creative Jam will run January 14-15. The theme is "Disabled People (visibly and invisibly disabled)" based on a previous poll. Mark the time on your calendar so you can leave and/or claim prompts.


What is a Creative Jam?

It's kind of like a jam session in music, only with all kinds of creative material, and online.  (See previous sessions featuring "Inner Worlds" and  "Misfits" to see prompts and the works they inspired.)  This is a chance for writers, artists, fans, and other creative people to trade ideas and create stories, poems, artwork, music or whatever else they want.  If you don't think that there's enough fiction, art, etc. with disabled characters, or that disabilities aren't portrayed very well, then ask for something more awesome.  If you like to write, draw, or otherwise render people with disabilities, then drop by and look for inspiration among the other prompts.  Some of the material gets posted free, and some is usually available for sale, depending on the individual creators' choices.


Want to do some advance planning for this Creative Jam?

Torn World has a number of disabled characters including Rai (owned by me, blind), Marai (adoptable, deaf), Kalitelm (adoptable, dwarfism & club feet), and Ularki (adoptable, mentally disabled).

Here are some articles:
"Blind Characters: A Process of Awareness"
"Deaf Characters: Behind the Fiction"
"Depiction of Intellectual Disability in Fiction"
"On the handling of disabled characters"
"Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Fiction"
"Writing About Disability"
"Writing Characters with Mental Illness"
"Writing My First Wheelchair Bound Character Has Been Enlightening"
"Writing Realistic Disabled Characters"

"1001 Drawings"
"Disability & Art"
"The Disability Paradox: Ghettoisation of the Visual"

"Fantastic Films, Fantastic Bodies"
"Media Representation of Disabled People"
"Movies with Characters with Disabilities"
"Top 10 TV Shows with a Disabled Character"

"Famous Disabled People in History"
"Well Known People with Disabilities"


Also, I'm open to having other folks host the Crowdfunding Creative Jam in future sessions. If you'd like to volunteer, please let me know and we'll discuss which month(s) you want. The aforementioned poll listed a bunch of themes that people were interested in writing about, so you can pick one of those.

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