Disability and or Neuro-diversity

Getting it wrong – Writing disability in fiction

Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Disability and or Neuro-diversity | 11 comments

Today is Blogging Against Disablism Day 2014 #BADD2014, as well as the first day of the new #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign, so I’ve decided to combine the two and talk about writing characters with disability  in fiction. Writing characters from a different background to your own can be intimidating, but it is also an inevitable part of writing. To a certain extent, writing a character who is disabled (or who has a different racial background or sexuality) is no different to writing any other character. Unless you are writing a very limited autobiography, you are always going to be writing...

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New in Fiction – Limited by Allison Mulder

Posted by on Jan 27, 2014 in Disability and or Neuro-diversity, Fiction, Teen Writers, The Blog | 0 comments

Limited Allison Mulder An evening of video games and chocolate rations is cut short when the power goes out. Carris and her friends must beat raiders to the communication station if they want to save the town. Limited by Allison Mulder won 1st Place in Visibility Fiction’s Teens Only Writing Competition. Read Online | Kindle | ePub | PDF About the Author: Allison Mulder is a nocturnal college student in Iowa, currently busy with the study of Writing, Literature, and the art of procrastination. When avoiding homework, she often reads, doodles, watches too much anime, and daydreams about...

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New in Fiction: Silence by Jasmine Brown

Posted by on Jan 9, 2014 in Disability and or Neuro-diversity, Fiction, Teen Writers | 0 comments

Silence Jasmine Brown Waking up blind is terrifying, but it’s the least of Riley’s problems when he finds himself trapped in a cave with an enraged police officer and a couple of supervillains. Silence by Jasmine Brown won 2nd Place in Visibility Fiction’s Teens Only Writing Competition. Read Online | Kindle | ePub | PDF About the Author: Jasmine Brown was born in Oregon and raised in Seattle, which might have something to do with her love of rain. When she’s not running errands for her (very large) family, she’s writing, drawing, and acting. Someday she hopes to become a TV...

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Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Fantasy Crowdfunded Anthology – Guest Post

Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 in Disability and or Neuro-diversity, Guest Posts, LGBTQIA, News, Race and Ethnicity | 0 comments

Today I want to welcome two special guests to the blog, Alisa Krasnostein and Julia Rios. Alisa and Julia are currently in the process of raising money for a very exciting young adult anthology. Here’s what they have to say about the project: We’re the editors of a new anthology of diverse YA fantasy stories called Kaleidoscope. We’re crowdfunding on Pozible until the end of this month, and if you visit our Pozible page you can watch a couple of videos we’ve made, and learn a bit about the project. In this post, we wanted to go into a little more depth to talk about...

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Viral Nation by Shaunta Grimes – Book Review

Posted by on Oct 16, 2013 in Disability and or Neuro-diversity, Review | 0 comments

Viral Nation by Shaunta Grimes – Book Review by Tsana Dolichva   From the Blurb: After a virus claimed nearly the entire global population, the world changed. The United States splintered into fifty walled cities where the surviving citizens clustered to start over. The Company, which ended the plague by bringing a life-saving vaccine back from the future, controls everything. They ration the scant food and supplies through a lottery system, mandate daily doses of virus suppressant, and even monitor future timelines to stop crimes before they can be committed. Brilliant but...

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Why stories with diversity don’t need to be about being different.

Posted by on Jun 9, 2013 in Disability and or Neuro-diversity, General Discussions, LGBTQIA, Race and Ethnicity | 0 comments

Here’s the thing about writing characters from diverse backgrounds: their story doesn’t have to be about being different. Once upon a time literature was overwhelmed by straight, white, able men and occasionally women. In response, a diverse and inclusive culture had to break through the barrier of expectation. We had to come out, explode forth, and express ourselves as the new freak nation. Fighting to find a place in culture, we had to announce our difference, explain, re-explain and declare our right to be different and a part of the culture all too keen to place us in tidy...

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