Join the Summer of the Foxes!

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Generations ago, the world of Synn was ruled by foxes. Now only the Malimore family remains to protect the Kheldor Mountains in the North. This summer, join the Malimores in a new science fantasy serial by Rose B. Fischer.

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Part 1, Fox. Hunting is available for pre-order now on Amazon.

This summer, the Malimores will be appearing throughout the blogosphere for interviews, meet and greets, and general mischief. Each appearance will coincide with a the release of a Synn story. We’re inviting you to join our fun, meet the foxes, and discover new worlds to read and fall in love with.

June 1st 2015 is release day for Fox. Hunting! In celebration, I will be hosting the foxes for some big summer announcements, including a writing contest and giveaway!

June 17th 2015, Diana Malimore, the thief and the heroine of Fox. Hunting appears on eclecticalli

July 1st 2015 is release day for Giving Best!

July 8th 2015, Hannah Givens will be hosting Thad Malimore Reynard the Fox, and Micah Malimore for hijinx and a Very Serious Discussion about the celebrity status of their daughters.

July 15th 2015, Cleo Malimore, the Ranger and the heroine of Giving Best appears on Nerd in the Brain

August 1st 2015 is release date for Doubling Back!

August 19 2015 Melissa Barker Simpson interviews Aldra, the scholar, businesswoman and heroine of Doubling Back.

Friday, August 29 through Sunday, August 31 we’ll be hosting a Foxy Blog Party here on and announcing the winner of our contest!

The Redefining Disability Awareness Challenge #2 — Why I See Myself As Having a Disability

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This is my response to question #2 of the Redefining Disability Awareness Challenge.


If you have a medical diagnosis, do you see yourself as having a disability? Why or why not? If you don’t have one, how do you view the concept of disability or the people in your life who have them?

Last time, I gave my laundry list of disabilities and chronic health problems. So, it will probably not be a surprise to anyone that I do, in fact, identify as having a disability. The reason I included this question is that until my 20s, I would have said that I had a disability by the standards of my society and culture, but I didn’t see myself as a person with a disability or as “disabled” because of cerebral palsy.

I began to change my mind when I entered college, and I realized that the workload of my classes was so heavy that I was having to choose between keeping up with that and doing my basic housekeeping tasks. That may sound like something easy to dismiss.  “Yeah, college is hard.  We all let laundry pile up; college students are slobs.” That’s what I did for a while, but it got to a point where I literally couldn’t manage to take care of my home and my personal care was slipping because I was too tired from my work in school.

The crux of “disability” for me is not necessarily things I can’t do, but having to choose between things that most people wouldn’t consider or worry about because it takes me a lot longer and I don’t have the time/energy to take care of everything, even if I could do it. Things like:

“Mopping the kitchen floor will take 3 hours.  Doing the laundry will take 4 hours. Both of those things require a lot of physical effort and concentration. I’m going to have to choose one, and I’ll be too tired to do much else when I’m finished.”

That has gotten more prevalent since my arms have been injured, and it’s complicated by my other chronic conditions. So, if I put all of that together, I do feel that I have a disability by the definition this project is using.

Of course, there are some things that I just can’t do, and some of them are things I used to be able to do but can’t anymore. That’s hard to adjust to, but the biggest challenge for me is always having to prioritize based on how much time and energy something is going to take in ways that most people really don’t seem to grasp.

Writer’s Blog Hop Post #2: Writing Sample

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Since January 6, I’ve been blogging about a new project that I’m working on called Adanna’s Beginning. I’ll be blogging my way through this project connection with Redefining Disability. You can read more about the Redefining Disability Project here, and there is a list of all posts related to a Adanna’s Beginning here.

Some of my Adanna’s Beginning posts were written in connection with Ruth L Snyder’s Writer’s Blog Hop.

Adanna’s Beginning itself is part of a collaborative blogging project called Redefining Disability.

This is  a post for the blog hop.  This week’s theme is “writing samples,” and I have a little confession.

I hate story excerpts. I hate reading random snippets of unfamiliar stories out of context, and I have a terrible time trying to pick an excerpt from my own work, especially from a rough draft because my first drafts consist mainly of dialogue with some stage direction instead of description. My second and third drafts are where I go back in and add the contextual narrative and details that a reader would probably need to understand what’s going on in any given scene.
In the spirit of being a good sport, I decided to play along.

Here’s a bit of an excerpt from the story I mentioned in my last couple of posts. It’s mostly dialogue, from a pivotal scene with Caine and his daughter, Nariya. I’m not sure how it works out of context, but I hope you enjoy. The issue here is that the characters have no idea how to relate or talk to one another and keep misunderstanding one another’s intentions. This is the first time they’re able to start breaking through the problem and communicating, but it’s still obviously pretty difficult.

Disclaimer: this is a rough draft. I have no idea what will stay and will be cut.

Awesome new Nariya Banner courtesy of Natacha Guyot


“Dad, I screwed up. Does it have to be the end of the world? I’m already kicked out of school. Can’t you just give me another chance?” Nariya said.

“I’m trying to. You need to give me something to work with.”

“I don’t understand.”

“This has happened too many times,” Caine sighed. “I can’t keep letting it slide. I need some assurance it won’t happen again. Last time, your word was enough. This time it isn’t. It can’t be, because that only works once. Suspending you from school for the rest of the year was headmaster Pruett’s decision, but there needs to be administrative action on my part as well. If anyone comes back to me, I have to have a reason to say that you aren’t a public threat.”

“This is what I mean! One minute you’re saying you want me to talk to you because you’re my dad and you want to help. Next minute you’re saying I have to talk to you because Commander Caine is in charge of station and I’m in trouble.”

“You’re right. I can see where that’s confusing. It’s both. I want you to be able to talk to me without being afraid, because I’m your dad. You don’t have to. But I can’t do anything to give you another chance unless you tell me what’s going on. Whether you do or not, we need to make sure there aren’t anymore fights, and it has to go on record. Because that’s my job.”


“Okay what?”

“Okay, I understand.”

“Do you have any idea what we should do now?” Caine asked.

“Are you going to send me back to Mom?”

“No! Well — I don’t want to, but if you want to go, I won’t keep you here. Do you want to go?”

There was a long pause…”


The Redefining Disability Project #7– Author Perspectives: Less and More Revisited

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Note: Author Perspectives are open to anyone who wants to post about their experiences. They can be a response to a previous post in the series, a new topic focusing on the author’s experience as a writer/creator who has characters with disabilities, or a story from your own life.  They can also be responses to the Redefining Disability Awareness Challenge if you want to post and don’t have your own blog.

Check out the posting guidelines for details.

At the beginning of September 2014, I posted about disability as a social construct.

Jen Decker replied to my post with one of her own on the same subject.

I followed up with a post about a real-life conversation that I had about disability, prejudice and assumptions.

Natacha Guyot joined the conversation with her own posts about social constructs as they’ve affected her life.

Today, I’m going to be responding to the question Jen’s post poses.  Eventually, I swear, I will reply to Natacha as well.

Society believes that my wheelchair, my inability to use one of my hands makes me less than. For me, “more than” is a work in progress. What is your “less than”, and how will you be “more”?


I’ve written a lot on this blog about ways that society sees me as “less than.” From a disability perspective, it’s my gait, my use of adaptive equipment, and the fact that I can’t drive.  I wrote about that extensively in this post.

I believe that society also sees me as “less” because I’m a woman, and still less because I’m a woman who can’t have children, and even less than THAT because I’m a woman who choses to be single.

In another sense, society sees me as less because I’m poor. I have been homeless, and have been on food stamps, and I currently recieve SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance.)

Many groups, on both sides of the “LGBTQ+” battle in my country, see me as less because I don’t fit in anyone’s happy little box.

As to how I will be more, I have a hard time answering, because I never think about it. I never think about making myself more than society wants me to be, because I already AM more.  I don’t have to prove it, though I’m willing to stand up for my right to be treated as a human being with the same rights and responsibilities as any other.  I’m fortunate, because unlike many of my peers in the disability community, I’ve never struggled with my self-perception.  I KNOW that I am more.  One of the biggest reasons I’m doing this project is because I want the next generation of people with disabilities to know that they are more.


  • In what ways do you depend on others in your daily life? In what ways do others regularly depend on you?
  • How would your life be different if these interdependencies weren’t there?
  • How do you regularly rely on technology and invention to help you in your life? Do you feel that reliance on these devices defines you as a person? Why or why not?


The Redefining Disability Awareness Challenge #1 — My Experience with Disability

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Today I’m going to take a stab at officially answering some of the questions in the Redefining Disability Awareness Challenge. I’ve answered a few already in the context of the Redefining Disability Project, but this is the first time I’ve tried just answering one of the questions. So  I’m going to start with question #1.


What is your experience with disability? — Do you have disabilities? Do you have loved ones who live with disabilities? Do you work with people who have disabilities?


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Writer’s Blog Hop Post #1: Goals

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As I mentioned on Tuesday, I’m participating in a Writer’s Blog Hop hosted by Ruth L. Snyder for the next several weeks.

For this post, the theme is 2015 writing goals.

I’ve already talked about the issues I’ve been having with my voice, so I’m keeping my goals for this year pretty simple. I don’t set word/page/etc goals anymore.

I have a three-part story arc in this universe that I want to finish by the end of 2015. I had a lot of success last year with a three story set in my fantasy universe, and I decided to try the same thing again for a scifi story this year.  I’ll be talking more about that in a couple of weeks.

That project is connected with Redefining Disability, which is the other main goal here this year. I would like to actually run the story analysis posts and discussions I never got to do last year.

And here’s a bit of a preview, for anyone interested.

There will be more on Saturday, January 17th

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What’s New Here: 2015 and Beyond

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Hi all! Welcome back to for 2015. I hope you all had great holidays.

This blog has been running at half mast for a few months, and I took an unplanned hiatus during December. I’m looking forward to getting things going again, and I have some announcements.

Redefining Disability2Firstly, Redefining Disability.

To recap, The Redefining Disability Project has two independent features. The first feature of the project is a series of topical/information related articles posted on this blog. Some are specific to writing and storytelling with characters who have disabilities. Other posts in the series are just related to disability issues in general.

The second feature of the project is The Redefining Disability Awareness Challenge. The Awareness Challenge is a series of questions that I’ve put together for bloggers to answer at their own pace on their own blogs. The challenge runs independently from the topical series. That means, if you’re taking part in the challenge, you can make your posts weekly or monthly however you choose even when I’m not posting topical content.

This appears to have caused some confusion last year, and I’m working on a better information section to clear things up.

I’ve also recently learned of a few people who have been doing the challenge that I wasn’t aware of before. I apologize for this, and from now on, as long as you’re linking to my Challenge page in your posts, I’ll be able to re-blog your posts. If you aren’t linking to me, I have no way of knowing when you’re posts go live.  I’m going to look into setting up a link-up, which may make things easier.

This month, I have 2 challenge posts of my own that will be going up. I was planning to have another short story ready, but that story has taken on a life of it’s own and become much longer than I expected. After talking to some readers, I’ve decided that I’ll post it in segments here on the blog, and we’ll be able to talk about/analyze the story a piece at a time. This may give story-creators a chance to look at how some of the concepts related to disability can be approached in a longer work.

If you’re interested, I’ll have more about that in tw0 weeks on January 17.


Secondly, We Have The Power: A Masters of the Universe/Princess of Power Memoir

This is a series I’ve been invited to run over on Sourcerer. If it goes well, I’ll be doing more cartoon/children’s media related content there throughout the year. I’m pretty excited about this. If you’ve followed my blog at all, you’ll know that Masters of the Universe and Princess of Power mean a lot to me, and last year’s Disney Princess posts are still some of my most popular.


And Third, a late addition: Ruth L Snyder’s Writer’s Blog Hop

I had a lot of fun and learned a lot last year with Ruth’s Blog Hop for Writers. She’s put another one together, and it fits really well with some posts I have planned already, so I thought I’d give it ago.


I haven’t decided yet whether or not I’m going to be doing ROW80 or IWSG this year. If I do, I’ll probably be starting both in May. I haven’t been doing well at keeping up with updates, and I’d like to be able to finish what I’m working on before I commit to new blog related activities. I definitely won’t be doing the A to Z Challenge. There won’t be much going on here in April, because I expect most of my fellow bloggers to be busy doing A to Z. I plan to use the time to work on another round of Redefining Disability topical posts.

Of course, April is a long way off, and things could change before then. It’s always good to start with a plan, though.

Happy blogging in 2015 everyone!