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  I have a new article up on the Mythcreants blog! People create monsters that reflect the fears of their society, including fears about disability. Because of this, ableism has been incorporated into our depictions of monsters. In some cases, disability is used to make monsters seem dangerous, unsettling, or unpredictable. Other times, it’s used […]

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  In order to make these transcripts as accessible as possible, each one is produced in four formats: as an online post for access convenience, in a word document with a low vision friendly font (Veranda), in a pdf with a dyslexia friendly font (OpenDyslexic), and a low contrast blue on black pdf as an […]

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Bonus Cast 9 – Anxiety Tools: Orienting

Today I’m sharing some tools I have been using that have been extremely helpful for dealing with anxiety. I’ll also be giving an update on what is going on for me, and I’ll wrap up by sharing some of the projects I’ve been working on.

The goal of this tool set is to help a person’s nervous system connect to the present moment. The way I understand it is that when people are upset, their mind is usually focusing on the past or the future. Helping the nervous system connect to the present helps it calm down. I find that these tools are helpful during stressful moments, but they can also can be used at other times to increase calm and relaxation. For example, I often use them to help myself get sleepy at bedtime.

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New Disability Q & A Articles

I have a monthly Q & A series on the Mythcreants blog that is goes up on the third Monday of each month, where I answer reader questions about portraying disability. I wanted to share the most recent articles in this series with all of you. This Q & A is the most recent one: […]

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  In collaboration with the folks at the Mythcreants blog, once a month I will be answering a reader question about disability representation. Each answer will be posted on the Mythcreants blog on the third Monday of each month. I’m really excited about this series, because it is an opportunity for me to talk more […]

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  “How Should I Approach Disability in a Pirate Story?” is a Q & A on the Mythcreants blog where I answer a reader question about representing disability without falling into stereotypes. Here is the Question: “This question may actually be more for Fay Onyx, but let me know what you think. I’m working on […]

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“How Can I Make My World Accommodating to Disabled People?” is a Q & A on the Mythcreants blog where I answer a reader question about accessibility in a historical fantasy setting. Here is the Question: “I am writing a non-magical fantasy story set in a low-tech world that is primarily composed of city-states with […]

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A collaboration podcast with the Mythcreants about harmful disability tropes in stories! (There is a transcript in the show notes.) “More than one in ten Americans is disabled, making it one of the largest marginalized groups in the country. Even so, storytellers often have a really difficult time portraying disabled characters. We want to change […]

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A collaboration podcast with the Mythcreants about creating magical schools! (There is a transcript in the show notes.) “Let’s face it: most of us really want to attend a special school where they teach you magic spells. The only problem is that these schools all seem to be incredibly dangerous. Sometimes they’re filled with monsters, […]

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I’m excited to be part of this Mythcreants podcast episode on avoiding fridging characters! (There are transcripts <3) “Fiction has a long history of sacrificing marginalized characters to further the arcs of privileged characters, but these days we have a name for that: fridging. Most of us understand that fridging is bad, but why is […]

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