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You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.

Octavia E. Butler

About My Books

Super Sick is a geek's guide to making peace with chronic illness. Not only is it full of personal stories (my own and others'), but uses examples from pop culture to demonstrate how sick characters should be portrayed in fiction.

Writing Advice

Read. Practice. Persevere. Those things matter more than talent, because writing is a skill you learn, just like playing an instrument. You get better by doing it, learning the theory, and practicing technique.

Inspirations

See below for a list of things that have inspired me as a writer, editor, and human being.

Fiction

My favourite fantasy book is THE PRIORY OF THE ORANGE TREE by Samantha Shannon (beware, it's HUGE). SABRIEL by Garth Nix, HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE by Diana Wynne Jones, and the MURDERBOT series by Martha Wells also have special places in my heart.

Nonfiction

I love Felicia Day's autobiography and I've never laughed so hard at a book as I have at Alli Brosh's HYPERBOLE AND A HALF. I appreciate the books on chronic illness by Michele Lent Hirsch, Kira Lynne, and Maya Dusenbery.

Video Games

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA is my biggest fandom. Hyrule forever. MASS EFFECT, DRAGON AGE, and FINAL FANTASY are up there too, and I have enjoyed so many amazing indie games like UNDERTALE, GRIS, and ORI AND THE BLIND FOREST.

TV Shows

I watch a lot of TV... cause... chronic illness. So I have a list of recommendations as long as the potential side effects of the medications I take (that's long). FIREFLY, THE CLONE WARS, AVATAR, SAMURAI JACK, THE OFFICE, and CHUCK are among my all-time favourites.

Movies

I will never complain about more Star Wars movies, especially if they include Ahsoka Tano. More Ahsoka, please. I still haven't seen a fantasy movie I like as much as THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy. Studio Ghibli does no wrong.

Tabletop Games

I've played a druid, fighter, ranger, bard, and rogue in D&D. What I've learned: bards are good at EVERYTHING. Some of my favourite board games include GALAXY TRUCKER, EVERDELL, and SPIRITS OF THE FOREST.

Coming May '20

The desire to feel connected to and accepted by others is built into us. We want to feel like we belong, like we are home. Pain separates us from that feeling.

Allison Alexander, SUPER SICK

Super Sick is a geek's guide to making peace with chronic illness. Not only is it full of personal stories (my own and others'), but uses examples from pop culture to demonstrate how sick characters should be portrayed in fiction.