Feb 13, 2020

I am an advocate for including characters with illnesses and disabilities in your fiction, including heroes, side characters, and villains. But be careful when your villain has a disability, as there are some tired, harmful tropes associated with these characters and it’s best to avoid them. Here are some tips on what to consider. Avoid…

Jan 16, 2020

When I saw the trailer for “Morbius,” Sony’s upcoming film about a doctor turned pseudo-vampire, I wasn’t expecting another blow to people with disabilities and illnesses. If I had been familiar with the Marvel comics character, Michael Morbius, I would have known better. The trailer suggests the movie is sticking pretty close to the original…


A chronically ill, geeky writer’s thoughts. Topics include disability, sci-fi and fantasy books, video games, and other things I care about. Disclaimer: Not medical advice. Not a request for medical advice.


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