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…


Thoughts from a chronically ill, geeky writer. Posts extremely likely to include topics like disability, feminism, social justice, sci-fi, fantasy, and video games. Put on your nerd hat, folks.