A call for writers and some moments of Cats and Awesome

I feel like a character in a musical this morning, my mood is so good. I was actually cranky for the last few days and couldn’t figure out why. I finally had alone time (something I miss with caregivers, alone time to me means days of solitude) but I just hurt and hurt. Sprite and her magic paws of awesomeness found the source of the epic pain. That isn’t the source of my good mood however.

Here is a science fiction writing contest with a theme on disability, the rules stipulate the disabled character cannot be disabled to mark their evil. This is the main reason that I have not read any sci fi in the last year, as I have grown tired of the same tropes, it wounds me. I’ve instead begun to write scripts and dramas that focus on this very thing. I am going to enter (will start that story once I finish my show pitch and between composing for the composition gig). If you are a writer, want to try your hand at it, or know someone who may be interested pass it along. This entire paragraph is a link that is screaming CLICK ME.

Ria, an ally and a friend on Facebook also shared this link with me today. It’s a call for papers about the same topic, disability and literature. I think addressing the treatment of those of us with disabilities in writing is a huge step towards being enabled by our communities. Not tolerated, not accepted, not just respected but enabled and embraced. So this paragraph is also a link that is screaming CLICK ME.

I know that on the competitive side of things some of you may be wondering why I would want competition but, I am the sort of person that likes it. I want to go against the best so that when I win there is no doubt in my mind that victory was deserving and if I lose then I can just try again and again. Sometimes of course I am disheartened but, I feel already a winner with this literary contest. Not because I will win, but because I feel my humanity is being embraced, my flag flown high, I feel enabled. I am enabled to find something to read that doesn’t have me rolling my eyes at the helplessness, evilness, or apparent horror that is NOT actually inherent with disability.

Now on to the crankiness. It’s another Sprite Tale. I have lived with her for five or six years now, can’t peg it today which is fine with me. Each day she amazes me with her intuitive nature. Florence Nightengale wishes she had my cat for her nursing aide. From the waist down for the last few days my pain level has been slowly increasing. I couldn’t peg it and was going to call the doctor this morning although I just saw her. This started the day after my last appointment.

The ache in my knees was bigger than anything the arthritis causes, and since it was rainy I was certain that was the culprit. I did my normal rub downs to check for dislocations and there wasn’t any sign of one. Everything felt normal if a bit squishy. I chalked it up to a few days of a flair up and tried to go with it. Yesterday the pain got worse, and worse, and worse. By the time it was 11 pm I had to throw in the towel and went to try and sleep. As I laid down Sprite did her evening body check.

She started with my head and worked her way down tucking my blanket in around me. This limits how much I can move without waking up, but since I have to wake up anyway and it’s very comforting I don’t mind. It’s one of the very human things Sprite does that amuses me and makes me wonder why people think that the cat has to be the baby. Nymph was helping and worked her way down after, which tickled considerably. I managed to not laugh too much and after Sprite was done she curled up to purr on my knees.

Sprite proved to me long ago that her purring can ease my pain. I am sure there is a psychological component but she usually warms and massages the muscles and there is some mention in a national geographic that I can’t find (or I’d give you the source) that the cats purr can increase bone density. It’s being studied. Cats do purr more when they are wounded and Sprite purrs more and closer to my body’s aches and pains.

I felt it then, I really had dislocated my knee. It wasn’t something I had felt because the bone had tried to go back into place and was pinching the tissues. I could feel the exact spot that was out, it wasn’t my knee cap which is the usual suspect but instead my stretchy tissues had let my knee snap down when I’d stumbled in the bathroom, the one place I have to walk.

With a different type of dislocation I had to figure out how to fix it, but with Sprite’s help that didn’t actually take much. I just dangled my leg over the end of the bed, she went on the floor and pushed up. It hurt, but I could feel gravity pull things apart and with her pushing up, not a lot of force needed, everything snapped into place. It made me feel like I am a giant Lego. The sound was similar.

She tucked me in again and resumed purring on my knees. I slept for four hours uninterrupted, which is twice as much as normal. Nymph and Sprite took turns being closest to my legs when I would shift or roll over. This morning my legs still ache but the pain is almost subtle, almost normal, and it is decreasing rapidly. My muscles are tired from over compensating so it will be a few days but once again Sprite has amazed me with her grasp of how to make her human better.

If I had a million cat dollars (mouse tails perhaps?) I’d give them to her just for her awesomeness.

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2 Comments

  1. Another disability trope that annoys me, asides from the ones you mention, is the super hero trope (ok, maybe not technically sci fi, more like fantasy) where the super hero is disabled but has a power that just happens to conveniently cancel out the disability, at least in certain situations. Like the Dare devil who is blind, but who has a super power that lets him use sound in a way to basically replace his vision (hears the echo off things or some such). Or there is apparently this deaf character in “Heros” who has a similar sort of super power, sees sounds as colors. Or, just today, I came across a story that apparently (I wasn’t able to read it, only saw the summary) is about a blind detective who is able to touch a corpse and see its last 18 seconds of living memory. Which I suppose must come in use when investigating murders and so forth. And I can’t remember any examples, but I imagine there must be somewhere out there some fiction character with a mobility impairment that also has telekinses and thus can make himself walk with that power. But why couldn’t they have assigned that sound-as-colors power to, say, someone who uses a wheelchair; telekinsis to a deaf person; ability to touch a corpse and see its last memories to someone with dyslexia. Or whatever.

    Sorry, I couldn’t resist the soap box. Both of these contests sound cool, though I haven’t decided if I have time to contribute to either. I’ve shared a link to your post via my facebook.

  2. I was trying to not be too ranty hence my giant links. I stopped watching heroes after the super hero that’s power was to not need crutches anymore happened. My roommates at the time thought I was being ridiculous but, in reality I was greatly offended. I am not a Heroes fan though. I thought it was actually derivative and uncreative. Nothing I haven’t comicbooked before.

    You have listed all of the reasons I don’t like Marvel Comics. X-men is extremely guilty of this use of power to cancel out disability, Xavier has used his telekenisis in the past to over come, as they would say it, his disability.

    In my collection of comic books I want to write is a story about a person with a power that is disabling but still really cool. (Nothing like Rogue, the only hero I can think of that is disabled by her power off of the top of my head)

    I hope you have the time, I just found out about the Teach Me call, so I am not sure I can make that deadline. Too many other projects!


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