It’s Just Science

If you can’t punch the wind, then how can a mask stop the Corovidvirus? #itsscience

If you can’t strangle a shadow, then how can a mask stop Caroona 15? #itsscience

If you can’t have sex with the sunshine, then how can a mask stop Cordova? #itsscience

If you can’t crap into a spinning blender, then how can a mask stop a cortizone shot? #itsscience

If a fish can’t use a microwave, then how can a mask color coordinate? #itsscience

If whale can’t potato bilge, then who can max coca cola? #itsscience

Note: all of the above is as scientifically accurate as just about anything that’s been used to challenge the efficacy of masks.

Pro Parable

Day 1: Man is throwing lit matches at an open barrel of gasoline. “Don’t infringe upon my rights!”

Day 2: The entire neighborhood is on fire.

Day 3, Part 1: Man looks contrite. “There was no way of knowing what would happen. I’m deeply sorry for any damage that happened”.

Day 3, Part 2: “The man has clearly learned his lesson. Punishing him further could only be seen as cruel and counterproductive.”

Day 4: Man is throwing lit matches at an open barrel of gasoline. “Don’t infringe upon my rights!”

Ebook Available!

Well, here it is:  the novel is now available. As I said in a previous post, this is an important one to me. When my daughter and I were looking for YA books that featured central characters with cerebral palsy (which my daughter has), the pickings were, as they say, slim. While I won’t make the argument that my novel is a perfect representation (like autism, there’s a wide range of mobility and severity for people with CP), I do hope that it’s a relatively early entry in what could become a larger body of literature representing multiple facets of the lives of teens with physical disabilities. The specific type of CP that one of the main three characters has is hemiplegic, meaning that it effects only one side of the body (the right, in my daughter’s case). This is different than a  paraplegia that effects both legs and neither arm or quadriplegia, which would effect all four limbs. Even this distinction is part of what can make trying to represent physical disabilities complex and challenging. All that to say, the character in the book has struggles, exercises, and concerns that are similar to what my daughter might have, but even if I were to represent her experience with perfect accuracy (obviously not what happens in the book; to the best of my knowledge, there aren’t paranormal forces endangering her in high school, but maybe at her next 504 plan meeting I’ll be proven wrong), it would not represent all people with CP or even all high schoolers with CP.

Anyway, before I spend too much time talking about the failings of the book, here’s the link to the ebook. Print copies should be available later:


New Book!

I’ll be starting to shift things a bit from my previous focus for this blog. I have a new book coming out in May, and I’ll start promoting it here. It’s not entirely outside of the focus on diversity and representation, though. The book is a novel (The Three of Them, Rogue Phoenix Press) with disabled protagonists. In particular, one of the titular three has hemiplegic cerebral palsy, which is what my daughter has. This book comes partially from a recognition that there isn’t a lot of decent representation of disability in American YA fiction. While the book is, of course, imperfect, I hope that it can be an early entry in what will hopefully be a larger body of work.