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Day lives in Washington DC with her partner and two very spoiled labradors. By day (no pun intended) she is a mild-mannered Legislative and Federal Affairs Officer but by night she is another frantic-typing, tea-swilling, candle-burning writer. She loves action movies, fantasy novels, cozy mysteries on a rainy afternoon, and is hopelessly addicted to Panera turkey-artichoke sandwiches.

Permission to Come Aboard, Captain? – Star Trek: Discovery and the #Disability Visibility Podcast

Mug with Text: Future is Disabled

Earl Grey?

Getting caught up on my blogging. 🙂 Or at least keeping a record of all the things I do here and there and don’t want to forget about. This last week I got to talk about one of my all-time favorite franchises: Star Trek. Yup, I’ll admit it. In the battle between Star Wars and Star Trek, Trek wins it for me. Every time.

There is something about the exploration and adventure and the sense of hope for a better future that really speaks to me.

Alice Wong (who is amazing by the way) hosted Andrew Pulrang of DisabilityThinking and myself, for a conversation about disability representation in Star Trek: Discovery, what we hope to see the from the show in the future, and why science fiction is political. 

You can listen to the whole podcast on the Disability Visibility Project website here: https://disabilityvisibilityproject.com/2018/01/01/ep-15-star-trek-discovery/

And if you’re not quite sure…let me give you a couple of quotes:

“Science fiction has always been about the idea of possibility and what-if…it lets us also think about society and culture and how those kinds of things change. We are seeking opportunities in a better future. Star Trek has always, in many ways, been about hope, and that’s the thing I love the most about it.”

and

“The other small thing about science fiction in general, whether it’s dystopic or it’s more on that hopeful side, science fiction has always, always been a political animal. Star Trek has always been political. It has criticized the way we look at race and sexuality and misogyny and the way we look at ageism and the way we even look at disability and war and how we treat each other, commerce, economics. It has made us think about those things because it offers an opportunity to criticize them by taking it out of our world…. It’s easier to see it from outside than it is to see it from yourself. I think that’s one of the biggest advantages of reading science fiction..”

 

 

Book Research: The Arab Jeweler

You can tell I’m in research mode as I keep finding little snippets of things that set my mind spinning. And of course, I have to save some of these snippets for fear I shall forget.

Today’s inspiration is an oil painting in the Metropolitan Museum of Art called The Arab Jeweler from about 1882 by Charles Sprague Pearce (1851–1914). It is very much in line with the rise of public interest in the “exotic” and Orientalist themes, but I will say, I still found the image striking.

Arab Jeweler by Pearce

Random #Research Finds

Working on a project. Doing some research. Collecting information, images, and footage. And had to share this.

AwesomeCon Panel – Trauma & Neurodiversity Images in Comics

Yes, believe it or not, for once I am actually posting about an event BEFORE I attend/present. This coming weekend is AwesomeCon and I will be on a panel about “Trauma & Neurodiversity Images in Comics.” Although I know the focus is on comics, I hope to at least address the presence and representation of trauma and mental health in the recent spate of television series’ based on comic books; Jessica Jones and Legion come to mind specifically.