Saturday, 30 January 2016

Geekery of the Weekery: Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer

We really love Animal crossing at my house.  Between four of us, we have three different iterations of the game: Wild World, Let's Go to the City, and multiple versions of New Leaf so that we could visit each others' towns.  So of course I was pretty excited to try Happy Home Designer when it was first announced, after all I haven't yet met an Animal Crossing game I didn't like.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

I'm Disabled - On person-first language

I have been flip-flopping about this topic for a few years now, ever since I heard about person-first language.  To be honest, I'm still not altogether sure where I stand on it.  The debate has and will no doubt long continue within the disability community.  Here are some of my thoughts, on it though.  Forewarning though, this is a long one and pretty full-on and I get a bit academic in places but I promise you it's important info and I've done my best to make it easy to understand, so grab a cuppa and let's get stuck in!

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Geekery of the Weekery: Submerged

I've recently been playing an adorable Indie video game from Uppercut Games in Australia called Submerged.  Another game of an increasingly popular genre of game that pushes the boundaries of traditional understandings of what is a game, being a work of art and far from the first person shooters that have dominated the video game realm.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Your Pain is Valid

Last week I talked about people trying to outdo each other in terms of their health and disability issues.  Today I'm going to talk about almost the opposite.

Though I find myself doing it (even after I first came up with the idea of this post!) in different contexts but similar situations, I've always found it very weird when my abled friends are sharing their burdens with me commiserating (that's what friends are for after all) and they'll complain that their back hurts or something, then look at me and I'll see a look of horror and guilt flash across their face followed by profuse apologies.  As if they're not allowed to have a sore back or complain about it because my own back is so fucked up.  My best friend still does it even, though I tell her the same thing every time: 'Your pain is valid'.

Sunday, 17 January 2016

On Spoons and Appropriation

Before I start the next week of posts, I want to make this unscheduled post to address an issue that has come to my attention within the disability community by courtesy of this article.  The reason I feel it particularly important for me to address is due to its connection in subject matter to Tuesday's post: Invisible vs Visible Disabilities.  For those not familiar with The Spoon Theory, here is a description, but for the purposes of brevity, I've always summed it up as a good way for people with inhibitive energy levels to explain to able-bodied people what it's like to be so limited.

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Geekery of the Week-ery: Dungeons and Dragons

Last week I joined in a game that a few years ago I considered to be too nerdy even for me.  I played my first ever game of Dungeons and Dragons.  I’m not so elitist now, but I still won’t be LARPing (live action role playing – just YouTube it if you’ve not heard of it) any time soon (though to be honest that has more to do with the limits on my energy levels and physical ability than anything else).  I had tried a bit of tabletop role playing before as my flatmates and I and a friend who acted as GM (Games Master) have had a few goes at a Shadowrun role playing game.  However we probably could not have picked a more difficult RPG (Roleplaying game) to start with and spent a good three or four all-day sessions simply trying to fine-tune our character creation, equipment and inventories in the face of all the possible specifications and options.  We’ve only managed one campaign so far for various reasons – mostly scheduling issues, but we’ll definitely get there eventually!  So when someone at a board gaming group I belong to offered to run a one-off short campaign to teach newbies, I jumped at the chance.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Invisible vs Visible Disabilities

On the corners of the internet I frequent the most, I’ve seen a lot of what I call ‘Oppression Olympics’, where people of certain types of disabilities claim to have things worse than people with other types of disabilities.  This isn’t a new thing of course, nor is it exclusive to the disability sector.  People love to draw comparisons.  It’s why some people when having a rough time with things see someone suffering, they’ll go ‘oh well at least I don’t have that problem’, or you’ll get people comparing their various aches and pains or misfortunes in conversation.  Obviously from the post title, you’ll have gathered that I’m writing specifically about the comparisons of visible versus invisible disability, as I seem to be seeing more and more posts comparing the two as worse or better than each other.

Sunday, 10 January 2016

An Intro to The Affliction Fiction

I've been told by various people that I should start a blog, so after putting it out to vote and getting a 100% yes result, here it is!

So my spine kinda looks like this...
Credit: Altor Gultarte
So first, here's a little about me.  I'm generally known as Elle.  I'm a Kiwi woman approaching my 30s and studying Policy at university, and I have multiple disabilities both visible and invisible.  Some I was born with, some that developed in my adolescence.  The one most affecting my life being a severe case of kyphoscoliosis (Scoliosis) that started when I was 14.  Another disability that I have had from birth is still as yet a medical mystery even after consulting a myriad of specialists.  My body definitely likes to rebel the norms and keep things 'interesting'.