Do you identify as disabled and/or Deaf and/or with disability?
Why do you do what you do?
I write (novels, stories, essays) because I have to. I can’t not write. Apart from my grandchildren, it is what brings me the most pleasure in life. I can meditate for ages on whether a semi-colon or a comma best fits a sentence. Moreover, my writing gives me the instruments I need to be heard. The words give me a voice. And within those words are contained the things I believe in, the things that make me angry, the things I believe need to change so generations beyond mine will have a beautiful space to live in. I do stand-up for similar reasons. It too gives me a voice. Initially I started out because I wanted to shout out in anger about my Bi-polar but eventually, doing that, opened me up to the experiences of others with disabilities whose take on life contrasts sharply with mine. Now, when I’m up on that stage, I hope I speak for all of us.
What are you looking for?
More chances to write and perform my work.