Rose B. Fischer is an avid fan of foxes, Stargate: SG-1, and Star Trek. She would rather be on the Enterprise right now.
Since she can’t be a Starfleet Officer, she became a speculative fiction author whose stories feature women who defy cultural stereotypes.
To support her artistic habits, Rose has a paying gig as a Digital Creativity Consultant. She works with female and nonbinary creatives to help build powerful online presences that remain in line with her clients’ artistic visions.
You can find her on https://evilgeniusrbf.com/
Between the popular Netflix series 13 Reasons Why and the recent suicide death of rocker Chris Cornell (of Soundgarden and Audioslave fame) suicide is the internet’s new buzz topic. You’d think that I’d be thrilled about this as a person who often advocates for more openness regarding mental health topics and an end to stigma related to mental illness.
I’m not. I’m more and more frustrated at the way suicide and depression are being discussed right now: as if we who live with depression and/or suicidal ideation are some subspecies of human who either don’t care about others (patently untrue) or can’t be trusted with agency over our own lives or the responsibility of educating and caring for ourselves. Continue reading →
This is both an art share and a texture resource recommendation. Like last week, the pieces I’m sharing includes high res grunge textures created from paper scans and inkstamping. They’re from the same batch of doodles as last week, just a way to get my mind to loosen up.
This is both an art share and a texture resource recommendation. The piece I’m sharing includes high res grunge textures created from paper scans and inkstamping. I did this one to help me get “unstuck with my writing project, so you can see how my art overlaps with the writing.
Writers block has been giving me quite a hassle over the last couple of weeks. My usual tips and tricks for dealing with writer’s block and getting unstuck with my story haven’t worked well, so I had to come up with a new strategy for breaking the block and working through the problem. What I came up with was a way to use my art in a way that further my writing project.
This is a re-post from my old blog. It was part of a project called Redefining Disability, which I’ll talk more about in subsequent posts.
The Mark III armor as featured in the 2008 film Iron Man. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The only character that I have ever felt a strong sense of identification with as a person who has a disability is Tony Stark.
You might find this surprising, because Tony doesn’t really identify as someone with a disability. He isn’t presented that way. He doesn’t think of the shrapnel near his heart as something that fundamentally changes him, “separates him” from other people, or puts him in a completely different category of human experience. That’s usually an issue in fiction whenever a main character has an acquired injury. Unless we’re talking about mental health issues like PTSD, Tony as an icon for disability awareness probably doesn’t register in people’s minds. That’s EXACTLY why Tony is more representative of my experience as a person with a disability than anyone else.
It can be difficult to know how to help someone who is going through a difficult time, especially if they’re dealing with grief and the loss of a loved one. Often, you want to help but feel awkward and don’t know what you can do. Helplessness is the worst sort of feeling in these situations, and it leads many people to back off or not take action because they aren’t comfortable.
In this post, I’ve put together 10 suggestions that you might be able to use to help a loved one in this difficult time.
Grief and loss are intensely personal experiences, but most of our rituals for honoring or remembering a loved one who has died are public and social. This can be a great way to connect with others and gain support during a time of mourning, but you may also want a more private, reflective way to express your sadness, loss, or other emotions and to remember the person you are grieving.
When my grandpa died this February, I knew that I was not going to be able to attend his funeral service. I still wanted to honor him and find a way to process my feelings about him. Here is a list of 10 ideas I have for privately honoring a departed loved one.