When I started writing in high school, I had only one goal in mind, and it was to make people understand me. It is not easy being in the world trapped in a damaged body with an active mind. There had been a countless times in my life I wanted to add to conversation, but I kept quiet because by the time that I got out what I wanted to say the conversation had moved onto another subject.
By the time the Internet became cool and commonplace, I jumped on it, knowing it would make things a little easier for me, and it has for the most part--but it has changed me in many ways. For example, I hardly talk anymore, and it is getting harder for my family to understand me. I don't want that to occur because I don't want to depend on an assistive device to speak. I know I will have to get one once Roxi and I get published.
That isn't the only reason why I write. Most of the books I've read as a kid, none of the characters were disabled except for Susannah in The Dark Tower. I wanted to see more disabled persons as a MC, and I knew I was the right person to do it. I don't even take it easy on them because being easy on them is the cruelest thing I possibly could do to them, and I want my novels to be as realistic as possible.
On the writing front, I have started on Earth, and we have started on the third draft of Dayúh. Hopefully, by June, we will have it to our beta readers.
To do list for 2009:
1. Finish editing Dayúh (started)
2. Send Dayúh into the cruel world
3. Write Earth (started)