My story Living, as They Do, at the Bottom of the Sea was published today in Breath & Shadow.
Breath & Shadow is a wonderful publication out of Maine that publishes work focused on disability.
Because my disabilities are “invisible,” I often feel compelled to convince myself that they don’t exist (dangerous), and so, in reaction to this feeling, I do what I can to give them voice and call them what they are. Being published in a magazine of this sort might be helpful to other people who suffer from the same disabilities that I do, but it mostly helps me to remember who and what I am, which in turn helps me do the things I need to do to properly deal with my disabilities.
This story came out of the phrase “Underwater Basket Weaving,” the idiom referring to the supposed absurdity of college classes that don’t teach a definable skill, and the umbrella assumption above this that anything we cannot immediately find a use for (or make money from) must be worthless.
There are many things, in my mind and in the world, that have uses beyond the obvious, or that have value despite a lack of “usefulness.”