Life in a wheelchair: A summary

Dear able-bodied people, this is the summary what it’s like to be in a wheelchair and I hope you never find yourself in that situation. But,if you do, be prepared to be the ‘inspiration’ to your friends, even strangers just for doing silly things like; taking a train ride without a ‘caregiver’. Of course you’ll face discrimination but of course ableism too and the list below is just a small insight:

1) When you take your wheelchair for repair, you won’t see it again for 300 years.

2) people immediately use singsong tone of voice when they see a person using wheels.

3) You always have to act grateful for help you didn’t need.

4) A shop isn’t accessible if it’s got a tiny step at the front.

5) People pat your head and bend down to you.

6) Don’t leave your chair in the sun, you’ll burn your bum when you get back in.

7) You will be confronted with the miracle in the alcohol meme and so called friends will find hilarious.

8) You always get the view of people’s behinds.

9) doorways being too small.

10) Ableism and inspirational porn.

At my mentors book signing

On this day my best friend gave me a typewriter; was the day I became a writer

The rest of thee photos show me in my wheelchair in New York City on a visit in 2014

All personal photos ©️ Rachel Marie.

I hope you all enjoyed this post and have learnt something from it. It is so easy to fall into these habits, people in wheelchairs are just people who want to get on with the day, not to necessarily be your inspiration or make you feel good about yourself if someone in a wheelchair is asking for help and doing it for praise or major props with friends and family. You don’t help someone because you feel sorry for them You do it just because you saw another person struggling to get through the day and needs a hand to make it better

You don’t get an instant helo around your head. Be aware of ableism, it can be very patronising and eeven border on bullying help us in the disabled community stamp it out by not doing the things on the above list.

Many thanks,

A Wheelchair user, who is also an author and has Chronic fatigue syndrome but she still remains to be bad ass with her humor and has a wardrobe bursting with vintage clothes… My friends think she has a shopping problem not just the vintage clothes for her on dying love for reading and needing a box to writing my friends think she has a shopping problem not just the vintage clothes for her undying love for reading and and need to buy notebooks to wwrite her short sttories in

By the way, my debut novel, carefree and consequence is available to buy on my blog for which will take you Amazon. The reviews speak for themselves. Available in paperback, hardback large print and, kindle. You don’t actually need a Kindle device to read this book you can just download it from your App Store. Or aask in your local library to order you a copy.

My second project is completing a list of writing prompts and putting them together in an anthology for sale. There are so many genres I can showcase then with this book. You can see my romantic side, you can see my funny side, you can see my spooky side, you can see mmy thriller side and you can see my serious side too. It will be a mixture of poetry and prose and trying to finish it by March 7 2021.

For now, go buy my book and see how you like my romantic side and love for the 1950s

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New manageable project whilst in pain: Short and Sweet.

I think this may be book 2: 365 writing prompts turned into completed compositions/poetry gathered into anthology.. ‘When it’s Me with a pen and paper versus ME and Persistent pain’. One small piece of writing a day approximately 500 words per page, with the actual prompt written for you at the top of the page (so you know what’s going on.) It’s a prompt book with all different genres.. you’ll get to see my spooky side, my thriller side and my funny side!! Obviously, the book will also give i#nformation on what ME is, some helpful tips and tricks and some organisations that can help.

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Right now I don’t have to worry about complicated scenes just yet. I just need to get over promoting my first book and getting my arthritis under control. My next big drama will be probably out by the end of next year. But I’m going to focus on this funny little project first. Do you think it’s a good idea? I’ve given myself the deadline of March 2020… Prompt or two a day; will bring you short compositions (like the ones I post on my blog from A-level) Your way.

Also please don’t forget to click on my carefree and consequence page where you can read reviews and click the links it will take you to buy you a copy on Amazon whether that be paperback, hardback large print, or kindle. Every ounce of support helps and you also gain recognition for what they worked hard for over the years and for not giving up

Self care Sunday tips

  1. Organise your week ahead so you know what you need to deal with – For example personal appointments in blue ink and work related appointments in black
  2. Write yourself a list for every day with things/small tasks you need fo accomplish – using the green, amber and red colour coding system.
    Print out any essential handouts for work or class and make annotations on them ready to bring up at the seminar/meeting
    Decided your outfits ready for the week.
    Shave and wax.
    Get a manicure done
  1. Don a hydrating face mask, then cleanse and moisturerize
  2. Replenish any handbag essentials like a spare cardigan/plasters/makeup/healthy snacks
  3. Lie in a hot bubbly bath, light a few candles/incense and relax with a paperback you’ve been dying to read.
  1. Straighten your hair the night before
  2. Prepare your lunch and breakfast
  3. Listen to positive music
  4. Get an early night
  5. Charge all devices

NHS: Can we save it from distress?

The beeps of 

the stat machine

are the beating heart.
The nurses and doctors

Keep the oxygen flowing

So that when a crisis starts,

We can keep on going.
The smell of antiseptic 

Is the scent of 

sucsess and hope.
Whilst the the warmth

On the wards wraps

You in a warm hug

To keep you going.
Each pill is dished 

With tender care, the

Blue scrubs hide angel 

Wings under there.
The food may be basic

But, for some it’s a decent meal.

The clean sheets and kind words

help to heal.
Yes, it’s under strain 

And suffering a great deal.

However besides paperwork and

Budget cuts, miracles are revealed.
Life, death all happen here

Yet, only the unfortunate is

Revealed.
Be kind to our NHS 

and treat with respect. 

Often it’s a service that people

Forget.
So fight for our NHS please,

Don’t stop! Otherwise we may

As well stop the clock 

On the progress we’ve made

Because it wasn’t saved

Yet, a vital part: societies 

beating heart.

For those who still haven’t bought Carefree And Consequence

and for Fhose who haven’t got round to purchasing their copy yet, I’m copying you in again to.see you don’t forget. Otherwise you’re missing out on the steamy romance and the first chapter is not to be missed!

Kindle copy £1.99 (Make sure your kindle is switched on to automatic updates, for you to receive error-free an manuscript and bonus content too)

and paperback has increased to £4.75 due to extra content and font size.

The paperback version will be available to purchase tomorrow or this evening at the very latest please keep an eye out

Non fiction: Travolta Fever!

Fever

A brief look at the early career of John Travolta and how my seven year Love affair began.

Word count: 1519

By Rachel Jeffery

Before we delve into Travolta’s early career I would like to offer a little context as to why this is my chosen subject. I was thirteen when I discovered Travolta in the 2007 reboot of Hairspray where he played Tracy Turnblads mother Edna and I was simply transfixed, here was an actor who played a woman with deep sensitivity and realism (As the film deals with body image and racism) whilst being comical at the same time. It was like an itch, I simply needed to know everything about this actor. You may ask why and I’ll be honest it was at the time where my relationship with my biological father was at its lowest ebb and my step father was more like a big brother. Of course, I loved Grease and Saturday Night Fever in which he is most known for, but what about his early career and rise to fame? Surely that should be celebrated too? After all it is the early life experiences that shape an actor and where he can use them for his emotional advantage in whatever role.

Well, that’s where this is where my article comes in. I know it is an unusual practice in articles analysing an actors early life and career but I cannot help but add my own personal opinions in the parenthesis below. I also cannot help but add an open note to my beloved hero in case he may read this. (Sue me, I don’t care if it’s not non fiction writing etiquette I just have to much love and passion to pour out onto the page.)

John Joseph was born on February 18th 1954 to Salvatore Travolta, an ex footballer and tyre salesman and his mother Helen, an actress and drama teacher. He is the youngest of his six siblings and despite being type cast as an Italian American he is actually Irish. Before he found he found Scientology during filming his small part in Devils Rain, 1975, was raised as a Catholic. Living over an airfield in New Jersey it’s no wonder his passion for aviation was ignited. In fact, in an interview Travolta said ‘I was nine when I first flew, it was a birthday gift. What I didn’t know was that the plane had a bathroom and so I wet myself.’ (Don’t worry, even I’ve held my pee on a six hour flight to New York I’m sure the majority of readers can relate.) He would later become a qualified pilot and representative for Quantas airlines. (My own father was a flight attendant so I can see the lure of travel.)

Travolta also was very dramatic as a child; ‘As the youngest I got away with a lot. If I thought something was unfair, I’d run away for a half hour to the end of the block. I would tiptoe back in and my dad would be singing ‘where has Johnny gone?’ and he’d open his arms to me and say ‘Johnny!’ It was a regular thing so my parents weren’t fazed’. (As the youngest, I too can relate to this and also because of my Disability I got away with what only can be describe as blue murder)

In his teenager years, he dropped out of high school to pursue acting in his mother’s professional productions. (The experience of being what he described as an ‘average’ student at school would later provide inspiration for his Welcome Back Kotter character in what can only be described nowadays as the ‘special education’ unit for likely drop outs and the dimmest bulbs in the light bulb section at B and Q) Later on to earn his equity card, he starred in many commercials for various things like trousers, deodorant and even motorbikes! Later on he starred infomercials for the US He then landed his first professional stage show as Roger in Grease but as he was underage at 17 he had to tour chaperoned by his sisters. He also starred in the stage musical ‘Over here!’

Was the young actor destined to play one of the most iconic roles in cinematic history as Danny Zuko in the smash hit Grease in 1978 and steal our hearts? He then moved to Los Angeles and had small television roles such as fall victim in Emergency (The only connection I have with this is that I’m a regular visitor to my own accident and emergency department.)

But before that he found his big break in the 1975 Gabe Caplin sitcom Welcome Back Kotter as Vinnie Barbarino, the loveable, slick but dim witted teen crush. (Travolta’s comedy was something I tried to emulate in my own plays/writing later on. In fact I was so obsessed with Grease I began writing fan fiction which later developed into its own romantic novella with characters of my own imagination) His fame sky rocketed over night – he even had a doll modelled after his character Vinnie and was on various other Welcome back Kotter merchandise. (Which I bid £200 on but was grossly outbid.) But sadly, all good things must come to end. Due to Travolta being in demand he left the show and procured roles in films such as Devils Rain as Danny after that he was cast as Billy the bully in an adaption of Stephen Kings Carrie, 1976. (Bad guy John Travolta is my favourite, as well as endearing John in films like Look Who’s Talking, 1987)

Travolta then had a hit single at no. 10 with let her in and then later on his debut album. Travolta has credited these songs as to why he won the converted role as Danny Zuko which Henry Wrinkler ‘The Fons’ turned down. (Thank the lord because Travolta and Newton John of one of pop cultures most iconic duos and if the role had gone to someone else I firmly believe that the movie would not become as much as beloved classic) : ‘it’s because of those of records that the Grease producers knew I could sing’. (As I write, I am listening to both albums as we speak to help gain inspiration.) But before Grease he gained attention notice for his lead role as Todd, a boy born with no immune system in The boy in the plastic bubble where he had his first serious relationship with Diana Hyland who played his on screen mother in the film. She sadly past away of breast cancer, Travolta would use his grief as his driving force to succeed and use the experience in later films such as Face off in 1996 (my favourite of his 90’s resurgence) But, let’s get back to the matter at hand, The film where Travolta played his first serious lead role was awarded four Emmys and even starred Kelly Ward who Travolta would reunite with when they both filmed Grease. (Like I wrote earlier, Grease was destined to be in Travolta’s life one way or another.)

Then of course, came Grease and Saturday night fever where he was honoured to be the youngest academy award nominee that year at 24. He recalls his mother turning to him and saying ‘I hope you don’t win, because then you’ll have something to look forward too.’ This is a dedication to one of the worlds most iconic actors, who went from small television cameos, to the king of comedy and then triple threat to a dramatic actor. Who have we got to thank for Travolta’s rise to fame? His own tenacity in a fickle world of show business and its because of this and his experiences early on in life that he has become one of the worlds greatest actors.

Unlike actors of my own generation Travolta did not rely on nepotism to get his foot in the door and neither did he have the benefit of a social media following, it was all pure hustling and dedication to his craft and learning from others around him and his own life experiences that would propel (pardon the aviation humour) to the top.

So, to end I shall say thank you to John who in 2007 ambled into my life and turned it upside down. Since then I have written you many letters and collected all your films. I even gave my own mother the silent treatment in 2014 when she couldn’t take me to see you at Durery Lane theatre and got my auntie to pay a ridiculous price for the first season of WBK. I hope one day that we may meet in person and I can say thank to you in person for not only your films but the warm feeling I get when I see you on tv or Instagram. If anyone mentions you my back is immediately up and if they paint you in anything less than angelic light I instantly come to your defence.

Yes, it is true there is something called Travolta Fever and it gives me chills and with each interview or movie release they multiply.