Little Sea Bear

Book Reviews, Survival Tips and More—By A Disabled Student Who Writes.

About

Here’s a little about myself.

The initials of my name are S. E. A and W. So as you can see, the first part spells sea. I love the water, despite being the fire sign, Aries. Maybe that’s why I’m attracted to candles?

The A in my name is Ann and just like Anne of Green Gables, I believe Ann should be spelt with an E, but oh well – I didn’t choose it.

My favourite animal is a Polar Bear – all thanks to Chris de Lacey’s Ice Fire book from the Last Dragon Chronicles. Though I think he probably should have ended on the fifth book. Ice Fire is the second book in this series. For some reason, I felt I could really connect with the Polar Bears in the story, plus they’re also left-handed and wise – my name, Shannon, means Wise Owl and I have always taken pride in learning new things.

Little Sea Bear gets its name from my name, my favourite animal and my size. I am 5.2″ and the smallest in my family. My love for Polar Bears is well known in my circle of family and friends. Combine them together and you have LittleSeaBear  – because Polar Bears are essentially the bears of the sea, right?

I’m 22 years old and have Congenital Cerebral Palsy, which is brain damage that affects one or more limbs at birth. I also have Anxiety.

Just like many disabilities, Cerebral Palsy is on a spectrum from mild to severe.  Mine is known as Right Hemiplegia (Right limbs half-paralysed) which means that I do most things one-handed, including changing my bedding, playing video games and cooking. It also means that I require help for some two-handed activities, such as cutting up food.

I believe that my disability doesn’t stop me from doing anything and I am happy to give anything ago. Giving up is not something I do very easily as I am a little stubborn at times.

I have recently finished my undergraduate course in BA (Hons) Creative and Professional Writing with a 2.1 at the University of Derby. It has been an amazing experience with ups and downs, not to mention crashing my car on the first week of university was an expensive bill right out of my student finance.

Now, I am preparing for my masters at the same university: MA Writing for Performance.

I’m not an idle person, my brain hardly ever shuts up and so I have to do something, lying around staring at the ceiling is just not something I can do. I love to cook, especially my favourite dishes: curry, roast dinner, and chilli but often need help here and there.

I also love to be creative. Taking Photos. Making things. Writing stories.

My blog will primarily be book reviews, disability and writing. Occasionally, I may talk about games, blogging, university life and issues I come across in my day to day life.

The disability side will hopefully give you ideas on how to overcome some issues and obstacles or maybe bring awareness of other peoples struggles.

If there is anything you’d like me to review or blog about, feel free to ask.

Enjoy

Shannon

“It LOOKS so much nicer. When 

you hear a name pronounced can’t you always see it in your mind, just as if it was printed out? I can; and A-n-n looks dreadful, but A-n-n-e looks so much more distinguished.”  – Anne of  Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

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