"Red" Claire Hamilton Russell is creating Microfiction and blog posts
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Hi! I'm Red Claire! You might know me from my flash fiction, or from my disability activism.

As you might have guessed from that, I'm disabled - I suffer from FXS-linked GAD and MDD, from ADD, and from Ehlers-Danlers Syndrome. I have mobility difficulties, chronic pain and chronic fatigue, which has meant I've recently had to give up my full-time job in the NHS and take up freelancing from home so that I can pace myself and work around my energy levels. 

I'm trying very hard to look upon this as an opportunity rather than a tragedy. Here is where you can come in!

I have wanted to write professionally for as long as I can remember. I'm currently working on a YA fantasy novel with a number of disabled characters, Chosen of the Wood - watch this space for further updates on this! I've also been producing flashfiction or microfiction for some time, which are all free to read on my website, Musings, Amusings and Bemusings https://thepalequeenofnowhere.wordpress.com/

As you can imagine, freelance work can be precarious, and as my energy is so limited, I'm often forced to prioritise proofing, copy-editing and voice work from clients over my creative work to make sure I have enough money to cover my mortgage, bills etc. The security and creative freedom that a guaranteed income would give me would be incredible. All my microfiction will remain free to read on my website, and I'll be doing a number of different special rewards for my patrons! 

The other thing that your pledges will allow me to do is to produce a blog aimed (to a greater or lesser extent) at health and social care practitioners relating to my experiences of the NHS, disability activism, and living with chronic pain, chronic fatigue, mental health issues, mobility problems and fertility issues (yes, we don't do things by halves in my house!) I frequently post on Twitter and on Facebook on all of these issues, as well as contribute to the Green blog Wee Radicals, and have been requested by a friend who is a healthcare professional to put my comments, perspectives and experiences in a place she could signpost to colleagues after she found them helpful in dealing with patients with chronic health and pain issues.

Patient participation, education and activism are passions of mine, and I utterly believe that better communication between patients and practitioners is the only way to improve the both treatment of chronic issues, and the issues which "chronic patients" frequently experience when dealing with health care and social care professionals. Given the breadth of my experience (and my own background), I feel I have a number of valuable things to say on this topic - but, once again, eating and keeping a roof over my family's head comes first. Your help would be utterly invaluable to me in letting me share my experiences, advocate for myself and other people in similar circumstances, and educate health and social care professionals. 

Thank you!
Goals
$50 – reached! per month
First goal is to finish my current microfiction project, 31 Ghosts. I'm currently at 21. That's ten stories to go. These are short tales with a hint of the Dark Coming In about them - stories for seeing out the old year. 

These will all be published and accessible for free on my website, Musings, Amusings and Bemusings, and will stay that way. 
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Hi! I'm Red Claire! You might know me from my flash fiction, or from my disability activism.

As you might have guessed from that, I'm disabled - I suffer from FXS-linked GAD and MDD, from ADD, and from Ehlers-Danlers Syndrome. I have mobility difficulties, chronic pain and chronic fatigue, which has meant I've recently had to give up my full-time job in the NHS and take up freelancing from home so that I can pace myself and work around my energy levels. 

I'm trying very hard to look upon this as an opportunity rather than a tragedy. Here is where you can come in!

I have wanted to write professionally for as long as I can remember. I'm currently working on a YA fantasy novel with a number of disabled characters, Chosen of the Wood - watch this space for further updates on this! I've also been producing flashfiction or microfiction for some time, which are all free to read on my website, Musings, Amusings and Bemusings https://thepalequeenofnowhere.wordpress.com/

As you can imagine, freelance work can be precarious, and as my energy is so limited, I'm often forced to prioritise proofing, copy-editing and voice work from clients over my creative work to make sure I have enough money to cover my mortgage, bills etc. The security and creative freedom that a guaranteed income would give me would be incredible. All my microfiction will remain free to read on my website, and I'll be doing a number of different special rewards for my patrons! 

The other thing that your pledges will allow me to do is to produce a blog aimed (to a greater or lesser extent) at health and social care practitioners relating to my experiences of the NHS, disability activism, and living with chronic pain, chronic fatigue, mental health issues, mobility problems and fertility issues (yes, we don't do things by halves in my house!) I frequently post on Twitter and on Facebook on all of these issues, as well as contribute to the Green blog Wee Radicals, and have been requested by a friend who is a healthcare professional to put my comments, perspectives and experiences in a place she could signpost to colleagues after she found them helpful in dealing with patients with chronic health and pain issues.

Patient participation, education and activism are passions of mine, and I utterly believe that better communication between patients and practitioners is the only way to improve the both treatment of chronic issues, and the issues which "chronic patients" frequently experience when dealing with health care and social care professionals. Given the breadth of my experience (and my own background), I feel I have a number of valuable things to say on this topic - but, once again, eating and keeping a roof over my family's head comes first. Your help would be utterly invaluable to me in letting me share my experiences, advocate for myself and other people in similar circumstances, and educate health and social care professionals. 

Thank you!

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