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A Brief History of Stigma: A Writing Update

tentative book cover: A Brief History of Stigma by Ashley L. Peterson

I thought I’d give you another update about how things are coming along with A Brief History of Stigma. This is one of two cover concepts I’m flip-flopping back and forth between. Both involve the cage idea, but the other one is about leaving the cage rather than being in it.

The skeleton of the book is there, and I’m just going through it over and over fleshing more things out. That is definitely not a strength for me as a writer, especially right now with especially slow brain. Who knows how long it will end up taking me; it may not be done until next year.

I’ve covered a lot of breadth, but I may end up pruning out some of the bits that don’t go into enough depth. Or I might choose to do some more research so I find more things to say. Or I may waffle about it for an extended period of time.

I’ve got a lot of references. My reference list is currently 17 pages long, although some I’ll probably cut where I have sources saying the same thing. That whole situation is going to be a pain in the ass, and the reference manager software I have from when I was in grad school won’t play nice with my current Mac OS. I don’t want to do full in-text citations, so I will probably create a numbering system that will end up being a hot mess.

It’s all chugging along quite slowly, but I’m not in any hurry. I like that it’s a project to work on, and finishing faster doesn’t help anything in that sense. Really, it’s the learning that I like more than the actual writing itself, so I could rather contentedly just carry on researching and slowly adding more on for the next two years.

There don’t seem to be that many books out there that do what this book is trying to do, which may mean there’s a little corner in the market it could fit into. But I have to keep my royalty income low to avoid giving the government an excuse to decide I’m not actually disabled after all, so I don’t necessarily want it to have a market anyway.

Anyway, that’s about it. Just a quick this-is-what-I’m-writing check-in.

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24 thoughts on “A Brief History of Stigma: A Writing Update”

  1. I’m glad you have such a meaningful project going on!! And it’s meaningful to you and the audience, for sure!! Love the cover! I think a lot of people can probably relate to the woman in the cage. I feel your pain about having to process seventeen pages of references! There are aspects of writing that are just horrid, and that should go at the top of the list. It definitely makes writing fiction way easier! 😮 I didn’t know there was software for it! You learn something new every day. I remember back in the day having to reference a pamphlet that gave instructions for how to format different types of references, based on whether it was a magazine article, a book, etc. I’m really so grateful for the internet! How’d we ever survive without it?

    I’m so excited to read your book!! YAY!

  2. Impressed! I also think caps on income for disabled people aren’t helpful in general as they’re generally quite low? People can have really high healthcare costs, emergencies can happen, doesn’t feel right.

  3. Awesome! I’m looking forward to reading this. I’ve read many books about mental health and mental illness, but not too many that focus on stigma. So, yeah, this will definitely be an interesting and welcome read.

  4. It’s a beautiful graphic. It’s an important topic. I related to the need for a project. And for the need to not do to well. God forbid I live about the genteel poverty of disability. I’m pretty sure it’s low so we remember our place. I’m possibly projecting.

  5. Sounds interesting, I look forward to reading it. Are you covering sexism and hysteria? I can’t believe people used to think that it was women’s wombs that made them crazy!

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