The Blog Of A Blind Author And (No) Its Not Me!

As a visually impaired author (I am registered blind but possess some residual vision enabling me to see outlines of objects) I was interested to come across the blog of a fellow blind writer (http://leapingtigerbooks.wordpress.com/). Apart from information about Thomas’s books, his blog also contains interesting and amusing posts regarding the unique issues faced by blind writers. Thomas’s post regarding the necessity of relying on sighted assistance when checking for formatting errors in manuscripts resonated with me. Please do consider checking out Thomas’s blog.

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8 thoughts on “The Blog Of A Blind Author And (No) Its Not Me!

  1. roughseasinthemed

    I will go and have a look. I am very, I mean very, short sighted, but all that means is that I can’t see people in the street (is that a problem I wonder?) but I can read the tiniest small print perfectly.

    Look on the bright side, you’ve no errors in this blog post, whereas people with minor visual impairment frequently make them, including me, although I do go back and change mine when I see them.

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    1. drewdog2060drewdog2060 Post author

      Thanks for your comment and for checking out the blog. I can see outlines of people but am unable to recognise them unless they speak. Do you ever get people asking why you didn’t acknowledge their presence when you passed them in the street? I suspect that your friends and acquaintences know that you are short sighted, consequently it isn’t an issue? I find the time I am prone to make most mistakes is when blogging while tired.

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      1. roughseasinthemed

        I think it’s interesting as we all want our blogs to be as accessible to everyone as possible. Reading about issues faced by bond/visually impaired people is helpful and improves awareness.

        No. I don’t think they do know, I used to wear contact lenses anyway, but I think I developed ‘not seeing people’ vision years before. My partner usually says, oh she never sees anyone. Ironically with age, he is also falling into that category.

        I blog in the morning when I am remotely alert. I try and leave it alone in the evening, although I will mail/work at night as I can concentrate then on a single issue.

      2. drewdog2060drewdog2060 Post author

        I am most alert in the morning as well. As the evening closes in I become fatigued and have been known to nod off over meals (but only when eating lateish and having enjoyed a bottle of wine, with a friend).

      3. drewdog2060drewdog2060 Post author

        Does the concept of leasehold operate where you live then? I assume from your mention of bills that you are part of the management company for leasehold apartments. As you know many flats in London (including mine) are leasehold hence my interest.

      4. roughseasinthemed

        Yes. Not something we wanted, but all decent, and not-so-decent central properties are leasehold.

        I’m a director (unpaid) of our block and chair our management company. At least I get to say what should and shouldn’t happen.

        If you’ve got any specific queries, please email me, happy to answer questions or share experiences. I manage the budget, pay bills, commission work etc. within limited means, in a small block, I do a good job.

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