Welcome to Bluestocking Bookworm! Let’s get the most commonly asked question out of the way first…
an intellectual or literary woman.
My name is Erin. You can call me Blue if you want to. I also write books under the pen name C.M. Nelson, but they are all still in the manuscript stage.
I am from Canada, where I live with my wonderful and supportive husband of five years and our cutest-ever furbaby Cricket (a small breed mix we rescued in 2015). I own approximately 3000 books (not counting my ebooks). When I am not reading, I like to play video games, bake yummy sweet treats, and play with Cricket.
In 2009, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. In 2011, I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis. Because of these two chronic, debilitating illnesses, reading and writing have become so much more than just something I like to do. They have become my lifelines. On days when my body is behaving badly, I can still pick up a book or a pen. I can exercise my passion. I tried to continue working after I was diagnosed, but was unable to hold down a job. When faced with the choice of going on disability or working for my parents, I chose the latter.
In addition to the physical challenges I face, I also grapple with ADD, major depressive disorder, and severe generalized and social anxiety.
In March of 2017 I lost my health insurance that I had through working for my parents. It wasn’t much, but it was enough that I didn’t have to pay for dental, glasses, prescription medicine, or any other medical cost thrown my way that isn’t actually covered by the Canadian government. So now, all of the links on my page that take you to purchase a book that I review are affiliate links, and I will earn a small commission when you use them — but don’t worry! It doesn’t cost you anything extra!
Bluestocking Bookworm is a nexus of book reviews and opinion pieces on what I am reading. I have an original column called Book Blogging 101 to teach you about starting your own book blog. I am also going to be tackling issues like positive representation of various marginalizations (with a focus on chronic illness) in literature. I am a Little Free Library steward of charter #41163, and I love sharing literature with my neighbourhood.
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Stay bookish, lovelies!