It’s me!

Michael Phillips • February 15th, 2009 @ 7:35 am • Uncategorized

So, I’m Michael Phillips, and I’ll be honest, I’m nobody spectacular. I’m a writer, avid reader, movie whore, disco goddess. I’m constantly dissatisfied, restless, yet generally optimistic, in a dark sort of way. Does that make any sense? Possibly not, but we’ve only just started. I have a whole week to make sense.

I mostly write short fiction, and I have a blog at The blog is pretty much a live memoir, a completely honest record of, well, me. I write about whatever’s in my head, dark things, amusing things, frivolous things. The blog is always true, grammatically correct and typo-free.

The written word is really important to me, in fact, I communicate absolutely everything in writing. See, I have Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). Basically, my muscles are pretty useless. I don’t walk, I don’t sit up, I eat through a tube in my stomach, I don’t breathe without a machine. I run everything on my computer with my thumb, a switch and some assistive software.

Two years ago I choked on some pineapple juice while watching Dexter, passed out, died for a bit and woke up two weeks later with a tube in my throat. Aside from a few experiments, I haven’t “spoken” since. Writing, for me, is a passion and a necessity.

I’ll be here for awhile, writing about the various things that pop into my mind, some of which might even be interesting. I mean, I go to goth clubs wearing a shiny black shirt, and I died once. I’m bound to have a good story or two. Right?

Okay, I think that is enough for now, we have plenty of time.

6 Responses to “It’s me!”

  1. Charles Tan says:

    Hi Michael! Looking forward to your entries. SMA sounds awful but thankfully you can still write.

  2. Michael Phillips says:

    Charles: Oh, SMA’s not awful per se, but it definitely makes life different.

  3. Alex Carnegie says:

    Hey Michael, looking forward to reading more of your posts!

    There’ve been times during the most recent season of Dexter where I wished I’d passed out…

  4. Michael Phillips says:

    Alex: I tend to think I choked BECAUSE of Dexter.

  5. jana gundy says:

    Michael, I’ve been following the articles about you and the show on HBO that did a piece about you as well. My son, Kyle, has sma type 1 and is now 4. You are truly an inspiration. Thank you!

  6. Elena says:

    I think everyone is an inspiration in their own way. I look forward to reading more from you Mike. So many people have a disability and overcome some of the obstacles that come their way. It’s great to read your stuff and all you are doing in your life.

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