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With freelance writer/author Bruce Atchison


This week's guest reminds us that you don't have to be able to see to write. 

Bruce Atchison spent his formative years in the small Canadian city of Fort Saskatchewan. As a child, he was operated on for congenital cataracts and left with poor vision; in his teens, he got glaucoma.

In spite of his extremely limited vision, he has had articles published in such widely divergent publications as New Age Journal, Monitoring Times, Spilled Milk, Teak Roundup, West Word, Absolute Write, Upper Room, Miquelon Lake Summer Times, Dialogue, and The Blindman Valley Horizon.

Atchison's 2006 debut book, When a Man Loves a Rabbit (Learning and Living With Bunnies) is a memoir of his up-close-and-personal discoveries about rabbits and their private lives. His latest book, Deliverance From Jericho: Six Years in a Blind School, is a memoir that takes the reader behind the impressive facades and manicured lawns of a once-proud institution.

Atchison lives in Radway, a hamlet located 95 kilometers northeast of Edmonton. He is currently working on a third book, How I Was Razed (and How I Found Authentic Christianity). He lives with his three opinionated house rabbits, Neutrino, Sierra, and Deborah.

Please join Bruce Atchison and host Paula B. as they discuss:

  • What it was like to write before personal computers arrived
  • What his first computer was like, and how it changed his life
  • What hardware and software he uses now
  • How he deals with graphics and illustrations
  • What advantage he enjoys that sighted writers can share in.

Interviewee: Bruce Atchison
Host: Paula B.
Date: August 3, 2008
Running time: 46:33
File size: 22 megabytes
Rating: G
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