My name is Chally. I live in Sydney, Australia, where I look after two guinea pigs, a collection of tea cups, and small dreams. I’m pursuing my third tertiary qualification of what will probably be four. This one’s in history. I’m also a freelance writer; I was first published at four, started writing for a local newspaper column at fifteen, and never want to stop writing. Among other things, I’m now twenty-one, non-white, cis, disabled, a woman and a feminist. I enjoy feminist science fiction, knitting, Doctor Who, cake and pulling apart preconceptions about the world and identity. I consider that I’ve been a feminist all my life but only realised consciously in 2007.
I started blogging at Zero at the Bone on 20 November 2008, but I guess you could say that I really started 31 December 2008. Take everything here as work in progress. I blog about my life and social justice, feminism in particular. I’m mostly doing it to further causes I care about, express myself, build connections and develop my mind. I hope you enjoy it and get something out of it, too. You can check out the tags and categories for more.
You can contact me at chally dot zeroatthebone at gmail dot com.
I greatly enjoy reader email, so please go ahead. I try to respond to emails as quickly as I can. I’m happy to be interviewed for your publication/thesis/school project. Yes, you may use blog posts of mine for education purposes, and please let me know if you do.
I have written for Bitch Magazine, Global Comment, The Guardian, Made You Look, Scarleteen, and a number of other publications. If you want me to write something for yours, check out my professional website.
I have also written for:
- Feministe, one of the biggest feminist group blogs.
- Radical Readers, an online bookclub full of feminist-focussed discussion and wonderfulness.
- And FWD/Forward, taglined ‘Feminists with disabilities for a way forward’. Some of the best disability/feminism writers I’ve ever encountered over there, seriously.
- Coordinate The Down Under Feminists Carnival, a monthly collection of blog posts of feminist interest from around Australia and New Zealand.
- Recently, I began contributing to Australian feminist mainstay Hoyden About Town.
- And Gender Across Borders.
You can also find me on:
- Twitter: my locked Twitter account is @ChallyZatB and my public one is @ChallyWrites.
- Goodreads, where I record what books I’ve been reading.
- Dreamwidth, a friendslocked personal journal.
About the blog name
The title comes from an Emily Dickinson poem known as “The Snake,” “A Narrow Fellow in the Grass” and “Zero at the Bone” (Dickinson didn’t often name her own poems, so other people have taken to doing it for her). An extract:
But never met this fellow,
Attended or alone,
Without a tighter breathing,
And zero at the bone.
To me it conveys the clear knowledge of the vulnerable self. I first encountered the phrase in a James Tiptree, Jr. essay also called “Zero at the Bone” (published in Meet Me at Infinity (2000) ed. Jeffrey D. Smith).
So, why did I choose it for my blog? Feminism requires participants to engage in the state of having zero at the bone. It’s the shock of click moments, the personal investment needed for action, the conviction to keep moving forward. A feminist must, simply put, keep an eye on the ball. The blog title is a reminder to me to do just that.
I am committed to accessibility on this ZatB. Rarely, due to my own disability, I don’t put up transcripts, etc. If you are having trouble accessing the blog, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
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Thanks to Mim of Mim’s Muddle for these awards!
Thanks to Spilt Milk for this award!
Thanks to Dominique and Cosette for this award!
Thanks to Nicola Hastings for this award!
Zero at the Bone’s mascot, the Strawberry Milkshake of Semicolonic Splendour. Context here.