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Hello! I'm a writer from central New York who has bipolar disorder. Among other topics, I write about mental illness and writing. I have short stories published in Lynx Eye, Lost Coast Review, The Outrider Review, Sliver of Stone Magazine, The Mondegreen, The Linnet's Wings, Cobalt Review, Breath & Shadow, The Round Up, Postscripts to Darkness, Masque & Spectacle, and several other journals. I have a poem in The Poeming Pigeon, essays about mental illness in The Ram Boutique and Amygdala Literary Magazine, and an essay in Parts Unbound: Narratives of Mental Illness & Health, a book that was published by Lime Hawk Literary Arts Collective. My story "Santa Lucia" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. I've written three novels entitled Purple Loosestrife, Hoping It Might Be So, and Dark and Bright, all of which are as yet unpublished. I'm working on a memoir about my experiences with bipolar disorder. I have a B.A. in English from SUNY Buffalo and an M.A. in English from SUNY College at Brockport. I hope you enjoy your visit to my blog!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Revisions, Revisions, Revisions...

Writing is rewriting!  Isn't that the truth?  I finished a rough draft of my novel, Purple Loosestrife, some time ago, but I've been working on revisions since.  I've already gone through it one time in full, and in parts many times, but I feel the need at this point to go through it in full again.  There are sections I know I want to revise in general, parts I'd like to reorganize and move around, and parts that need more development.  Writing a novel is a lot of work!  It's a joy to me because I love to write and revise, but it's hard work as well.

A book becomes your baby, and it's scary to think about sending it to agents and editors and letting it loose in the world.  I don't mind rejections of my shorter works, but I know that I'll take rejections of my novel harder because it is my baby and it's been with me for such a while now.  The characters are like my children (even though they're full-grown adults), and I know the plot backwards and forwards.  So I'll just keep revising and thinking about submitting.  I won't put off submitting for too long because there comes a time when you just have to let go and launch your baby into the world!

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