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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, and several other journals. I have 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. In December of 2016, The Mondegreen nominated my story "Santa Lucia" for a Pushcart Prize. I've written a novel entitled Purple Loosestrife and a novel entitled Hoping It Might Be So, both of which I am submitting to agents and publishers. I'm working on a novel called Dark and Bright as well as a book called Violets Are Blue: Essays About My Bipolar Life. 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!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Sunflowers

Enjoy! No specific reason for this picture. Just a picture of some beautiful sunflowers that I took during my week spent in the Berkshires in Massachusetts.

So Happy About "Honeymoon"

So happy that my story "Honeymoon" has been published by Musa/Erato! Please check it out when you have a chance. Click here to find it. Thanks!






















































































Friday, August 17, 2012

"Honeymoon"

Today's the big day of the release of my story "Honeymoon" by Musa Publishing in their Erato (GLBT) imprint! Please click here for the link that will let you buy my story for your computer (in .pdf file format) or your e-reader (various formats).

I so hope people enjoy it! I enjoyed writing it and creating the characters Lee Mullens and Sanders Hamilton. I also enjoyed placing the story in my fictional town of Haversville, which is where my as-yet-unpublished novel Purple Loosestrife takes place (it's still in the editing stages). In fact, the main characters in Purple Loosestrife don't live very far away from the Haver Corners Inn!

Happy reading to those of you who buy "Honeymoon". And happy reading today in general. It's always a good day to read!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

"Ribs"

Just found out this afternoon that my short story "Ribs" has been accepted for publication by the literary journal Breath and Shadow. It will be coming out in the winter of 2013. I'm excited!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Flash Fiction

I love writing flash fiction, and I love reading it as well. The first story I ever published, "Lonesome Tonight", was a flash fiction piece. It was published in a now defunct journal called Lynx Eye. Since then, I've had another flash fiction piece published: "Mr. Gribbles Eats a Beetle" was published in Literary Brushstrokes. "Vladimir Lenin Grown Weary" and "Friday", two more flash fiction works, are forthcoming in, respectively, Dinosaur Bees and Cobalt Review.

Writing flash fiction is an exercise in brevity and using language economically yet effectively. Even if I write something that on the surface is funny, I still want it to resonate with the reader. I want to make a reader think, because even my funny pieces have (I hope) a point to make. For example, I just started working on a new flash fiction story called "Tom Cruise Goes to Target". The title alone, in my opinion, is funny, and there's humor in the piece, but I hope to make a larger point. It doesn't necessarily have to be anything extremely deep and profound, just something provocative and interesting beyond the chuckle.

I'm still working on "James", which is not flash fiction. "James" will be a longer piece, though I'm not yet sure how long. I have to keep telling it to see where it will go. I love the writing process.

Friday, August 10, 2012

A TwitFic for Today

I've mentioned and explained my TwitFics or brief Twitter fictions before. If you click on "TwitFics" or "Twitter", you should find that information. Meanwhile, here's an ominous TwitFic for today (no special reason for posting it today, just felt like it!):

The cockroaches began speaking to each other in a foreign insect language. They knew something that we would have to wait to find out.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Christmas Will Come in Time...

It comes in December, but in the stores, it seems to come right after Halloween--in some cases, even before Halloween. I love Christmas, but I also love fall--September, October, November--and I love Halloween and Thanksgiving. I like to celebrate all of these separately, not in a big jumble that seems to have the sole task of leading us right up to Christmas.

I like Christmas to come after Thanksgiving. I admit, I tend to start decorating the day after Thanksgiving when it's still November which might be a little too early for some people, but at least Thanksgiving has happened.

These are just some of my random thoughts about the upcoming seasons. Not really anything to do with writing here yet, so let me throw in that I'm working on a new short story entitled "James". It features thirty-year-old James, his supposedly dead mother, and his mother's lover, a Brazilian magician named Raul. It will be a bit strange as so many of my stories are. I intend to play with the dynamics between these three characters. And it isn't going to be happening at Christmas time!