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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written three novels entitled Purple Loosestrife, Hoping It Might Be So, and Dark and Bright, all of which are as yet unpublished.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!

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!

1 comment:

  1. Kimberly Mealey ColbeyAugust 11, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    Emily, I always start my Christmas decorating the weekend after Thanksgiving. I don't think that's too early, considering all the time and preparation Christmas takes. But I also take it all down on New Year's Day. This is partly because as a teacher, I want to get it done before school starts up again, but also because for the past 12 years I have not wanted Molly's January 4th Birthday overshadowed by the "Holiday Season". I want her to feel that her day is hers- not just an extension of the whole Christmas/New Year celebration.

    Now as far as Halloween goes- I can't hardly wait for October 1st to start putting my decorations up. I don't think I do as much as you do for Halloween (no zombies in my garden...) but I love witches and ghosts and such, so I love to put up my "Witch's Ball" sign, and my ghostly tea light ladder, and my black cat candle holder and so forth. However, I wouldn't want to see Halloween stuff in the stores in July, anymore than I like to see Christmas stuff in stores in September