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written three novels entitled Purple Loosestrife, Hoping It Might Be So, and Dark and Bright, all of which are as yet unpublished.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

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