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written three novels entitled Purple Loosestrife, Hoping It Might Be So, and Dark and Bright, all of which are as yet unpublished.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

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Two Most Important Days

I recently read this quote:
"The two most important days of your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why." ~Mark Twain
The day I found out why I was born was the day my son, my only child, was born. All other accomplishments in my life pale in comparison to this, as will all future accomplishments. Someday I hope to get my novel published. I hope to get more than one novel published. And the days on which these events hopefully do happen will indeed be splendid, but they will be nothing like the day of Alan's birth. He is my most incredible creation, and even after nearly eighteen years, I find him to be a miracle. I know that most people feel this way about their children, but those of us blessed with children should always bear this in mind. 

We writers often refer to our books as our babies, and indeed they are, but it was my actual baby who showed me my reason for being on this earth.

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