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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written three novels entitled Purple Loosestrife, Hoping It Might Be So, and Dark and Bright, all of which are as yet unpublished.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, March 20, 2013

Happy Spring!

It's the first day of spring, and here in Syracuse, New York, it's snowing! But this is to be expected in central New York.

I'm excited about this spring because I'm moving ahead with some important goals. First of all, I've started submitting my novel, Purple Loosestrife, to agents and publishers. It's an arduous and often quite disheartening process, but no one is going to come knocking on my door asking me if I've written a novel, so it's up to me to get it out there and see where it goes.

I'm also continuing to write and submit short stories for possible publication. I've got a few out there right now that I'm waiting to hear about.

And then there's my next novel, which I'm going to start planning and writing this year. I know the general plot and feel slightly familiar with the two main characters. I have to do some significant research for this novel into drugs and drug addiction, so that will take some time. I also have to get to know the characters much better so that I can flesh out their story in notes and then begin writing it. I'm excited about this novel! I think it's going to be challenging yet very fulfilling to write.

Further, I have to continue to work on my memoir about my experiences with bipolar disorder. This is tough going, and it's not moving along quickly, but I want to be like the little engine that could and keep chugging along on it. It's cathartic and satisfying to get it out, albeit hard, and I don't know where it will go when it's finished. Publication would be great, but even if I just write if for myself and those close to me, I'll feel happy.

Finally, I have a novella idea floating around in my head that I think I should write. It shouldn't take too long to do, and once it's done, I'll have to see where it goes as far as possible publication.

I'm in a good place right now to dig into my goals. I'm just coming out of a bipolar mixed episode that I (and my doctor) believe was related to some changes in my meds. But with further tweaking of my meds, I'm feeling a lot better. I'm feeling ready and able to take on what I want to do.


  1. You are super busy, Emily! Congrats on your hard work and dedication. You're a true winner.

    1. Thanks, Sloane! It helps my mind to stay balanced when I keep busy. I appreciate your kind words. :)