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written three novels entitled Purple Loosestrife, Hoping It Might Be So, and Dark and Bright, all of which are as yet unpublished.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

Monday, May 6, 2013

A New Story and Current Work

I wrote the story "Granddaughter" and am now awaiting its review by my writers group. Once I get their feedback and sage advice, I can make any changes I feel it needs and then begin submitting it to journals.

I have begun work on a new short story that is as yet untitled. It involves a 174-year-old woman, a college kid who drives an ice cream truck, and a man who may or may not be Jesus (it's not a Christian story, however). This mysterious Jesus goes by the name Kevin. The story is coming along well so far. It'll be another weird one like so many that I write.

I'm a bit distracted from my writing by the beautiful spring weather we've been having here in central New York. I've been doing extra tasks--specifically, gardening. It takes a little time away from writing, but I manage to get work in, and I think a lot about my writing while I'm doing a task such as gardening.

Today I finished Thich Nhat Hanh's book Being Peace. It's a lovely book, and it taught me more about mindfulness and mindful meditation, which I try to do daily. It helps to keep my bipolar brain calm and balanced, and it helps keep me as organized as I can be as I try to keep my days mindful. Once again, I recommend meditation to writers... and to anybody really. It's a great practice to learn and do. In fact, I've gotten to the point at which I can't imagine not doing it. It's helped me tremendously and I know it helps my writing.

Speaking of my bipolar brain, I'm still struggling to work on my memoir about my bipolar disorder and it continues to go along slowly. It's just hard to delve in and work on it for long periods of time. It seems I have to be in the right state of mind. But I will carry on and try to complete it.

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