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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, and several other journals. I have 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. In December of 2016, The Mondegreen nominated my story "Santa Lucia" for a Pushcart Prize. I've written a novel entitled Purple Loosestrife and a novel entitled Hoping It Might Be So, both of which I am submitting to agents and publishers. I'm working on a novel called Dark and Bright as well as a book called Violets Are Blue: Essays About My Bipolar Life. 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, June 29, 2013

Rainy Days in Summer

There's so much to do in the summer when it's not raining... gardening, yard work, swimming in my pool. It takes some time away from writing and reading, but still I try to do both everyday, and I'm usually successful. I definitely read everyday because, if nothing else, I always read before I go to sleep at night. Longer periods of writing, however, work better on rainy days.

I have a fairly big yard with many gardens. The people who lived in our house before us landscaped extensively, so there's a lot to do all spring, summer, and fall. I was planting petunias and impatiens today when it started pouring. So now I'm inside until it stops, which I hope it will, but it's a good time to work on my latest story, "The Infant of Prague".

So if you're a writer, take advantage of rainy days and get some writing in. As for me, my flowers will be waiting when the sun comes back out, but meanwhile, I can write.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Another Acceptance!

I found out yesterday that "A Good Boy's Tale" has been accepted for publication by The Round Up Writer's Zine. I think this story really fits what they're looking for, and obviously they thought so, too! The story will be coming out in September. This is my tenth short story publication. I'm so happy to be in the double digits.

Now I just have to keep sending out queries for my novel, Purple Loosestrife. I've got it out at about four places, but I need to send many, many more queries. And I'll keep writing and submitting short stories. I may have the next one ready to go within the next several weeks. This is the one I'm working on now called "The Infant of Prague". I'm really enjoying writing it, but it needs more work. Ah, revision seems to be never ending!

Friday, June 14, 2013

What I'm Currently Reading...

A post about my current reads...

In fiction, I'm reading When She Woke by Hillary Jordan. I'm really enjoying this novel and finding it to be very well done. It draws heavily on Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter and reminds me of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. It's set in a dystopian future, and I love books about dystopian futures. They're up there with apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic literature (yes, I have somewhat grim tastes at times in fiction).

In nonfiction, I'm reading Mary Oliver's A Poetry Handbook: A Prose Guide to Understanding and Writing Poetry. I'm brushing up on my poetry knowledge with this. It's been a while since I've done any reading about poetry. I've read poetry recently, but I really need to read more, especially after reading this handy little guide. And I'd like to write some more poetry--something I haven't done in a while.

Also in nonfiction is Michio Kaku's Physics of the Future. This is a fascinating read. Such intriguing and compelling thoughts and theories about where we'll be up to the year 2100. It really gets my imagination going.

One thing I'd like to mention is that I'm reading these three books in hard copy. Yes, I have a Kindle Fire, and I read many books on it, but I still love hard copy books. I think there can be a nice balance between hard copy books and e-books.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Stories Being Absorbed into Other Stories

I think that my troublesome story, "Glory Be", is going to be absorbed into my story "The Infant of Prague", or at least aspects of it will be absorbed. I don't know if there will end up being a story entitled "Glory Be". I'm finding that characters from "Glory Be" want to migrate over to "The Infant of Prague", and I'm disinclined to stop them. When this sort of thing happens--when characters seem to have minds of their own and want to do their own thing--I find it best to go with it. Maybe "Glory Be" was just the seed for "The Infant of Prague", which is fine and even good for what I hope will be an effective story. So I'm going to keep working on "The Infant of Prague" and let those new characters come in. They're more than welcome.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Current Work

I'm currently working on two stories--one that's going well, and the other that isn't. I think I should stick with the one that isn't going very well and see what I can make of it. It's called "Glory Be" and I just can't seem to find its heart.

The other story that I'm working on is called "The Infant of Prague". My Catholic upbringing is giving me a bit of Catholic guilt about this story since the replica of the Infant of Prague in the story isn't portrayed in the best of light. But I hope the story will be funny, spooky, and weird. That's what I'm going for.

Stories that don't come easily are tough to deal with, but I believe in sticking with them. I find that, sometimes, they turn into completely different stories, the seed of which was in the original story. So if I can find that seed, maybe I'll have something I'll be happy with.