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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 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!

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.

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