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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.

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