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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!

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.

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