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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!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Getting Distracted... Perhaps a Good Thing

As I've written here before, I'm presently working on a short story called "The Infant of Prague". But I've come to an impasse and gotten distracted. I got an idea yesterday and have started another new story called "Santa Lucia". It's so far taken me deep within the Internet world of Roman Catholic websites, and shown me that you can indeed buy formaldehyde on line (but not on the Roman Catholic websites).

I don't think that getting distracted when one story or work isn't flowing as well as you'd like it to is such a bad thing. I've back-burnered "The Infant of Prague" to allow it to simmer and form into something better, and meanwhile, I'm working on "Santa Lucia". I think this will be good for both stories.

So for all your writers out there, don't be bothered when you get distracted. It might be the best thing that can happen to your work at that given time. Sometimes you have to step away from one project, embark on another, and then return to the other project with a fresh mind. That's what I'm trying to accomplish at present.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Accepting Submissions!

The Round Up Writer's Zine is accepting submissions! Go for it!

This is the fine publication that's publishing my story "A Good Boy's Tale". They say on their website: "We are actively seeking a diverse body of work, from short stories, both fiction and nonfiction, poetry, quirky essays and personal musings. We would like our submissions to be laced in humor or darkness, or both. If it is snarky or laden in sarcasm, bring it on. Most importantly, we like pieces that are edgy and/or possibly offensive." If you've written a piece that fits this description, then consider submitting. Remember, you'll never get published if you don't submit!

Friday, July 5, 2013

"Hamper"

Here's a weird little two-line poem I wrote:

For sale: Used hamper, $6.00 or best offer. Pink plastic weave with plastic daisies.
Minor wear and a few stains. Available immediately.

I think it's too short and too odd to ever be published anywhere, so I'm "publishing" it here on my blog. This is kind of in the category of "Matthew McConaughey's Older Brother", which is a rhyming poem that I don't think would ever get published. It's funny and fun and all, but it just isn't "in". So I "published" that one on this blog as well. Feel free to look it up. It's in the "Labels" list as "Matthew McConaughey's Older Brother".

I've actually never had any poetry published, but then I've barely submitted any anywhere. A few poems here and there, but I feel I need to brush up on poetry and develop what I write more. This is why I'm currently reading about poetry. I see myself primarily and overwhelmingly as a fiction (and I suppose memoir) writer, and secondarily as a poet, but I love and enjoy poetry very much and would be thrilled to get some published someday.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

My Swimming Pool

My swimming pool is surrounded by several big trees, so in the fall, many leaves fall onto the pool cover. We have a leaf net, and it works fairly well, but still there are many leaves on the cover when we remove it in the summer, and even though we pull the cover off as carefully yet as quickly as possible, where do many of those leaves end up? In the pool.

So we're in the process right now of vacuuming, vacuuming, vacuuming, all to chlorinate yet again once we remove this debris.

It all reminds me a bit of the story I'm working on at present, "The Infant of Prague". I feel like there's debris I have to remove, and then I have to "chlorinate" to make it just right. I seem to be having as hard a time with this story as I am with our pool. Well, really I'm not having that hard of a time with the pool--I know it will come together well. And I know this as well about my story. It's just the process that can be tedious and make me feel impatient.

On a different note, I just started reading Daphne du Maurier's novel My Cousin Rachel. I love the lush prose and the trajectory the story is already taking. I loved Rebecca, and I think I'm going to love this novel, too. It's so nice when the day is done to get comfortable in bed and read this novel. Or one of the other books I'm reading. I have three in process right now.