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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 a poem in The Poeming Pigeon, 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. My story "Santa Lucia" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. I've written three novels entitled Purple Loosestrife, Hoping It Might Be So, and Dark and Bright, all of which are as yet unpublished. I'm working on a memoir about my experiences with bipolar disorder. 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.

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