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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!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Bane of My Existence

Okay, maybe I'm exaggerating a little bit, but the story I'm working on, "The Infant of Prague", feels as though it's become the bane of my existence. I wrote a draft of it but it felt very incomplete. More needed to happen. So now I'm rewriting it and adding more, but I don't feel that I've really gotten to the crux of the story.

When I write something, whether a story, chapter, piece of memoir, or poem, I feel that I have to "get inside" of it. I imagine the piece to be like a big circle with a tiny hole that I have to find and climb through to get inside the work. Well, that hasn't happened yet with "The Infant of Prague". I haven't gotten inside of it. I feel I'm close, but I'm still working to determine the purpose of the story and the central ideas that I'm trying to convey. Not that a story needs an earth-shattering theme and purpose every time, but it at least needs to know why it exists. And I need to know why it exists.

I will keep on working because I think I have some good things in the story; I just don't know when it's going to be done. Meanwhile, I take time off and work on another story, "Santa Lucia". It feels as though I'm getting close to the crux of this one. I know where I'm going, and so I work on "Santa Lucia" when I get too frustrated by "The Infant of Prague".

On a different note, I'm getting excited about the appearance of my story "A Good Boy's Tale" in The Round-Up Writers Zine in September! I like "A Good Boy's Tale". It gives me a chuckle, and I hope it will do the same for its readers.