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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!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

New Stories in the Works

I've been reworking a story I wrote a few months ago called "The Affair". It's kind of a dysfunctional suburbia sort of tale. I've changed it quite a bit from its original version, which I found to be a bit implausible. My main character needed stronger motivation for why he does what he does.

I've also started a new story that I think may be flash fiction (though maybe not) that doesn't have a title yet. It features a character named John-From-Staten-Island and takes place in the 1980s. I mention John-From-Staten-Island because he's the first character I've created in the story, and the story starts with him playing "White Lines" by Grand Master Flash. I think this one is going to be fun to write!

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