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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!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Writing with Cats

What can I say about writing with cats? Do they help me out? No. Do they give me ideas? Not really, except in the case of my short story "Mr. Gribbles Eats a Beetle" (published in Literary Brushstrokes, Volume 1, Number 1, June 2012). Aside from that, what do they do for me regarding my writing? Well, I guess they inspire me with their devotion and dedication to, well, being cats. A cat is firmly and happily a cat, and I like to be firmly and happily a writer.

My cats are William (the black cat) and Gretchen (the grey tiger). They're both rescue cats and a delight to have as part of our family. They're often near me when I'm writing, and they're excellent little writing companions.


Monday, November 18, 2013

The Davids

I'm still working on my story "Five Men Named David" though I think I may change the title to "Five Boys Named David" since I refer to all the Davids as boys throughout the story. It's an interesting story. It takes place in the dorm complex that I lived in at the State University of New York at Buffalo, though I've renamed it and changed a few things. It also takes place on the night in October of 1986 when the New York Mets won the World Series. This works its way into the story.

It's an odd, kind of convoluted story and I don't know if it's going to work or not. But I like the idea of using the same name five times and turning the "rule" that you don't use the same or similar names on its head. We'll see what comes of it.