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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written three novels entitled Purple Loosestrife, Hoping It Might Be So, and Dark and Bright, all of which are as yet unpublished.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!

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.

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