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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!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day, beloved readers! I am 1/16th Irish, which I know from my genealogist sister who runs her own genealogy business, Family Sherlock. Despite being only a wee bit Irish, I still celebrate St. Patrick's Day by having something for dinner that seems appropriate, plus this year, I made frosted shamrock cookies.

Part of why I love St. Patrick's Day is because my favorite color is green. And because it seems to herald spring, which is in just a few days. Here in upstate New York, it's not at all spring-like yet, but it'll come. It always does.

On a different note, what am I currently working on? I wrote a chapter of my memoir called "Flowers and Psychosis" which took off from my blog post called "Flowers and Bipolar Disorder". It's longer, though--it's about eight pages long. I've also been working on submitting short stories. I have "Obituaries", "The Tiger Earring", and "Under the Bookcase" out there. I look at Submittable with regularity, which can kind of drive a person mad, but it's hard not to look. Then there are the submissions that don't use Submittable, and I have no idea what's going on with those. Oh, well. Waiting is part of the process. One must be patient.

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