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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!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

At the Edges of My Mind

It's time to write a new short story. I've been working on editing and submitting ones I've already written, and I've been working on my memoir, but I know it's time for a story when ideas, images, people, conversations, and descriptions start playing around at the edges of my mind. This has been happening for a few days now, and it's part of my writing process.

I think I know what I want to write about. I think I want to write a ghost story, only the ghost is that of a living woman who's haunting a man who let her go. But I want to make it eerie and dark, the way a good ghost story should be.

I love the idea of being haunted by the living. Like really haunted. This is what's compelling me right now. The idea of sensing, seeing, feeling, and hearing someone who isn't dead and gone, but who is a manifestation of what... Guilt? Wistfulness? Despair? It could get dark and drive a person mad, I think. Perhaps that's what I want to do with this story idea.

I'll have to start out with a few sentences, a few paragraphs, maybe a scene, and see where it goes. It's all part of the process, which is a process I love.

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