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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!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Acceptance for "The Adirondack Room"

This morning I found out that The Round Up Writer's Zine would like to publish "The Adirondack Room" in their October edition! I've already been published once in this journal. "A Good Boy's Tale" appeared in Volume 1-1, September 2013. I'm happy that they've accepted another story.

It's a great journal. On their website, they say, "The Round Up Writer’s Zine is a fresh space devoted to transgressive pieces, dark humor and works laced in sarcasm. In fact we are partisan to works that are edgy and/or possibly offensive. If this sounds like the type of literature that you secretly (or not so secretly) love to read, this is the place for you!"

I'll tell you a little about both these pieces:

"A Good Boy's Tale" is the story of Kip and his best friend Bobby Bouillon. Their unsavory activities begin with stealing candy bars and eventually lead to a partnership as DWI defense attorneys. But what is the fate of Kip and Bobby Bouillon? And will their fates differ?

"The Adirondack Room" is an odd and anachronistic place that brings about a lot of questions. What's happening in Nevada? What happens in Browncroft, Pennsylvania? What becomes of Ben's toupee? The answers to these questions might be found in the Adirondack Room, or might not.
 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Teasers?

My husband recently told me that when I announce on here that I've had a story come out, or forthcoming, that I should tell a little bit about what it contains--kind of like a movie preview. So to that end, allow me to give "teasers" to a story that just came out, as well as one that's forthcoming.

"The Pattersons" is in the anthology Postscripts to Darkness, Volume 5. It is available on the anthology's website and on Amazon. "The Pattersons" is about an all-American family--Phyllis and Tom and their children Judy, Billy, and Suzy--living in a desert town at time when the Dodgers were still in Brooklyn and Davy Crockett was still on television. The story takes place on a very strange day for the Pattersons. Who can explain the events that are occurring around them? Read the story and find out!

"Under the Bookcase" is a story I have forthcoming in The Outrider Review. It's about a mysterious young man named Cole Ingram who becomes involved in the lives of a lonely couple, Debbie and Richard Goodwin. What will happen as Cole becomes more and more entwined with the Goodwins? And what exactly is under the bookcase?

Just imagine that both of these teasers started with that ubiquitous male movie announcer voice saying, "In a world where..."

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Goodbye, Robin Williams

What more can I say about Robin Williams's death that hasn't already been said? It saddens me greatly not just that he's gone, but that he was depressed and took his own life. Please, whether you have a mental illness or not, if you think you can't live your life any longer, seek help. Call the number of the National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255. You and your friends and family can also visit the National Suicide Prevention website to learn more about suicide and how to prevent it.

Goodbye, Robin Williams. I'll miss you.