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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written three novels entitled Purple Loosestrife, Hoping It Might Be So, and Dark and Bright, all of which are as yet unpublished.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, October 4, 2014

Where Did the Title Come From?

I can't really say that I have a certain method for coming up with titles. Usually they just come to me... a phrase or word that simply sounds right. There's no rhyme or reason to it really, except for one story that got its title from a real life story.

"The Adirondack Room" is that story--it just came out this October in The Round Up Writer's Zine. It all began with a phone call to my sister. I called her and accidentally transposed two numbers, and a lady with a bright, cheerful voice answered, "The Adirondack Room." I apologized for having called the wrong number and hung up (this all happened on an old-fashioned land line). I called my sister again and clearly transposed the same two numbers, because again a woman's voice answered, "The Adirondack Room." This happened several more times on different occasions--I just couldn't seem to get those two numbers in the right order and continued to reach the Adirondack Room.

My sister and I imagined the Adirondack Room to be the way it turned out in my story. Definitely a 1950s, Cold War era, mountain lodge meets glamor vibe. We decided to look up the Adirondack Room and find out what and where it was. We even thought that, upon finding it, we'd go there and see if it lived up to our imaginings. We conducted extensive Google and Internet searches but found nothing. We finally decided that either the Adirondack Room was a room within a party house, or that it existed only in the space between two transposed numbers and the link between two phones. Twilight Zone stuff, if you will. I like the latter explanation.

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