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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!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Christmas Is Coming!

As soon as Thanksgiving is over, I decorate for Christmas and begin to prepare for the season. This year, I haven't done any shopping yet. Some years I've gotten a head start, but I'll have to do all my shopping in the few weeks before Christmas this year.

Some people with mental illnesses have a really hard time during the holidays and I always try to keep them in mind. As for me, I have a pretty good time of it. I love Christmas and New Year's and get excited for them every year, and I tend to do very well as a person with bipolar disorder. I think because I go to my uncle's for Christmas Eve and either my mom's or my aunt's for Christmas Day, the pressure is taken off of me as far as entertaining goes. And for New Year's, I stay home with my family and we have our own little celebration, so that's stress-free, too.

I would recommend that anyone with a mental illness try to minimize the demands placed on him or her at the holidays. It's okay to say no to things, and it's okay to let someone else do the entertaining if that's how it works out. Just relax and take good care of yourself (exercise, eat right, get enough sleep, talk to your therapist and people you trust). Happy start of the holiday season, everyone!

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