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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!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

New Year's Goals for 2015

My goals for 2015 are not really different from my goals for 2014, all of which I accomplished except for getting into better physical shape. I've had my ups and downs with that, and I've got to have a lot more ups. I'm forty-eight years old and there are things I simply must do to maintain good health.

Other goals from last year included continuing to send my novel out. I did this, and more frequently than the year before. I also continued to submit and publish short stories, a 2014 goal, and I continued work on my memoir. All of these continue to be goals for 2015.

I have another goal as well for 2015--a goal I didn't mention at the close of 2014. I want to try to live my life more mindfully and in the moment. Part of this involves continuing to meditate, and I'd like to try to do this every day. And part includes changing my mindset to one that is more mindful. I want to experience things and events as they happen and not worry as much about what could happen or what the future might bring. As I get older, I truly realize the importance of this. Wasting time worrying is just that--wasting time. And time is something we never get back so we must spend it wisely.

One last thing--more fruits and vegetables! I don't do too badly with this, but I want to eat more of these. So I've gone from the profound--mindfulness--to the mundane--being sure to eat my fruits and veggies. But, hey, they're good goals and they're my goals and I want to pursue them.

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