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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, August 25, 2015

On to Part Two

I've finished "Part One: Missionary" of my novel Hoping It Might Be So and now I'm on to "Part Two: Man". Part one consisted of chapters one through three. Part two picks up with chapter four and will go on for a while. There will probably be a part three, but I haven't given it a title yet. I've just finished some edits on chapter five and will move on to chapter six.

When I first started writing, I fell into the trap of rewriting, editing, and tweaking every little thing and not just forging ahead and getting an entire draft of the novel written. Now I'm forcing myself to keep moving. I'm editing and working on stuff in chapters that I write, but I'm leaving them "drafty" so I can finish a draft of the novel and then work on it as a whole. It's difficult not to keep going back and working on every little thing, but you have to bake the whole cake before you can frost it (that's an analogy my dad likes to use).

In other news, my short story "The Adirondack Room" is going to appear in The Round Up Greatest Anthology, an anthology of "greatest hits", if you will, that have appeared in The Round Up Writer's Zine. I've had three stories published in The Round Up Writer's Zine, "A Good Boy's Tale", "The Adirondack Room", and "Tom Cruise Doesn't Give a Damn". I'm honored to be included in the anthology!

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