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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 28, 2015

Hope and Gratitude in 2015

For me, 2015 has been a good year, but parts of it are concerning. I'll start with that. Two people who are close to me are fighting cancer. I pray for B. and L. and hope so very much that their fights will be successful. I am very concerned for both of them. I can't even imagine the way it's shadowed their years, and my heart goes out to them.

I have much to be thankful for. I have been doing well mentally, and physically, I'm on the way to getting back in shape now that I have a new endocrinologist and my hypothyroidism seems to be under more control. I have a wonderful family and friends and feel very blessed. I hope those I love who are healthy and happy continue to be so, and those who are struggling find help, healing, and all the love they need.

As far as writing goes, I was the Featured Author in The Round Up Writer's Zine in the spring of
2015. This year also saw the publication of three of my short stories and three of my essays, all about mental illness. I am especially proud to have my essay "Jenga" in the book Parts Unbound: Narratives of Mental Illness & Health, edited by Ginny Levy and Matthew Bohn, and published by Lime Hawk Literary Arts Collective. An essay that you can read if you choose to is "Pity Party" in Amygdala Literary Magazine.

To continue with good news about writing, I'm now working on chapter 13 of my novel Hoping It Might Be So. It's going really well and I'm so glad. I'm still sending out my novel Purple Loosestrife and hope that I might get some good news about its future... maybe 2016 will be its year.

Something I'm grateful for is my growth as an advocate for mental illness. This year, I've had a number of friends who are dealing with mental illness (in either themselves or someone close to them) come to me with questions and concerns and just the desire for understanding and support. I feel so good about this and I'm so happy to help. I would like to do more as far as advocacy goes. This is one of my goals for the coming year. I'm not sure what I'll do or how I'll do it, but I intend to find out.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

"Pity Party" Now Available

My essay "Pity Party" is now available to read in Amygdala Literary Magazine. This essay is about the official onset of my bipolar disorder. It's about when my son was born in 1995, which triggered my first major depressive episode, and then a little later, my first major manic episode, both of which led to my diagnosis.

This was as difficult an essay to write as any about my illness. I discuss what it was like to go through childbirth and then experience severe depression, which was at first misdiagnosed as postpartum depression. It wasn't until the depression didn't subside that I was sent to a psychiatrist. And then I spun into a manic episode, which clinched the diagnosis. I hope this essay will educate and enlighten as well as make others who are afflicted with mental illness feel less alone.