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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!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

If There's One Goal I've Got...

...it's to finish painting our bedroom. It's a rosy colored pink right now, which I've come to hate. I intended it to be a deeper rose color, but it didn't work out that way. So I've started painting the bedroom dark brown. It's very rich and deep like chocolate or coffee. It's yummy. And the trim and doors will be white. I'm using Marquee paint, which is a brand that's supposed to cover anything in only one coat. But I've painted two little walls and need another coat. Maybe I'm just doing it wrong, but I don't know. I think I know how to paint fairly well yet it just seems that this brown won't cover the pink in one go. Oh, well. The important thing is that I get this room painted as soon as possible. I'm tired of having half of our bedroom in my study and half in the guest room.

So this is one big goal I have for 2016! I already listed a few other goals in my last blog post. They all have to do with writing of course. I suppose I do have one more goal and that's to stay as well as I've been in 2015. It's been a good year bipolar-wise. I've had my ups and downs, harder times and easier times, but overall, I've done well I think. I've stayed out of the hospital, and there haven't been that many late night (or otherwise) calls to my psychiatrist due to mental crises. I want to keep it this way.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Here Comes 2016!

I hope you all had a very happy holiday season! And Happy New Year! I hope that 2016 brings happiness, good health, and good fortune to you.

I plan to keep on writing as much as possible, as well as reading as much as possible in order to learn how to write better, learn about human nature and the world, and enjoy good books.

I plan to continue writing and hopefully finishing my novel Hoping It Might Be So. I will also continue work on my memoir Violets Are Blue: Essays About My Bipolar Life. And I will continue to write short stories and essays and hope they find publication.

"Santa Lucia"

My odd little piece, "Santa Lucia" has been accepted for publication in Issue #5 of The Mondegreen. I'm excited about this; I like what this journal is all about, like their mission. "Santa Lucia" is about a contemporary young woman named Lucy, the actual St. Lucy (or Santa Lucia) from Sicily in 304 A.D., and a vain woman from 1890s Milan named Lucia. Lucy wants to gouge out her eyes for God; St. Lucy does gouge out her eyes and is martyred, and Lucia cheats on her husband with a man named Giuseppe. The three women play off each other in this tale told in six parts.

This will be my first publication of 2016, and I hope there will be more. I also hope that I might get good news about my novel Purple Loosestrife and finish my novel Hoping It Might Be So.