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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!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

What I'm Currently Reading...

I'm reading a fun little horror novel I found on Amazon called The Haunting at Blackwood Hall. It's by Barrymore Tebbs. I love horror for the escapism. Horror can actually cheer me up when I'm feeling down.

I'm also still reading Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety by Eric Schlosser. I love it. I'm still reading it, however, because it's a long read and I'm not that fast of a reader. And in keeping with my love of science, I recently started Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time. I'm surprised that I've never read this classic before.

I recently finished reading The Circle by Dave Eggers and really enjoyed it. It's quite an indictment of our digital/electronic society and "transparency" and the abundance of information we now have. It's a good dsytopian novel that takes place in what appears, and what is considered by its characters, to be a utopia. Interesting.

I plan to start reading Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. It's waiting for me at the library. I discovered this one in a NAMI article about characters in literature who are dealing with mental illness. This of course is right up my alley. We'll see what I think of this novel.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Elbow and Other Stuff

I recently wrote that I had one major goal for early 2016, which was to paint my bedroom brown. Well, I was recently diagnosed with a very sore case of tennis elbow and this throws off my goal. It's my left arm, and I'm right handed, but I use my left hand and arm quite often, including while painting. So now I'm not sure what will happen with the painting. I guess I'll just have to wait until the elbow gets better.

Concerning other matters, 2016 has started off rough. I lost a close friend to cancer. Lori was one of my best friends in college at SUNY Buffalo, where we both got our bachelor's degrees, and she was my roommate for two years. She died of non-smokers lung cancer. I've felt very sad about it, which triggered about a week of depression. I'm feeling better now, though I'm still sad about this loss.

As far as writing goes, things are pretty good. I'm working on chapter 16 of Hoping It Might Be So and continuing to send out Purple Loosestrife. I feel a need to write a short story, but nothing has struck me as of yet.

Today we're in the midst of a typical Syracuse snowstorm. Snow days abound! The picture is of our cars in our driveway. They're covered, and the snow continues to fall.