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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, 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.

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