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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.

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