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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 a poem in The Poeming Pigeon, 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. My story "Santa Lucia" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. I've written three novels entitled Purple Loosestrife, Hoping It Might Be So, and Dark and Bright, all of which are as yet unpublished. I'm working on a memoir about my experiences with bipolar disorder. 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!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

My Novel's Progress

My novel, Hoping It Might Be So, is coming along well. It has three parts: Part One: Missionary, Part Two: Man, and Part Three: Matthew. I'm now working on Part Three and I'm on Chapter 20.

Of course, getting the whole thing written is only the beginning. Once I have a full working draft, I have to go through it and revise, rewrite, reorganize, add to it and subtract from it--all that good stuff that's part of the writing process. I've been keeping notes about certain things I know I want to or have to change. And I have to check for continuity, and make sure that dates and times are right, etc. There's so much fun yet to be had! But I really do think it's fun. I love the writing process and love revising and working on writing.

This is a picture of my novel so far. The post-it notes and page tags mark places where I know I have to do or change certain things. They also mark time for continuity. This is my hard copy of the novel. I also have it saved on my laptop's hard drive, a thumb drive, and an external hard drive. I think it's important to have multiple copies in multiple places. I love the hard copy because I can see it grow as I add pages and chapters, and I can flip through it easily.