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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written three novels entitled Purple Loosestrife, Hoping It Might Be So, and Dark and Bright, all of which are as yet unpublished.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!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Cruising to the End...

...of the first draft of my novel, Hoping It Might Be So. I've got one chapter left to write, then I'll have a complete draft to revise. Because my main character Matthew is a Mormon, I'm currently doing more research on Mormons to be sure that I have everything right now that everything is written.

This picture of a road (which is public domain, as is the case with all my blog pictures to the best of my knowledge) is a good representation of finishing a draft of a novel. Because the road goes on. Once you have a draft, you have to revise. And not just proofread, but perhaps do some wide scale revision. I know there are a few scenes I want to remove, and some stuff that I've got to pare down, and there's some stuff I want to add. Now that I've almost written two novels, I've realized that it never feels as if they're done. I wonder if when I (hopefully) get a novel published, I'll still look at it and think, "Oh, I should have changed that!" or "Wow, I could have used a better word there." Probably.

I've tried working on my memoir a bit lately, Violets Are Blue: Essays About My Bipolar Life. It's been hard to do. There are times that are simply difficult to write about, things I don't want to remember and, in a sense, relive. But I'm determined to write this book. I think I just need to keep working on it slowly and steadily.

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