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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!

Friday, May 13, 2016

First Draft!

Well, I have finished giving birth to the first draft of Hoping It Might Be So. It is now present in the world at twenty-eight chapters; 107,000 words; and 421 double-spaced pages. Welcome to the world, little one. Now I must raise it...or should I say, work on revisions. I really love the revision process because it's when you take the whole story and make it work well, flow well, read well. I know there are a few things I want to cut. Some things that need to be changed. Some necessary additions that might crop up. And I have to work on continuity; I have to make sure the whole thing goes along well without any hiccups.

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