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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, 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!

Monday, May 2, 2016

In the Pouring Rain

It's pouring right now. I love rain. I love the smell of it, and the smell of ozone when a rainstorm is happening. I walked outside yesterday while it was drizzling and actually enjoyed it. There's something peaceful and yet wistful about rain. Something ineffable.

Today makes me feel like writing a story that takes place in the rain, but I have no firm ideas at this point. I'm so immersed in finishing up this draft of my novel that no short story ideas leap to mind. I do believe that it's good to write short stories while you're working on a novel. Just to take little breaks from novel writing to finish something smaller and to think about other places, characters, and themes. I think it's good for a writer and keeps you in good shape mentally.

I think it's especially good to write a short story after working on an intense scene or chapter. I just wrote an intense chapter which is why I must be finding this rain so wistful and why I'm thinking of writing a story. I don't know what it is--I guess it just gets your mind working in a different way, a different direction, which is refreshing.

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