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written three novels entitled Purple Loosestrife, Hoping It Might Be So, and Dark and Bright, all of which are as yet unpublished.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

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Round Up

I've been fortunate to have had three of my short stories published in The Round Up: "A Good Boy's Tale", "The Adirondack Room", and "Tom Cruise Doesn't Give a Damn". "The Adirondack Room" also appeared in The Round Up Greatest Anthology 2015. I love this publication's mission: "We are a space that supports writers and artists who consider boundaries, and then cross them anyway." To any of my writer friends, consider submitting to The Round Up!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Back to Running

I'm in the middle of the third week of doing a bit of running along with my walking. I'm not doing a lot of running. I'm working up very slowly to where I once was. I'm trying to go every day, or if not every day, then at least five days a week.

I love the running parts of my workouts. While these parts are very brief at this time, it feels great to run again. It clears my mind and gives me an awesome endorphin rush. I think that if you can and want to do it, running is an excellent activity for someone with bipolar disorder, or depression, or anxiety, or any number of mental illnesses. I know it really helps my bipolar brain.

I've run in five 5Ks in my life. This is a picture of me running in my third 5K--the East Rochester Karknocker 5K. I hope to run in 5Ks again, but I'm still a long way from that. Nevertheless, I think it's a worthwhile goal to have. So I'm posting my progress here in order to keep up with it. I feel like if I write it down, then I have to keep at it.