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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!

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.

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