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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!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Finally... A New Story in a New Year

I've finally come up with an idea and started writing a new story. It's called "The Best of Dark and Bright". I'm also continuing to revise "Dark Moon", a story I started before Christmas. Oh, and I wrote "The Spoon Man", a very tiny tale.

My writing is going really well now. I was distracted by the holidays, but now I'm back in my groove. I've gotten one rejection for Hoping It Might Be So, but I'm okay with it. It's all part of writing.

I read Shirley Jackson's novel The Road Through the Wall and loved it, as I love all her work. I'm now reading Ted Chiang's collection Stories of Your Life and Others. I'm really enjoying it and learning from Chiang's great writing. I've got a few nonfiction books going as always, which I'll report on as I finish them. I did finally finish Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety. It was great, and it's rather timely.

Monday, January 2, 2017

No Resolutions

Happy New Year! I'm not making any new year's resolutions because I want to continue what I've been doing already. I want to continue getting into good shape, writing and submitting my work for possible publication, and staying as well as possible regarding my bipolar disorder.

I've submitted my second novel, Hoping It Might Be So, to a few publishers. I'm not giving up on Purple Loosestrife, my first novel--I just found some publishers that seemed as though they could be a good fit for my second novel and submitted to see what might happen. In 2017, I'll continue submitting Purple Loosestrife as well.

One of my Christmas presents from my husband is membership at my local YMCA. It's a new facility and just beautiful. I think it will make working out fun. And the pools are great. I'm looking forward to swimming laps again. I used to swim laps back when I belonged to the Y in the greater Rochester area and I love it as a form of working out. I find it quite meditative... something about the water and the repetitive motions of swimming. It's a tough workout, but also very calming.

I haven't written enough during the holiday season. I need to write a short story but so far nothing coherent has formed in my mind. The holidays were certainly a distraction; now I've got to get back to work.