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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. The Mondegreen nominated my story "Santa Lucia" for the 2016 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, February 6, 2017

Uh, Oh... Another Novel?

So I wrote a short story called "The Best of Dark and Bright" and had my dad and my writers group read and critique it. One friend in my group said that it seemed that it could be developed into a novel, while my dad said that it was quite complex for a short story and that the characters were very intriguing. So now I'm looking at this story and thinking that perhaps it could be a novel. I've even written a few scenes and taken down notes about how I think this might be done. I rather love the characters I've created and would like to tell more of their stories. Am I ready to embark on a third novel? I'm working on getting the first two submitted in the hope of finding them homes. But I could certainly write a third novel while I'm doing this. I will think more about it and let it percolate in my brain.

There would be a number of characters I'd follow in this novel. Curtis Stanford is my main character. Curtis's neighbor, the pixie-faced twelve-year-old wise-ass Everett Knapp, would be an important character. Then there's David Cooper, his wife Jessica, and their baby Liam. And I think I'd bring Curtis's mother Linda and sister Crystal into it. I'd delve a bit into Curtis's childhood, but most of the story would take place in the present when Curtis is in his late twenties. I'm getting more and more interested in taking on this project.

On a different note, I'm currently reading and loving Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang. I'm also reading Touched by Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament by Kay Redfield Jamison. I'm enjoying this one, too, and relate to it quite easily. Reading pieces of work that other artistic people with bipolar disorder have written makes me feel less alone and more understood. It's also a little scary... the way the feelings among those of us with bipolar disorder are so similar, and often so horrible.

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