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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!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Dark and Bright

I've started the new novel I wrote about in my last post. It's called Dark and Bright (from Byron's poem "She Walks in Beauty"). It's the story of Curtis Stanford, a twenty-eight-year-old former model now living in his small hometown of (fictional) Lawrence located on the shore of Lake Ontario. Curtis is anxious, depressed, and lonely, and looking to amend this situation. Other characters are Curtis's neighbors, Melanie Knapp and her twelve-year-old son Everett, a pixie-faced, trouble-making wise-ass. And there are David and Jessica Knapp, Curtis's friends from Manhattan who move to nearby Rochester. This is a novel about people--their relationships, joys, fears.

One thing I should mention is that Jesus Christ is a character in this novel. He visits Curtis fairly regularly, and whether Curtis is delusional and Jesus is a hallucination, or whether this is really happening, we don't know. Curtis is an atheist who thinks he's losing his mind, and yet Jesus helps him come to terms with struggles and anxieties.

This is not in any way a religious novel, however. No. Jesus is pretty much just another character whom only Curtis sees. Maybe he is a delusion... we shall see.

I'm already working on chapter six and, at this point, I've introduced all the main characters and some of their issues. It's been fun to write and I look forward to letting it unfold.

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