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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, July 23, 2017

An Acceptance and Books of the Summer

I recently had my story "A Good Priest" accepted by Masque & Spectacle. I'm glad to have found a home for the young, devastatingly handsome, morally ambiguous Father Connall O'Riordan.

I'm still working on chapter twenty of Dark and Bright. Because I garden and have to do yard and pool maintenance, I seem to write a bit slower in the summer, even though I write just about daily. In the winter here in central New York, I'm obviously inside a whole lot more.

As for books, I'm currently reading the last of Shirley Jackson's novels that I haven't yet read, Hangsaman. I'm also reading Kate Clifford Larson's Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter, the story of Rosemary Kennedy, President John F. Kennedy's sister, who had developmental disabilities and was lobotomized at the age of twenty-three. It's very interesting.

My to-be-read pile is huge, and I really want to soon take on David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest and Haruki Murakami's 1Q84. I also want to start over and finally finish James Joyce's Ulysses.

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