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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 9, 2017

Summer Writing

I continue to work on the first draft of my novel Dark and Bright. I'm about to embark on chapter twenty. I'm thinking that it might have about twenty-seven chapters, but it's hard to say. I know what happens and how it ends of course; I just don't know if I can estimate how that will fit in terms of chapters.

I also just wrote a little memoir piece called "Always Summer". I intend to for it to go somewhere in Violets Are Blue: Essays About My Bipolar Life. By the way, that's a working title. I'm not sure I love it and may come up with something different.

I feel an urge to write a short story but nothing leaps to mind yet. I've got a few pieces out in the world that I'm waiting to hear about, and I need to submit some more. As far as reading goes, I've got Mary Karr's The Art of Memoir going, and Haruki Murakami's story collection Men Without Women. Both books are excellent.

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