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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!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Recent Happenings

My story "A Good Priest" is out in the September issue of Masque & Spectacle. It's a story about a priest who really is a very good priest, despite the fact that he breaks vows and sells marijuana. I'm fond of the story because I like Father Connall O'Riordan and admire his integrity. Because he does have integrity. Read the story and you'll see. The picture to the right is of Father Connall's orange couch on which parts of the story take place.

I have my poem "Dreams of My Lover" and my story "You Kill Me" coming out in, I think, December in The Poeming Pigeon and The Writing Disorder respectively. I'm currently working on a flash piece called "The Infant of Prague", which is entirely different from a story I wrote a few years ago called "The Infant of Prague" (I never tried to get that one published). I'm also working on chapter twenty-two of my novel Dark and Bright. I believe the novel will have a total of twenty-four chapters, so I'm in the home stretch.

It's nearly autumn and rather than feeling down like so many people with bipolar disorder do at this time of year, I feel quite good. I like the colder, shorter days. I like autumn and then winter and snow. I seem to have the opposite of the typical nature of seasonal affective disorder. Rather than feeling sad in the colder months, I feel good, and I tend to get down when the days get longer and warmer. I don't know why this is since I like all four seasons. There's just something about spring that seems melancholy to me, whereas I feel invigorated by the cold.

In other news, Alex recently finished the Powerman Zofingen Duathlon in Zofingen, Switzerland, a longtime goal of his. It was a grueling race, but he did it. Here's to achieving goals!


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