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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 poetry in The Poeming Pigeon and WINK Magazine. 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. My story "Santa Lucia" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. I've written three novels entitled Purple Loosestrife, Hoping It Might Be So, and Dark and Bright, all of which are as yet unpublished. I'm working on a memoir about my experiences with bipolar disorder. 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!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Monthly Resolutions

Rather than New Year's resolutions, I've decided to make monthly resolutions. I think these are easier to manage and achieve. For January, I will continue editing my novel Hoping It Might Be So, submit my novel Purple Loosestrife to at least one place (I think, though I may decide to do a little more editing on this one, too), write at least one short story, and write at least one memoir piece. Of course, I hope to get more done than just what's on this list. I still have wide-scale work to do on the draft of my novel Dark and Bright, but I believe this is a good plan.

Part of why I'm planning in this manner is because I think it's a better way for someone with a mental illness. The idea of taking on a whole year and making a list of all that I want to achieve is staggering. I have to take things in small steps or I risk bipolar problems. I'll either think in a grandiose way and get hypomanic/manic, or I'll think negatively about what I'm trying to accomplish and get depressed. Or I'll land somewhere in between in some mixed grey area where I can't move ahead. Using monthly plans is much more realistic and doable. 

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