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Writing from the Dark Side

Heh! I started out calling this blog post "Blogging from the Darkside" and then went to "Writing from the Darkside" and then went on to finally arrive at "Pubbing from the Darkside".  This little tidbit of information should be able to give you a little hint over what has been happening at the Oliver Homestead since I last posted.

Big News! I am part of a great collaboration with a collection of Writers who decided that if a romance book should be done, it should be done by us! Hence, the beginning of what is now know as Welcome to Serenity Harbor, Maine.

This is huge! This is ginormous! All of the books are set around the fictional coastal Maine town of Serenity Harbor. We didn't limit genre, only that their characters fall in love in Maine.

For me, this was a return to something that I love... well, yes... it was a return to writing. I've blogged a little bit about some of my struggles with illness that left with being unable to write for a whi…

Da Bears...

Yes, I get a lot of flack for it. In a state filled with Patriot fans I am a Bears fan. But let me clarify that a bit. I'm a 1985 season Bears fan.


Let me also say that I am not a statistic quoting, know-all-the-names-of-the-players football watcher. What I am is someone who appreciates two very important things... A team that makes you root for them. They are characters that make the game come to life for everyone... including non-card carrying football fans. These are the guys that suck you in and give the game the personal feel that I find so hard to get with any kind of sports on TV. It's a name recognition thing. The '85 Bears were stars at this. With Payton, Perry and Ditka... no one can quite reach the level of accessibility that these guys had. They were larger than life (In Perry's case, more so) and they're antics made them even bigger. Superbowl Shuffle anyone? Saturday Night Live "Da Bears" that still comes up when they are mentioned in my house. Ditka alone was enough of a reason to watch just to see who he was going to be mad at... he didn't bother to limit it to the other team. I always was wondering when he was going to have a coronary.

The other thing that I appreciate is an underdog. The '85 Bears were not the odds on Favorites and that made them all the more lovable in my book. They fought for what they wanted and they got it. Yes, they crowed about it! But we were crowing right along with them. At least I was!

This is not to say that this years Bears are not worthy. I think they and Coach Lovie deserve to be where they are. They made their way carefully there and yes, there are some that say they don't deserve it. But then... it's a game.

Okay, so you are saying what the heck does this possibly have to do with being a writer? Why post this on a romance writer's blog? Because if you think about it, the '85 Bears brought the same things to that Superbowl that we should be bringing to our characters. Make them larger than life, give them purpose, even make them the underdog to root for... just make sure that your readers are rooting for them. Maybe even 21 years after the book is read.

If you want to see a great article on the Bears '85 team check out this article.


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