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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…

A late Valentine Post...

Yes, this post is late. But in my defense I got home from Connecticut at 2am.

You see, I went there for the wake for my aunt. Francis Ellen Rose, affectionately known as Aunt Ellen in my house, was as much a grandmother as my real grandmother. She was my grandfather's sister, the baby of her family. She was short on stature, but long on all the things that matter... love, strong sense of honor and a woman who enjoyed the abolute respect of those who met her over the years. She was a woman who despite any adversity could tackle anything and do it with determination, love and even a bit of sarcastic humor. This post isn't about sadness, this post is about a celebration of the woman. She was leagues ahead of her time, both her and my grandmother. And I'll miss them both greatly.

But this also leads me to the other reason for posting this as a late Valentine's post. This is for Aunt Ellen and Uncle Fred. They had one of the greatest love stories ever. He tortured her daily with his inciting humor and she retaliated with volleys of loved filled sarcasm. We talked a lot about this at the wake and it was commented that she said they had gotten along so well over the years because they never went to bed mad. I'm sure this was a huge factor, but there was also something about them that always felt right when they were together. They complimented each other in every way and if there was ever a definition of a soulmate it was those two...

So, for Aunt Ellen and Uncle Fred... thank you for the inspiration. May I have even half the love that you experienced in your life.

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