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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…

The calls have gone out

Well, there will be no Rita sitting on my shelf. But then, when you are in the same category competing with the likes of Allison Brenan and Sharon Sala then the chances are pretty slim. Not that I'm saying that they don't deserve it, because frankly, I picked up Allison Brennan's last book and it was so intense I stopped reading it. Sharon Sala is another who consistantly delivers a fabulous book. I think that's a huge part of it. Consistency.

Anyway, I do think that the Romantic Suspense category is a bit like the Paranormal category. There is a huge variance in the level of RS/Paranormal with the hundreds of books that get submitted to the Rita's and all the other contests out there. What I write is closer to a Romantic Mystery, but frankly until they consider that a subgenre of there own I'm still in the RS category.

Kudos and congrats to those who finaled.

Slainte'

To all things Irish! And that includes my family. Or at least my mom's side. This is the day that I celebrate all the great Irish things in my life. We will call each other and wish each other a good day and dress in a bit of the green and even some orange. We will have a traditional dinner. Corned Beef and cabbage... and before you tell me that it's not a traditional Irish dinner I'll tell you that it is a traditional family Irish dinner, especially here in Maine. In fact, the demand for corned beef is so high that I had to go back to the meat department at work the other day and help a gentleman who didn't want to fight his way to the case through the throng of waiting people to get his package. Corned beef is a long standing tradition for those Irish who came to New England. The cut was one of the most inexpensive and could last for long periods of time and the left overs could go into various dishes. The cabbage could be found in many a garden along with the potat…

It's that time of year.

Tax time. For me, every year at tax time I get this rather unrational fear of doing my taxes. I know, I know, it's not fun for anyone. But I think for me it's a type of test anxiety. I hate anything that goes with being put under a microscope and scrutinized.
But I digress...
I was talking about taxes, specifically writing fiction and taxes. I have a horrible filing system which my daughter scoffs at. It involves a small canvas tote that I put all my receipts into and then log them into a excel file that I created when they are needed. It works for me. I log them by category and I highlight the information using the comment feature to be able to signify which and when the expense was incurred. This has been a learning experience for me. One that I have forced myself to do.

The other thing that I do is keep a log of what writing activity I've done. I don't always have pages to enter, but I list the project that I'm working on, the date, and comments on what I was wo…