Skip to main content

Featured Post

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 Journey

I was just perusing some of my favorite blogs and came across an interesting post on Jeri Westerson's blog Getting Medieval. It was about the Hero's Journey. You know the one. If you've been around writing for any length of time you've run across Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey. Basically, he worked with Jung's theory that all heroes undergo the same steps in order to complete their journey to becoming... well, a hero.

As Jeri put it, Whether we actively seek these steps or not, the best literature seems to follow them.
What are these steps? Broken down to their simplest components:
1) A call to adventure or quest
2) trials and tribulations along the way
3) gaining knowledge and tools from wise ones
4) achieving the quest and receiving special powers
5) returning to the mundane life and applying those powers for the betterment of the community

You don't have to be an expert writer to know that these same steps can be picked out of your favorite book or movie. Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars even The Wizard of Oz. I happened to be perusing the latest Sherilyn Kenyon book yesterday and found that she has an entire shelf that would have made both Campbell and Jung proud.

But one of the things that I've always been interested in is what makes a person make the choices that they make. Campbell suggested (and since I don't have the exact wording at hand I'm not directly quoting) that a antagonist is merely the hero of his own story. That in his mind he is playing out the same role a hero plays. This fascinated me so much that I wrote an entire workshop on it. Keep in mind, that I am deathly afraid of speaking in public. And yet, I really wanted to share my insight with others. The workshop is called Creating the Believable Anti-Hero and I'm honored to be asked to give it at New Jersey RWA, Put Your Heart in a Book Conference in October. If you are going to be there then stop by and say hello. I'll be the one with shaky knees, but a lot to say. In the meantime, check out Getting Medieval or Campbell's books. They are worth the journey.


zhadi said…
Dang! If you ever publish the stuff for the workshop, I would love to read it! What a fascinating way to approach the anti-hero in a story.
I thoroughly enjoyed this post, too. In fact, all of them. I haven't commented because I tend to link to the Twitters' reminders first. Hmmm.

Jeri Westerson said…
Thanks for the plug, Teagan. It never ceases to amaze me that we never tire of the hero's journey in all its permutations. Long may it wave!

Jeri Westerson

Popular posts from this blog

Another Loss...

Another young person from our community passed away yesterday.

For me, all I know is the grief I feel that yet another life has gone way too soon. Maybe I'm getting old. I've seen far too much of this and it's heartbreaking every single time, whether they are related or not. We are community. We are family. In this case, he was family, but that doesn't mean anything when you grow up in a small place. Every child is your child. And every hurt they have is yours.

Out of this long list of young people that have left us too soon, there are so many left behind that still mark the holidays, birthdays and life events that they have missed. We struggle, knowing that the pain we feel is as much for ourselves as it is for them. We share our memories with others, many times through social media, so that their memory, their presence lives on around us.

Every day when my son leaves I tell him to be safe. He finds it funny that I still continue to do so, but if it's that one re…

10 Things I learned from Hosting a Guest on my Blog

Hosting on my blog is a new experience for me. It's something that I've thought of undertaking for quite some time, but until now I wasn't sure that I could do. Thursday, I hosted friend and fellow adventurer, Diane Amos, who talked about her path to publication with her latest Five Star book, Promise Me Forever. We talked about this for awhile before attempting it.

Neither of us was sure just what was going to happen, but in the end I was happy with the results. We ended up with 27 visitors for the blog and around 10 comments (I think). This may not seem like much, but considering that this is about five times the normal visitors/daily that I get I was pretty darned happy with it. There were a few things that I worked out along the way and I'll pass these tips on to anyone who may be interested in hosting or being part of a blog tour.

1. Decide the topic to be discussed keeping it to something that will be of interest to your blog readers. If you write a research bl…


We have the cover and that is a really good thing! Especially, since it's a really great cover!

This has been THE project for the last six months. Much of that time has been spent writing my part of the anthology, a novella called ONLY YOU. Another part of that was working with my friend and cohorts to come up with this great anthology! Why wouldn't you enjoy it?! It's filled with stories of love that are all set around the fictional Maine town of Serenity Harbor. Want to know which town Serenity Harbor is patterned after? We'll never tell... well, maybe we will!

Anyway, who can write better about love in Maine than a bunch of Maine Romance authors! I gave you a tantalizing tidbit the other day from my story. Poor Nate Cooper, he doesn't know what he's up against when he decides to take on Kara Simpson. Lucky for him, he's got the whole town behind him!

And what is this rumor of sheep wandering the streets of Serenity Harbor, Maine? Well, you'll just ha…