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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…

All write with coffee...: Novel Transitions and Tie-backs - Part I

I've been following this blog for awhile and found that the author has some great insights into what makes fiction work... or not. I was happy to see that the latest topic had much to do with what I'm currently struggling with in my work. Transitions and tie backs. With my current work in process I'm dealing with three separate storylines that merge into one piece. It's more important than ever that I provide a plausible and satisfying plotline that doesn't just drop the information in at random spots. There are two different posts on the subject and I'd encourage you to read both. It's well worth the time.

All write with coffee...: Novel Transitions and Tie-backs - Part I

Literature: The dark side of the boom - Times Online

Literature: The dark side of the boom - Times Online

After a recent email between myself and a member of the Maine Irish Heritage Center in Portland, I become curious as to the influence of Maine Irish Writers on the fiction genre. I ran across the above article from Times Online in which they give an indepth description of Irish Noir and the role it plays in influencing both past trends in genre fiction and the current ascent of stark portrayals of a country with a verdant aura of realism.

Want to know more about Irish Noir? Read on...

Murder, Mystery and the Paranormal from the News Files...

Sleuths unravel 16th-century Italian murder mystery - Yahoo! News:
"Sleuths unravel 16th-century Italian murder mystery"

One of the things that truly fascinates me is when new technological advances can possibly be used to solve old cases. In this case, it's being used to find the clues behind a 16th century murder.

In 1563, Baroness Laura Lanza and her lover were murdered, their bodies buried in a common grave below the local church. The case has never been completely forgotten and now, along with an urging from the mayor of Carini, Italy, they are hoping that modern technology will help solve the case.

Could we truly solve a case where all involved have been gone for centuries? They are betting that science can clear the case. Science along with a little supernatural help. Supernatural help? Surely not? But if you read the last paragraph of this article you will see that even modern science is hoping to have a little help from beyond...

"Several years ago we test…