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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…

If It's November, I Must Be Crazy...


I really had no intention of jumping on board this ship. The NaNoWriMo is a month long challenge that involves 30 days of writing, a goal of 50,000 words and over 300,000 writers from all over who are crazy enough to join in.

The idea is really very simple. Get the words on the page. No matter how you do it, get them down. No editing. No revising. Just put your butt in the chair and write. Sounds scary, but if you break it down it's only about 7 pages a day. There is also the idea that in order for form a commitment to making something a habit you need to practice it continually for 20(or something) days. I remember that from a lecture I went to once, but the idea rang true. Want to make something stick. Do it every day. Of course, that would be why the diet and the exercise have been spotty at best. But the writing? That's the one thing I always come back to. In fact, without writing it can feel akin to not being able to breathe. I need it.

So, for a month you will be seeing me making periodic updates on my progress. I'm working on a totally new project (something they encourage). This is a gaslight steampunk set in an alternate history New York City and contains some interesting characters that have been bugging me to write their stories. There are also a few more notable or recognizable names that just might show up for the ride. I love me some good history and the more strange the better. Definitely plan on adding some of that into the mix. The working title is Unwilling Allegiance and I'll post below the short blurb I wrote for the project. Let me know what you think.

When a iron clad warrior washes up on the shores of the Independent New York, Trevor McFane knows that even the iron fortress walls separating the city can't hold back the war going on in the fallen colonies beyond the waters. Not even the unsteady allegiance with a overbearing, manipulative Russian bear of a man named Stroiigard can assure that he will be safe. Already the members of the Tinker Society are disappearing and the only link he can find is to an elusive psychic holding court at Barnum's Museum. But he isn't the only one looking for Madam Petrov. India James, with her shock of white hair and widows garb is as unusual as the other participants, but her wealth of knowledge and astute accuracy with weaponry make her an unlikely partner. India is in search of a legend, the fable key to the Crystal City and she isn't about to let some overbearing, suit, no matter how intelligent he is, get in the way of finding the artifact that will release her parent's souls.

Joining the masses who will be taking the NaNoWriMo Challenge? Post me a message and let me know how you are faring and what your project will be. I'd love to buddy up and help cheer us all on to victory.


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