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Ravens
Ottawa
Photographer, writer, grandfather, graffiti mural promoter, social activist
Interests: current affairs, writing, fiction, grandkids, quality assurance, photography, graffiti, social activism, urban art, graffiti murals
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I was a latecomer to serious writing, starting my first book in 2010. But I did 'bloom', in the sense that I published it, and my second one, and wrote another five novels, as well as many Flash Fiction stories. I have slowed down, but maybe it's like a garden.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2018 at Ravens' View
Well, as often happens, I'm late with my check-in. But my excuse is that yesterday was my birthday. It was #72, and with no regrets, no "If only I had" thoughts. It is what it is. My girlfriend is up from Toronto, and we met my son, his wife, and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2018 at Ravens' View
One of the many writerly things I do is follow a number of sites related to writing/editing/publishing. I use Feedly to collect them in one spot, and can follow them via my desktop, laptop, or smartphone. Between them they generate 3-4 posts a day - not a lot but I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2018 at Ravens' View
Ok, so I need to re-think my approach here. Several years ago I was in here with a great set of SMART objectives, most of them focused on writing. And I met many of them. Lately - not so much. The last round I think I did the initial starting... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2018 at Ravens' View
My long term goals are the same this round: write, write better, publish, enjoy life, and stay healthy. My main objective this round is to do something with all these draft novels I have. I did seven NaNoWriMo's over the last eight years, and have published two of them so... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2018 at Ravens' View
Yes, I know, it's been several weeks since I wandered in here. Last time, I was thinking of doing summaries of my five novel drafts, to help me pick one for my focus. Still thinking of it, but next round I have to actually do this and get feedback from... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at Ravens' View
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I did this a few weeks ago in response to a ROW80 blog prompt. The challenge - Today let’s play with some poetry. Free verse, sonnets, haikus… the form doesn’t matter, but you will need to add in a sense of stillness (without using the words “stillness” or “still”), and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at Ravens' View
Nice little chronicle, with a good twist at the end. You should put up on your own blog and link back to the group.
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Thanks. It was in my head for a while, until it was ready.
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My writing group, ROW80, posted a challenge a while ago to do a 100 word story. These are fun to write, as little fragments of description or dialogue. Maybe something you'd open a novel with, or slip in between two chapters, or just leave as is. The challenge - This... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2018 at Ravens' View
Right now my problem is too many stories to choose from. I'd like to find an agent, but which of my five drafts do I focus on? I have: Agnes of Grimm - fairy tale folk brought to life in modern times, trying to recapture their magic yet blend in.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2018 at Ravens' View
Wikipedia says "A hero (masculine) or heroine (feminine) is a person or main character of a literary work who, in the face of danger, combats adversity through feats of ingenuity, bravery or strength, often sacrificing their own personal concerns for a greater good." I just watched the movie Thor, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2018 at Ravens' View
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My ROW80 writing group set another writing challenge last week. We were to incorporate the sense of stillness - without the words 'stillness' or 'still' - and a puppy. And we had to do it as poetry, whether as free verse, sonnet, haiku, or dirty limerick (okay, I added that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2018 at Ravens' View
I sold a couple of books this week, at my local. Let this be a reminder to always have copies with you, just in case. I throw some in my shoulder bag. Or man purse, as some call it, in an attempt at humour. Do mention to new friends you... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at Ravens' View
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I haven't done one of these Flash Fiction stories in a while - mainly because I tend to edit too much now. It's harder for me to commit and just write - even if it's for a first draft to get started with. I used to fire these off in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2018 at Ravens' View
Thanks guys. I'm looking forward to following up with the writer group once this weekend's madness is done.
Toggle Commented Jan 20, 2018 on ROW80-1 -17/01/18 -Drowsy at Ravens' View
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That's me, one of the Seven Dwarfs. I started this post last night as I popped in and out of bed. It was a restless night as confirmed by my new FitBit. Sharing my bed, late night drinks, indigestion, mind whirling with plans for a big weekend - lots of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2018 at Ravens' View
I don't mean physically, I mean with my objectives. I am semi-retired and/or self-employed, which means I don't really HAVE to do things. But I do want stick with this writerly thing.So - another check in, after a week, and a day late at that. But I am keeping a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2018 at Ravens' View
and I think it's me. I've been journaling more this round. I start the day by looking at my objectives, then decide how to best fulfil all/some of them in the day. Then check it at night. Only a few days so far, but seems to be working. Plus I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2018 at Ravens' View
Sounds like an interesting blog hop - link?
Toggle Commented Jan 4, 2018 on ROW80-1 -03/01/18 -Objectives at Ravens' View
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Yes, should have been posted Wednesday, but life got in the way. Car repairs, babysitting, reading, seeing off a friend to Costa Rica, driving from Russel (MB) to Fort Nelson (BC). I already posted my 2018 goals (similar to 2017's), but I'll repeat them here to show how I tried... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2018 at Ravens' View
Eden - sorry - what I meant to say by reading escapism sci/fi-fantasy was it was my choice for escaping from chores, high school, etc. Not that it's particulary light reading. I also write a lot in that genre and admire many of it's writers. I'll go back and edit that post.
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Here we are, with yet another Round of Words. I think I'll just do my long-term goals now, and do my set of SMART objectives for each round. That's sort of in line with the 12 week challenges people do. So my goals are pretty well the same as the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2017 at Ravens' View
Her idea is to polish them up and self-publish as an ebook collection. I might try sending them out to some magazines first - there are a number listed in Duotrope that do just Flash.
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Holly's classes are good so far, especially with the added forums. But I shouldn't have started the three weeks right before Christmas. I'm a couple of days behind already!
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