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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 part of a book fair last Saturday for Indie authors, and actually sold six books! Three of each, for Kirk's Landing and Return to Kirk's Landing. Better than I had expected, as it was in the basement of a small, out of the way church, and not that... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Ravens' View
Not a lot, but I did do some work on my story, The Game, as well as some writerly things. I came back from Toronto on the Tuesday evening train, and enjoyed the generous - and free - meal and drinks. When I got home, I decided I needed to... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Ravens' View
Edit - I'd posted this on the FB page for ROW80, but will add it here too so that I don't lose it. I’m still in TO, sans laptop. No last minute NaNo spurt, so only about 6k words this year. But, a stronger base than usual, to build on.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Ravens' View
Eden- yes, a lot has been happening but that’s a good thing. I’ll mostly be reading rather than writing at my girlfriend’s, as I left my laptop at home. I do have my Moleskin journal though, of course. I did enjoy the New Yorker, even after skipping all the local content at the start. Very good in depth articles, but often too much in depth, going on for page after page. I do enjoy the Fuardian Weekly, with its great international focus. And the Sunday Times rounds out that reading. Sent from my Commodore 64 Blog and link to pics and my novel Kirk's Landing all at
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LOL - see my edit. I'm often here in the day, but was gone, so nobody to keep an eye out.
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Okay, not a lot of snow, just a few centimetres so far. Although I suppose it was more than they needed at the Grey Cup game yesterday, the final playoff for Canada's pro football league. At any rate, I get my snow tires installed tomorrow, in the midst of a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2017 at Ravens' View
In my last post, almost three weeks ago, I had a plan B. I would just write for a couple of hours a day, rather than measuring words. Unfortunately, other than a few hours here and there and some good structuring and outlining, not a lot of words were added.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2017 at Ravens' View
I think I need a Plan B. I've completed several (6?) NaNoWriMo's, but this time my writing is sooooo slow. I'm just past 4400 words, and it's Day 5. In past years I've outlined a plot, some Turning Points, and key characters. I'd also have an idea for the twist... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2017 at Ravens' View
I was tempted to wait until Sunday for this, but I'd just poured another glass of wine so why not?? I came back from my week in Toronto on Wednesday evening. I did get some NaNoWords done on the train, but they serve pre-drinks, dinner, wine, apertif - so it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at Ravens' View
I'm still in Toronto, and it certainly feels like November. Aug-tober has faded - no more shorts days. We've no frost or snow yet, but the skies are all cloudy and grey, with a damp breeze blowing up from the lake and right through my bones. I'll be scheduling winter... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2017 at Ravens' View
I'm visiting my girlfriend in Toronto, but still getting a lot done. She's fine with me doing my writerly stuff as she reads the paper or work on dinner or does her own writing. She often sleeps in late, or naps, too, so I get more done here than at... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2017 at Ravens' View
50% off!! In honour of the spooky season, both my ebooks are on sale at Smashwords, until November 1st. Read all about a cop in a small town as he uses his magical power to solve crimes and battle an evil spirit. And when you're done, please leave a review... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2017 at Mike Young
Thx - some days are better than others for my goals, but it averages out okay.
Toggle Commented Oct 26, 2017 on ROW80-4 -25/10/17 -Just a Hobby? at Ravens' View
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It annoys me when someone refers to my writing as a hobby. The Merriam-Webster definition is "a pursuit outside one's regular occupation, engaged in especially for relaxation". In my case, I retired from my regular occupation a decade ago, and filled my days with various activities. Including staring into space.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2017 at Ravens' View
Since I usually do these posts a day late- yes, I am early. I commented on several other ROW'ers, so was motivated to get at it. [Edit - I had a much longer post, then hit the wrong key and lost most of it. So this will be it.] We've... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2017 at Ravens' View
I've been working away at my story outline for this year's NaNo, so that I'll be ready to go come November 1st. A few days ago I found a good 'how-to' series, from Fiction University Get Ready for NaNo! It's a 3[1] day series, and started October 1st. I've been... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2017 at Ravens' View
Being passionate about a person, or a thing, is usually seen as a good thing. So much so, that a lack of passion in a person can be seen as a character fault. Being obsessed over something, though, is not a good thing. Even if it's the same thing as... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2017 at Ravens' View
It looks like summer-fall is fading, and the leaves are finally changing colour. Goal completion remains a challenge, with my to-do list often an end of day record instead of a start of day plan.
Toggle Commented Oct 14, 2017 on ROW80-4 -12/10/17 -Still summer? at Ravens' View
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Thanks - I'm still chugging along.
Toggle Commented Oct 14, 2017 on ROW80-4 - Check-in 04/10/17 at Ravens' View
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Yes, I know my check-in is a day late again, but I keep getting distracted by summer. We get some wet fall days but it's still often in the range of 18-22C in the day, and sunny. Yes, it does drop down at night to three or four, with the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at Ravens' View
It's Thanksgiving weekend up here in Canada, for many a time to gather with friends and family to give thanks for what we have in life. Sometimes a time for distant relatives to descend upon you, for old arguments to be revived, for buttons to be pushed, for way too... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at Ravens' View
I've already published two of my novels, Kirk's Landing and Return to Kirk's Landing. You can buy print or ebook copies from Amazon, Chapters, Ingram-Spark, Smashwords, iBooks, Kindle, etc. Or perhaps find a copy in your local library. I've also written over 100 quick little Flash Fiction stories over the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2017 at Mike Young
I guess since I've agreed to be a sponsor this round I'd better get my own update done, and see what's happened since we started Monday. I've pretty well decided on my story for NaNoWriMo, and done an outline. I ran it past some folks in my MondSFF group (Monday... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at Ravens' View
Apparently, we are starting again. So I need goals. But first, a little update on my writer's retreat. We're in an old (1864) stonewalled Schoolhouse. Outside Stirling Ontario (1858). Very quiet. I get up early and sit outside with coffee, a magazine, notebook, and seeds for the chipmunks. I stare... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2017 at Ravens' View
Looks like this Round is about done, so I'd better get in one last check in. Not a lot of writerly progress this time, and not a lot of status update. Maybe if I commit to checking in on other's progress I'll be encouraged to do more myself? We're heading... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2017 at Ravens' View