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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
Recent Activity
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 day series, and started October 1st. I've been... Continue reading
Posted yesterday 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 4 days ago 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 7 days ago on ROW80-4 -12/10/17 -Still summer? at Ravens' View
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Thanks - I'm still chugging along.
Toggle Commented 7 days ago 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
I seem to have found a theme for the NaNoWriMo story I'd mentioned - Good vs Evil. Initially, as a street kid, good or evil is determined by its immediate effect on young Tyler, for him or against. Once into The Game, he develops a bit of a code, but... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2017 at Ravens' View
I guess it's better late than never to join this round. There are still a few weeks left. Summer has/had been full of all sorts of things - gardening, visits with my girlfriend, reading, news (fake or otherwise), Netflix, video games, walks in the park, kibitzing with friends in bars... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at Ravens' View
We're all familiar with the issue of cultural appropriation, and how inappropriate it is. Usually. Whether it's kids at Halloween in Indian saris, or actors in black-face, or a First Nations mascot, we've learned (hopefully) to avoid it. But there have some articles lately discussing this from the point of... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2017 at Mike Young
I read an interesting article today on the therapeutic benefits of writing, especially fiction. The author, Jessica Lourey, writes: I came to call this healing process “rewriting my life,” as I was taking real events and repurposing them to fit a fictional narrative. The power of this process is transformative.... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at Mike Young
My second book is now available at the Ottawa Public Library, here. If you're in Ottawa, I hope you will take it out, read it, leave a review, and recommend it to your friends. Maybe even buy a copy for you or someone else, via Amazon or Chapters. For the... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2017 at Mike Young
Like many authors, I have several ways to get my books into the hands of my adoring fans. Who number in the dozens, I'm sure ;-) Libraries and bookstores can order paperback copies wholesale from Ingram Books in the US, or overseas, or from Red Tuque Books here in Canada.... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at Mike Young
It seems a lot of science fiction now is not really that unbelievable. Kim Stanley Robinson writes in New York 2140 of a decidedly dampish city. "It’s spring in New York City. At Twenty-sixth and Park, the waves shine in the sunlight, and the breeze is briny with seaweed. Morning... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2017 at Mike Young
Interesting NY article following the firing of Bill O'Reilly "In 1998, Bill O’Reilly published his first and, so far, only novel: “Those Who Trespass: A Novel of Television and Murder.” The main character is a violently bitter journalist named Shannon Michaels, who, after being pushed out of two high-profile positions,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2017 at Ravens' View
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Here are three YA books that might be of interest: Graffiti Girl, Love and Vandalism, and Shadowshaper. The Goodreads reviews I've linked to are mixed, but take a look. Photo is mine, from Toronto Roncesvalles area, Oct/2015 Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at Mike Young
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We all use maps, paper, online, or mental. Even emotional I suppose. Writers use them for many reasons: to help outline a story, to add to the book as a cool feature, to deal with a bit of ATHD, or just as a way to procrastinate from actual writing. Barbara... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at Mike Young
I was born and raised in Kirkland Lake, a small northern mining community with a nearby First Nations reserve. I grew up with a love of the north, even in the midst of winter, exploring the surrounding woods with my friends, and grandfather. I moved down south in my 20's,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2017 at Mike Young
Not as big as the first book's launch, as was a quieter night in general and also started snowing a lot. Here's the poster. Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2017 at Mike Young
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This page is for you, as a reader, and maybe a writer. I'll use it mainly to promote my own writing, but I'll also tell you about interesting books by other authors, and pass on some background on the life of a writer. Here are my novels so far. Kirk's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2017 at Mike Young
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For a PDF of Chapter One, click here. Comments welcome below. Synopsis - Dave, an undercover cop, is busted when his cloaking power fails in the middle of a gang meeting. Forced to hide out as Detachment Commander in Kirk's Landing, a small Manitoba town, his only goal is to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2017 at Mike Young
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Nominated for Ottawa Independent Writers 2017 Frank Hegyi Award and City of Ottawa 2017 Book Awards. Reviewed in the Ottawa Review of Books. Synopsis - Dave Browne, a former big city undercover cop, is hoping to finally settle into a peaceful new life as police chief in a small northern... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2017 at Mike Young