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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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The challenge for this week's Flash Fiction Friday was to write a medical thriller. This week, we want you to take us into a hospital, clinic, or physician’s office. Most of the time, we’re in and out. All we require... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Ravens' View
I'm in Toronto at my gf's for a week, mellowing out. Not that my normal week is that hectic, but this has been mostly time to hang out together, drink craft beer/cider in the backyard, reading the Globe/NYT on the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Ravens' View
I turned 70 a few weeks ago, and am thinking I may be getting past middle age. I used to tease my mother that as long as she refused to think of herself old, we couldn't go there ourselves. She... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2016 at Ravens' View
That was my goal, so I guess I'm doing okay. I did get my friend's feedback on my novel - lots of it! We talked for four hours in a cafe, plus she did detailed annotations on the text and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at Ravens' View
Well, my back is better and I could start getting into a real schedule this time. But I haven't yet. I've edited a bit, read a lot, done some chores, and played some games. Stuff I did: Publishing Some editing.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at Ravens' View
I guess that should be to get the RIGHT stuff done, as opposed to whatever sparkly thing catches my eye. Being out of the 9-5 rat-race does give one the freedom to structure the day anyway one wants. Or be... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2016 at Ravens' View
Looks like this ROW is over and I didn't even notice! I have been editing, off and on, as well as reading and watching yet another TV series - The Tunnel. Writing Editing - I'm finishing another pass on Return... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2016 at Ravens' View
As mentioned in my last post a week or so ago, I've been looking for a way to get my second novel published, and have decided to go with my original publisher, Deux Voiliers Publishing. 'We' are a co-op type... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at Ravens' View
It's definitely been a while since my last check in, but I have made some writing progress, and have redefined some goals. My girlfriend is up for another visit - via Via Rail of course - but as it's a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2016 at Ravens' View
Thanks, glad you liked it. And I am interested in your podcast. I've thought of adding audio to my short stories. I'm told I have a nice 'radio voice'. I'll look into recording this when I get back home later this week.
Toggle Commented May 9, 2016 on The Girl Who Surfed Tsunamis at Ravens' View
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In the few days I've been in Toronto the tree buds have gone from possibilities of spring to actual leaves, leaves that seem to be growing as we watch. The birds are out in force too, building nests and being... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2016 at Ravens' View
I did another Flash Fiction challenge this week. This one was from Chuck Wendig's Terrible Minds site. We were to pick a title from a list of ten that his readers had suggested and write about 1000 words from that... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2016 at Ravens' View
I'm in Toronto now, for a week, visiting my ginger-haired sweetie. Today was cool in the shade, but lovely in the sun. Nice weather to visit some local shops then retire to a sunny backyard, cool drinks at hand, pen... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2016 at Ravens' View
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This week's challenge from Flash Fiction Friday was to 'bring on the flowers and candy'. It was to be a romance, dark or light, our choice. I was inspired by an image a friend posted online, by Wingorwing99. It shows... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2016 at Ravens' View
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I know my last posts have seemed obsessed with the weather, but we seem to have so much of it lately. Cold again tonight, but at least no snow in the forecast. Weather is one of the things I need... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2016 at Ravens' View
It's been balmy for a few days, but we didn't trust it at first. We had two warm spells already this year, followed by 10-15 cm snow. But, I was downtown last weekend, at a local legal wall, watching my... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at Ravens' View
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I'm referring mostly to the weather. We've had a few double digit days already this year - as in positive celsius digits. Most of the backyard was bare, some greenery was popping up, and the trees were starting to bud... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at Ravens' View
At this stage I would prefer constructive criticism more than even a good review. I've just asked a fellow writer for feedback - she prefers to do that rather than review.
Toggle Commented Apr 6, 2016 on ROW80-2 04/04 - Kickoff at Ravens' View
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Here we are, at another Round of Words in 80 Days. Time now to look at the year's goals, count up last round's accomplishments, and plan for the next round. My goals as a writer are simple: to write, to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2016 at Ravens' View
For my non-writing readers, plotters start off their writing with not just a story idea, but a plot, characters, character arcs, structured flow, high and low points, scene outlines, maps, etc. etc. Pantsers often have just a story idea, and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2016 at Ravens' View
This week's FFF challenge was to share some fantasy.With a list of words to include too. -------------------- Story, people. We want you to share your fantasy story. The genre of fantasy is a fascinating one. Stories use magic or other... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2016 at Ravens' View
Thanks, I did manage to get a lot of odds and ends done this round. You'll love having a lighter and more portable computer. This one boots in seconds and I can (and do) use it at th kitchen table or on the couch or at the coffee shop. Perhaps the occasional outdoor patio once the weather warms up. Hope you enjoy Fatal Affair - it gets steamy at times. Let me know if you get into Flash fiction. I really need to get back into a weekly routine, both to support my friend Joyce that has revived the site and to keep expanding my horizons. Mine are listed here http://www.ravensview.ca/ravens/short-stories.html
Toggle Commented Mar 27, 2016 on ROW80-1 - 03/23 - End of round at Ravens' View
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Thanks Pam. Looking back I guess I did get some things accomplished, just not always the ones I had planned on. The agent search is new to me, but hopefully will be rewarding. If not, I look directly for a publisher, and if not, I self publish. In the meantime, book #3 is being edited and will be eventually sent out to agents.
Toggle Commented Mar 27, 2016 on ROW80-1 - 03/23 - End of round at Ravens' View
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I missed last Wednesday's final check in, as well as some before that, but am finally here. In general, this ROW went okay. I've had better, and I've had worse. I finally decided my second novel was edited enough, and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2016 at Ravens' View
This week's theme is about monsters. From the site - ---------------------- Lately, I’ve been on a monster kick. I’ve been watching some epic films like The Mist, It Came from Beneath the Sea, The Blob, Creature from the Black Lagoon,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2016 at Ravens' View