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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 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
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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
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