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Ottawa
Photographer, writer, grandfather, graffiti mural promoter, social activist
Interests: current affairs, writing, grandkids, quality assurance, photography, graffiti, social activism, urban art, graffiti murals
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I've missed a few check-in's already, but at least have started to ramp up the editing. I was about 1/3 through this pass, blending my alpha-reader suggestions with my own, then Monday I got a newer marked up copy from... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Ravens' View
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I have been trying to edit - honest - but still get distracted. My writer's group just had our yearly planning sessions, to plan what speaker topics to have. I had wanted to extend that further, to plan how we... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at Ravens' View
I'm trying to focus on editing this time, without adding a list of other things to tempt me. Mostly things I'd rather be doing. Such as writing - I enjoyed it when I was doing 1-2 Flash Fiction a week.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at Ravens' View
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I've done these ROW80's for a couple of years now, and love the chance not only to challenge myself, but also to organize and assign priorities to my various objectives. Plus track myself and improve. My goals remain the same:... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Ravens' View
A little late with my check-in here. I was going to let it slide - once again - to Sunday, then I realized that we're done. Yay! And Boo! As usual, I'll look at the objectives I had for this... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at Ravens' View
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On Friday I finished my current editing pass for book #2, Return to Kirk's Landing. I still have several more passes to do through it before copy/proof editing, but this was a pass I'd been procrastinating with since January. So... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2014 at Ravens' View
Writer is a confusing label, especially for friends. You say you're a writer, so they want to know what you've written. Your writing could be via page after page, book after book of insightful journal entries, seen only by yourself... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at Ravens' View
We - myself and three fellow authors - spent another day selling our books in the Byward Market. It was a nice day, lots of tourists, and modest sales. Since next weekend is Father's Day, my promo was "Buy a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at Ravens' View
It feels like I've been busy being writerly, but my actual editing and writing keeps getting pushed to the bottom of the list. So my new plan is to re-focus on what's important, set priorities, and do the top items... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2014 at Ravens' View
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A day late here, but it's been a weekend of book marketing. Saturday our local community had its annual ArtsPark - a festival of art, craft, local food, music, poetry, and writing. Very family oriented and always fun. There was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2014 at Ravens' View
Sorry for the abundance of alliteration, but it just happened. This Sunday I'll be joining some fellow writers in a marketing experiment. We'll be appearing in Ottawa's Byward Market area, doing reading from our books. Which meant I had to... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2014 at Ravens' View
This was a quick piece I wrote for an online course I'm taking, Start Writing Fiction. A good course, with the focus on characters. The prompt was to turn on the radio and write about the first thing you heard.... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2014 at Ravens' View
A friend posted an article about finding your passion, and then following it. It is a good idea, as an alternative to not knowing what you really want to do in life, to just drifting along the path of least... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2014 at Ravens' View
No long post, mainly busy editing - see below. Status: Publishing Editing - I've done some updating of Kirk's Landing. Needed to change time frame, as started up too soon after first book. Formatting other books. I got feedback on... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at Ravens' View
Edit - reposting following from Facebook, now that Typepad is happy again. Missed last Wednesday, as well as Sunday. Trying to update now on blog, but Typepad is again broken. So will do it here (on Facebook). Nice weather now... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at Ravens' View
Lisa - thanks for the suggestion. I do use Scrivener for my writing, but have to export it to Word when I send out to my beta readers and other editors. Too much trouble to keep importing it back into Scivener after that. When I do export, I make sure to do so fairly cleanly, for uploading to Amazon and Smashwords. These are other people's novels I am looking at though, so can't really control what they give me. Depending on how fancy they did the print version, there can be a lot of styles used and hidden 'features'. I will try the save to RTF next time - thanks.
Toggle Commented May 12, 2014 on ROW80-2 - 05/11 - Formatting Fun at Ravens' View
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Okay, that was sarcasm. Re-formatting text for an ebook is not really fun. Kindle has some guidelines, but you're still left having to just keep uploading and previewing until it looks right. Smashwords - for the rest of the market... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2014 at Ravens' View
Back to editing Return to Kirk's Landing. Along with other writerly things of course. Feedback from alpha reader looks good - some slashed out, some added, some just tweaked a bit. Need to read through to get a sense of... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2014 at Ravens' View
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I just finishing the first week of a MOOC, Start Writing Fiction. I signed up because it promised a focus on character generation - something I need. It has lived up to it's promise so far - in a way.... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2014 at Ravens' View
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I often start the day off with a to-do list, sometimes even specific appointments - with the intention that THIS TIME I will stick to my plans. Then the day happens. ROW80 check in's are like that. Sunday and Wednesday... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2014 at Ravens' View
Time for another Flash Fiction. This is from an old prompt from Flash Fiction Friday - FFF - Cycle 3 - Themed word list. It was from October, so list was omen, umbrella, shallow and death. 466 words. Payback Dan... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2014 at Ravens' View
Janet - signed up already. Also scheduled to re-start my editing, but will manage the two fine I'm sure. Elizabeth - thanks for the reminder, have to do taxes here too. Hopefully the folder is full of all the receipts I need.
Toggle Commented Apr 25, 2014 on ROW80-2 - 04/23 - Editing soon? at Ravens' View
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Missed last Sunday because my provider, Typepad, was down for a couple of days with a DDoS attack. Missed yesterday because I forgot ;-) But, here I am now, enjoying spring, reading, marketing, and not editing. Weather Has been above... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2014 at Ravens' View
We've had some strange weather lately. +26C on Monday, then below zero Tuesday, We even got some flurries. Just want this winter to be over so that I can wander my hood without getting all bundled up. I've been busy... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2014 at Ravens' View
Woke up early today so decided to do a little story. This is from an old prompt from the Flash Fiction Friday site - now shut down unfortunately. My story is 495 words. F3 - Cycle 2 - First Sentence.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at Ravens' View