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Ravens
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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Just in case you need a distraction (Lord knows I don't) Goodreads has a book giveaway program. Many of these are ARC's, but you can also put already published books up. The intent is for authors to get their books... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Ravens' View
I had to put CT29 on hold too, but still have all the prompts for later. I'll take you up on that NaNo offer.
Toggle Commented Aug 22, 2014 on ROW80-3 - 08/13 - Some progress at Ravens' View
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Thx Beth - I have enough for beta I think. Joyce J and Eden M from the writing gang, then my muse/technical consultant plus a book club friend that's also a theatre director.
Toggle Commented Aug 22, 2014 on ROW80-3 - 08/13 - Some progress at Ravens' View
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Ingress is good for exercise, in that I often take detours to catch an extra portal. But I do pause often to do something at each site, so not that brisk a walk.
Toggle Commented Aug 22, 2014 on ROW80-3 - 08/13 - Some progress at Ravens' View
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Editing is going better, thanks. And have beta readers lined up and waiting - some extra pressure.
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My editing stint feels like it will never be finished. I don't mean that search some of us do for the final 5% of perfection, I mean structural editing. Pre-copy edit, pre-proofread. I've been at this since I think February,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2014 at Ravens' View
I have been making better progress on editing. I started a spreadsheet, with scene numbers down one side and a whole list of things across the top, such as summary, characters, themes, and locations. I took the list of 'extra... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Ravens' View
I did another story for a writing challenge, CTC29. It's Day 11 now, and I missed the past few. I may do them later. Or not. Today we were to look at the wise mentor - often used via a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at Ravens' View
The days are still nice, but the nights are getting longer - and cooler. I'm still struggling to focus on editing, and being every so creative in finding ways to avoid it. This week I did more writing for the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at Ravens' View
Today's task for the Conquer the Craft in 29 Days challenge is to write a 'pet the dog' moment.We're to start with a larger than life heroic character, and have them show a moment of humanity, a pause to pet... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at Ravens' View
This is another story prompted by this month's Conquer the Craft in 29 Days challenge. Today we were to start thinking about characters. Specifically, we were to take an ordinary Joe - or Jane - and make them an unlikely... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at Ravens' View
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I'm still doing this writing challenge - Conquer the Craft in 29 Days - 29 days worth of writing prompts. Today's was called Morphological Forced Connections, and gave a mix of prompts to combine - character, situation, prop, and setting.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at Ravens' View
Ravens is now following Elizabeth Anne Mitchell
Aug 5, 2014
It's a challenge to do the challenge - but that's their point I guess ;-) They do say to set a timer for 29 minutes, and to keep that inner editor turned off.
Toggle Commented Aug 5, 2014 on ROW80-3 - 08/03 - More challenges at Ravens' View
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Sorry, missed last Wednesday's check in. I have good intentions to get these done, then decide to wait until end of day for a better status, then it's the next morning, and then another day is gone. But I have... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2014 at Ravens' View
I signed up for a challenge for August, because I didn't have enough between editing - my novel and another's - reading, formatting, and enjoying summer. It's called Conquer the Craft, and consists of a prompt a day. Day One... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2014 at Ravens' View
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I had a book signing Saturday at a downtown book store - Chapters Rideau. I was there from 11:30 to 5 and sold 7 books. And I consider the day a success. Firstly - these sales were to 7 strangers,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2014 at Ravens' View
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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 Jul 23, 2014 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