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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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I find it harder every session to stick to my guns. I'm reluctant to downsize my goals, but maybe I just need a refocus. Staying up until 2 playing video games seems to be a new wrinkle too. Choices. Maybe... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Ravens' View
This week's Flash Fiction Friday challenge was to give the backstory on a fairy tale. --------- Once upon a time and long ago, we had great fun with a prompt that had us using a fairy tale villain as our... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at Ravens' View
Not a lot to report here, at least not writing. I read a book and went to my book club, did a Flash Fiction, shuffled my writing area again, had a grandson for a sleepover, and drove way too much... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2016 at Ravens' View
This week Flash Fiction Friday challenged us to choose one of three images and use it as the inspiration for a nightmare. ------------------------------- First, there was the Twilight Zone, and then came The Night Gallery. It is that gallery of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2016 at Ravens' View
Well, that didn't take long. I just started this round and already missing my check ins! I have been doing some writing and editing and reading but not nearly enough. Status: Writing I gave some feedback on one of my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2016 at Ravens' View
Glad you both appreciated it. Always fun to take an idea and do a few 'what if' scenarios as I walk around the neighbourhood.
Toggle Commented Jan 9, 2016 on A Little Bit of Weird at Ravens' View
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This week's challenge from Flash Fiction Friday was to write something weird. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Since we are at the beginning of a brand new year, I think our first prompt for 2016 should be to write something weird. How should you... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2016 at Ravens' View
Well, it's that time again, time to reflect on the successes and failures of 2015, and time to be full of of optimism and enthusiasm for 2016. Yay me! My philosophy remains to enjoy life, to better myself, and to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2016 at Ravens' View
This week's Flash Fiction Friday challenge was to share the diary of one of Santa's elves. Battling with this on my iPad, so formatting is a challenge. Edit - I got home and used my PC to fix this. I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2015 at Ravens' View
This week's prompt from Flash Fiction Friday was about being trapped by snow. --- Ah winter. The air is crisp and cool, and the spiced cider is warm and comforting. Children are sledding, and snowmen are being built in neighborhood... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2015 at Ravens' View
Here's another quick flash fiction story, from Flash Fiction Friday. The prompt was to do a story taking place on Thanksgiving Day. As usual, I had to add a twist. The limit was 1500 words, I'm well under at 643,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2015 at Ravens' View
I'm really struggling with NaNoWriMo this year. Maybe because my normal muse was not available to bounce ideas off. Maybe because the more I learn to write the harder it is to stop editing as I write. Maybe beacuse it's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2015 at Ravens' View
Here was this week's challenge from Flash Fiction Friday. --- A secret is something that is to be kept from the knowledge of any but the privileged. Tantalizing, isn’t it? That’s the thing about secrets. They wear a cloak of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2015 at Ravens' View
Or - shit happens. I had a great time last week in Toronto with my sweetie, arriving back here Thursday night. At 4am the fire alarm in the hall went off, so I rushed out to silence the damn thing.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2015 at Ravens' View
This week's prompt from FFF was to incorporate some words into your story. I'm also busy doing NaNoWriMo, charging through the first draft of yet another novel, so I decided to just incorporate them into a scene. The result was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2015 at Ravens' View
This week's challenge from FFF is to write about your fear. -------------------------------- Fear: An unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone, or something, is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat. The key word here is ‘belief’. Naturally,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2015 at Ravens' View
A couple of days late for the check in, but I wanted to get at least a quickie update in here, as I head out of town tomorrow for a week of fun. We had an election Monday, and picked... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2015 at Ravens' View
This week's prompt from Flash Fiction Friday is about promises. -------------------------- A promise is defined as a declaration or assurance that one will, or will not, do a particular thing or that a particular thing will, or will not, happen.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2015 at Ravens' View
Here's this week's prompt from Flash Fiction Friday. This week, you are going to be a writer. Of course, you are already a writer, but this time, you are not just going to write a story. You are going to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2015 at Ravens' View
No, not a blemish, it's a new writing spot. I just set up another pc on my kitchen table, as a place just for writing. So far it only has Scrivener and Dropbox loaded on it, to minimize distractions. It's... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2015 at Ravens' View
Thanks Joyce - and thanks for doing these FFF. Gets me writing again, and thinking outside the box. I watched the Addams movie before writing, to refresh my memory, but used to watch the original show too. I liked the way the ending surprised me too, as I wrote it.
Toggle Commented Oct 11, 2015 on FFF - Week 6 - Talk to the Hand at Ravens' View
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Glad you liked it Rose. Doing outlines for these now, and it helps.
Toggle Commented Oct 11, 2015 on FFF - Week 6 - Talk to the Hand at Ravens' View
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Thanks Izzy - glad I did the family name proud.
Toggle Commented Oct 11, 2015 on FFF - Week 6 - Talk to the Hand at Ravens' View
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Thanks Beth. I enjoyed writing this one. And the ending just sort of happened- was a more complex one in the outline., but this was more fun! I like these little challenges.
Toggle Commented Oct 11, 2015 on FFF - Week 6 - Talk to the Hand at Ravens' View
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Here's Wednesday's check in - a little late. I surprised myself with my editing goal. I really pushed for two days, and discovered that last 10k was pretty clean. So, this pass is finished. Still more to be done but... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2015 at Ravens' View