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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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Thanks guys. I'm looking forward to following up with the writer group once this weekend's madness is done.
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on ROW80-1 -17/01/18 -Drowsy at Ravens' View
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That's me, one of the Seven Dwarfs. I started this post last night as I popped in and out of bed. It was a restless night as confirmed by my new FitBit. Sharing my bed, late night drinks, indigestion, mind whirling with plans for a big weekend - lots of... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Ravens' View
I don't mean physically, I mean with my objectives. I am semi-retired and/or self-employed, which means I don't really HAVE to do things. But I do want stick with this writerly thing.So - another check in, after a week, and a day late at that. But I am keeping a... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Ravens' View
and I think it's me. I've been journaling more this round. I start the day by looking at my objectives, then decide how to best fulfil all/some of them in the day. Then check it at night. Only a few days so far, but seems to be working. Plus I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2018 at Ravens' View
Sounds like an interesting blog hop - link?
Toggle Commented Jan 4, 2018 on ROW80-1 -03/01/18 -Objectives at Ravens' View
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Yes, should have been posted Wednesday, but life got in the way. Car repairs, babysitting, reading, seeing off a friend to Costa Rica, driving from Russel (MB) to Fort Nelson (BC). I already posted my 2018 goals (similar to 2017's), but I'll repeat them here to show how I tried... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2018 at Ravens' View
Eden - sorry - what I meant to say by reading escapism sci/fi-fantasy was it was my choice for escaping from chores, high school, etc. Not that it's particulary light reading. I also write a lot in that genre and admire many of it's writers. I'll go back and edit that post.
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2018 on ROW80-1 -2018 -Goals at Ravens' View
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Here we are, with yet another Round of Words. I think I'll just do my long-term goals now, and do my set of SMART objectives for each round. That's sort of in line with the 12 week challenges people do. So my goals are pretty well the same as the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2017 at Ravens' View
Her idea is to polish them up and self-publish as an ebook collection. I might try sending them out to some magazines first - there are a number listed in Duotrope that do just Flash.
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Holly's classes are good so far, especially with the added forums. But I shouldn't have started the three weeks right before Christmas. I'm a couple of days behind already!
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Okay, I'm in Toronto, but it is south of Ottawa, and always a bit warmer. And slushier. And with that damp cold from Lake Ontario that seeps into your bones. But I am at my girlfriend's, and preparing for Christmas. Much shopping, tidying, decorating, etc. But she does love to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2017 at Ravens' View
No, my gentle readers. it's not YOUR day. We're having Christmas a week early at my place, so our turkey, named Laura this year, is in the oven. I named her after Laura Moon, the dead wife in American Gods. When I slid her out of the fridge, the cold... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2017 at Ravens' View
I admit I am too focused on politics now, especially American. Yes, I'm Canadian, but it is hard to look away. And of course Trump's thoughts and actions - or lack of both - do affect us.
Toggle Commented Dec 16, 2017 on ROW80-4 -15/12/17 -Are We There Yet? at Ravens' View
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I reason that the more things stuffed under the bed, the less room for dust bunnies.
Toggle Commented Dec 16, 2017 on ROW80-4 -06/12/17 -A Bit of Writing at Ravens' View
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I'm not good at shoot-em-up games. Lack of good hand-eye coordination plus I keep forgetting which key is what. I was part of a Flash Fiction anthology a while back. It's a nice collection and sometimes catches people's interest at a book sale.
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And so another Round draws to a close - well, almost. Did I do well? Sort of. When I joined several years ago I was detailed in my goals and objectives, as well as meticulous in my tracking. Now, not so much. Check-ins get missed, my focus wanders, objectives get... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2017 at Ravens' View
I was part of a book fair last Saturday for Indie authors, and actually sold six books! Three of each, for Kirk's Landing and Return to Kirk's Landing. Better than I had expected, as it was in the basement of a small, out of the way church, and not that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2017 at Ravens' View
Not a lot, but I did do some work on my story, The Game, as well as some writerly things. I came back from Toronto on the Tuesday evening train, and enjoyed the generous - and free - meal and drinks. When I got home, I decided I needed to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2017 at Ravens' View
Edit - I'd posted this on the FB page for ROW80, but will add it here too so that I don't lose it. I’m still in TO, sans laptop. No last minute NaNo spurt, so only about 6k words this year. But, a stronger base than usual, to build on.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2017 at Ravens' View
Eden- yes, a lot has been happening but that’s a good thing. I’ll mostly be reading rather than writing at my girlfriend’s, as I left my laptop at home. I do have my Moleskin journal though, of course. I did enjoy the New Yorker, even after skipping all the local content at the start. Very good in depth articles, but often too much in depth, going on for page after page. I do enjoy the Fuardian Weekly, with its great international focus. And the Sunday Times rounds out that reading. Sent from my Commodore 64 Blog and link to pics and my novel Kirk's Landing all at www.ravensview.ca
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LOL - see my edit. I'm often here in the day, but was gone, so nobody to keep an eye out.
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Okay, not a lot of snow, just a few centimetres so far. Although I suppose it was more than they needed at the Grey Cup game yesterday, the final playoff for Canada's pro football league. At any rate, I get my snow tires installed tomorrow, in the midst of a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2017 at Ravens' View
In my last post, almost three weeks ago, I had a plan B. I would just write for a couple of hours a day, rather than measuring words. Unfortunately, other than a few hours here and there and some good structuring and outlining, not a lot of words were added.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2017 at Ravens' View
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