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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
Recent Activity
Well, I won third prize in a short story contest recently. That was $20 and a certificate and publication in the Mensa Canada newsletter. The cash is gone after a few beers at my local to celebrate, but then I'm... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at Ravens' View
My stone flew true, hitting her just above the eyebrow. She staggered back, then straightened and calmly gazed back at me, blood already running down her face. Following my lead as high priest, the others joined in too, cursing her... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2015 at Ravens' View
I was asked this question about my writing again the other day. It was from a fan, who was not a writer, and who seemed to think 'getting ideas' was the only step needed before a novel is produced. I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2015 at Ravens' View
Sunday check in, with yet another distraction - a Federal election. The kick-off for the campaign was today, right in the middle of a long weekend, with the fixed election date of October 13. Making it the longest campaign, at... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2015 at Ravens' View
Sunday's check in - on Monday, as usual. Had a nice visit by my girlfriend, but she's gone back home now so it's time to get back to writing/editing. I'm just past the halfway point in my editing, and still... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2015 at Ravens' View
Well, the past week has not been a complete loss for editing. Some days I managed an hour of work on my book, some none, occasionally two! It's further along than before, and that's what counts. I did some tidying... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at Ravens' View
Thanks to both of you for the feedback. I'm looking forward to getting more done on my writing this ROW80.
Toggle Commented Jul 8, 2015 on ROW80-3 -07/07 - Okay, I'm in! at Ravens' View
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I sort of faded away last ROW80 after my back went wonky again. Then life got in the way, with video games, a book fair, reading, spring weather, and a new girlfriend. I'll try this again. First, an update. The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at Ravens' View
I had to take a bit of a break when my back went out - again. It's a disc think we think, and are working on a diagnosis. And hopefully on a fix. The downside was that I couldn't sit... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2015 at Ravens' View
I'm not doing many other writerly things, but I am still editing. Yay! Doing my 4/25 minute sessions every day, and slowly whittling away at this. The high level looks pretty good now, so I've started going through scene by... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2015 at Ravens' View
This is yesterday's post, as I got distracted last night playing Wargame. But - I did get my editing done first!! I'm still hitting my 4 x 25 min goal each day, eventually. I have a list of Beta reader... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2015 at Ravens' View
My new modest plan seems to be working. My goal is for a minimum of four 25 minute editing sessions a day. I've done that for three days so far, which is a good thing. Sometimes it's by 2 pm,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at Ravens' View
Thanks very much to all for the encouraging comments. New plan is going well.
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Once more into the breach, dear friends. Yet another ROW80, yet another resolve to get done with my editing of novel #2. I mentioned a while ago that I'd try the elephant eating technique, as in one bite at a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at Ravens' View
Thanks Cindy. I've already taken a few bites.
Toggle Commented Mar 28, 2015 on ROW80-1 - 03/26 - One bite at a time at Ravens' View
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That's how you eat an elephant and I think that's how I'll have to tackle my elephant - editing novel #2. I did a lot of promotion of ROW 80 with friends, extolling its virtues and my successes with it.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2015 at Ravens' View
It's been a while, but here I am again, hopefully a little more balanced. I got my second novel back from my beta-reader, with much praise and some suggested tweaks. I've had a bit of a break to watch Netflix... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2015 at Ravens' View
Here I am finally, a day late for Sunday, and weeks since my last post. I'm done with editing my second novel, Return to Kirk's Landing, but just for now. I've made a number of changes, mostly high level, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at Ravens' View
I told some writer friends all about ROW80 and how great it is to keep you on track and even got some to sign up. Yet, after several years of me following it, this has to be my worst session.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2015 at Ravens' View
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Jan 29, 2015
Not my hunger, but that of many of Canada's Inuit. There have been several reports in the news lately on the horrendous prices for food in Canada's far north - like this video. Kellogg's Protein shakes - 3/$19, 5 kg... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2015 at Ravens' View
First it was my battery, then it was me. Flattened by a wonky back. It's happened before. All it needs is a twist the wrong way or bending over to pick up a pen and I get a lower back... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at Ravens' View
Here's Wednesday's post - on Thursday. I'm already back to putting the top of the list - editing - after the bottom of the list - other odds and ends. I did do some work on my second book, but... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at Ravens' View
The "A Round of Words in 80 Days" challenge does realize that you have a life, and is fine with other things occasionally usurping your goals. That's especially likely to happen if you leave the important things until later in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2015 at Ravens' View
I spent some time reading about writing, but it was certainly worth it. The book is Hooked - Write Fiction That Grabs Readers at Page One and Never Lets Them Go. By Les Edgerton. He examines that first sentence, first... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at Ravens' View