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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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We're all familiar with the issue of cultural appropriation, and how inappropriate it is. Usually. Whether it's kids at Halloween in Indian saris, or actors in black-face, or a First Nations mascot, we've learned (hopefully) to avoid it. But there have some articles lately discussing this from the point of... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2017 at Mike Young
I read an interesting article today on the therapeutic benefits of writing, especially fiction. The author, Jessica Lourey, writes: I came to call this healing process “rewriting my life,” as I was taking real events and repurposing them to fit a fictional narrative. The power of this process is transformative.... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at Mike Young
My second book is now available at the Ottawa Public Library, here. If you're in Ottawa, I hope you will take it out, read it, leave a review, and recommend it to your friends. Maybe even buy a copy for you or someone else, via Amazon or Chapters. For the... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2017 at Mike Young
Like many authors, I have several ways to get my books into the hands of my adoring fans. Who number in the dozens, I'm sure ;-) Libraries and bookstores can order paperback copies wholesale from Ingram Books in the US, or overseas, or from Red Tuque Books here in Canada.... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at Mike Young
It seems a lot of science fiction now is not really that unbelievable. Kim Stanley Robinson writes in New York 2140 of a decidedly dampish city. "It’s spring in New York City. At Twenty-sixth and Park, the waves shine in the sunlight, and the breeze is briny with seaweed. Morning... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2017 at Mike Young
Interesting NY article following the firing of Bill O'Reilly "In 1998, Bill O’Reilly published his first and, so far, only novel: “Those Who Trespass: A Novel of Television and Murder.” The main character is a violently bitter journalist named Shannon... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2017 at Ravens' View
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Here are three YA books that might be of interest: Graffiti Girl, Love and Vandalism, and Shadowshaper. The Goodreads reviews I've linked to are mixed, but take a look. Photo is mine, from Toronto Roncesvalles area, Oct/2015 Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at Mike Young
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We all use maps, paper, online, or mental. Even emotional I suppose. Writers use them for many reasons: to help outline a story, to add to the book as a cool feature, to deal with a bit of ATHD, or just as a way to procrastinate from actual writing. Barbara... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at Mike Young
I was born and raised in Kirkland Lake, a small northern mining community with a nearby First Nations reserve. I grew up with a love of the north, even in the midst of winter, exploring the surrounding woods with my friends, and grandfather. I moved down south in my 20's,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2017 at Mike Young
Not as big as the first book's launch, as was a quieter night in general and also started snowing a lot. Here's the poster. Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2017 at Mike Young
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This page is for you, as a reader, and maybe a writer. I'll use it mainly to promote my own writing, but I'll also tell you about interesting books by other authors, and pass on some background on the life of a writer. Here are my novels so far. Kirk's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2017 at Mike Young
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For a PDF of Chapter One, click here. Comments welcome below. Synopsis - Dave, an undercover cop, is busted when his cloaking power fails in the middle of a gang meeting. Forced to hide out as Detachment Commander in Kirk's Landing, a small Manitoba town, his only goal is to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2017 at Mike Young
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Nominated for Ottawa Independent Writers 2017 Frank Hegyi Award and City of Ottawa 2017 Book Awards. Reviewed in the Ottawa Review of Books. Synopsis - Dave Browne, a former big city undercover cop, is hoping to finally settle into a peaceful new life as police chief in a small northern... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2017 at Mike Young
I agree. Sometimes editing is just plodding through, scene by scene, and sometimes it is periods of staring into space while sitting at an outdoor cafe, interspersed with flashes of insight and flurries of activity. Camp NaNoWriMo did allow editing, but not enough focus/nagging to keep me going. June might work - keep me in mind.
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Feedback sent ;-) Not sure how effective all these ad streams are for me, but it's an experiment so far I guess.
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Not a lot of editors in my cabin, so less peer pressure this time. And I am in Toronto, at my girlfriends, so it's hard for me to take a solid chunk of time to work. But I'm getting there ;-)
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Shan - I skipped the last NaNoWriMo in favour of revision, as that's where I learn and improve - when compiling feedback from peers and friends, editing and re-writing and exploring various writing tips.
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And did the heart grow fonder? I abstained for Lent from The Facebook - which went quite well. Here's my post. However, I also seem to have pretty well abstained from editing. Darn. I had joined Camp NaNoWriMo for April... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at Ravens' View
I gave up Facebook for Lent - from Ash Wednesday to Holy Thursday. For Western Christians, one of the observances of the period is to give up something, as a symbol of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ’s journey into the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at Ravens' View
Here's a link to the yoga - just a quick morning routine. It's called A Morning Cup of Yoga. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/643909.A_Morning_Cup_of_Yoga
Toggle Commented Apr 5, 2017 on ROW80-2 - 02/04/17 - Camping at Ravens' View
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Well, here it is another ROW, and time for some more SMART objectives - as in Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. My Goals for 2017 remain the same: write, write better, publish, enjoy life, and stay healthy. My Objectives... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2017 at Ravens' View
I keep looking for ways to deal with my poor productivity, as I procrastinate and often get distracted by sparkly things. As do many of us. ROW80 is a good way to proclaim your goals to your peers, and thus... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2017 at Ravens' View
I just liked the title when I was creating the story. But it is a cool concept - woman trapped in the 'cloud' basically. www.ravensview.ca Author of Kirk's Landing, and Return to Kirk's Landing, published by Deux Voiliers Publishing and available as paperback from Amazon or Chapters, or ebook, or from your local bookstore.
Toggle Commented Mar 2, 2017 on ROW80-1 - 01/03 -Wandering By at Ravens' View
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I've really lost the twice a week check-in habit here, haven't I? Second book is out, I'm waiting for more copies before promotion, winter is fading away and spring is being shy. Basically, I'm in a holding pattern, but I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at Ravens' View
It's been a couple of weeks since my last check in. Not a lot of progress, but I'll add what I have. Winter is fading, days are longer, the weather is warming up, but I still do have a bit... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at Ravens' View