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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 Cindy. I've already taken a few bites.
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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 4 days ago 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
Ravens has shared their blog Mike Young
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
I've decided to up my game for 2015 and focus even more on my writing. I like what I've done so far, but also want to see how far I can push this. I'll be looking at the next few... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at Ravens' View
Here we are, the end of another Round, and almost the end of another year. I had my kids and grandkids over on the 14th, so I've already been sort of enjoying the post Christmas pause. I did do some... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2014 at Ravens' View
Since I had my family all over on the 14th, this is sort of my break between Christmas and New Years. I've been catching up on some odds and ends and planning my planning. I finished a Kindle book -... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2014 at Ravens' View
Wishing you a Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukha, Winter Solstice, Joyful Shopping Frenzy - whatever you might be celebrating at this time of year. Hopefully it's a time that you can share with friends and family, reflecting on the year that's... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2014 at Ravens' View
I had my kids and grandkids over last Sunday for Christmas at my place. They all had other commitments up to the 25th, so December 14th it was. I spent a few days unwinding after NaNoWriMo, and then threw myself... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2014 at Ravens' View
One of the benefits of NaNoWriMo is supposed to be that you will develop good writing habits that will carry on long after it's over. That happened my first time, in 2010. I wrote early each day, faithfully, and after... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at Ravens' View
Ah, fond memories of Mork and Mindy. But the reference is to NaNoWriMo - National Novel Writing Month. It's held every November, world-wide, and challenges you to complete the first draft of that dream novel. 50,000 words in 30 days,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at Ravens' View
I haven't posted for a while, as I'm still working on what's next, but I think it's time for an update. Yesterday was a big one here in Ottawa. As all are likely aware, a shooter killed a ceremonial guard... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at Ravens' View
Good to read that when just moving bedrooms turned out to not be so simple, you kept at it. That innocuous start turned into some new directions (and colour schemes) and positive accomplishments. Who knew? Congrats!
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I spent last weekend at my first writerly conference, namely The Conference on Canadian Content in Speculative Arts and Literature. Otherwise known as CanCon. Wow - what an amazing event. Lots of fascinating authors, editors, and publishers, with lively panel... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at Ravens' View
This has been a peculiar session for me. I started back in July with one objective - to get novel #2 edited and out the door. All other writerly tasks were to be relegated to AFTER I edited each day.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at Ravens' View
I had a book signing last Saturday at Perfect Books, on Elgin Street here in Ottawa. They set me up right near the front, where I could - and did - chat up a lot of customers. I was there... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at Ravens' View
I'm looking for some high level feedback on this story - as does it look like the plot and characters could go somewhere. Which, I guess, depends in part where my imagination wants to take them. As for the book signing, I did one already, so will do a combined post on the experience. Good idea.
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That's the balance I'm looking for, to be comfortable yet challenged in life. Many of us do things because we think we have to, not want to, from demands of family and friends, from peer pressure, from self imposed targets.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at Ravens' View