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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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My writing group, ROW80, posted a challenge a while ago to do a 100 word story. These are fun to write, as little fragments of description or dialogue. Maybe something you'd open a novel with, or slip in between two chapters, or just leave as is. The challenge - This... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Ravens' View
Right now my problem is too many stories to choose from. I'd like to find an agent, but which of my five drafts do I focus on? I have: Agnes of Grimm - fairy tale folk brought to life in modern times, trying to recapture their magic yet blend in.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2018 at Ravens' View
Wikipedia says "A hero (masculine) or heroine (feminine) is a person or main character of a literary work who, in the face of danger, combats adversity through feats of ingenuity, bravery or strength, often sacrificing their own personal concerns for a greater good." I just watched the movie Thor, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2018 at Ravens' View
My ROW80 writing group set another writing challenge last week. We were to incorporate the sense of stillness - without the words 'stillness' or 'still' - and a puppy. And we had to do it as poetry, whether as free verse, sonnet, haiku, or dirty limerick (okay, I added that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2018 at Ravens' View
I sold a couple of books this week, at my local. Let this be a reminder to always have copies with you, just in case. I throw some in my shoulder bag. Or man purse, as some call it, in an attempt at humour. Do mention to new friends you... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at Ravens' View
I haven't done one of these Flash Fiction stories in a while - mainly because I tend to edit too much now. It's harder for me to commit and just write - even if it's for a first draft to get started with. I used to fire these off in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2018 at Ravens' View
Thanks guys. I'm looking forward to following up with the writer group once this weekend's madness is done.
Toggle Commented Jan 20, 2018 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 Jan 18, 2018 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 Jan 15, 2018 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