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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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I know my last posts have seemed obsessed with the weather, but we seem to have so much of it lately. Cold again tonight, but at least no snow in the forecast. Weather is one of the things I need... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Ravens' View
It's been balmy for a few days, but we didn't trust it at first. We had two warm spells already this year, followed by 10-15 cm snow. But, I was downtown last weekend, at a local legal wall, watching my... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at Ravens' View
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I'm referring mostly to the weather. We've had a few double digit days already this year - as in positive celsius digits. Most of the backyard was bare, some greenery was popping up, and the trees were starting to bud... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at Ravens' View
At this stage I would prefer constructive criticism more than even a good review. I've just asked a fellow writer for feedback - she prefers to do that rather than review.
Toggle Commented Apr 6, 2016 on ROW80-2 04/04 - Kickoff at Ravens' View
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Here we are, at another Round of Words in 80 Days. Time now to look at the year's goals, count up last round's accomplishments, and plan for the next round. My goals as a writer are simple: to write, to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2016 at Ravens' View
For my non-writing readers, plotters start off their writing with not just a story idea, but a plot, characters, character arcs, structured flow, high and low points, scene outlines, maps, etc. etc. Pantsers often have just a story idea, and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2016 at Ravens' View
This week's FFF challenge was to share some fantasy.With a list of words to include too. -------------------- Story, people. We want you to share your fantasy story. The genre of fantasy is a fascinating one. Stories use magic or other... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2016 at Ravens' View
Thanks, I did manage to get a lot of odds and ends done this round. You'll love having a lighter and more portable computer. This one boots in seconds and I can (and do) use it at th kitchen table or on the couch or at the coffee shop. Perhaps the occasional outdoor patio once the weather warms up. Hope you enjoy Fatal Affair - it gets steamy at times. Let me know if you get into Flash fiction. I really need to get back into a weekly routine, both to support my friend Joyce that has revived the site and to keep expanding my horizons. Mine are listed here http://www.ravensview.ca/ravens/short-stories.html
Toggle Commented Mar 27, 2016 on ROW80-1 - 03/23 - End of round at Ravens' View
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Thanks Pam. Looking back I guess I did get some things accomplished, just not always the ones I had planned on. The agent search is new to me, but hopefully will be rewarding. If not, I look directly for a publisher, and if not, I self publish. In the meantime, book #3 is being edited and will be eventually sent out to agents.
Toggle Commented Mar 27, 2016 on ROW80-1 - 03/23 - End of round at Ravens' View
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I missed last Wednesday's final check in, as well as some before that, but am finally here. In general, this ROW went okay. I've had better, and I've had worse. I finally decided my second novel was edited enough, and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2016 at Ravens' View
This week's theme is about monsters. From the site - ---------------------- Lately, I’ve been on a monster kick. I’ve been watching some epic films like The Mist, It Came from Beneath the Sea, The Blob, Creature from the Black Lagoon,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2016 at Ravens' View
Well, it's been a while since I checked in. Seems like I got caught up in various odds and ends I guess, especially some non-writing ones. I have been sending out queries to agents, though. Fifteen sent so far, with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2016 at Ravens' View
I find it harder every session to stick to my guns. I'm reluctant to downsize my goals, but maybe I just need a refocus. Staying up until 2 playing video games seems to be a new wrinkle too. Choices. Maybe... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2016 at Ravens' View
This week's Flash Fiction Friday challenge was to give the backstory on a fairy tale. --------- Once upon a time and long ago, we had great fun with a prompt that had us using a fairy tale villain as our... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at Ravens' View
Not a lot to report here, at least not writing. I read a book and went to my book club, did a Flash Fiction, shuffled my writing area again, had a grandson for a sleepover, and drove way too much... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2016 at Ravens' View
This week Flash Fiction Friday challenged us to choose one of three images and use it as the inspiration for a nightmare. ------------------------------- First, there was the Twilight Zone, and then came The Night Gallery. It is that gallery of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2016 at Ravens' View
Well, that didn't take long. I just started this round and already missing my check ins! I have been doing some writing and editing and reading but not nearly enough. Status: Writing I gave some feedback on one of my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2016 at Ravens' View
Glad you both appreciated it. Always fun to take an idea and do a few 'what if' scenarios as I walk around the neighbourhood.
Toggle Commented Jan 9, 2016 on A Little Bit of Weird at Ravens' View
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This week's challenge from Flash Fiction Friday was to write something weird. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Since we are at the beginning of a brand new year, I think our first prompt for 2016 should be to write something weird. How should you... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2016 at Ravens' View
Well, it's that time again, time to reflect on the successes and failures of 2015, and time to be full of of optimism and enthusiasm for 2016. Yay me! My philosophy remains to enjoy life, to better myself, and to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2016 at Ravens' View
This week's Flash Fiction Friday challenge was to share the diary of one of Santa's elves. Battling with this on my iPad, so formatting is a challenge. Edit - I got home and used my PC to fix this. I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2015 at Ravens' View
This week's prompt from Flash Fiction Friday was about being trapped by snow. --- Ah winter. The air is crisp and cool, and the spiced cider is warm and comforting. Children are sledding, and snowmen are being built in neighborhood... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2015 at Ravens' View
Here's another quick flash fiction story, from Flash Fiction Friday. The prompt was to do a story taking place on Thanksgiving Day. As usual, I had to add a twist. The limit was 1500 words, I'm well under at 643,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2015 at Ravens' View
I'm really struggling with NaNoWriMo this year. Maybe because my normal muse was not available to bounce ideas off. Maybe because the more I learn to write the harder it is to stop editing as I write. Maybe beacuse it's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2015 at Ravens' View
Here was this week's challenge from Flash Fiction Friday. --- A secret is something that is to be kept from the knowledge of any but the privileged. Tantalizing, isn’t it? That’s the thing about secrets. They wear a cloak of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2015 at Ravens' View