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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 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 yesterday 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 yesterday at Mike Young
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This page is for you, as a reader, and maybe a writer. Here are my novels so far. Kirk's Landing - An undercover cop, with the power to become invisible, gets busted by a biker gang and has to hide out in small northern detachment. He combines his street smarts... Continue reading
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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
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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 yesterday 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
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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.
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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
I posted this to ROW80 FB 10 days ago from the VIA rail train, on my way to Toronto. Never did add it to my blog, so here you go . . . I'm not sure if this counts as... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at Ravens' View
This was actually a fairly writerly week - who knew? My biggest success was my critique group, followed by some heavy duty library promotion and ground work for book signings. Status: Write Okay, none, but I am deciding on my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2017 at Ravens' View
Thx - will check it out.
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These were the goals I'd set for this year. write write better publish enjoy life stay healthy I'll expand on some objectives and add my status: Write - Too bad the weekly challenges for Flash Fiction Friday are done, but... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2017 at Ravens' View
Thanks ladies. I definitely saw potential once I started writing this, and will keep it as a novel outline. Arthur's search for a saviour could either be the end of it, or the beginning.
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This is written for the final prompt from Flash Fiction Friday - due December 29th so I'm just a tad late. I started and abandoned several ideas, and this one is more of an outline for a novel, but what... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2017 at Ravens' View
I guess it's time for a new set of goals/aspirations for the next year - or longer. They remain pretty well the same: write write better publish enjoy life stay healthy Details to follow, as I figure out some measurable... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at Ravens' View
I'm still late with these (blame Christmas) but here's the Flash Fiction Story that was due December 23rd. The challenge was to be a bit dramatic, starting with one of five given sentences. ------------------------------- One definition of drama is ‘an... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2016 at Ravens' View