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Photographer, writer, grandfather, graffiti mural promoter, social activist
Interests: current affairs, writing, grandkids, quality assurance, photography, graffiti, social activism, urban art, graffiti murals
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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 4 days ago 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 5 days ago 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!
Toggle Commented Oct 16, 2014 on false dark world at did you ever kiss a frog?
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
You got it - I'm still not editing. not directly that is. While I wait for all my Beta feedback, i've been making notes on what to edit, and reading about editing. And, although not under much pressure, I still... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at Ravens' View
I'm a day late in posting this, but I wanted to announce the start of a giveaway on Goodreads for Kirk's Landing. This is a free program they offer to authors, to increase their exposure. You promise to send out... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at Ravens' View
Whew! I finally got my latest editing pass done, so that my novel was tidy enough for Beta readers. My target was to be done by the end of August, and I was done by five on the 1st -... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at Ravens' View
Just in case you need a distraction (Lord knows I don't) Goodreads has a book giveaway program. Many of these are ARC's, but you can also put already published books up. The intent is for authors to get their books... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at Ravens' View
I had to put CT29 on hold too, but still have all the prompts for later. I'll take you up on that NaNo offer.
Toggle Commented Aug 22, 2014 on ROW80-3 - 08/13 - Some progress at Ravens' View
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Thx Beth - I have enough for beta I think. Joyce J and Eden M from the writing gang, then my muse/technical consultant plus a book club friend that's also a theatre director.
Toggle Commented Aug 22, 2014 on ROW80-3 - 08/13 - Some progress at Ravens' View
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Ingress is good for exercise, in that I often take detours to catch an extra portal. But I do pause often to do something at each site, so not that brisk a walk.
Toggle Commented Aug 22, 2014 on ROW80-3 - 08/13 - Some progress at Ravens' View
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Editing is going better, thanks. And have beta readers lined up and waiting - some extra pressure.
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My editing stint feels like it will never be finished. I don't mean that search some of us do for the final 5% of perfection, I mean structural editing. Pre-copy edit, pre-proofread. I've been at this since I think February,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2014 at Ravens' View
I have been making better progress on editing. I started a spreadsheet, with scene numbers down one side and a whole list of things across the top, such as summary, characters, themes, and locations. I took the list of 'extra... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Ravens' View
I did another story for a writing challenge, CTC29. It's Day 11 now, and I missed the past few. I may do them later. Or not. Today we were to look at the wise mentor - often used via a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at Ravens' View
The days are still nice, but the nights are getting longer - and cooler. I'm still struggling to focus on editing, and being every so creative in finding ways to avoid it. This week I did more writing for the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at Ravens' View
Today's task for the Conquer the Craft in 29 Days challenge is to write a 'pet the dog' moment.We're to start with a larger than life heroic character, and have them show a moment of humanity, a pause to pet... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at Ravens' View
This is another story prompted by this month's Conquer the Craft in 29 Days challenge. Today we were to start thinking about characters. Specifically, we were to take an ordinary Joe - or Jane - and make them an unlikely... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at Ravens' View