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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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You're sitting in an old school tavern, not your usual hang-out, but an interesting place. Some people may not be who/what they seem to be. Of course. Give us a story, your choice of genre. Oh, and you need to incorporate a random object. Throw the dice, pick your object... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Flash Fiction Friday
Here's Friday's story. I finished it this afternoon - definitely late, but here it is. https://www.mikeyoung.ca/2019/11/death-has-some-fun.html
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I need a newer and more complicated prescription for my glasses, so have made several visits to the optometrist already. In the future, we may never need to wear corrective lenses, but in the meantime, the prompt is to use glasses in a story. Special glasses, whether through science or... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2019 at Flash Fiction Friday
This time, the challenge was to write about Halloween. Not from the point of view of kids, or students in a pub, but use that of pensioners. I missed the Friday deadline by a few days, but did get done. It's a cute story, I think. 998 words. Death Has... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2019 at Mike Young
We had a nice day yesterday - maybe the last until spring. It was 20C in the sun. We trimmed the perennials and raked up the leaves in the garden - ready for snow now. Not that there is any in the forecast for here, but it will come within... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2019 at Ravens' View
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This week, with Halloween approaching, I'd like you to write about the holiday. Not from the point of view of kids, teenagers, or even suburbanites. Try some pensioners - in a home, on a beach, lost in space - your choice. 1000 words max, due next Friday, November 1st, the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2019 at Flash Fiction Friday
Here's this week's story, The Smoker. https://www.mikeyoung.ca/2019/10/the-smoker.html
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This week's prompt was a beautiful photo of autumn trees, with the sun shining through onto a path. Out for a walk, exploring, you hear a faint cry in the distance, So, you check it out. Mine is 891 words. The Smoker Henry hadn't planned on dying early. He loved... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2019 at Mike Young
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I'd like you to base this week's story on this picture (click on it for a bigger version). It's a beautiful fall afternoon, and you're exploring the woods behind your new country home. You wonder if the stories are true. You're only out for the day, but you have a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2019 at Flash Fiction Friday
Here's my story. Procrastinated, then surprised myself at how fast it came together. https://www.mikeyoung.ca/2019/10/-a-zen-romance.html
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FYI - I'll be posting my stories on my Mike Young blog, from now on. Here's a link to this week's story. Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2019 at Ravens' View
This week's story was to be set in a bookstore, and include a random six words form a list of twenty. I got broken, music, mechanical, grubby, backpack, and cowboy. I've bolded the six words in my story. It took me much to long to get started, but I am... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2019 at Mike Young
Well, the last while, when not doing techie stuff, I've been following the election. Not the US 4 year long process, the Canadian 40 day campaign. The two front runners - the incumbent Liberal and challenging Conservative - started off at agout 34% each and have stayed neck in neck... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2019 at Ravens' View
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This week's prompt is taken from the Furious Fiction challenge site. It was their October prompt, set last weekend, to be done in 55 hours. I was in the midst of doing another challenge, for NYC Midnight, so skipped it. But , I did like it, so thought I'd re-use... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2019 at Flash Fiction Friday
Here's mine. I finished last weekend, but had to wait to post it. https://www.ravensview.ca/2019/10/cindy.html
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This week′s FFF prompt was from a contest for NYC Midnight. It was a micro-fiction – 250 words in 24 hours. Each team in this first heat was given a genre, an action, and a word to include. Mine got fairy tale, falling down the stairs, and silence. I did... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2019 at Ravens' View
Well, I did set my objectives, but this is my first update. I was at my girlfriend's, then doing lots of techie stuff wrt podcasting. Not an easy thing to get into. But I did get some writing done too. Objectives, with Status in italics: Write/create - Because I do... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2019 at Ravens' View
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This weeks prompt is from an NYC Midnight micro-fiction challenge - 250 words in 24 hours, starting Friday midnight. We will be givn a genre, an action, and a word. I got Fairy Tale and/or Fantasy, Falling down stairs, silence. Due Midnight Saturday. Jump in, or do a longer one,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2019 at Flash Fiction Friday
Here's my story, finally!! Infection. https://www.ravensview.ca/2019/10/infection.html
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Our prompt was to write about climate change, from the view of some activists. Fifty years from now. I'd had a possible 'solution' in mind for a while, so thought I'd try it out in a story. Not sure where this is going. I think 1000 words is a little... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2019 at Ravens' View
Late here too - in Toronto at my girlfriends until Wednesday night, and I just can't seem to get going on this. I need to pich a 'good enough' outline and trust myself to fill it in well.
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My goal in life remains the same - experience it, enjoy it and try to leave the world/campsite a little nicer than when you found it. More specifically for here, to become a better writer, and to grow my community of fellow writers and followers, and to stay healthy enough... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2019 at Ravens' View
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Over the last week or so, we've seen a huge surge of interest in climate change. With the focus of it being something that is happening now, that is being accelerated by mankind, and is serious enough to be seen as an emergency. This focus has been spurred by the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2019 at Flash Fiction Friday
Here I am. Busted! https://www.ravensview.ca/2019/09/busted.html
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This weeks FFF prompt was to start with a random first line of dialogue. I got "I WILL find out who killed my husband, with or without your help." That was intriguing. 965 words. Busted! "I WILL find out who killed my husband, with or without your help." Dan smiled... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2019 at Ravens' View