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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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Joyce - thx for the words of encouragement. I think my expectations/dreams were that lots of people would want to join me in crafting a weekly FF story, and we would form a group that would offer weekly constructive criticism not only after the fact but sometimes even during the week while the story was being crafted. But that's not reality. I look at my several draft novels - all good stories, all in need of editing and a publishing process. And my 170 short stories - all were fun to write, some are pretty good too. They could be fired off to magazines for publication and hopefully feedback. And the FFF idea - I have more prompts in mind. And podcasting of my stories - I have the framework and site, but nothing recorded yet. All the above will take time, and I'm not motivated enough. I like writing, and I like being a writer. Maybe the podcasting idea is a new enough thing for me to focus on. Sorry - just thinking out loud here.
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I think this will be my Round 4 wrap-up. I've been running out of steam, off and on, this year, and now have little more than a small puddle of enthusiasm. I still enjoy writing, and sharing it, but need to figure out some new ways to express myself and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2019 at Ravens' View
Somehow I don't think this story is going to happen. Or others, for now. I'm re-thinking my writerly pursuits.
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Finally done - a few days late.
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The prompt was to write about an old-school tavern, and to include one of six random objects. 1000 word limit. I went with them all: iPod, shawl, broccoli, fake flowers, glasses, and a bookmark. Why not. I'm not sure how well this one worked. It's different. 903 words. The Tavern's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2019 at Mike Young
Holidays are approaching, and the days are getting shorter, the weather colder. At least here, in Canada. It's a time of year to stress our character, and our relationship with others. For better or worse. Write a story examining a character, and the way they manage their stress. Use this... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2019 at Flash Fiction Friday
Okay, this time I'm a week late. But it's done.
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The challenge was to write a story about a pair of glasses. Special glasses, whether through science or magic. I missed my deadline by a week (!) so I will backdate the entry. 975 words. The Glasses Danny missed his big brother—except for the teasing. Peter had moved out last... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2019 at Mike Young
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 Nov 10, 2019 at Flash Fiction Friday
Here's Friday's story. I finished it this afternoon - definitely late, but here it is.
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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
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.
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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
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.
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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
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.
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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