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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 entered a Furious Fiction contest earlier in the month - 500 words, in 55 hours, for $500. The results are now up, here, so I can publish my entry. I didn't win, but it was a fun challenge. I actually found out about it half way through, so really... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Ravens' View
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I'm in Toronto this week, and it is definitely spring-like. The snow and ice only linger in the shadiest corners of yards, the sun is out, and the daytime temperatures are above freezing. And the flowers are starting to pop up. No shorts sightings yet, though. This is prompt #13... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Flash Fiction Friday
This week's challenge was to start our story with a salad, and then combine ideas from the Ides of March and St. Patrick's Day. I used my character Shameless O'Dea again, along with an aspiring politician and a shady corporation. Possibly with hints of Ottawa politics.Limit was 1000words, I have... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Ravens' View
I haven't checked in a regularly as I'd planned this ROW. I think I tend to over-edit before I even start a post and plan so much for it that I give up. Short and sweet works too. I almost checked in March 11 - found my notes for it... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Ravens' View
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TL;DR - salad, and treachery, with some optional Irish. I had a few themes in mind this week so will blend them together. Today is the Ides of March, a traditional Roman holiday, a day they chose for settling debts. With coins or otherwise. The day, in 44 BC, when... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2019 at Flash Fiction Friday
Here I am, finally. My 'noonish' has slipped a bit, but it's been trimmed down from 2000 to about 1000. https://www.ravensview.ca/2019/03/a-lost-hour.html
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My latest Flash Fiction Friday challenge had been to write about the change last weekend to Daylight Savings Time. What if different people changed at different times? What if that hour wasn't really lost? I blended in a bit of magic, via a leprechaun, and had fun with this. 2000... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2019 at Ravens' View
Facebook users around the world reported issues logging into and posting on the site as well as on Instagram and WhatsApp thoughout the day on Wednesday. The outages lasted about a full day, and was Facebook’s longest downtime ever. via www.cnbc.com Well, this was annoying. Blaming it on "a server... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 14, 2019 at Ravens' View
Thanks Joyce. Glad it worked. I was trying to show that our characters don't always make the final choice that they should. As in real life.
Toggle Commented Mar 8, 2019 on Wardrobe Malfunction at Ravens' View
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For many of us, this Sunday morning time will move forward one hour. Starting at 3 am in fact, because - think about it - 2 am, and the minutes and seconds between it and 3 - cease to exist. Okay, I'm aware that our measurement is just a construct,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2019 at Flash Fiction Friday
Here's my story for the challenge - Wardrobe Malfunction. https://www.ravensview.ca/2019/03/wardrobe-malfunction.html
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For this week, the challenge from Flash Fiction Friday was to write about a coat. Your favourite coat, but that you ended up donating to the local thrift store. We had to write about how it then affected the life of the next person. So I 'gave away' my comfy... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2019 at Ravens' View
Joyce - thx. The Detective did bend the truth with Trevor, but sometimes the end justifies the means.
Toggle Commented Mar 5, 2019 on Coming Clean at Ravens' View
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Joyce - thanks. I was trying to show some character development in Tyler, and glad it worked.
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Ginger - thanks. I meant for his response to be believable as an over-reaction, just because of that. Maybe I'll add him not being a hugger, and his mom and other 'old' folks always were. He did learn to show empathy. And Adam was okay.
Toggle Commented Mar 5, 2019 on A Cold Choice at Ravens' View
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We've had several bouts of above freezing days, with some sun, some rain. And even more below freezing days, with sun and non-rain, that white stuff that you have to shovel. So, although I got out occasionally to snowshoe, or stroll around my hood, I've tended to stay in. So... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2019 at Ravens' View
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This week I'll start you off with a setup. Think of your favourite coat, a comfortable great looking coat. Maybe it's a puffy insulated coat, or sleek leather, or gaudy dress-up - whatever your taste might be. You're going to donate it to a charity—I don't know why, maybe because... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2019 at Flash Fiction Friday
Here's my story, done by 'noonish'. I give you Coming Clean https://www.ravensview.ca/2019/03/coming-clean.html
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The challenge this week from FlashFictionFriday was to use eight given words in a 1000 word story, words chosen at random from a list of 16. I got confess, second, lively, exchange, smell, noisy, stocking, and sign. It took a few days, but eventually my subconscious came up with a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2019 at Ravens' View
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So many words, so many choices. English is such a rich language. And as our writing skills improve we realize that we can likely choose any genre, character, setting, or situation and craft a good story. It can be hard to focus and get started—hence these prompts, which seek both... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2019 at Flash Fiction Friday
Here's my story, A Cold Choice. https://www.ravensview.ca/2019/02/a-cold-choice.html
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Our prompt this week for Flash Fiction Friday was all about testing your character - in a blizzard, specifically. It seemed appropriate, given the sudden winter storms that have been descending on us this year. As a writer, we can throw things like blizzards and broken limbs and winning lottery... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2019 at Ravens' View
Not a lot of progress on my objectives for the past two weeks, but I have been writing. Two FFF's completed. Other than that, some blogs read, some critiques done, and a lot of online gaming. And some books read/started. Status: Write I finished two FFF challenges. The first one,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2019 at Ravens' View
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TL;DR - in a blizzard. Life often sends us challenges that test our character, and patience. I've found that in writing, if I have a character I can't seem to flesh out enough, it can help to throw something at them, to test them and see how they cope with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2019 at Flash Fiction Friday
Here's my story - Together as One. https://www.ravensview.ca/2019/02/together-as-one.html
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