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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
Recent Activity
Here's my story, It was done by 5 on Sunday, but I had to wait for the official acknowledgement before posting it online. https://www.ravensview.ca/2019/07/who-will-be-next.html
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Last weekend I entered a Flash Fiction contest, to write 1000 words in 48 hours. I used that for the FFF challenge too. We were given a genre, location, and object. My group of 15 (?) was given: Mystery, a surveillance vehicle, and a helmet. There are about 125 groups... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Ravens' View
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This week's prompt will be from a contest I've entered, the NYCMidnight Flash Fiction Challenge. At midnight tonight each group will be given a random genre, location, and object. Winners advance to the next challenges in September and then November, with the finals in December. We have 48 hours to... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Flash Fiction Friday
Here's my story. I finished it last Sunday and sent it in. Finger's crossed. https://www.ravensview.ca/2019/07/the-tourist.html
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For last week's prompt, I used a contest I'd entered on the site Furious Fiction. 500 words, in 55 hours, for a $500 prize. This month the criteria were to include a train, frozen, and three consecutive three word sentences. I sent mine in last weekend, and the results will... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2019 at Ravens' View
Thanks. I wanted that bit of mystery, and also the son being the more supportive of the two. And of course he will explore more.
Toggle Commented Jul 10, 2019 on Just Some Paper at Ravens' View
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Well, it's been a busy/loud week. My grandson was over in the days -not loud, but 11 yr olds o like to talk.Especially to their favourite grampa. But there were contractors off and on working on the roof. Saturday morning they started at 6:30! Last day, and they were sealing... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2019 at Ravens' View
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This week's challenge will be taken from the latest Furious Fiction Challenge. This contest is run every month by the Australian Writer's Centre. It's free to enter, and there's prize money. Yay. 500 words, $500 prize, 55 hours to write. It's already started, so pitter-patter, let's get at 'er. The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2019 at Flash Fiction Friday
OK - done. It's titled Just Some Paper. https://www.ravensview.ca/2019/07/just-some-paper.html
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This week's story was prompted by a randomly chosen scenario: You've bought an old chest of drawers and discover a piece of paper stuck inside. What is written on that piece of paper? I had the idea fairly easily, but the execution was a challenge. I had my grandson here... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2019 at Ravens' View
I'll be late too. I have a good story roughed out, but I've also been babysitting my grandson during the day. And have two of them today.
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My grandson is here days this week, but as he's 11 I suppose it's not really babysitting. It's more like hanging out. We're doing a bit of gardening together, which he discovered he likes, and he's also streaming on my Twitch link for a bit every afternoon. He's big on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2019 at Ravens' View
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I liked this kind of prompt last week. We have fertile imaginations as writers - sometimes too fertile So many choices, so little focus, right? I use these prompts a a way to limit that imagination a bit, but also, hopefully, as a way to push our comfort zone out... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2019 at Flash Fiction Friday
Here's mine, The Helpful Partner. I hope you like Shirley. https://www.ravensview.ca/2019/06/the-helpful-partner.html
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This week we were prompted with a scenario, generated randomly. The site gave us "You're in prison and your partner is visiting for the first time. Write the conversation you have". There were a lot of ways to take this, but I liked where mine went. Could be longer, at... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2019 at Ravens' View
Time to think of the third ROW. Some things went well, some need some work, some objectives need to be tweaked. My long-term goals remain the same: to become a better writer to grow my community of online followers to maintain my health - mental and physical Objectives (writerly and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2019 at Ravens' View
As I've mentioned before, I've picked the next draft to try to wrestle into submission, Ghost in the Machine. I wrote it way back in 2013, as my third NaNoWriMo. I liked the story, but got distracted with editing my 2012 story. The feedback from family and friends is that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2019 at Ravens' View
I think the official end was yesterday, but who's counting? I met some objectives, missed some, and will adjust some for the next ROW . My long-term goals remain the same: to become a better writer to grow my community of online followers to maintain my health - mental and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2019 at Ravens' View
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Your prompt this week is to start with a random scenario and see where your imagination takes you. You might be surprised. I initially was going to give you this random generator, and leave you to explore fro yourself, but then I decided to just pick one for you. More... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2019 at Flash Fiction Friday
Here's my little story, titled The Caretaker. https://www.ravensview.ca/2019/06/the-caretaker.html
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Our latest Flash Fiction challenge was to write about a dumpster. And include five random words. My words were: wise, office, ocean, friendly, and lop-sided. My story was short of the 1000 limit, at only 878. The Caretaker Dennis walked slowly down the alley, still getting used to his new... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2019 at Ravens' View
I know this one is not quite finished, but I have a new focus ready. I have five draft novels - all from NaNoWriMo - waiting to be finished. And then sent out for an agent or publisher. Fame and fortune to follow. My dilemma was choosing which one to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2019 at Ravens' View
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My writing today was delayed by a dumpster. The roof is getting replaced, so they dropped off a bin for all the garbage - and forgot to specify where to leave it. We managed eventually. Luckily I go out of town in a few days, while they work. The challenge... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2019 at Flash Fiction Friday
Here's my story for this week. Almost at noon. It's called Walk on the Wild Side. https://www.ravensview.ca/2019/06/walk-on-the-wild-side.html
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This week's Flash Fiction prompt was to write about a random place - chosen by Google Street View. I got this location, a country road in Romania. I 'stood' there, looked around me, and turned on the imagination. I also threw in a few cliches. It's 904 words. Walk on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2019 at Ravens' View