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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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Well, I did the first heat of the contest in July, and place in the top 15 of my group, with 4/15 points. The next one starts at midnight, Friday, and ends in 48 hours at midnight Sunday. My group (#42) now has to write a 1000 word story -... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Flash Fiction Friday
Here's my story - finally. The next prompt wil go up after midnight, as I'm using my prompt for the next heat in the NYC Midnight Flash Fiction contest. https://www.ravensview.ca/2019/09/a-difficult-separation.html
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This week's prompt was to write about sending someone, or something off to school. I started this late, as I couldn't think of a good premise. But, I did manage to pull something together. It could do with some simplification I think, a better focus. Difficult prompts are good prompts,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Ravens' View
I'm still working on yesterday's Sunday check-in, watching UK Parliament live. I must say it's almost like watching a train wreck, where you're are not at a safe distance, but close enough to the tracks you might be injured. Brexit/or not will have serious implications. The US economy is also... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2019 at Ravens' View
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This past week was the start of school for many. Some kids and youths were keen, some fearful. Some parents were relieved, some apprehensive. This week's prompt is to write from the viewpoint of the sender, not the sendee. You've sent someone (or something?) to school. You've dreams and worries,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2019 at Flash Fiction Friday
Here's mine. Late-ish again, but still non-ish. The Pet https://www.ravensview.ca/2019/09/the-pet.html
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This week we had to write a story about a needy pet. And not a dog or cat, but a mythical creature, chosen from a list of 10. I got a Minotaur, so did a blend of Greek myth and my imagination. It was fun to write. 1000 words. The... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2019 at Ravens' View
My girlfriend came up last Tuesday for a week, and Wednesday we went up for a few days to a friend's cottage. Definitely a restful time. Four adults, two late teens, all interesting to talk to. A university prof and a writer were our hosts. I had writing and editing... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2019 at Ravens' View
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I want you to write about a needy pet. A pet that is loving, that is adorable, but wants a lot of attention. Maybe a favorite dog or cat? No, sorry. You have to pick a random one from a list of 10 mythical creatures, shown below. A link to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2019 at Flash Fiction Friday
Here we go. Definitely after noon-ish, but still Friday here. Almost Dead. https://www.ravensview.ca/2019/08/almost-dead.html
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Our latest prompt was to write about Zombies, but with a twist. I'm a little later than usual, but I was at a lovely cottage, with some wonderful people, and a lot of distractions. And only a tablet to work on - I prefer a laptop and a real keyboard.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2019 at Ravens' View
Mine is still a WIP, as I'm at a cottage with lots of distractions and no computer. I'll get there.
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I was sitting at my local the other day, 'working', and noticed this tree just across the street. Some of the leaves at the top are just starting to turn. Yikes!! I know the days actually started getting shorter back in June, but this was a reminder that time is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2019 at Ravens' View
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I know last week I said NO zombies, and they are a cliche most publishers avoid, but . . . avoid the cliche. Do zombies with a twist. There's a TV serie iZombie, wherein the protagonist - a zombie - eats the brain of a murderer, or victim, and gains... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2019 at Flash Fiction Friday
Here's my story. Late-ish, but still noon-ish. https://www.ravensview.ca/2019/08/a-walk-in-the-mist.html
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This weeks FFF prompt was based on an eerie photo of a lake in the mist. The challenge was to write a romantic story, not a scary one. No knives, blood, or zombies. I think I succeeded, at just under 900 words. I also reformat each story, adding info on... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2019 at Ravens' View
I have an editing plan for this pass. I won't chuck the whole thing, yet. I've sometimes used a scene/sequel type of division in my novels. A scene starts with a Goal, introduces Conflict against that goal, and finishes with an Outcome when the conflict is partially resolved. Partially, because... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2019 at Ravens' View
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The photo here is just not a pretty image to illustrate the prompt, it is the prompt. Click on it for a bigger version. This was taken in Denny Park on Lake Washington, on a September day, around 9 am. There are some floats in the foreground, a bit of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2019 at Flash Fiction Friday
Here's my story, remarkably similar to Joyce's ;-) Margaritaville https://www.ravensview.ca/2019/08/margaritaville.html
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The prompt for this week was to write about the cottage, and to take some inspiration from a random song - via this site. I got Margaritaville, by Jimmy buffet. He sings about Margarita's, of course, a tattoo of a Mexican cutie, boiled shrimp, and sad life, where nothing is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2019 at Ravens' View
I finished another editing pass on a novel; basically a review of the plot and characters. It's a good story, but what do I do next.? I wrote it in 2013, as my fourth NaNoWriMo and I have drafted three novels since then. And I have also finished about 160... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2019 at Ravens' View
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I did a Random Song prompt a while ago, but will repeat it this time with a specific location - the cottage. You kick back, relax, and pull up a random tune. Where does the story go now? Here's a link to a random song site, with including links to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2019 at Flash Fiction Friday
Here's my story, Late-ish, but noon-ish somewhere. An Unhappy Customer. https://www.ravensview.ca/2019/08/an-unhappy-customer.html
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This week's prompt came from a contest run over the weekend, by an Australian site. The initial challenge was 500 words in 55 hours for a $500 prize. We were given six pairs of adjectives to include. I added the option of 1000 words by Friday noonish, for no prize.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2019 at Ravens' View
There's a process/book/movement around GTD. I think I need it, all though I would call it GTRTD. Getting The Right Things Done. I do a lot in the day - we all manage to be busy doing something, even if it's staring out a window. What I do need to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2019 at Ravens' View