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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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This week's prompt is a bit of a fiddle—I've had to bend my rules. TL;DR - pick a random genre from this list. 1 Action/Adventure 7 Ghost Story 13 Romantic Comedy 2 Comedy 8 Historical Fiction 14 Sci-Fi 3 Crime Caper 9 Horror 15 Suspense 4 Drama 10 Mystery 16... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Flash Fiction Friday
Here's my own contribution. I got 'quiet suburb' and 'box of animal crackers'. https://www.ravensview.ca/2019/01/just-animal-crackers.html
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This time, the challenge for Flash Fiction Friday was a location and a thing. Randomly chosen from two lists. I ended up with 'a quiet suburb', and 'animal crackers'. My word count was 997, just under the 1000 limit. Just Animal Crackers Patrick clutched his chest and waited for the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Ravens' View
In general, yes, it is strange. But specifically, that's the title of a video game I started watching last night, a choose your own adventure sort of game, where your character is a 16 yr old high school student. I know, a little weird for me, an old grandfather. Max... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Ravens' View
I did get to meet up with my son for lunch Friday at his new job, and we had a great time. I met his co-workers, had a quick tour, and ate in the cafeteria. But, it was -21c, -29c with the wind chill, so I dressed up. Too much.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Ravens' View
I found an interesting Short Story challenge, run by NYC Midnight. The first heat starts January 28th, so I signed up. There are prizes - cash, publishing deals, and discounts 0n writing tools. For each heat you have ou have 8 days, then 3 days, then 1 day. They also... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2019 at Flash Fiction Friday
Here's mine for this week, Autumn Endings. https://www.ravensview.ca/2019/01/autumn-endings.html
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This week's Flash Fiction Friday challenge was based on a random photo. Mine was from PapaPiper, on Flickr. This is a very warm and restful photo, evoking in me feelings of beauty and peace and of contentment, of celebrating the end of a year and thinking ahead to Spring. So,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2019 at Ravens' View
I seem to delay my bi-weekly check-ins until the evening, waiting for more I suppose. But then I often forget, annoying myself. I've been working on my FlashFiction story for this week, and signed up (again) on a critique site. Status: Writing I'm slowly fleshing out my FF for this... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2019 at Ravens' View
If you could mention flashfictionfriday.com I'd appreciate it. Not especially for critiques, but just to encourage people to write.
Toggle Commented Jan 7, 2019 on ROW80-1 -06/01 -Second Check-in! at Ravens' View
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It helps that it's too cold and messy to go out, not nice enough for snowshoeing or even a stroll to the river.
Toggle Commented Jan 7, 2019 on ROW80-1 -06/01 -Second Check-in! at Ravens' View
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I did try them a while ago, but I was writing somewhat irregularly. You need to keep submitting to keep a valid account I think. Worth another look, though.
Toggle Commented Jan 7, 2019 on ROW80-1 -06/01 -Second Check-in! at Ravens' View
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Thanks - I try to hit most of them every check in. Not 100% ;-)
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I mentioned in a few, but it may take a while to catch on.
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I have a fake tree, and room for it. I kind of like it up.
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Shan - glad you like it. Sorry about the background - I just used a preset style in Typepad but I'll see if there is some way I can tone it down.
Toggle Commented Jan 7, 2019 on Intro at Flash Fiction Friday
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I know, that should be no big deal, but I'm trying to set the bar low for me this Round for a number of things. Better the get some habits and a sense of accomplishment established. I did do pretty well so far, also, if I apply my general 'writerly'... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2019 at Ravens' View
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I started this site as a way to market my writing, but haven't done much marketing - or writing - in the past year. Other passions got in the way. But I've now rejoined ROW80, a group designed to both focus your writerly pursuits and help you stay accountable. That's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2019 at Mike Young
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I'll often be wandering my quirky neighbourhood when something catches my eye, something interesting. Which usually means odd, and gives me cause to wonder just what's behind the image. And of course, since I always have my cell phone with me, with better specs than my SLR I might add,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2019 at Flash Fiction Friday
Thanks Joyce - I'll take a look in a bit.
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Here's mine - Slow Caboose. https://www.ravensview.ca/2019/01/slow-caboose.html
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This is my first Flash Fiction in a while, and my first to this new prompt site - my site! The prompt was a song title - any random one from Spotify, Google Play - wherever. I got Slow Caboose, a leisurely jazz tune form the 50's, by Sax Mallard... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2019 at Ravens' View
Damn - I so wanted to be on time. But I did get some good stuff done, so all is not lost. I have spent at least 2/h per day being writerly, as in writing/editing/writing sites/writing tips. More than before, so that's a good thing. Status: Write - Flash Fiction... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2019 at Ravens' View
This first week's prompt is to use a song as inspiration. It's a familiar idea, but I saw the suggestion on Chuck Wendig's Terrible Minds blog, back in 2014. This week, open up Google Play, iTunes, your own library, etc, and pick a random song. Now write a Flash Fiction... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2018 at Flash Fiction Friday
I know, it does seem ambitous. I'll work toward it. I use a Pomodoro timer app to set myself 25 minute work segments, then a 5 minute break. Or maybe a 10 minute break, so time to pop in some laundry or do some dishes.
Toggle Commented Jan 1, 2019 on ROW80 -Goals and Objectives - 2019 at Ravens' View
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