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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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It's a long weekend here in Canada, for the May 24th holiday, Victoria Day. The weekend is the one on or before the 24th, so it's a little early this year. Some of us call it the 2-4 weekend, both for the date and the practice of buying a case... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at Ravens' View
Glad you liked it. I'm assuming Stewart knew Vinnie would be on the train, but what if his target had left at Budapest? This way, it's a happy ending for all. Vinnie is one of the owners at a nearby pub, so I gave him a printed copy. I've started carrying a few recent stories with me, to autograph and give to influencers - Like bartender friends.
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Up here in Canada, we're starting a long weekend. It's held on the weekend of, or before, May 24th, which is the Queen's "Birthday". Queen Victoria. We're not in the British Empire anymore, and Vicky is long since dead, but we like the holiday. It's the first long weekend of... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Flash Fiction Friday
Well, definitely noon 'ish' but here's mine. https://www.ravensview.ca/2019/05/the-train.html
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For this week, the Flash Fiction challenge was to select at random 3 out of 9 quirky phrases, and use them in a 1000 word story. I got creepy train, sympathetic mobster, and absent-minded surgeon. I was almost done last night, but happy hour at my local, Grey's Anatomy re-runs,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Ravens' View
That's often my process, especially for my weekly Flash Fiction stories, due every Friday. I do get them done, but should probably add to the list Promise - that next time I'll get at it sooner. Or not. This week I had an outline Friday Morning and a few hours... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Ravens' View
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I did a challenge like this a few years ago, with some phrases like An Ancient Curse, and A Half-burned Notebook. This is a variation, using phrases from a list of odd adjective-noun combinations . I'll give you 9, pick three at random for your story. Feel free to make... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2019 at Flash Fiction Friday
Here's my story - finished just after noon, but need a bio break and another coffee. Dizziness in abeyance as I wrote - no time for it?? I like this one, and will print a copy to take to my local in case the owner gives me a free beer. https://www.ravensview.ca/2019/05/gretas-reach.html
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For this week, the Flash Fiction challenge was to write a story based on one of six settings--with each one specifying the time, weather, location, and feeling. I got "It's noon. There's bright sunshine. You're high up in a mountain. There's a creepy feel to the place." Here's my story.... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2019 at Ravens' View
That's okay, I'll be late too. I usually start mid-week, but I've been having intermittent vertigo - mild but annoying and slows me down. Physio on Monday.
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I find I collect a few new aches and pains and physical limitations every year. My sister often says it's because I'm getting old - true, but I prefer it to be a process of getting older, day by day, since I was born. I'm still doing pretty good Not... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2019 at Ravens' View
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"No matter where you go, there you are." I first heard this in the cult classic Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension. We are always aware of our setting in life, through our physical senses and emotions. This week that's what I'll start you off with, a list of settings.... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2019 at Flash Fiction Friday
Thanks Joyce, I'm glad you liked it. I'm finding that as I write more and get better at this, I tend to block myself more - with instant editing. I'll have an idea, then try to expand on it immediately in my mind, fail, and abandon it. I'm trying to change that, to trust in my ability. I find it usually doesn't matter that much what I pick as an idea. I just choose a character and some sort of goal and issue and plug it into my little three act format with Turning Points, etc. and start writing. Usually the character takes care of things, or someone new joins them. Spooky at times, but whatever works.
Toggle Commented May 3, 2019 on The Patient Patriot at Ravens' View
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Here's my story, titled An Unfortunate Habit. https://www.ravensview.ca/2019/05/an-unfortunate-habit.html
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Our challenge this week was to write about eavesdropping. We do it always as writers, but usually just as listeners. Getting involved can have consequences. We had 1000 words, mine is just over 800. An Unfortunate Habit I couldn't help listening to the couple behind me, as they were speaking... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2019 at Ravens' View
I'm having one of those 'life gets in the way' sessions I think. Not as much writerly stuff done as I'd hoped. But I know it will pass. I came back a week ago from visiting my girlfriend in Toronto, and haven't done a lot since it seems. My visit... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2019 at Ravens' View
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We've all done it, listening in either inadvertently or deliberately. Writers are especially guilty of it, as the voyeurs of society, collecting dialogue, people, and plots. Oh my! It's a drizzly day here, but I'll head out shortly to the library, then a coffee. Imagine you're in a pub, or... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2019 at Flash Fiction Friday
Here's my story. A little late. I was away, but my problem was settling on a story. I eventually just picked something and trusted my imagination to save me once I got going. And I think it worked. https://www.ravensview.ca/2019/04/the-patient-patriot.html
Toggle Commented Apr 26, 2019 on Friday 19/04/19 #17 -Statue at Flash Fiction Friday
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Go for it Joyce ;-)
Toggle Commented Apr 26, 2019 on Friday 19/04/19 #17 -Statue at Flash Fiction Friday
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The challenge this week was supposed to be an easy one, opening up all sorts of possibilities. A mysterious statue, just a torso, with hints of AI enhancements. Who was it, where was it, who might walk by, would they be intrigued or embarrassed? Maybe too many possibilities. I know... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2019 at Ravens' View
Mine is still a WIP. I had the same problem. Had a few ideas while I was away, but nothing seemed to gel - I was self-editing I think. So I picked one and as I explore I am finding interesting bits in it. I will be late. You could always just list your 3-4 possibilities, and maybe somebody will go with one of them another day.
Toggle Commented Apr 26, 2019 on Friday 19/04/19 #17 -Statue at Flash Fiction Friday
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I missed last Wednesday's check-in, what with a dying phone, busy train trip, forgotten medications, and a lost taxi driver. But I've moved on. Let's talk about magic. It seems a good time, what with the various religious events going on this time of year, as well as the almost... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2019 at Ravens' View
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I was going to suggest something Easter themed this week then my little sister posted this photo. She's with her hubby, vacationing in Spain, and took this near the caves at Nerja. It's an intriguing statue, isn't it? Use it to get your brain working on a story. Who was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2019 at Flash Fiction Friday
Here's my little story, A New Friend https://www.ravensview.ca/2019/04/a-new-friend.html
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The latest challenge from Flash Fiction Friday was to write about gardening. You bought a new house, over the winter. It was a great deal. heavily discounted after months, maybe years on the market. It's an older place, a 'fixer-upper', but has great potential. Supposedly there had been a garden... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2019 at Ravens' View