Browsing Archive: July, 2012

People Suck (NSFW)

Posted by Nora Quick on Tuesday, July 24, 2012, In : Strangeness 


I was planing this post earlier before I got into a bad mood due to job #1. I've been so used to working for myself that I forgot what it was like to have overlords...yeah, when in doubt, always work for yourself. Not as many people die that way.
 


The theme of the day and this post


  

I was strolling down the street and ran into a few types of people who have always confused me. As a writer i often notice as many details of the world around me and pontificate on why things came to be as they are...

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Writing 101: 3-D 10 Reasons Your English Teacher Would Shank You, Not Shiv You

Posted by Nora Quick on Monday, July 23, 2012, In : Writing 101 


We have come at last to the final lesson of Writing 101! Once you read this you are truly ready to sit down and write. This final lesson is on grammar guides. The 102 series will pick up with deciding how to publish, and that series should be looked into once you've started writing, but before your first draft is 33% done. This is part of why in our last lesson you needed to plan by word count, it helps schedule the millions of tasks.



Finally! Er, wait...there's more?


  
 

For the moment let's ke...

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Preview of Part Two of "Out of the Past"

Posted by Nora Quick on Sunday, July 22, 2012, In : A Writer's Life 

It's been a whirlwind week. I finally uploaded a new chapter of Out of the Past. Gods, it was hard to write, struggling with the dynamic of the characters and the tone of the story. Long story short I ended up writing the single longest sex scene I have ever tackled. I really hope you appreciate it, because I fucking hate writing sex scenes. Truly, it's all for you guys.

So that should be up soon, and soon as well the fully edited version will be up here. I'm still working three jobs and juggl...

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Killing The White Rabbit

Posted by Nora Quick on Friday, July 20, 2012, In : A Writer's Life 

Blog posts and writing in general have been spotty at best lately. I normally work three jobs, and do okay with it, but for a month now I've had house guests. These are the kind that mess up everything and make you cook all their meals, but you can't kick them out because they're family and have nowhere to go. One of them is a three year old. Add to that my landlord has gone bonkers and so I'm planning to move...of course output is going to be spotty.



This is how I feel right now...I just look...

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Writing 101: 3- Supplemental A: Ein, Zwei, Drei, Horse 'n' Goggle

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, July 14, 2012, In : Writing 101 

When you write, you need to know how many words to aim for. Not only does it help you set goals and pacing, if you seek to publish this will help. Agents and editors abide by these informal guidelines of word count, and readers subconsciously judge books by size, aka word count. 

For your first attempt at writing a first draft, aim for the middle of each range. Remember good editing will make it shorter and tighter, and going for the middle means you often end up towards the low end, but still...

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Don't You Ever Laugh As the Hearse Goes By...

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, July 14, 2012, In : A Writer's Life 


I've had my best friend Susan "Devin" Droste staying with me for two weeks, and living with another writer opens your eyes. It's amazing how many things go into our subconsciousnesses to formulate the tapestry that is us. Nowhere is it more apparent than when you write.



How does the subconscious work? This picture is as accurate as any


  
 
 

Something funny happened. I started writing Out of the Past, a short story styled after those 1980's pulp novels you bought off the circular rack at a gas st...

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Writing 101: 3-C The 3 Kinds of People: Those Who Can Count & Those Who Can't

Posted by Nora Quick on Thursday, July 12, 2012, In : Writing 101 


It's a good idea to get familiar with budgeting time and word count before you actually write. Funny though, it works best to do this after writing your first chapter. Actually, it works best if you've written before, and kept track of your output, but let's be honest and laugh for a minute. Better? Good, now there's a method to this madness.



Don't worry, the only way to go from here is up    Credit


  
 
 

Budgeting time is the single biggest challenge any author will face if they already have the...

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Feral Pet Peeves

Posted by Nora Quick on Sunday, July 8, 2012, In : A Writer's Life 


Don't ask me why, but I've been in the mood to read romance novels lately. Okay, I kind of know why; reading them shows me how much love is pure fantasy and illusion, which reinforces my commitment phobia. A good lesson there is readers will almost always get out of your stories what they want, so try never to get that hung up on your message, or you'll end up as crazy as Alan Moore.



This is not the face of sanity


  
 

Something I lament as a reader is due to my education, my writing, and teachin...

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Writing 101: 2- Supplemental C: 4 Out of 5 Voices In My Head Say I'm Sane

Posted by Nora Quick on Tuesday, July 3, 2012, In : Writing 101 


In this supplemental we take a closer look at choosing your narrator. Let's keep it as painless as possible and dive right in to the different styles of overall narration to choose from.



There's a good reason Doyle chose Watson to narrate Sherlock Holmes' adventures


  
 

Third Person: The best according to writing teachers everywhere. The easiest for a reader to read and enjoy, think of it as how you'd tell a story about another friend. ("Then Suzie told the carnie to go fuck himself and dumped a...

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Quick Update

Posted by Nora Quick on Tuesday, July 3, 2012, In : Site Updates & News 

My apologies for not posting recently. I have been transformed into a komodo dragon. Actually, I had a small intestinal blockage which backed things up, got a massive infection that spread to another system. It got so bad the pain was off the scales and I walked myself to the E.R. because, damn it, I'm too cheap for an ambulance and I'm tough.

Good news is I got the treatment I needed to prevent sepsis and get better, but it left me alternately unconscious, in pain, or blissed out on morphine ...

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