Browsing Archive: March, 2012

Extemporaneous Anachronisms

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, March 31, 2012, In : Writing Advice 


I'm going to tell you a secret. Pull up your chair real close. Closer. No! Not that close, I can smell your lunch on your breath. There. Better. Okay, here goes: I love to read slightly-better-than-mediocre writing.


Guilty pleasures are often the best things in life

 

Er, wha? I know, I know, but writers get inspirations from the strangest places. For me it's the above-mediocre writing, you know, a story with great potential but the author fucked up one aspect. I read that and it makes me think ...

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Intro To Marketing

Posted by Nora Quick on Thursday, March 29, 2012, In : Marketing 


 I was just featured over at The Indie Spotlight (permalink is here), and learned a few things about marketing. Imagine me sighing heavily, because that's what I do when I hear that word. I'm no expert, I'm still learning it myself, but I did just learn an important lesson to share with you, and I have a few others for the self-published author.




For every writer figuring out any part of marketing feels exactly like this 

 

There are 5 stages of marketing: 

1) Before writing your book
   - Marketin...
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Smoke. Smoke. ARE YOU SMOKING YET!?! (NSFW)

Posted by Nora Quick on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, In : Writing Advice 

 

There are many “subliminal” messages we are “treated to” every day. Even if, like me, you don’t watch TV to escape them, they’re still there. I can’t tell you how many damn times I’ve watched a “public good” ad online about taking to teens about sex and had to run out to buy a burger. Wait, wha? Well, those ads always seem to take place at the dinner table and families always eat either chicken or beef. Come to think of it, I eat way too much beef. Humans should only have...


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Fantasy v. Reality

Posted by Nora Quick on Sunday, March 25, 2012, In : Writing Advice 

Fantasy wins, but reality pwns
 


Before the official post, I'll share a funny story with you that's true. Friday I met up with my best friend who gave me a tray of baklava, for she knows my sweet tooth is small, but I can never pass up baklava. Ever. She called to let me know she got home okay and asked me to kiss my dog for her. So I did, but at that moment he smelled the baklava, jerked his head, headbutted me...and broke my nose. Kind of funny, but now after 36 hours the swelling is going do...

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The Remainders Of The Day or Fucking Muse (NSFW)

Posted by Nora Quick on Friday, March 23, 2012, In : Writing Advice 


Inspiration is one of the most common things writers struggle with. It either rains or pours. We know about the drought times, aka "writer's block" but not about the buffet time. It's frustrating just as much, and if you've never experienced it, picture this: you had a big lunch at home and are stuffed when a friend calls you up and invites to you a $2.00 all you can eat steak buffet, but you're so full you feel sick, and now you feel pissed off in three ways. That is the feeling of having to...

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By The Numbers

Posted by Nora Quick on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, In : Writing Advice 


The first thing most publishers, editors, and agents will ask is "how long is your piece?" or "what is your word count?" Now, what they mean is (for books) did you research enough to know general fiction shouldn't be 100,000 words, but historical romance or fantasy can be? For articles, they really want to know, "will it fit on the page?" and for short stories "will it fit in the room allotted for the cover design?"



Sorry, but it's true
 

 
No matter what they want to know they make you focus on ...

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An Apology From My Liver

Posted by Nora Quick on Thursday, March 15, 2012, In : Strangeness 

Sorry, but  sometimes Yola (my host) is about as useful as as a one-man-band sidekick to a ninja. Since there are videos in today's post, it has to be on a different page.

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Drama, Conflict & Fiction

Posted by Nora Quick on Monday, March 12, 2012, In : Strangeness 
I had a very interesting conversation with a friend last night. I've made some major changes in my life, cutting away all the people who cause "drama," or in the vernacular, are unhinged asshats who always fuck up your life. My friend made a slight moan when I told her my day consisted of "waking up, playing Star Trek Online, writing three chapters of fiction, writing copy for my job, reading half a book, and playing games of tug with my dog." I know, I know, riveting, isn't it? Yet with my d...

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Technical Sensuality

Posted by Nora Quick on Thursday, March 8, 2012, In : Strangeness 
Today's post is going to be a rant. I never noticed this until I got into the publishing side of editing my writing, but now technical problems with stories drive me up the wall. I've been trying to stay in the frame of mind for erotic romance and as such I've been reading many. I've come to the conclusion it really is like porn: 85% sucks.



Er...that's what he said?

 
There's one author in particular I've hated for years, and I'm not sure why they keep pushing her as an erotic romance writer. Ma...

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Pet Peeves

Posted by Nora Quick on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, In : Writing Advice 
How would the story have gone if Scrooge had a beloved cat? What if Scarlet O'Hara had St. Bernard in the middle of house training? What if Heathcliffe and Catherine had to argue over which one got the beta fish? Yeah, there's a reason why pets aren't very common in novels; they're expensive, time consuming, and little shit factories.

 

Or sometimes downright shit-your-pants scary, suitable only for Bond villains


 Oh, they are also our best friends, and the unconditional love of...a dog is a bea...

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Mental Illness in Fiction

Posted by Nora Quick on Monday, March 5, 2012, In : Writing Advice 
Hello my friends, I do apologize there was no post this weekend as promised. I was kept busy with my night job dissolving a business partnership that had reached its limit due to mental illness. My former partner has Borderline Personality Disorder, Manic Depression, and of course underlying anxiety with Histrionic tenancies and solid Narcissism. I am a licensed therapist so this means plenty to me; in layman's terms she's batshit insane.
 

Imagine if craziness were this simple...we'd be callin...

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My Apologies

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, March 3, 2012, In : Strangeness 
The past two weeks have been pretty busy for me, and I do apologize I haven't posted much. I've had a lot going on, some major changes in life, but at last I'm feeling great and things are looking up, hopefully.

So this weekend I'll be back with a real post, until then I appreciate your patience!

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