Browsing Archive: May, 2012

Preview of "Fey World" chapter 25 (The End) & Reflections.

Posted by Nora Quick on Thursday, May 31, 2012, In : Story Previews 


Oh, you know you want it. You want to know how it all ends. And I'm gonna give you a preview,but first...I like to tease.

 

I know, I know, right now you feel like this. c'mon, it's cute!    Credit


  

It struck me that finishing Fey World is actually the end of a major chapter in my own life. Back in August of 2007 I was in a very different place. I was married, still happily at that time, we'd bought our first house, and just finished installing new appliances, painting, and redoing the floors. ...

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Missives From The Abyss

Posted by Nora Quick on Wednesday, May 30, 2012, In : A Writer's Life 


A writer's life is always...fun. by fun I mean that sometimes it's ha-ha!" fun, and sometimes it's "goddamn it, kill me NOW!" fun. Usually, it's both.



The good news is waking up like this everyday is the master class in learning not to give a fuck


  
 

Lately it's been both for me. Mostly because of the Tournament Stories. I'm working on something with them with people outside writing, and I won't say just what, but it means changing things around. By changing things around, of course I mean "rap...

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Writing 101: 2-A The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Posted by Nora Quick on Tuesday, May 29, 2012, In : Writing 101 


How do we select the main characters? Often we speak in terms of heroes and villains, but what we mean is protagonists (heroes and anti-heroes) and antagonists (villains). These will be the first characters that spring to mind when you think up a plot and you have to make them follow a delicate balance. The #1 protagonist is the person narrating the story or the person the narrator follows, and the antagonist is the person or thing that sets the plot into motion.

 

Sometimes it's easy to tell p...

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Important Note about "Case of the Missing Millionaire"

Posted by Nora Quick on Sunday, May 27, 2012, In : Books 

 
The second edition of Case of the Missing Millionaire has been uploaded to Amazon and will be available by Sunday May 27th early evening.

As sometimes happens, I was re-reading my proof copy and noticed some typos I and my editors had skipped over time and time again, as does happen. I also touched up some formatting issues.

The content does not differ from the first edition, about 5 typos were fixed and 3 style issues were. However, if anyone bought the first edition and would like the second...

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Big Changes

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, May 26, 2012, In : Site Updates & News 


 There are some big changes on this site. You may notice a new page on the navigation list to your left: Novels & Novellas. This page contains links to all my finished erotic novels & novellas (also available on literotica.com). In the future I will publish new chapters of works in progress the same day they are uploaded to literotica so you can read them 5 days in advance. However this will happen after Fey World is posted in compete on literotica. I hope you enjoy!

 

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Fey World Chapter 24 Preview & Notes

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, May 26, 2012,
The penultimate chapter of Fey World will be on Literotica soon. We'll get to a preview in a moment but I wanted to take some time to reflect on it.

I have a confession: I wrote this story with no summary or outline until chapter 20. Eep! If it ever seems disjointed, that's why. The very first lines came to me while I was...sitting on the toilet. The idea of the last Viking fleeing from a monster and stumbling onto something magical hit me. Three mysteries in one, science fiction...I HAD to wr...

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Writing 101: 1-E Play It Again, Sam

Posted by Nora Quick on Thursday, May 24, 2012, In : Writing 101 


We've come to the last Writing 101: 1- series entry. Fear not, we're going all the way to 105. The 101: 1-4- series will go over all the tools a writer needs to master before beginning a story. The 102 series deals with strategies for problems that arise while writing that should be tackled at or near the start of writing. The 103: 1-2- series deals with writing and and basics of editing, 104 deals with getting an agent for traditional publishing or preparing for self-publishing, and the 105 ...

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Fifty Shades of Sucking

Posted by Nora Quick on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, In : Strangeness 





 Timing is everything. Time is money. Time is so important that many great quotes on the subject exist:

 "It is my feeling that Time ripens all things; with Time all things are revealed; Time is the father of truth." Francois Rabelais

"Time shall unfold what plighted cunning hides;
Who cover faults, at last shame them derides" - Wm. Shakespeare (King Lear)


I bring this up for one reason. Now is the time to restate something I've harped on before: if you write a story in present-tense I will hu...

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With a Little Help From My Friends

Posted by Nora Quick on Monday, May 21, 2012, In : A Writer's Life 


Here I was working on the next Marly Jackson novel The Violin Case, having panic attacks. Why? Because before this weekend I realized  the first half was so damn boring it put me to sleep and it was MY work.

 

If this happens to you, first blame something else to blow off steam.    Credit



How did I fix it? Well, you can probably guess from the title of this post how: I re-learned the importance of having non-writer friends. They ask questions writers never would, and questions are what make you ...

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Creating Your Own Landscape

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, May 19, 2012,


I write this rewatching Stardust the film. I confess though Neil Gaiman is awesome I have a hard time reading most of his work, but the film adaptations are much more accessible. Why? Because Gaiman has the most completely unique landscape of any author I have ever encountered. Though it makes him slightly inaccessible to me, that's a good thing.
 


Many Gaiman stories have certain parts that make as much sense to me as this sign. Credit


  

Every writer should have their own landscape. What is a l...

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Writing 101: 1-D This Is Your Life

Posted by Nora Quick on Thursday, May 17, 2012, In : Writing 101 


We continue our work on the background of writing- inspiration and plotting, with how to turn real life into a story. First let me state all writers do this, you HAVE to do it. Still, you must always make clear when you get too close to reality, in a forward or author's note, that any coincidence to any persons living or dead is purely coincidental. Yeah, right.

 

 
Who me? I'd never do that!




We'll go over how to take a entire plot from reality and adopt it, how to make yourself the protagonist i...

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Fey World Chapter 23 Preview

Posted by Nora Quick on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, In : Story Previews 


 Today I uploaded Chapter 23 of Fey World to literotica and with luck it'll be up by Friday. They've been slower in recent months, so we'll see but here's a teaser for you:


___________________________ 

 
“In my childhood I heard many tales, and one tells of an old Jarl, a small king, who was lost at sea during a raid. He landed on a strange shore but a storm had cast many men overboard as well as their supplies. By the time this Jarl reached the shore he was the sole survivor.

“He wandered fo...

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Writing 101: 1-C Once More With Feeling

Posted by Nora Quick on Sunday, May 13, 2012, In : Writing 101 


 
Yes, we're still on Inspiration, or getting started writing. This shouldn't surprise those of you who've tried it, writing is hard work. If it was easy, it wouldn't be worth doing.



If you look like this, you're doing it right.   Credit.


 
One of the most common problems for authors is the plethora of old ideas that frustratingly never came to fruition. Maybe you just couldn't take it in the direction you wanted, or it simply stalled. It happens all the time, and it's not a mistake. The only mis...

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Dealing With the Idiots In Your Life

Posted by Nora Quick on Thursday, May 10, 2012, In : A Writer's Life 
Ever heard the expression "with friends like these, who needs enemies?" For writers that is something you almost want to tattoo on the back of your hand.
 


Is it any wonder themes of paranoia are so common in stories? This is how writers feel 24/7


 
People mean well, but I've found of all types of artistry, none is so "open' to criticism from friends & loved ones as writing. None, save singing, also have the phenomenon where every Tom, Dick & Harry thinks they can do it. It is one of the worst pi...

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Future Threats To Journalists, Authors, Bloggers, Hell...ALL OF US in America

Posted by Nora Quick on Monday, May 7, 2012, In : Strangeness 


If I may step into territory most of you will call "conspiracy theorism" I want to talk about how America is a closing society. First I want to you to either read Naomi Wolf's The End of America or if you're feeling more urgent watch her lecture on the topic on youtube here.



 
This actually does happen, and I'm a person who hates the establishment and pisses off conspiracy theorists with equal abandon. Credit


 
I won't go into it all, but what concerns me are laws aimed at closing down informatio...

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Writing 101: 1-B Under the Influence

Posted by Nora Quick on Friday, May 4, 2012, In : Writing 101 

Last 101 lesson we discussed gaining inspiration from direct sources, basically crafting tasteful fanfiction. Today we delve into the world of "no copyright lawsuit worries" inspiration drawing again from stories, movies, and TV shows, but using basics and not directly specific plot points and characters. Indirect influential inspiration is about using voice, themes, and imitating minor arcs.



Just hang in there, we'll get through it. Credit.


 
A note on voice: it is basically comprised of your w...

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