Browsing Archive: November, 2012

Bark At The Moon

Posted by Nora Quick on Friday, November 30, 2012, In : Books 

It's begun. My posting will be spare the next week as I finish up work on Wolf Tales Volume I. It's rush-rush, but I'm doing my best to make sure it's smooth.

Sadly the delay came from one critique writer. I suddenly had two choices I wanted to work on for the final medium-length short story and asked them to vote. She was the tie-breaker, and got to me a week late. So I had to write both at the same time. Now I finally have the answer and am going full steam.

The new short stories show us the ...
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I Like Work, It Fascinates Me:I Sit & Stare At It For Hours

Posted by Nora Quick on Wednesday, November 21, 2012, In : A Writer's Life 

A friend in need is a fiend indeed. Let me state first and foremost I love my friends, many like siblings, but god, having a social life precludes being productive, particularly with writing.


Seriously, does work look appealing compared to this?


I really think college is valuable in only one way: it teaches us we only have time to fully enjoy two things. Want to do well in school and have friends? No sleep for you. Want to have good grades and a full nights sleep? Gotta be lonely. Want to s...

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Writing 102: 2-E I Should Have Taken A Left At Albuquerque

Posted by Nora Quick on Monday, November 19, 2012, In : Writing 102 

In the Writing 101 3-A lesson we covered research, and putting place holders where you knew you'd need further research. These are markers for information you need, such as research. For example, in The Violin Case I thought something was fishy about people staying awake with concussions when I never had to, so I left a place holder by highlighting all the relevant text in orange, denoting I should research it later.


After color-coding your conflict and hero myth steps and placeholders, your ...

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Feed A Cold, Starve A fever, and Sedate A Writer

Posted by Nora Quick on Friday, November 16, 2012, In : A Writer's Life 

Sorry for my absence, and the delay in posting Secret Desires Chapter 13 (now up and available here). I got hit by the flu and was down for the count for 4.5 days. Now I'm playing catch up on all 3 of my jobs. Ugh.


When you're sick you can;t write, you can't do damn near anything


After Thanksgiving, Secret Desires updates will be on hold for all of December so I can turn my attention to final edits and formatting of Wolf Tales Volume I. It's going to get down to the wire.

After that the next ...

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How To Fake Your Own Death

Posted by Nora Quick on Friday, November 9, 2012, In : A Writer's Life 

I've been insanely busy lately, and it's probably a good thing. I have been suffering from depression again, but keeping busy is actually helping. Odd, I know, but what works to treat depression is different for everyone.

Scary enough, some people still treat it with trepanning.  Ew.


I want to be honest about depression mainly because most writers experience it. Hell, most people do, but for artists it's almost a necessary evil. You see, the dark side of art is that it is born in suffering. A...

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Writing 102: 2-D Alms for the Poor?

Posted by Nora Quick on Friday, November 2, 2012, In : Writing 102 

If you've been following along with Writing 101 & Writing 102 you're in good shape. This lesson should come when you are 50% done with your first draft.It's time for critique partners!

Put that gun down! You'll need it for when you get the critiques back.


If you just groaned then you remember this from school. Yes, it's still that bad. Yes, it can work. No, I don't do this really. It's up to you, but the very first time you write fiction I recommend this. If you have any parts of your work y...

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