Browsing Archive: January, 2015

Hindsight May be 20/20, But I Prefer A 9mm

Posted by Nora Quick on Monday, January 26, 2015, In : Strangeness 

I am going to deviate from the world of writing today because all of my rant thoughts have sort of been able to camp put together under a giant umbrella of “things I wish other people knew.” But since I try to put myself in other people’s shoes and see things from their point of view before going off on them, it made me realize a lot of nice people do bad or stupid things out of ignorance.


So today I want to talk about things I think will help people to know in this day and age. Som...

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Writing 104: 2- Supplemental C: Also A $64,000 Pyramid Cheat Sheet

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, January 24, 2015, In : Writing 104 
Hall Marks of the Major Genres:

- Major crime (murder, grand theft, kidnapping, arson, rape)
- Cabal of guilty parties
- Cover up involving official compliance or ignorance
- Protagonist in legal line of work or associated with the law (lawyer, detective, cop, informant, prison guard, etc)
- More MacGuffins than red herrings

- Copious amounts of the tubesteak boogie
- Minimal plot (mainly a series of connect MacGuffins)
- Highly descriptive horizontal mambo scenes with common words (i.e. ...

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Writing 104: 2-B: Want To Buy Some Hair Tonic & Snake Oil?

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, January 24, 2015, In : Writing 104 

You've written and edited your book, you got your summary down pat, and your synopsis is in good shape. everything is formatted. So what's next? It's time to get started on your pitch.

Before we get into making a synopsis that pops, I have some marketing mantras I want you to start thinking about, that will be covered in further lessons.

To sell a book you must:

- Market yourself
- Market your book
- Market your brand

Don't worry, you're about to learn how to be much smoother than this dude

These ar...

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Why The History Channel Has Alien-Themed TV Shows

Posted by Nora Quick on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, In : Strangeness 

Fair warning, I am going to sound a little like The Last Psychiatrist but only in sentiment. Unlike the anonymous shrink, I know how to write things in order so they make sense. What I specifically mean is I am going to rant about a concept that is both wide and narrow: critical thinking.

What is critical thinking? It is the ability to look at a concept, idea, or paradigm free of bias, analyzing it from all possible viewpoints in an attempt to understand it. It is logic and pragmatism, things ...

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Writing 104: 2-A:Why Fondant is Inedible

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, January 17, 2015, In : Writing 104 

Fondant. Bear with me here, I'm of Irish blood so my stories can sometime wind their way slowly to a point. I was once at an engagement party and there was Rockabilly pin-up girl cake made with vanilla fondant. The parents of the bride cut it, and everyone but me started eating it, fondant and all.

I could only stare. See, chocolate fondant is edible. Vanilla is not. It's a pretty coat you put on a cake to sell it, but you can't eat it.This isn't about old idioms, it's about the art of the sel...

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Eight Ball Says: Ask Again Later

Posted by Nora Quick on Monday, January 12, 2015, In : A Writer's Life 

Hello my friends! As you know by now Hidden Magic is available in multiple formats for $4.25 at eRedsage or $4.99 for Kindle at Amazon, and for Nook at Barnes & Noble. And I released The Dryad currently available in all eBook formats at Smashwords, soon to be on Amazon and Barnes & Noble plus many others. So I have been busy not only with holiday madness but getting the word out.

I understand as such many of my long-suffering Literotica fans have been wondering about future free writings, pa...

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Writing 104: 1-C: All Cakes Begin with The Same Ingredients

Posted by Nora Quick on Friday, January 9, 2015, In : Writing 104 

Your manuscript is complete in terms of content. I hope you've let that sink in, it is an amazing thing to behold. Now we've laid the ground work for marketing, and it's time to get that manuscript polished and ready. In this step we'll look at basic formatting. The basics apply to self publishing and traditional with only a few differences which will be covered. This may take a long time, anything worth doing is worth doing right, So open up your document (the examples given are using Micros...

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It's All Business, and Business Is Good

Posted by Nora Quick on Wednesday, January 7, 2015, In : Books 
I have a lot of projects on my table right now, so I wanted to keep you abreast.

The Violin Case was just featured on The Indie Spotlight

Hidden Magic has been released by Red Sage and is available in many formats, all digital

Case of the Missing Millionaire has been released as a paperback for my fellow Ludditic bibliophiles

The Dryad has been pushed back, the free eBook short story will be released 1/08/15

And that's what;'s happening with my books. As for free writing, I had to pause for the ho...
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