Showing category "Strangeness" (Show all posts)

Do NOT Feed the Trolls

Posted by Nora Quick on Monday, April 27, 2015, In : Strangeness 

I am going to open up an old wound to illustrate a point to y’all (it’s a 2 part): Internet comments can do real damage, and we need to find a constructive way to end it.

 

This has come about because of some asshats on Literoica’s forums (namely Queersetti and Sinny) but since this most recent instance is merely irritating, I want to go back in time and share with you an instance where forum comments derailed my entire fucking life.

 

It’s best to begin in 2004. My mother had died in 199...


Continue reading ...
 

So, A Dyslexic Walks Into A Bra...

Posted by Nora Quick on Monday, February 23, 2015, In : Strangeness 

So I have two jobs, writing and, er, being Catwoman? Yeah, let’s go with that. The strange thing is in the world of writing I’m supposed to be myself, and in my day job I’m supposed to be stern.

Now, I use HootSuite to Tweet, Facebook, and whatever fucking verb we may decide to use for Google +…(Google+ing?). Anyway, I use it for both jobs because I can do a week of social media in one hour on a Sunday while doing my laundry. It’s a lifesaver.

However, I have noticed it’s almost 100...

Continue reading ...
 

What Smokey The Bear Actually Meant

Posted by Nora Quick on Monday, February 9, 2015, In : Strangeness 

I know I can get pretty passionate in rants, but please know there is a method to my madness. I feel that what is happening to the world of publishing is kind of a microcosm for society at large, and I desperately wish to change both.

Yes, I see that eyebrow raised! I know you’re baffled, how are these two things related? Here the problems I see are quickly explained: In publishing an old, guarded system left millions of people dissatisfied , and now technology has melted the walls and peopl...

Continue reading ...
 

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...


Continue reading ...
 

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 ...

Continue reading ...
 

Highway to Hell

Posted by Nora Quick on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, In : Strangeness 

Marketing is the Devil’s work. I can’t add anything to it Bill Hicks hasn’t already said. However, I think it’s time for a rant about marketing books.

 

First up is how books are described. That back blurb that you read to see if you’re interested? 99% of the time the author had nothing to do with it. Not. A. Single. Damn. Word. Self-published authors do, and some boutique publishers work with the author. However many writers, like me, can look at the blurb for their book and see ...


Continue reading ...
 

Oh Boy...Writer's Block Ahoy!

Posted by Nora Quick on Thursday, August 29, 2013, In : Strangeness 
So it's been almost another full month since my last post. Why? I am in short stressed out beyond belief. And for me this is my worst possible thing, as stress triggers fallbacks into major depression for me, and if my depression gets bad enough, my urge to write goes away.

The first step is that I forget something important. I...forgot to write the last chapter of Secret Desires. Plum fucking forgot.

The second step is I get overly-reminiscent about an old story, re-read it, and go nuts editin...

Continue reading ...
 

It's a Thin Line Between Love & Hate

Posted by Nora Quick on Sunday, June 30, 2013, In : Strangeness 
For those of you who read urban fantasy and are familiar with the Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris (re-christened the Sookie Stackhouse novels after the cinematic abortion that is True Blood went on air), if you haven;t read book 13, Dead Ever After, quit reading now. This post has more spoilers that Fast and Furious 6.

There is an eternal struggle between writers and readers, and it is indeed confusing. First off, every writer began as a reader and is still a fervent reader. Sec...

Continue reading ...
 

Fasten Your Seat Belts, It's Gonna Be Be a Bumpy Ride

Posted by Nora Quick on Monday, October 8, 2012, In : Strangeness 

I have a new story in Literotica's Halloween contest today. (I also submitted the next chapter of Secret Desires, currently available here.)

My regular erotica fans might not be interested in Lust in the City of the Dead-it's an incest story. What!? You may be asking yourself. Well, I'll let you in on a little secret. I love reading incest stories.I don't think incest is right, and the reality of it disgusts me. But as a fantasy in pornography, it's titillating.

Let's take a moment to examine w...

Continue reading ...
 

An Argument For Random Drug Tests

Posted by Nora Quick on Thursday, September 27, 2012, In : Strangeness 

My friends on Facebook have seen some of this rant, but let's explore it more today. If you haven't read any Stephanie Plum novels by Janet Evanovich, this will make no sense, so feel free to skip.

One for the Money was made into a movie. GREAT SCRIPT! It was so spot-on that very few scenes were dropped (redundant ones and only a couple) and most dialogue was straight from the novel. So why did it only get a 2% rating on Rotten Tomatoes? Because the casting was so maniacally bad, it's not funn...

Continue reading ...
 

Fun Fact: Insanity Is a Legal Term

Posted by Nora Quick on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, In : Strangeness 


Well, it's almost over. My house guests are gone, but I am still helping them. I work 3 jobs and am behind on them all. Catching up is gonna be a bitch. I did learn something important from the last 3 months of being a virtual slave: another pitfall for those who work at home.

Again, no one thinks you're actually working, and as such, people who ask for favors will ask you for Herculean favors of time & effort. I love my friends, but for the next 6 months I am going through a "go fuck yourself...

Continue reading ...
 

It Rubs The Lotion On Its Skin...

Posted by Nora Quick on Tuesday, August 14, 2012, In : Strangeness 

A quick note to you all, written on a friend's computer. Mine is dead, awaiting a replacement part, so for the weekend and into the middle of this week I won't be able to post again. To my literotica fans, this does mean the final Out of the Past will be delayed.

Hang in there folks, there's not much anyone can do with a dead computer and no handy backup. Once that damnable part arrives and I can fix it I'll be back...with a vengeance!

Continue reading ...
 

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...

Continue reading ...
 

How To Piss Off A Writer

Posted by Nora Quick on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, In : Strangeness 


Why do people read so much into stories? I've been wondering this since reading a few feminist blogs on Prometheus. If you haven't seen this film, by the way, do so! Go with friends. There will be plenty of theory and conjectures you'll need to discuss after seeing the visually inspiring film. If you haven't seen it, don't read on, there be spoilers ahead.

 

Not symbolism but plot: you won't understand the first scene of the film until you go home and discuss it with others.


  

In the middle of t...

Continue reading ...
 

R.I.P. Ray Bradbury August 22, 1920- June 6, 2012

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, June 9, 2012, In : Strangeness 


It's a little late in come, this, my version of a eulogy for a hero. It's been a very busy week and the weekend continues to be just that. Thursday night on the bus between dinner with friends and then drinks with friends (and later a date) my best friend called to give me the news. One of my many heroes, Ray Bradbury, had passed.

If you know much about him, you can appreciate how much he would hate this being on a website. Sorry, Ray, I admire you, I worship your story-smithing skills, but th...
Continue reading ...
 

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...

Continue reading ...
 

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...

Continue reading ...
 

Whiteout

Posted by Nora Quick on Thursday, April 26, 2012, In : Strangeness 


As all good starving artists do, I pulled my butt out the fire and here I am, back online. 




The key to dealing with Internet providers: speak softly and carry a fully automatic machine gun



 
Today I wanted to talk a little bit about an article that caught my attention, written by Ursula K. LeGuin, author of the Earthsea books. For all aspiring authors this is worth reading: check it out here and see the process for how you can easily lose creative control in adaptations of your work. Her biggest...

Continue reading ...
 

A Short Note

Posted by Nora Quick on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, In : Strangeness 
I wrote a beautiful bog post on agents and traditional publishing. Took me 3 hours to write, edit, format, and find pictures. Yola decided it had to update and told me to save my work. I did...it didn't. Also today my dog got me locked out of the house sans phone or keys for 2 hours. My computer is having severe issues, I have an exposed nerve in my mouth, and I quit smoking.

I am, in short, damn near the breaking point. As such I will re-write that blog post tomorrow. Today I am going to drin...

Continue reading ...
 

Two Legged Lampreys & The Women Who Love Them

Posted by Nora Quick on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, In : Strangeness 


Welcome all, I hope you survived the holiday. Today's post isn't going to be on writing so much, it's more of an update/explanation/rant. Of course a rant. Also, this was originally written on Monday 4/9/12 but Yola had issues that prevented it from being posted until now.

 


I don't know how computers work exactly, but this seems like a reasonable explanation

 
 
First off, to my literotica fans, I do apologize there has been no update on Fey World as promised. Times have been lean on my end and I...

Continue reading ...
 

Zombies, Avian Bunnies, Symbolic Food & War

Posted by Nora Quick on Friday, April 6, 2012, In : Strangeness 



 
It's that time again, the time a artists fear unless they were born & raised in an artists colony. A holiday that requires family face-time.



In my world family dinners are also known as "troll gatherings." Why do they always ask us atheists to say a prayer, then get pissed when we bow our heads and say "Dear Loki, thanks for nothing!"?


 
Maybe you celebrate the cosmic Jewish zombie, maybe you're more of the "let's eat ham and pretend bunnies lay eggs" variety, or maybe you get to enjoy the shee...

Continue reading ...
 

Battling The Sexes: Genderbending Writing

Posted by Nora Quick on Monday, April 2, 2012, In : Strangeness 
So...a little divergence for a moment from writing into the land of my personal insanity. First off, I have a shaman named Steve. He's full-blooded Navajo, I just find it hilarious to call him Steve. Now, why a shaman? Well I was raised by hippies, and I am also a licensed therapist. Knowing all the tricks of therapy kind of ruins it, so for my therapy I turned to Navajo shamanism, something my parents touched on in my childhood.




With a childhood that looked like this is it any wonder I retrea...

Continue reading ...
 

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.

Continue reading ...
 

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...

Continue reading ...
 

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...

Continue reading ...
 

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!

Continue reading ...
 

Romance Novels Are As Bad As Porn (NSFW)

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, February 25, 2012, In : Strangeness 
When Disney starts producing porn, we're all fucked

We've all seen the above image, or you should have on your travel around the Interwebs. It's almost true...alllllmost. It's not Disney that ruins girls for relationships (it sure as shit don't help) it's romance novels. Porn ruins boys. These are not hard and fast rules, but they're pretty damn accurate.

Look, I know most of my visitors are women, and most women don't like porn. As a woman who enjoys porn, let me enlighten you: 95% of it is pu...

Continue reading ...
 

3 Movies Better Than Their Books

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, February 11, 2012, In : Strangeness 
For the reader and watcher in us all, today's post is on the unlikely but possible occurrence of when movie adaptations supersede books. A curious phenomena that happens rarely, we'll examine why.

Yes, it's true. Putting Rosie O'Donnell in leather lingerie once improved on Anne Rice's writing. My apologies for your brain exploding

 
The Book: Exit To Eden, Anne Rice (As Anne Rampling), Random House, 1985
The Movie: Exit to Eden, Directed by Gary Marshall, 1994

Book Synopsis: Lisa is a profession...

Continue reading ...
 

On Book Titles & Sex Advice

Posted by Nora Quick on Monday, December 12, 2011, In : Strangeness 
I've had a strange life journey. I'm 31 and not yet ready to write my biography, and frankly if I tried I doubt anyone would believe me. Of the many strange paths I've wandered down, one was studying psychology and earning 3 degrees in it. This might not sound strange, but in proper context with my other various jobs it always surprises people. I extensively studied human sexuality and I'll admit to a vast wealth of personal experience with the subject and so it has suited me as the go-to per...
Continue reading ...
 
 
blog comments powered by Disqus

Notes on the Neurotic, Psychotic, and Erotic Art of Writing


Nora Quick A blog on writing and my thoughts on the subject, many humorous, and often birdwalking

Tags

""hidden magic"' "romance' 'literotica" 'erotica" "contests" advice agent agent rejection agents amazon author marketing author platform award awards barnes & noble blog blog tours blogging blurb book cover book marketing book promotion book tours books brand branding break catchphrase character bio character development characters christmas conference conferences confession confessions conflict contest contests contracts convention conventions copyright cover cover design cover image critics dark prophecy darkness calling designing a cover download ebook ebook format ebook formatting ebook publishing editing emotions erotica facebook feminism fey world finding agents finding an agent formatting formula free images funny getting published getting reviews giveaway giveaways goodreads google play google play books google play partners google+ halloween hidden magic hiden magic history holidays horror how-to humor ideas image editing inserting bookmarks inserting hyperlinks inspiration james the butler jasc kindle kindlesmashwords legal life lifehack list literary agent literary agents literotica madness make a cover marketing marly jackson marly jacksonpublishing mobipocket mobipocket creator movies music networking new year's eve news nook outline pacing paintshop pen name performance personal appearance photo editing plagiarism platform promoting your book promotion pseudonym psychology publisher publishers publishing queries query query letter rant reading reading'publishing red sage rejections research review reviews revisions romance royalties scam scams sci-fi secret desires self-promotion selling books short story smashwords social media social media marketing society something wicked strangeness summary synopsis table of contents television the dryad the longest midnight the violin case themes tips title titter tricks tv uploading ebook wolf tales wolf tales volume i writing writing advice writing break youtube