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My Shadow and Me

Posted by Nora Quick on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, In : A Writer's Life 

The life of a writer is a funny thing. No one ever asks me as a writer how to balance things, but I think about it all the time, and almost every self-directed “interview” with an established author deals with how to write when you have a full time job, a marriage, kids.

The truth of it is no one really knows. There’s no right or wrong here. Isn’t that the scary thing of being an adult? Everyone has their different take.

I remember reading that Nora Roberts, who writes full time from he...

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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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*Knock Knock* Still There?

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, May 25, 2013, In : A Writer's Life 
Alas, I lied. I didn't get back on here last week for a blog post. It's been a busy time.

I have a new landlord and I thought I was going to have to move next week, but moving has been put on hold. Great, all that packing for nothing. And I finally had a good second date with a nice guy. Fingers crossed maybe I have a new muse. 

Well, I did finish Love On the Run so the last 4 chapters are up now. Enjoy, my patient friends. I am also greatly pleased that part 3 (chaps 9-12) are still at a perfe...

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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-C What's Your Kryptonite?

Posted by Nora Quick on Sunday, October 21, 2012, In : Writing 102 

Now that you're writing, one issue you may face is writer's block. Remember our first, best defense against writer's block is a proper outline & summary. Why? Struggling to generate content is one main cause of writer's block. Let's examine the causes now:



Here is one of the few places where "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself" rings true


  
 

1. Inability to generate new content
2. Difficulty maintaining attention
3. Strong desire to work on another project
4. Not being in the mood (aka ...
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I Triple Dog Dare You

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, September 22, 2012, In : A Writer's Life 

I just discovered a horrible game...and it's been suggested it can make me a better writer. Before we get to what that game is, I need to back up and explain a conversation I had with a fellow writer.



How 99% of conversations with other writers usually go



  
 

Her: "You seem to write a lot of romances."
Me: "I only wrote one, most of my stories have romance in them, yeah. So what?"
Her: "You're about as romantic as a tax audit."
Me: "....did you just call me and say that so I could tell you to go fu...

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A Birthday Note

Posted by Nora Quick on Wednesday, September 5, 2012, In : Site Updates & News 

Well, it's after midnight, so it's my birthday. I'm not the biggest birthday person in the world so I made my mom's chili today for tomorrow (no cooking tomorrow AND second day chili is always better than fresh). My brother took me hiking Monday and my father may stop by at dinner time with a card. That's about it, and that's how I like my birthday, nice and quiet.

In other news, the thing keeping me from blogging/writing much will be ending this week. Starting next week Writing 102 picks up a...
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Don't You Ever Laugh As the Hearse Goes By...

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, July 14, 2012, In : A Writer's Life 


I've had my best friend Susan "Devin" Droste staying with me for two weeks, and living with another writer opens your eyes. It's amazing how many things go into our subconsciousnesses to formulate the tapestry that is us. Nowhere is it more apparent than when you write.



How does the subconscious work? This picture is as accurate as any


  
 
 

Something funny happened. I started writing Out of the Past, a short story styled after those 1980's pulp novels you bought off the circular rack at a gas st...

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Can't Write? Happens To Us All

Posted by Nora Quick on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, In : A Writer's Life 


There's something worse than writer's block: it's those times when you want to write, have ideas, but no time. You've probably read many patronizing lists of writing tips on the web that always say "write every day." It's good to try, but sometimes it's just not possible. That's life. 




Unless life also gives you water AND sugar, your lemonade is gonna suck     Credit



So what can you do? Keep in the right frame of mind. Yeah, easier aid than done, right? Well I'll use myself as an example here. ...

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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: 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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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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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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Developing A Thick Skin

Posted by Nora Quick on Monday, April 16, 2012, In : A Writer's Life 


Most writers are introverts. No, that doesn't mean we're shy, it just means we work better alone, socializing tires us out, and we always think before we speak. Another trademark for introverts is we do tend to be thin-skinned.




This is a writer's natural sleeping position, with that exact expression


  
 

I have yet to hear anything bad about Marly Jackson but since I've taken a break from updating Fey World on literotica.com, I've been getting many negative comments on my other storie...

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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...

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2012 Releases Changing

Posted by Nora Quick on Thursday, April 5, 2012, In : Books 
I once wrote how announcing any project before it was completely written dooms it. Seems I'm right.

The next Marly Jackson novel The Violin Case will be coming out in September as planned. By the grace of the gods that hasn't changed, however there are some other changes. After a potential project came up with my copy writing job (telling you about it will doom it, I swear!) the erotic romance I was working on for a publisher has been shelved until 2013.

As such I have a spot of downtime and af...
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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...

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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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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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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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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...

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How To Be Starving Artist 101

Posted by Nora Quick on Wednesday, February 22, 2012, In : A Writer's Life 
Ok my pretties, sorry for the delayed posting. I'll fess up: Star Trek Online is my new crack and I've been smokin' it nonstop for almost a week. I'm 39 levels up in just 6 days and I'm only not smokin' it right now because there's a server issue so the game is down. Yup, I'm that kind of geek.

However, I had a planned post mulling around in my head. How can one be a starving artist and not go insane? Look at the great writers, musicians, and artists (most of them) who committed suicide when t...

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Of Dubstep & Thanskgiving

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, November 26, 2011, In : Writing Advice 
I hope everyone had a good holiday. I'll be honest: I did not. I have always and will always hate Thanksgiving with a passion and surviving it is the best I can look forward to. The funny thing is i almost believe I tempted the universe by comparing the family dinner I attend to dubstep: the words/lyrics are stolen, the pace changes randomly, and there's no art to it. Over the last 48 hours dubstep keeps being foisted on me, no matter how much I hate it.

So my mood is a bit dark, actually bett...
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