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5 Reasons Authors Are Socially Awkward (And How To Fix it)

Posted by Nora Quick on Sunday, January 17, 2016, In : A Writer's Life 
It's very interesting being a published author of not much note (yet, I hope) who meets new people all the time. It brings up a problem every author I know has: talking about your books with strangers is as awkward as discussing sex with your child.

This actually goes for all writers of fiction. Non-fiction is much easier, for reasons that will become apparent soon. Even if you have only written a short story, when someone you don't know very well asks about it, you stumble.

Why do published au...

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The Editing Bug Bites Too

Posted by Nora Quick on Wednesday, December 30, 2015, In : Site Updates & News 
Unfortunately, you can see it's been a month since my last post. Working a seasonal retail job around Christmas pretty much ate up all my time, and frankly time off was spent doing laundry, grocery shopping, and sleeping.

Now things have evened out, and you'd think I'd be hit by the writing bug, but alas, the editing bug got me. I will be uploading the next Fantasy Emporium story to literotica soon, but I am also working on the next Marly Jackson (rather, trying to get started) as my hands as ...
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106-3: I Have That Goddamn Vitamin C Song Stuck In My Head Too....

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, August 8, 2015, In : Writing 106 

We made it to the end. If you are reading this, you have a website, a blog, and social media accounts under your publishing name. You have a completed, published book, you are a member of a writing group, you’ve been attending events as an author, and you’re working hard at marketing yourself. Maybe you have an agent, a publishing contract, or you have a growing reputation as an Indie author.

If you followed all the lessons, whatever your goal was, you have reached it, the first and most i...

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Sittin' On the Dock of the Bay....

Posted by Nora Quick on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, In : A Writer's Life 

For the first time in my life since I began writing fiction at age four or five I am taking an intentional break from writing. I’ve taken long breaks before (when school/work got too heavy, or due to suffering depression I couldn’t focus) but those were times I had to. Now is by choice.

I freely admit I have suffered three bouts of depression in my life. The first time was when my mother was diagnosed with a terminal illness and quickly faded, dying just one year later. That was the worst ...

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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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Book & Story Updates for Late 2014/Early 2015

Posted by Nora Quick on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, In : Books 
It's time to take stock of my life, my writing life. I don't take much stock of my life in general, for in general i leave my livestock alone. However things are gearing up.

Quickly, I have a new story in literotica in the Halloween Contest now, a short erotic horror. Please check out Blood On The Moon and be sure to vote, thanks!

First, updates that are 100% guaranteed:

The Violin Case, the 2nd Marly Jackson Mystery on sale Nov 11th, 2014 for Amazon Kindle



Marly Jackson is back. Still reeling fr...

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I'll Sleep when I'm Dead

Posted by Nora Quick on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, In : A Writer's Life 
All right, first a few updates for my literotica fans & loyal readers: The new chapter of Secret Desires (found here - permalink) will be on lit soon. Postings on lit are slow because they always slow during contests. This was supposed to be the final chapter of the story but I found I couldn't bring emotional closure that fast so there is 1 more coming.

A Dangerous Legacy will not appear on this site, merely on Literotica. Frankly, it's a mess and shaping up to be huge and I really don't have...

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Of Writing, Moving, And Insanity

Posted by Nora Quick on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, In : A Writer's Life 
Hello there,

First up I hope you've seen the first few chapters of a new epic story A Dangerous Legacy up on literotica.com. It's  a modern day fantasy story featuring my favorite supernaturals, werewolves and witches, but I'm still in the process of writing it and I am hoping dragons will make an appearance. The story follows Anna, a young woman in poverty who learns the long lost mother she's known of but never contacted has died and left her a legacy. To achieve her inheritance she must pas...

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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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Major News! "Darkness Calling" Update Too!

Posted by Nora Quick on Tuesday, February 5, 2013, In : Books 
Sorry for the delay in posting. as my previous entries told you, life has been very busy. The house my apartment is in was sold, my roommates are gone, and I am living alone, at least that's relaxing. Looks like my move to CA will be in March, still not sure.

Also, in my night job, I've hired 3 new people and have been training them so my time is fairly limited.

As such, major changes to publishing. First, the bad news: The Violin Case has been delayed again. I'm not going to give a publishing ...

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Over And Over And Over And Over...

Posted by Nora Quick on Tuesday, January 1, 2013, In : Books 
Well, after all the drama of the last month, it's ending on a low note: as a result of losing my day job when I informed my landlord I'd be late with January rent he responded by kicking me out, giving me 30 days notice. That's the downside to renting month-to-month, those assholes can do that.

Perfect. So now I make half what I used to and now need to magically come up with rent and a security deposit plus movers within 30 days. Real great. I'll land on my feet somehow. Don't ask me how, but ...

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Writing 102: 2-F Fun Facts About Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Posted by Nora Quick on Monday, December 10, 2012, In : Writing 102 
This is the final lesson of the Writing 102 series. This is the last lesson that you should read while writing your first draft, and today I'll show you how to conquer the nagging urge to make changes to previous passages while writing.

 


In the immortal words of Mr. Peanut: "Tonight's the night we ALL go nuts!"



  
 

First up, why should you resist it? Well, making such changes is the number two reason some writers can never finish a manuscript. Back in writing 101 I explained the number one reaso...

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Wolf Tales Volume I

Posted by Nora Quick on Tuesday, December 4, 2012, In : Books 
It's almost done! Fully edited, all that is left is to figure out the final story order of Wolf Tales Volume I and do some final formatting for eReaders. Almost there!

 



  

As such, if I can get this all done this week I will write the next chapter of Secret Desires to be up on here by 12/10 or the 11th at latest, only literotica just a few days later.

Oh, finishing a book is a little sad as always, but since this is a series I know my favorite characters will reappear in at a later date. Hell, I...

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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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A German, Pole, and Jew walk Into a Bar...Order Three Beers, Pay, and Sit Down

Posted by Nora Quick on Monday, September 17, 2012, In : A Writer's Life 

Well, damn it, I was back but couldn't post last few days as the flu struck. I think it's the flu. Either the flu, the worst goddamn head cold ever, or the zombie apocalypse has come and I'll need to eat brains soon. Whatever it is, I'm out of bed and not all that nauseous, at last!

Something I've been musing over is racial stereotypes in books. See, stuck in bed, I read in between blowing my nose and cursing all viruses. The last two books I re-read were Blue Moon by Lori Handeland and Sizzli...

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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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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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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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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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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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Extemporaneous Anachronisms

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, March 31, 2012, In : Writing Advice 


I'm going to tell you a secret. Pull up your chair real close. Closer. No! Not that close, I can smell your lunch on your breath. There. Better. Okay, here goes: I love to read slightly-better-than-mediocre writing.


Guilty pleasures are often the best things in life

 

Er, wha? I know, I know, but writers get inspirations from the strangest places. For me it's the above-mediocre writing, you know, a story with great potential but the author fucked up one aspect. I read that and it makes me think ...

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Smoke. Smoke. ARE YOU SMOKING YET!?! (NSFW)

Posted by Nora Quick on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, In : Writing Advice 

 

There are many “subliminal” messages we are “treated to” every day. Even if, like me, you don’t watch TV to escape them, they’re still there. I can’t tell you how many damn times I’ve watched a “public good” ad online about taking to teens about sex and had to run out to buy a burger. Wait, wha? Well, those ads always seem to take place at the dinner table and families always eat either chicken or beef. Come to think of it, I eat way too much beef. Humans should only have...


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By The Numbers

Posted by Nora Quick on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, In : Writing Advice 


The first thing most publishers, editors, and agents will ask is "how long is your piece?" or "what is your word count?" Now, what they mean is (for books) did you research enough to know general fiction shouldn't be 100,000 words, but historical romance or fantasy can be? For articles, they really want to know, "will it fit on the page?" and for short stories "will it fit in the room allotted for the cover design?"



Sorry, but it's true
 

 
No matter what they want to know they make you focus on ...

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New COMM Paperback & When the Banshee Sings

Posted by Nora Quick on Friday, January 20, 2012, In : Writing Advice 
First up, the 2nd edition paperback of Case of the Missing Millionaire is now available on Amazon.com and ships anywhere! Click on this link to buy. It's $8.99 and available now.

Moving along, one of the hardest things for most writers is to finish a story. I'm not bragging when I say it's easier for me, I am many things but "sentimental" has never once been used to describe me. Still when I finish one I feel sad, morose, and mopey, and the only thing to cheer me up is to plan a sequel, even w...
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COMM New Paperback Edition Coming

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, January 7, 2012, In : Books 
It's been a busy day in publishing for me. After recovering from the holidays and a toothache, now battling a chest cold, I did get 2 bright spots in my day. My publishing contract for the erotic romance novel came today and my lawyer is reviewing it this weekend. It's a 2 book deal, though they do have the option to cancel the second book order if they desire (fairly standard).

I also finished finalizing my creatspace account and so a new BETTER print version of Case of the Missing Millionair...
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Networking: Heaven & Hell

Posted by Nora Quick on Tuesday, November 29, 2011, In : Writing Advice 
This weekend was a tumultuous one in the world of writing, and today was crazy! 

First today I finished the final chapter of Darkness Calling, the story I have had the deepest love/hate relationship with. I based it off a dream I had when I had just started dating my ex-husband. Writing was slow, and then for 2 years I took a break from it while suffering deep depression after my divorce. My fans hounded me enough that I caved and returned to writing it this past year. Saying goodbye to the ch...
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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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Working on "The Longest Midnight" & "The Violin Case"

Posted by Nora Quick on Monday, October 10, 2011, In : Books 
I'm hard at work on my next 2 novels. The first is The Violin Case, the follow up to my current Marly Jackson Mystery Case Of The Missing Millionaire out now. The Violin Case is due out September of 2012, and is being completely reworked from the alternate novella (found on literotica.com) already online.

I've also begun work on The Longest Midnight the first novel of the Something Wicked Series, an urban fantasy story line co-authored by my best friend and poet Susan Droste.

In The Longest Mid...
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