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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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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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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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Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, December 3, 2011, In : writing options 
More and more random opportunities keep coming my way. This is the magic of networking, again, it can be Heaven or Hell.

This time, I was invited to an event on Facebook by a friend only to discover my name was on the flyer for performing spoken word. Now, like most writers, I'm an introvert. Don't confuse this with being shy! I am not shy, I just get quiet in groups. Introverts try to judge the reaction of the people around them to whatever they say and in large groups where I don't know ever...
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Work Halted on "The Longest Midnight" & Halloween Contest Results

Posted by Nora Quick on Sunday, October 30, 2011, In : Contests 
It's been a very busy time with a lot of changes happening recently. My writing partner Susan Droste has some family commitments that necessitate us taking a break from writing the first novel of the Something Wicked series.

Additionally, my story "Morrigan's Curse" did not win anything, despite being in 2nd place for last 3 of the 4 weeks of the contest. There seemed to be some funny things going on with voting sweeps that made little or no sense. Frankly I'll keep positing stories on literot...
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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 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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New Story "Morrigan's Curse" In's Halloween 2011 Contest

Posted by Nora Quick on Monday, October 3, 2011, In : Contests 
Morrigan's Curse is a 11,989 word short story submitted in the Halloween 2011 Contest. The tale of one of Morrigan's warriors, Cillian, and his true love Siobhan begins with their deaths and takes some spooky twists and turns. Set primarily in modern day, on a Halloween night in the world of high fashion, Siobhan has been reincarnated into the body of Kelly, direct decedent of the man who killed Siobhan and Cillian. Cillian, a ghost, is allowed to take corporeal form every Samh...
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