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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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Why Reviewing Helps You

Posted by Nora Quick on Monday, March 9, 2015, In : A Writer's Life 

Hello my fellow readers. This rant is for you! I try to address writers often, but of course I myself am an avid reader and of course as I writer I write for readers, so I thought I mist address an issues that helps both writers and readers, but readers most of all: reviews.

Reviews are hard to get. That’s the first thing to understand. I’m not sure why, I’ve always tried to review a book I’ve read because I’ve always known how it helps other readers and writers. So why do people gen...

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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...

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A Feminist Essay: Of Queefs, Jane Bond, and Rosalind Franklin

Posted by Nora Quick on Thursday, December 25, 2014, In : Feminism 
Recently my forthcoming novel Hidden Magic was reviewed by the Romantic Times (I will link it when it goes live). It was given three stars, and I am actually 100% fine with that. The review comes from the traditional stance of romance readers, and I don’t write for them. I write for the Joss Whedon girls. I accept the review and some criticism I think is completely fair, but one line in the review gave me absolute chills:

This fantasy reverses the traditional gender roles and places women at...

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As Steve Winwood Said: Roll With It, Baby

Posted by Nora Quick on Saturday, August 30, 2014, In : A Writer's Life 
One of the hardest challenges for a new writer is finishing a story. But once you master that you face two great challenges: the Muse and the emotional roller coaster of life.

I feel the Muse should be capitalized because it is a concept combining two things every writer needs: inspiration and drive. Like many writers before me (including the Greeks who took it to another level) I personify a lot of concepts. The Muse is genderless to me, but I do refer to it as Her sometimes (because the Gree...

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