|JCP News • Issue 28 • April 2010
Beautiful, Mysterious and Bizarre: M/M Horror & Urban Fantasy by Jordan Castillo Price
It's spring in Wisconsin, which means snowing one day, eighty degrees the next, and then snowing again.
In my imagination, I have a lovely kitchen garde... though in my reality, I typically don't get anything planted until late June, I forget about it and let it get overgrown with weeds, and then the earwigs swarm in and eat everything.
This year, my reality was different! I actually got my lettuce planted when I was supposed to for my region--in April!
I'm impressed. (I will probably still ignore it and let it get swamped by weeds...but maybe I won't. Maybe I can have me-time now that I'm not struggling to do two jobs.)
Hooray for my new, different reality. I like it.
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From Zero Hour
Ernest took a few careful steps in, then began to dig through his pockets for an LED to get a better look at the room's dark, murky corners. The bloated wooden supports of floor felt slightly spongy, like moss, but beneath that slight give, it seemed it was still solid enough to hold him.
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So this author walks into the Apple Store and…
Oh, wait, I'm not telling a joke! No, really not telling a joke because the hard drive on my art computer just went kaput. I have suspected all year something was wrong with it, and in a way it's a relief. I've been archiving, installing, praying to the computer gods, all to no avail. Having the hard drive be unequivocally dead is quite helpful. It means I was able take it in and say, "Look, it doesn't start, and it's making a clicky noise," rather than the vaguer complaint that I thought it just wasn't acting right.
Since I wanted to make lemonade out of the lemons Life was pinging at my head, I asked if they could upgrade my drive rather than replacing it, and strangely enough, the Apple Store was not able to do that, only replace like for like. However, they told me how to get to an independent computer repair store who could do that for me, "probably for the same price."
How nice of them! So they sent a strapping young lad to carry my computer back out to my car, I headed over to the other repair place, and it turned out they could double my hard drive capacity for $150 less than the Apple like-for-like repair!
So when life hands you lemons, do your best not to freak out. I remained calm, and now my computer is spiffier than ever. (Okay, I was really in shock, but don't tell the repair guy.)
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Vote for your Favorite Plot
For those of you who've recently signed up for JCP News, the concept is this: I run a free, serialized story every month, and the first story will soon be coming to a close. I'm going to write the next story to order based on the results of a series of reader polls. This is poll #3.
Participation in last month's character poll was fabulous! The number of responses actually exceeded what I'm able to access as a free member…however even as the numbers climbed, there was a clear favorite, with the second and third place characters tied at every juncture.
Looks like I'll be writing a love triangle! (I probably couldn't have had a more dramatic result if I'd planned it, ha ha.)
Without further ado, here are the characters you've selected to star in our next story.
#1, our protagonist, with 30% of the vote: Nelson Oliver is an idea man—his overtaxed brain spews forth so many ideas, in fact, that he pays the price with debilitating migraines. He wouldn't have it any other way. Headaches are transitory, he figures, but stupidity is permanent.
Tied for #2, our potential love interests, each with 26% of the total vote:
Driven. Intense. Arrogant. Tim Foster has heard it all. Ask him if he cares—he doesn't. The world might be going to hell in a handbasket…but he'll do his damndest to stave off disaster.
This month, I'm going with a different type of poll so that I won't have limits as to how many of my responses I can see. I should also be able to publish pretty results. (I had no idea Google Docs had this capacity! Google Docs really surprises me every time I find out about a new feature.)
We'll pick out our plot this month based again on the types of stories you said you enjoyed in poll #1. Take into consideration the protagonist and the love interests, and then pick your poison!
Like last month, I've hidden the plot points you voted for in white text after each synopsis. You can reveal them by hilighting them.
The Starving Years
The Revenge of Marie Curie
The Void Above
I'm not sure how many more chapters of Zero Hour remain, two, maybe three. Then I'll get started on our new, grand experiment! This poll, however, will close at the end of April—so get your vote in!
This month's puzzle includes last month's solution!
Click the puzzle for a printable PDF.
Create a path from start to finish that intersects the star. Part of the path is made of Xs and part is made of Os, changing from one to the other at the star. It's your job to figure out which part is which! You may move horizontally, vertically or diagonally. Good luck!
Zero Hour - Chapter 28
Though Ernest and Will must have known, on some level, how large the city was, it was still a shock to draw close to the ancient architecture and feel the tall, crumbling edifices looming over them.
"What about people?" Ernest said.
"People?" Will dragged Ernest behind the wreck of an old billboard and pitched his voice to a harsh whisper. "Did someone show up on the scans?"
"No, nothing like that." Not yet, he thought. "It just seemed like a possibility."
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