|JCP News • Issue 30 • June 2010
Beautiful, Mysterious and Bizarre: M/M Horror & Urban Fantasy by Jordan Castillo Price
THE FUTURE IS HERE, AND IT'S DAUNTING
In an attempt to save a few bucks, I had my land line disconnected and hooked up my phone through the Internet via Skype. I've been on Skype for several years now, but thus far have only used it for interviewing my friends for Packing Heat. I liked how Skype was cross-platform and cheap, and I figured they'd been around for eons in Internet-time so they had some longevity as a company.
Since I liked my existing cordless phone, I wanted to use that rather than buying a dedicated Skype phone. And I wanted to run it through my Mac, since I never do anything the easy way ;-)
So I checked out Mac forums at Skype, bought myself a part online, programmed it and installed it. Success!
And then the Skype started ringing. It was my dad, who was on Skype, too. Was it a phone call? No, that would be way too easy. IT WAS A VIDEO CALL. No doubt many of you video chat all the time and this would be no big deal. For me, it was like World of the Future.
And so now I'm paranoid everyone can watch me while I'm at my computer if I have Skype on, but I have to have Skype on for my phone to work. I've stuck a Post-It over the video camera. You know how I love those Post-Its. Just one more reason to love them.
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Lots of winners this month! I was so happy with the helpful feedback on publishing and ebooks I was getting, I gave away several copies of Betweentimes as a "thanks."
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Is starting better than finishing?
According to positive psychologist Kathryn Britton on a recent episode of the Life Habits podcast, studies have shown that striving toward a goal releases the neurotransmitter dopamine, whereas achieving a goal releases seratonin. The're both feel-good brain chemicals, but they're different.
I've been chatting with other authors and I've found that many of us feel differently about working on projects than we do about finishing them, so the neurotransmitter explanation really rang true for me.
When I'm in the middle of a project, and (hopefully) it's rolling along well, it's the best feeling in the world. I've often attributed it to the state of flow, and maybe that's just another way of experiencing a dopamine high!
Certainly, it's gratifying to finish projects, but it's a different sensation. There's a "wow" factor, but it's an edgy kind of "wow" that sometimes feels more like anxiety than excitement.
All that said, I've finished a couple of long-running projects this month, and I'm experiencing some pretty intense empty nest syndrome. I'm working through that anticlimax by powering forward on the next batch of Petit Morts. I hope you enjoy reading the recently completed stories Zero Hour and Sleepwalker as much as I enjoyed the process of creating them.
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Daniel Weber ("Web" to his friends) was a promising young biology student on the fast track to a prestigious grad program. That was a year and a half ago. Now he's working a dead-end security job and living in his cousin's two-flat. Thanks to the mysterious George, he's got gaps in his memory too big for his pocket notebook to fill.
Jesse Ray Jones is the taxidermist who's trying to help the Faris Natural Sciences Center secure the MAHPS Grant, a funding that would keep the foundering organization afloat for a few more years. He looks like a skatepunk and talks like a science major, which pushes Web's every last hot-button.
It's lust at first sight…but hooking up proves difficult when a supervisor at the Center is found bludgeoned to death in the petroglyph alcove—and Jesse and Web are the primary suspects.
Coming June 20 to JCP Books, LLC - later this summer to third party vendors
An update on Sweets to the Sweet
I'd expected this paperback to be out June 10, but then I hit some production snags and delays. I expect it to be ready by the end of the month. If you're signed up for Quick Link emails, I'll send you a link when it's live.
(Note, for security reasons you can only change your subscription from within your email program. If it gives you trouble, just email me at jcp.heat at gmail.com and let me know how you want it!)
Ticking Down to Zero Hour
Be careful what you say in public…
One randomly generated prompt and two and a half years later, I've got me a novel. A novel way the heck outside my comfort zone, but a novel nonetheless.
On December 2, 2007's Packing Heat, I fired off a randomly generated prompt from Seventh Sanctum, just as an example, mind you. And as I kept talking on the podcast, the idea nagged and nagged at me, and I thought, "You know, I think I could actually write that."
Zero Hour - Final Chapters 30 - 31
The train car glided forward, occasionally swaying. The movement felt surprisingly POD-like, and Ernest's eyelids grew heavy where he sat, propped against Will at his side, with the wall of the car pressing into his shoulder blades. Even Will, who claimed that he hadn't slept in a POD in over four years, had trouble staying awake—though every time his head dropped forward, he jerked back to attention and blinked.
"You should sleep," Ernest said. "Last time we stopped, you cleared more of the blockage than anyone else. You must be tired."
Will ground his thumb into the corner of one eye. "I'm fine. How about you? Are you feeling okay?"
Ernest was nauseated and his head throbbed. "Yes. Good."
Will's arm tightened around his shoulders. "You're such a liar."
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