|JCP News • Issue 33 • September 2010
Beautiful, Mysterious and Bizarre: M/M Horror & Urban Fantasy by Jordan Castillo Price
Well, I don't consider myself a software expert of any kind, but I did recently encounter a couple of things worth mentioning.
PawSense is a software utility that helps protect your computer from cats. It quickly detects and blocks cat typing, and also helps train your cat to stay off the computer keyboard. (From the PawSense website)
So I took the plunge and updated my whole eee operating system when I got home. It's MUCH nicer than the system the netbook shipped with, it boots in about 15 seconds, and it solves the problem of the jumping-around-cursor that made typing on the eee a nightmare. Supposedly, reduced power consumption yields better battery life, too, though I haven't tested that.
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Welcome me back!
I've had a whirlwind month. For years, I've been hoping to get a chance to attend Photoshop World, a massive photography and design conference held in Orlando, Boston and Las Vegas. This year, with all the changes in my living situation, I figured I couldn't afford it.
And then I won a free pass. Oh. My. God. Off to Las Vegas for me.
So I just got home from Vegas and my head is now bursting with ideas. Not necessarily design ideas, either, because I stayed an extra few days so I could do some scouting around. Not only did I get to absorb the whole Photoshop World experience, but I had some intense moments at the Atomic Testing Museum and the Clark County Museum (and getting there itself was a 2-1/2 hour adventure in public transportation! Did you know people in Nevada freak out when it rains? I didn't know that.)
Once I finally made it to the Clark County Museum, I discovered it was practically deserted. And that street I thought was a nearby neighborhood was actually Heritage Street, a bunch of restored historic homes that had been preserved to look like a neighborhood. The photo on the left is me pondering the World War II era home. That dejected-looking mannequin was mourning one of his relatives who was off fighting the war, I think...or maybe he was getting tired of rationing. Those mannequins startled me without fail, each and every time, seeing as I was the only living, breathing human on the whole street. Also note my atom-bomb hat, which kept my head from frying in the Nevada sun. Even though it rained for about 45 minutes that day, ha ha.
You'll be pleased to hear that my writing output was still decent, despite the fact that I was on the road. PsyCop 6 is still humming along, and the second batch of Petit Morts is getting closer. I'll post a release date on Petit Morts when I have it...but for more giddily-great news on that series, read on!
Back in the land of cheese for now,
I've been a huge fan of Sean Kennedy's work ever since Tigers and Devils, but once I read his novella I Fell in Love With a Zombie, I knew I needed to woo him onto the Petit Morts team. Sean has whipped up an exotic Australian tidbit for the next batch of Petit Morts called One Less Stiff at the Funeral.
Jordan: Welcome to that place I rule with a dictatorial iron fist...erm, I mean my little publishing house, JCP Books. For those of my readers who are living under a rock, tell us about yourself and your work.
Sean: Who am I? That's a question I constantly ask myself and at 35 years of age I haven't come any closer to an answer, which is why I'm probably still mentally sixteen. I live in Perth, Western Australia, which depending on the frame of reference you use is either the most or second-most isolated city in the world. It's a great place if you like sun and surf – which, erm, I don't. I have three novels currently out: Tigers and Devils, a contemporary romance; Dash and Dingo In Search of the Tasmanian Tiger, a 1930s action/adventure co-written with Catt Ford; and Wings of Equity, a steampunk. I tend to like jumping around genres a bit – maybe I'm keeping myself on my toes.
Jordan: Your sense of humor was one of the characteristics I thought would make you a good fit for the Petit Morts series. What sorts of things do you find funny? (click to read the rest of Sean's interview)
Readers, prepare your sweet tooths, because another batch of Petit Morts is being readied for consumption!
Petit Morts #6-10 coming soon (release date TBA). Sign up for a JCP Books Quick Link email and I'll shoot you a message when they're released. Find out more about Sean Kennedy at his website and his LiveJournal.
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