|JCP News • Issue 37 • January 2011
Beautiful, Mysterious and Bizarre: M/M Horror & Urban Fantasy by Jordan Castillo Price
Hooray for a New Year!
Traditionally, January brings a slew of blog posts that wrap up the prior year and look forward to the new. How to set goals. How to achieve goals. How to lose weight or become organized or improve your golf swing.
Gotta admit, I never get tired of this!
I really love the idea of getting a fresh start, and especially of taking experiences that might not have been exactly stellar, learning from those experiences, then moving on.
2010 was a big year for me. I shed my old job and my relationship so I could devote all my attention to my writing. I incorporated JCP Books. I won a pass to Photoshop World in Vegas!
I've been saying I'd like a few months to rest, to adjust to all the really major changes that have taken place in my life over the past year. But lately, I've been thinking...maybe that's just silly. I'm ready for change--good change. So bring it on!
Within the next few months you can expect to see GhosTV, first in ebook then in paperback. It's in edits right now (and all I can say is, hallelujah!) Zero Hour will get a big edit and be released in ebook and paperback. Sweet Oblivion will be out in paperback very soon. Second Edition Channeling Morpheus novelettes will start coming out in April through JCP Books. And another batch of Petit Morts is planned for summer. After that, it's a bit of a tossup. I have three other projects I want to work on.
I will let you know right away when I have a definite release date for GhosTV, I promise.
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Scrivener - Still in love with Scrivener. What can I say?
Yesterday I went through the chapters of GhosTV and changed the colors of the icons of each chapter in my sidebar so I could track which day everything was happening at a glance and not need to use a timeline on a different page. I LOVE IT.
Leviathan - In audio! Seriously, the audio is a must-have, because it's read by Alan Cumming, and he does a stunning job. How he can pitch his voice like 4 different people with Austrian accents, and none of them sound like Arnold Schwarzenegger, is beyond me. Book 2 is Behemoth, just as fabulous. And book 3 is not coming out until October! I am devastated, because I want it NOW.
It's a steampunk WWI story with a Victor/Victoria genderbending slant to it, as well as "Darwinist" fabricated creatures. The message-lizards are a total scream.
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Get off your butt!
Well, you don't have to get off your butt...but it would probably have health benefits if you did.
After reading the umpteenth article about why a sedentary lifestyle is horrible for you--as if I didn't already know--I came across something that intrigued me: reviews of a standing desk!
I used to stand 4-6 hours per day, 2-3 days per week at my day job at a standing desk, so I'm already accustomed to typing while standing up. In fact, once my customer service shifts were converted into sit-down project time, I gained 20 lbs. So I have always suspected adding more standing back into my routine would be beneficial to me.
What you're looking for is a way to put your monitor at eye level and your arms at a 90-degree angle to the floor. I knew I could achieve as much with computer components I already owned. I didn't need a fancy desk or new computer.
My first trial run was just putting a laptop on an ironing board. (I work from home--it's not as if I'll need it to iron my clothes!) but I quickly saw that the monitor was at a bad angle to my head, and I was needing to look down. I also didn't like the glare coming off the window behind me.
That's when I scavenged the second monitor from my art setup. If I truly miss it, I can pick up a cheap monitor somewhere along the way and replace it. I moved the gear to a desk that had no glare, and I put the laptop on an overturned plastic tub to raise it to the correct height. I also put a rubber pad beneath it for stability, so it wouldn't skid around when I leaned into it. The second monitor is sitting on top of a leatherbound complete set of Shakespeare ;-)
There you have it! I didn't do any cable management yet because I wanted to make sure I like it first. The only addition I will need to make is an antifatigue mat to stand on. I've written about 1600 words of Starving Years on it today so I have some high hopes for it.
And who knows. If the standing desk works out, maybe a treadmill desk is in my future.
Rumor has it that overachiever Sean Kennedy has already finished one of his Petit Morts stories for next summer's big release! To celebrate, we're having a Petit Morts Extravaganza!
After generally bemoaning the lack of reviews for their well loved m/m shorts, Jenre and Tam decided to do something about it and produced the Brief Encounters review site. There you will find reviews of a range of different genres all within the remit of m/m romance and covering stories of (approximately) less than 20,000 words.
January 17-21 will be Petit Morts week at Brief Encounters, so stop by not only for reviews, but fun, never-before-seen interviews with Josh, Sean and me!
Rainbow Ebooks is also joining in the celebration on January 22-23, with 20% off all JCP Books titles, and Hue, Tint and Shade (Petit Morts 1) and Slings and Arrows (Petit Morts 2) absolutely free!
The Starving Years, Chapter 16
The inside of the office trailer smelled faintly of cigars. Javier stood at the threshold for a moment and scanned the conference room. The navy carpeting was completely wrong for a worksite. It was covered in ashy-looking tracks that began by the front door, but grew fainter as they led deeper into the the office. The furniture, leather couches and a cherrywood conference table, seemed out of place, as if Alejandro had simply said, "Give me the most expensive of everything."
Javier wouldn't have been surprised if that was actually how the conversation had gone down.
Marianne broke his contemplation of the ridiculous carpet. She pushed past him, and said, "Gotta pee."
"Then you should have used the port-a-potty," Randy said. "Because these trailers don't have—"
"This one does," Javier said simply. The notion of Alejandro de la Rosa allowing his posterior to touch down on the same toilet seat as a humble laborer? Absurd.
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