|JCP News • Issue 48 • December 2011
Beautiful, Mysterious and Bizarre: M/M Horror & Urban Fantasy by Jordan Castillo Price
Blog posts, Updates and Recommendations
11/26 - #1 plenty
11/27 - #2 family
11/28 - #3 time
11/29 - #4 home
11/30 - #5 skills
12/1 - #6 royalties
12/3 - #7 focus
12/4 - #8 music
12/5 - #9 generosity
12/6 - #10 flow
12/7 - #11 luck
12/8 - #12 pool
12/9 - #13 subconscious
12/10 - #14 Lynda.com
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Another pastime I've been working on lately is jigsaw puzzles. I think I enjoy them because they don't pull my brain out of my storyverse. They're just something engaging and challenging to do without words. It's all shape and color. And in a way they feel "refreshing" after a long day of dealing with choosing words and putting them in order.
I scored a huge pile of weird jigsaw puzzles at a yard sale to benefit the local food pantry. Some of them were very old. What's interesting about pre-1950 puzzles is that the pieces aren't shaped like you expect puzzle pieces to be shaped. Actually, when I dumped this seascape out and saw the way the pieces were cut, I was annoyed at first. That's not the way a puzzle piece is supposed to look. They're all different sizes. And some of the middle pieces have flat sides. How am I supposed to put the edges together first if the middle pieces have flat sides, too?
But I'm stubborn, and I persevered, and by the time I'd worked on it for a couple of nights, I actually found I enjoyed the challenge of the oddly shaped pieces. I was fully prepared for it to be missing some pieces after all these years, but they're all there. I even finished it despite all the "help" I got. (And you'll see a weird round puzzle over there from the 1960's...I haven't worked up the nerve to try that one yet.)
I ran into a friend of mine at the local five-and-dime, and she pointed at a jigsaw puzzle and said, "Isn't that pretty?" And I said, "Actually, I've been doing them lately." Turns out she is too, for the purpose of keeping her mind sharp! Great minds think alike. (And she is a great mind...I think of her as my most productive friend. So we must be on to something.) Maybe she'll want the seascape now that I've done it.
I found another puzzle in my pile from the same company as the funky-pieced seascape puzzle (Guild) but it's from the mid-nineties. The pieces are just regular old pieces. Oh well. It's 1000 pieces. It should keep me occupied for a while anyway!
Read on to find out about more fun stuff to do with your brain...
P.S. - I'm a finalist in a "Favourite M/M Author" poll at Reviews by Jessewave. I'd really appreciate your vote! Poll closes 12/20!
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Body Art: A Thriller
Does everyone have a certain “type” they end up with…whether they want to or not? If Ray Carlucci’s ex is anything to go by, Ray likes his men gorgeous, rebellious, and chock-full of issues. But now that Ray is single again, he has a shot at a fresh start—a very fresh start, since his tattoo shop was gutted by repo men and he can fit all his belongings in the trunk of a taxi.
Ray’s shiny new chauffeur’s license lands him a job as a driver for an elderly couple on Red Wing Island. It’s a cold fall, and since the Michigan island is the summer home to snowbirds who fly south for the winter, it’s practically deserted—save for Ray’s new household and a sculptor named Anton Kopec, who works day and night twisting brambles and twine into the distorted shapes of macabre creatures. Compelling, bizarre, and somewhat disturbing…not just the sculptures, but the artist, too. Ray has a feeling Anton is just his “type.”
Despite their scorching chemistry, when a dead body is unearthed by some workers and a freak ice storm traps them all on the island, Ray can’t say for certain that his new flame isn’t capable of murder.
(31,000 word novella)
NOTE: This novella previously appeared in the anthology Partners in Crime 4: The Art of Dying
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Is seeing really believing? Hank would never dream of coming on to the most striking guy at the bar—but it’s his lucky night since Thomas, the burgundy-haired vision in black lipstick and mirrored shades, takes it upon himself to make the first move.
While the encounter itself is mind-blowing, the hot-and-heavy grapple in the janitor’s closet isn’t the only way in which Thomas blows Hank’s mind.
(3600 word short story)
NOTE: An earlier version of this story appeared in the charity anthology Firestorm.
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Where Reality is More than it Seems
Chapter Twenty: Uneven Teams
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When Red Team unveiled their Zig Zag Cabinet, I’ll admit, I was a little scared. It looked really, really good. They’ve got some serious talent over there—especially now that all their deadweight is gone. They’re all pros. Not that the Gold Team members aren’t…we’ve got Ricardo. He’s good.
What’s funny is, back on the first day, I wasn’t exactly thrilled when Sue picked me—because, come on, she works in a gift shop. I really thought it was some kind of fluke that she’d come in second place on that first challenge, and Red Team was going to be the team to beat. I even figured if there was one consolation to being on a team full of losers, it would be that I could outshine them.
And then we won. Every single challenge.
I think sometimes luck, or fate, or whatever you want to call it…I think that plays a big part in people’s lives. I wouldn’t have chosen to be on Gold Team myself, but now look at us. We’re kicking some serious ass.
Which isn’t to say that providence is just going to hold your hand and present everything to you on a silver platter. You’ve got to work for the things you want. And I’ll be damned if I ever bomb another challenge.
The magic continues... (NSFW)
"I freaking love this story." -Amanda C. via LiveJournal
As I was working on this month's chunk of Magic Mansion, I started thinking about the theme. I think "theme" is a strong but elusive component of any story, and in fact I usually couldn't tell you what the theme of a book I'm writing is until it's most of the way done. I then go back and really hammer it home during edits.
For Magic Mansion, though, it seems to me the theme is about the subjectivity of morality, and how everyone's idea of fairness, of right and wrong, is different. That came through very early on, in chapter one, when John visits the hospital and butts heads with a nurse when, ostensibly, they should have been on the same "side."
The more I thought about it, the more I realized that Starving Years is really about that too, as is the whole Channeling Morpheus series. Maybe that's my new "thing." From 2000-2010 my writing seemed to be focused on how someone who sees himself as unloveable can be transformed by love (Victor Bayne). Maybe Channeling Morpheus bridges the gap between my old favorite theme and my new one of right vs. wrong in a subjective world, since it really encompasses both.
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