|JCP News • Issue 49 • January 2012
Beautiful, Mysterious and Bizarre: M/M Horror & Urban Fantasy by Jordan Castillo Price
Blog posts, Updates and Recommendations
I don't think of myself as a poster-child for self publishing. It was just the best option I had at the time, and I've been doing it a lot longer than many authors, since 2007. It's not for everybody. It's a lot of work. And many authors are better off going with publishers so they can focus on the one key element that no one else can do for them: writing the story.
That said, the theme of self-publishing cropped up a lot this month.
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It seems like people either love New Years resolutions or they hate them. The resolution-haters are tired of the same old intentions falling apart like they've done every year before, and having a new reason to feel crappy about themselves.
I'm in the love-it camp (Here's my treadmill with an InDesign training video playing on it...I started this resolution early.) I love New Years Day because it's the symbolic beginning of a new phase in my life. It's time to take stock and appreciate where I've been, and plan where I'd like to go from here.
My ambitious goal for 2012 is to focus on my internal compass this year rather than allowing the negative opinion of others to derail me. And I realize it might take more than a year. It might take the rest of my lifetime. But I'd rather start and get partway than to allow people who don't have my best interest in mind to make me doubt myself.
For the resolution-haters out there who don't want to completely dismiss the possibility of making positive changes, I propose the following tweaks to your mindset:
1. call it something else - if "resolution" fills you with disgust and represents "failure" and "yet another reason to be down on myself," re-name it something that's more hopeful, or at least neutral. "Getting more exercise consistently is my topic of focus" is less of a failure setup than "I resolve to lose 50 lbs."
2. don't be so all-or-nothing - small changes make big differences if you can forget about them and allow them to add up. Let's say you want to write more. If you wrote an additional 300 words per day (even starting from zero) you'd end up with an additional chapter a week or a novel a year. You don't need to rearrange your whole schedule, start getting up two hours earlier, quit watching TV and disown all your friends to write 300 words, either. It could take you as little as 15 minutes
3. gentle reminders - Google Calendar (multi-platform) and iCal (Mac) have pop-up alerts. I make a deal with myself to leave the pop-up there on my monitor, annoying me, until I've done the task it's prompting me to do. If your task is a small enough chunk (15 minute exercise, take your vitamin, etc.) then it becomes easier to do it and get it over with than to keep avoiding it. My meditation reminder is blinking at me right now, in fact. Very annoying.
4. start now - if the artificiality of waiting until January 1 annoys you, when you decide there's a change you'd like to make, start now! Or start within a week, if you feel you need to gear up for it. I had a goal to increase my daily wordcount and I got going with it in November rather than waiting for January 1 to roll around, and I'm glad I did! That's how I've been able to bring you such big installments of Magic Mansion!
Until next month, think small, and think do-able!
P.S. - high five, I did my treadmill 30 minutes today.
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Where Reality is More than it Seems
Chapter Twenty-Six: Producer's Warning
Though the previous night’s farewell dinner had been congenial enough, it followed on the heels of a shoot so long it had drained everyone giddy. That morning’s breakfast felt depressingly sober to John in comparison. Faye, who Jia had immediately embraced as a potential ally, was now the team member who needed to be voted out of the mansion to ensure Jia would stay. Faye had betrayed her winning team, and was now poised for elimination. And Kevin had simply drained a protein shake in two swallows and stormed away in the direction of the gym.
Strains of laughter emanated from the small parlor where the Gold Team congregated over coffee and bagels. John considered joining them. After all, it wasn’t like his presence was any comfort to Faye and Jia. And yet…did he really want to announce his lack of support by blowing off his teammates like Kevin had? No. Better to stay with the Red Team. Dismal as it might be.
High heels on parquet cut the thick silence as the producer Marlene crossed the ballroom. Red Team observed her approach in silence. “Where’s your fearless leader?”
“The gym,” Jia said. It sounded like a snarl.
“How are the three of you holding up?” Marlene asked. “Do you need anything? Aspirin? Self-tanner? A fresh pair of socks?”
“I don’t know,” Faye said. “Do we? I thought one of us was going home.”
The magic continues... (NSFW)
Some readers were disappointed in last month's NSFW tag. Really? You'd want your boss reading over your shoulder about how hard Ricardo thinks he's going to "ahem"? You've got a more liberal workplace than I've ever had. :)
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