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Blog: Notion Potion - A Stiff Shot of Inspiration, promoting joyful creativity in all of our endeavors.

This month, Capturing Ideas gives several practical tips for remembering all those things you'd rather not forget.

Last month, Probing the Problem explored using snags and setbacks to improve your results

Rec: Scapple mind-mapping software, by the makers of Scrivener - This Mac-only software is in beta until the end of February. I can't wait for the final version to come out so I can grab it! I've been using in to work through difficult plots and scenes, and I'm crazy about it. Something about not needing to write whole sentences and being able to think of concepts as building blocks is very freeing. Find Scapple beta here.

Rec: Soundstream Screen Saver - Mac OSX only, free - I just adore this screen saver. I could stare at it for hours.

In the Dark

In the Dark is PsyCop 6.1 - is a companion piece to Stroke of Midnight, the New Year's short. It contains series spoilers through GhosTV.

Available now in PDF, Mobi and ePub at JCP Books.
At B&N for the Nook
At Amazon for the Kindle

Also check out the flash fiction Jock Straps On Sale.

Winners

The following readers won a JCP ebook of their choice just for opening their newsletters! YAY!

(I have contacted them directly and let them know.)

shadowkaitou for the December newsletter

Thomas G for the December followup

Tashina for the New Year's JCP Books coupon

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Have Fun With It

Dear reader,
It’s January, the month where many people vow to break their bad habits or adopt new positive habits. I’m all for positive change, except when the pursuit of that change results in people beating themselves up.

Last year I joined a gym, and went from exercising alone to exercising in a group three days a week. And then I suffered a setback. Most of my November was spent dealing with a swollen cervical disc that limited the mobility of my shoulder. Once that was settled, I spent much of December trying to figure out how to get into the swing of things again. I felt like I was back to square one, that this fragile habit I’d spent six months coaxing into existence was now history.

This week, I realized, that’s bullshit. Maybe my strength and stamina were challenged. But I can work back up to that. The core habit, the mental attitude, is all very much my decision. I’m not “out of the habit” as if the habit is controlling me. It’s a choice, and I choose to be gung-ho about showing up for class.

Sometimes our limitations are more insidious than that. In December I met a guy who was giving away prints of photographs he’d taken. He told me about a photographer’s group he’d joined that was belittling him for using a point-and-shoot camera. To prove them wrong, he went out and took a bunch of shots and had them printed up big at Costco, just so he could say, “See, I get plenty of detail with my camera.”

The funny part was, I figured he must really know his point-and-shoot to get such a wide range of shots (some landscape, some macro, all with a nice range of color.) Nope. He just left his camera setting on “auto.”

That was a big “a-ha” moment for me. I realized I had been telling myself it was useless for me to pursue photography since I didn’t have a professional camera, and furthermore, I had never taken the time to learn how to override the manual settings on my point-and-shoot to get the effects I was looking for. Looking at this guy’s stack of photos, I realized that those weren’t reasons. They were excuses.

Three Snow Scenes

It turns out there are all kinds of cool settings on my point-and-shoot I didn’t know about, since I’d never given myself permission to just have fun with it. Here’s an example of a snowstorm at dusk shot a few seconds apart, with three different camera mode settings. In the shots where the snowflakes are glowing, a flash was used. It never would have occurred to me to use a strobe outdoors at night—just goes to show how much mileage you can get from experimentation.

What about you? Is there anything you’ve been dying to tinker with, but you’ve got a million “reasons” why you don’t? I’m inspired to try new things by the print the photographer gave to me. Maybe the image of my “snow at night” experiment will do the same for you!

Warm wishes for a delightful and inspired 2013,
Jordan


Flight Schedule

The Turbulence SeriesThe Turbulence series is drawing to a close! The last episode, Final Boarding, will be published February 15. At that time I’ll also release a Turbulence Collection omnibus that will allow the episodes to be read as a novel. The Turbulence Collection will be priced at the JCP Books novel price (which is $5.99 for an ebook of this length.)

For the readers who have been voluntarily purchasing the installments at JCP Books, I will run a spreadsheet to see who’s paid more than $5.99 and get a free copy of the collection in their hands. It’s not my intention to make anyone double-pay for the story. Just to give readers options.

I also plan to release the Turbulence Collection in print, though production on the paperback hasn’t started yet, so its release may not coincide exactly with the final ebook episode.

If you’re keeping up with the installments but you think you will re-read the series, I recommend you re-download books 1 and 2 first. Book 1 has a few factual corrections and book 2 has some worldbuilding inconsistencies ironed out. You can check which version you have on the copyright page. The latest version of Into the Bermuda Triangle is 1.2 (or Smashwords edition 1.3), and Autopilot Engaged is 1.1.

Photoshop Friday

Photoshop Friday

Each Friday I post a Photoshop technique that I use in my workflow. The focus is on small tips that make a huge impact. (I'm experimenting with a screencast format to make the concepts easier and quicker to learn.)

Shine Off - reducing shine and glare to integrate your subject (post)

Clipping Layers - choose whether an adjustment layer will affect only one layer, or all visible layers below it. (post)

Masking with Gray - partially masking your layer to blend foreground and background (post)

Multiple Views - working with your image open in two windows at different magnifications (4 minute screencast)

Art History Brush - creating custom distressed text (5 minute screencast)

All Photoshop Friday posts and screencasts

First Officer Paul

December Serial

Turbulence 7: Radio Silence

Was the pressure of the turbulence too much for Marlin? Of all the flight crew, he’d been the least distressed about the uncanniness of Flight 511. Since he treated the turbulence as an adventure, his suicide makes no sense to Dallas at all.


The distraction is welcome when Paul is called to DC to deal with his angry condo association, and Dallas joins him. The overnight stop turns ugly as Paul tries to determine whether he fits into his old life anymore—and how to put an end to the turbulence for the chance at a life worth living.

Pay-What-You-Wish at JCP Books

$1.99 at Amazon

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Jordan's Books

Psycop Series

PsyCop Ebooks:
Among the Living PsyCop Book 1
Criss Cross PsyCop Book 2
Body & Soul PsyCop Book 3
Secrets PsyCop Book 4
Camp Hell PsyCop Book 5
GhosTV PsyCop Book 6
Thaw PsyCop Short 1.1
Striking Sparks PsyCop Novelette 2.1
Many Happy Returns PsyCop Short 2.2
Mind Reader PsyCop Short 2.3
Stroke of Midnight PsyCop Short 3.1
Inside Out PsyCop Short 0.1
In the Dark PsyCop Short 6.1

PsyCop Paperbacks:
PsyCop:Partners (contains Among the Living and Criss Cross) Amazon - Book Depository
PsyCop: Property (contains Body & Soul and Secrets) Amazon - Book Depository
Camp Hell Amazon - Book Depository
GhosTV Amazon - Book Depository

Petit Morts Series

Petit Morts Paperbacks:
Petit Morts 1: Sweets to the Sweet Amazon - Book Depository
Petit Morts 2: Food of the Gods Amazon - Book Depository

Petit Morts Ebooks:
Hue, Tint, and Shade
Slings and Arrows by Josh Lanyon
Moolah and Moonshine
Other People's Weddings by Josh Lanyon
Spanish Fly Guy
Pretty Ugly
Sort of Stranger than Fiction by Josh Lanyon
One Less Stiff at the Funeral by Sean Kennedy
Critic's Choice by Josh Lanyon
Wishink Well
Happily Never After
London Eye by Clare London
Spirits and Second Chances by Sean Kennedy
Just Desserts by Josh Lanyon
Loose Change by Sean Kennedy
Media Naranja by Clare London and Jordan Castillo Price
Immortal Coil

Mnevermind Trilogy

Persistence of Memory (paperback at Amazon and Book Depository)

Non-Fiction:

50 Excruciating Mazes
50 Odious Over-and-Under Mazes
Thorny #1 Print-and-Play Mazes
JCP Books Cover art Gallery

Kindle

Find Jordan's Kindle Books

Channeling Morpheus Series

Heaven Sent: a Channeling Morpheus Short
Payback (2nd ed)
Vertigo (2nd ed)
Manikin (2nd ed)
Tainted (2nd ed)
Rebirth (2nd ed)
Brazen (2nd ed)
Snare (2nd ed)
Fluid (2nd ed)
Swarm (2nd ed)
Elixir (2nd ed)
Jackpot: a Channeling Morpheus Short

Channeling Morpheus Paperbacks:
Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary (Paperback, contains Payback, Vertigo, Manikin, Tainted and Rebirth) - Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.co.jp, Flipkart, Amazon.ca
With free worldwide shipping: The Book Depository

A Bitter Taste of Sweet Oblivion (Paperback, contains Brazen, Snare, Fluid, Elixir, Swarm) - Amazon.com, Amazon, co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.co.jp With free worldwide shipping: The Book Depository

Turbulence Series

Into the Bermuda Triangle
Autopilot Engaged
Red-Eye Dawn
Connecting Flight
Black Box
Flying Blind

Standalone Shorts & Novelettes

Locks of Love - fairy tale novelette
Fire Thief
- hot standalone short
Betweentimes funny standalone short
Sympathy contemporary - novelette
The Serpent in the Garden - m/f short
Starlight - vampire/werewolf short
Verdant - SF short
The Voice - moody short

Standalone Novellas & Novels

Hemovore vampire thriller - novel
Body Art - thriller novella
Zero Hour: a Dystopian Adventure - SF Novel
Sleepwalker creepy museum thriller - novella
The Starving Years - SF thriller novel (paperback at Amazon and Book Depository)
Magic Mansion - fun & romantic novel (paperback at Amazon and Book Depository)

Erotica for Women by Majenta

Higher Learning
Nature Lover
Sense of Security

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