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

This month, Need a Trim? explores the tendency to avoid undoing our creative work even if it's clearly not headed in the right direction.

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

Article: Zero Hour was recommended in a USA Today review of three backlist post-apocalyptic romances! "This is perfect if you're looking for a sweet innocent hero..."

Rec: Java Update - I spent a good few hours trying to figure out what the heck was wrong with my Java plugin on February 1. Turned out Mac had BLOCKED it (I didn't know they could do that!) The next day, they put out an update that worked. If you're a mac user, run Software Update from the Apple Menu, second item down, and re-install Java to get your browsers working like normal again.

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.

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Plotter or Pantster

Dear reader,
Recently I was asked if I knew how the Turbulence series was going to turn out when I started writing it. That’s an interesting question, because the answer is both yes, and no.

Turbulence CollectionWriters are usually divided into two broad categories: plotters and pantsters. Plotters determine the structure of their story and the cause-and-effect relationships when they start out. They see the story in its entirety and have an outline in place while they write. The outline may be mental or it may be written, but either way, the work of writing for them is in fleshing out the skeleton of their plot with details that make the story come alive.

Pantsters (so called because they write by the seat of their pants) can also be called discovery writers. They sit down at their keyboard and feel out the story as they tell it. They’re the story’s first audience.

Few writers are purely one or the other. Certainly some pantsters know where they’re going in general, and some plotters allow themselves to re-think their outline if they discover something more compelling as they deviate from the plan. But me? I’m definitely at the discovery writer end of the continuum.

I find it’s imperative to know in general how everything is going to turn out. I also like to know why everything is happening. It might seem that knowing what and why are pretty pre-planned, and in a way, it is. But I usually have no idea how the backstory is going to be revealed. In that sense, I’m viewing the story as it unfolds exactly as a reader might, albeit at a snail’s pace.

Final BoardingSince I didn’t know specifically how many months I wanted to run the Turbulence serial, my general idea was to set up the conflict of having the main character discover a baffling phenomenon, and then have him try to solve it. In the end, he’d discover the cause, which I knew from the beginning. The whole middle could have been anything, though. I knew it would be a series of red herrings and dead ends that would eventually culminate in a discovery. But that middle area was flexible enough that I could sustain or condense it as I needed to.

Of course, even though I plan things, my discovery writing tends to take precedence over my planning. I had envisioned a critical point of the story being explained with a deck of cards. This was the analogy a friend of mine used as we were hashing out the root cause of the phenomenon. Then it came time to write it, and I saw that if I forced that deck of cards into the story, it would have felt contrived for everyone to drop what they were doing and play cards. Picking up a prop that was already in the room (in this case a cup full of crickets) turned out to be infinitely more effective than sticking to the plan.

Happy discovery,
Jordan


Groovy Gear

"I'm a cop. Coffee runs through my veins." (Criss Cross)

Victor Bayne CoffeeholicYou can now find Vic's mug with a mug on a mug with the Victor Bayne Coffeeholic design, inspired by the quote from Criss Cross. This design is also on tees, jerseys and PJ's!

Items featuring the Turbulence Collection cover design include journals and Kindle covers.

Michael in JanuaryAnd for those of you who meant to grab a Channeling Morpheus 2013 calendar but now see the year slipping away, there's an option to begin the calendar at the current month, making it a perpetual Wild Bill and Michael-fest!

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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.

Powerhouse Key Option/Alt - three ways to get more out of your tools with the option key

The Magic of the Right Click - open up contextual menus easily with the right click, or control-click on a single-button mac mouse

Warp Mode - a one button command you might have overlooked

All Photoshop Friday posts and screencasts

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First Officer Paul

February Serial

Turbulence 8: Final Boarding

Paul is desperate to find a way out of the turbulence. He’s located Marlin’s black box and found it full of random clippings. He’s matched Marlin’s final email to a snippet of a nursery rhyme. With his avenues of investigation exhausted, Paul can think of only one more place to get some answers…although Dallas isn’t going to like it.

Pay-What-You-Wish at JCP Books

$1.99 at Amazon

Also find Turbulence Collection ebook at JCP Books, Amazon and B&N, and paperback 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

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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, 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

Radio Silence
Final Boarding
Turbulence Collection

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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