|JCP News • Issue 47 • November 2011
Beautiful, Mysterious and Bizarre: M/M Horror & Urban Fantasy by Jordan Castillo Price
Blog posts, Updates and Recommendations
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Magic Mansion takes up most of my writing time, though now that I have a little breathing room while readers peruse the next section and get their votes in, I'll begin my great attempt to get The Starving Years rewrites going. I see a few spots that need a lot of work so I'm dreading it a bit, but hopefully once I roll up my sleeves and dig in, I'll find my flow and it won't be too painful.
Since I like to think of myself as a well-rounded person who actually has hobbies (and a life outside writing), I began gravitating toward a new hobby...which turns out to be dangerously close to my writing "day job" anyway! But since my interest is drawn there, I'm pursuing it. My work on Magic Mansion has led me to discover some historic magic texts that I'd really love to share with the rest of the world, so I created an imprint of JCP Books called Prestidigital Press for magic, games and oddities.
One historic document I'm itching to re-release is a series of 1930's promotional magic trick pamphlets sponsored by Armor Meats...so you'll see a couple of card tricks, for instance, and then an ad for ham! I'm excited because I finally scored the last two pamphlets just this week, and I can begin scanning and OCRing the documents. The line drawings will look gorgeous on the Kindle.
Another project in the queue is a series of maze books I'm hoping to have ready by Christmas. As a friend of mine was telling me how much she looks forward to sitting down with her sudoku puzzle every night, it occurred to me that people still enjoy games on paper--and my personal favorite was always the maze. Only they're not usually challenging enough to be very engaging, so I've created a collection of mazes that should stump even grownups.
But back to the writing...hopefully longtime readers will be happy to hear that once The Starving Years is complete, I'll embark on the initial draft of PsyCop 7! While I know it's satisfying to read PsyCop back to back and a few people would prefer I worked on nothing but Vic's story (chained to a typewriter in a dark basement on amphetamines so I don't need to waste time sleeping), the ideas do need to simmer for a few months in between installments. I think I'm just about ready to lift the pot lid and begin stirring up book #7, so it's perfect timing!
Until next month,
Sweet Pumpkin Coconut Soup
Speaking of pot-stirring.... Thanksgiving is almost here, and I've just created this soup that would be perfect for a little something "different" that also feels very Autumn-y. It's actually a combination of two different soups I love. First, a sweet coconut soup (Indian) that they serve at Maharaja Restaurant in Madison, and second, a pumpkin soup (Polish) that my grandmother used to make. Gram's soup had drop-noodles in it, and since I've never once successfully made those, I substituted brown rice. Also, Gram's soup had milk in it, added at the table so it didn't curdle. By using coconut milk instead, I make it less fussy that way. (And also vegan, I'm now seeing.)
I couldn't find a pie pumpkin so I made it with a green squash that looked pretty much like a pumpkin, but maybe tasted a bit more squashy. Evidently LAST month there were pumpkins out the wazoo in Wisconsin...here's a picture I took while I was out and about in October. I also thought I had cardamom in the pantry but apparently I didn't. Next time I'll make sure I have some.
2-lb winter squash or pie pumpkin
Prepare the pumpkin
Prepare the rice
Combine the ingredients
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Where Reality is More than it Seems
Chapter Sixteen: Manual Labor
Last time, on Magic Mansion….
Our winning magicians were treated to a day at the spa, but some of the treatments were anything but relaxing.
“No, seriously, let up—it really hurts.” -CRYING-
Meanwhile, the losers spent the day cleaning up after their teammates.
“I don’t care if you’ve got a puppet on your hand or not. I am not scrubbing out the toilets myself.”
Once the teams were reunited, they discovered that two of them…had been eliminated. One of them will be dearly missed…
“Chip Challenge has been awesome…like the kid brother I never had…”
“Thank you. Thank you very much.”
“Are you -BLEEP- kidding me?”
…and one of them…will not.
“This mansion is a joke!”
“I felt that damn dummy looking at me all night!”
The magic continues... (worksafe)
Magic Mansion Voting
I think this month is the first time I successfully anticipated who would get voted out!
I love hearing this:
Hooray! It's newsletter day! Loving the tension of the enforced separation in Magic Mansion. Thanks so much for giving us this delicious story.
Although this comment haunted me:
Really enjoying this Jordan. I'm wondering about Ricardo's makeover. What are they going to offer him? A chest wax? Some manscaping? Hell, anal bleaching?
The last suggestion, just...ew. :D
Okay, but less about me and more about the vote. It seems it wasn't an easy choice for many of you.
This was hard to decide. I was sympathetic to both of them.
oooh - tough one. I like them both. I only voted for Ken because I feel that Fabian will be good for John if he sticks around a bit.
Too hard to pick this time. I like them both.
Read on to see who got booted out!
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