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Just a quick reminder that voting for Magic Mansion closes Monday!


What is Magic Mansion? Each month, I run a serialized story in my newsletter, JCP News. Magic Mansion is the latest big project. Hollywood. Stage magicians. Reality shows. Clandestine liaisons. What more could you ask for?


How about...voting?


In keeping with the reality show theme, I'm going to let you, the readers, vote characters on or off the show. The first installment determines who gets into the mansion to begin with. So if you've always thought it would be fun to have a say in the way a story goes, now's your chance!


Voting for part one closes on Monday, so don't delay!



http://jordancastilloprice.com/magic (not worksafe)

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andy_slayde
Aug. 20th, 2011 03:08 pm (UTC)
Can't wait for the next installment!
Check your mail, I may have found a book in my collection of interest to you.
:o)
jordan_c_price
Aug. 20th, 2011 04:14 pm (UTC)
I would have been surprised if you didn't have any Thurston books at all ;-)
andy_slayde
Aug. 21st, 2011 04:23 am (UTC)
Very true ;o)
a lot of my collection went with my ex :o(
ocotillo_dawn
Aug. 20th, 2011 04:12 pm (UTC)
Done. How fun! And I *did* buy zero hour, btw. Mostly because I didn't finish it in serialized form -- I'm not real good at that sort of reading.

This one looks great so far! I'm already invested in both characters.
jordan_c_price
Aug. 20th, 2011 04:15 pm (UTC)
YAY, I think you'll like the final version of Zero Hour better anyway. I wove the cause and effect of all the events a lot more tightly in it.
ocotillo_dawn
Aug. 20th, 2011 04:23 pm (UTC)
Oh! I already read it. Yesterday's news, baby! I guess I didn't say, but I really enjoyed it. It was different than your usual, no paranormal elements, and a voice that was different somehow. Understated or 'slice-of-life'ish. Something that I don't have the words to describe. It was a pleasure to read. But then, you always are.

Regarding the better weaving of cause and effect -- good lord, I am absolutely amazed that you (or anyone) can write linearly enough to post a serialized piece like this. My own style is erecting a framework and then building the pieces on. I can't imagine letting anyone see chapter 1 before chapter n (the last one) was finished. Do you think most authors work more like you? (are you following what I'm asking? Writing relatively polished chapters one after the other, rather than, say, like building a house, where first goes the blueprint, then the framing, then the drywall (or whatever)... and so on.)

edited for confusing type-o

Edited at 2011-08-20 04:24 pm (UTC)
jordan_c_price
Aug. 20th, 2011 05:32 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you liked Zero Hour, thank you. Ernest's voice was very different from my other characters', to the point where it was difficult to get in his headspace at times. Not that his characterization suffered from it, but I was writing him at the time I was writing some very Michael-centric Channeling Morpheus stuff, and it took me a LONG time to transition between the headspaces, and I ended up throwing a lot of words out.

I think writing a serial is a different skill set than writing a novel. I just heard a podcast talking about how a writer came on to the show Lost for a few seasons, and he was a comic book writer. And suddenly those seasons really took off because he was adept at leaving really interesting plot points dangling and then picking them up logically later on. In other words, he was capable of writing something complicated serially. Then when he left, the show got convoluted because whoever stepped in didn't realize they needed to keep weaving those same strands.

Writing serially via voting is another thing entirely, because I'm kind of trusting my improv skills to be up to the challenge of however the story goes. Yeah, it's more like improv.

So I think I sacrifice a certain tightness of plot--and I think it's okay. It's okay if it meanders somewhere, or is odd somewhere. I think the spark and momentum is what's important, and I'm happy to come up with a novel that has a spark in it. I wouldn't want to work like that 100% of the time, but it's okay to do it for some projects. I think flexing the improv muscles is important too.

With Zero Hour I at least knew how it would end. With Magic Mansion or even with The Starving Years, the voting really brought in the random element. With The Starving Years I only sort-of knew how it would end. I needed to look at how all three main characters developed and make sure each of them had a satisfying part to play in the ending, so I couldn't have pre-determined that.

It's pretty harrowing not being able to go back and say, "Oh yeah, that guy should be ten years older. And he should have a dog," or something along those lines. The lack of safety net is harrowing.
ocotillo_dawn
Aug. 20th, 2011 05:42 pm (UTC)
But I can also see how it's energizing. ! At least for an experienced writer... I think I'd just crumble from the pressure. Heh.

Will you be compiling The Starving Years? I didn't finish that one, either. :\

Thanks for responding! I know you are busy. Makes me feel speshul!
jordan_c_price
Aug. 20th, 2011 06:21 pm (UTC)
Never too busy to have a nice conversation :D

I'm totally putting together a final of Starving Years. I hope to have it out for Christmas. One of the characters gets a big overhaul because he kept wanting to shift, and initially I resisted it...but then I decided he needed to be who he needed to be. That was definitely a spot where serial writing was not working to my advantage.
oceankitty1
Aug. 20th, 2011 06:29 pm (UTC)
I'll vote, I'll vote! You just seem to have mislaid me somewhere because I'm not getting any newsletters. I'll go back to JCP books and subscribe again and then I'll join the fun.
jordan_c_price
Aug. 20th, 2011 06:50 pm (UTC)
Hi! I just looked at your subscription and it said you were subscribed to "quick links" only. Those are the announcements I send when a book comes out. I altered it so you get the monthly newsletter now, too :D
oceankitty1
Aug. 20th, 2011 07:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you! My bad. I look forward to this one, it's going to be so much fun! And that said; I loved Zero Hour. I'm not sure if I remembered to tell you that? I tried to tell Rebekka ( editing out a little bit) the story, and she thought the idea of pods were great. And then she commenced to say that being fed through a shunt would save her a lot of grief. Food is boring according to my thirteen year old daughter.
jordan_c_price
Aug. 20th, 2011 07:38 pm (UTC)
HAHA, that's so funny! Rebekka finds food boring! It was hilarious to me being in the mind of Ernest, thinking that eating was such a repulsive thing, but he supposed he would need to do it. (Yeah, right!!! I miss a meal and it's all I can think about.)

It was fun to put Ernest inside Audrey's POD so he could see they weren't actually all the same. Or that they didn't need to be, if anyone would allow themselves the creativity and effort to make their POD special.
oceankitty1
Aug. 21st, 2011 06:43 am (UTC)
Rebekka finds food boring!

Yes, no wonder her food focused mom is a bit on the chubby side, someone has to eat in this house......And miss a meal? (or coffee) NO way.

I hadn't thought about the pods all being similar either until Ernest visited with Audrey's. Then I started fantasizing about what mine would have looked like.(beetle green) Being a solitary soul I would have thrived in one I think. But being forty-two I would be dead by now so.....no.
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