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JCP News - March 2010

This month's newsletter is live--find out what's up with ME lately. Vote for the characters in the new story that'll replace Zero Hour once it's finished!




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Mar. 15th, 2010 09:46 am (UTC)
All such great characters - hard to choose. I narrowed it down to two and really wished I could vote for both.
Mar. 15th, 2010 12:06 pm (UTC)
If one of your guys doesn't make the cut, he may show up in something else. I really thought all of them had potential.
Mar. 15th, 2010 12:17 pm (UTC)
They all would make great stories. I just found the 2 would be good together.
Mar. 15th, 2010 11:02 am (UTC)
I'm with Andy - there were two that I liked the sound of, but I did end up voting for one of them. Thanks for the fun opportunity to play!
Mar. 15th, 2010 12:07 pm (UTC)
I could have worked with any of them. I didn't mention physical appearance for the most part either.
Mar. 15th, 2010 11:29 am (UTC)
I wanted two as well. I think they'd be a nice mix. Hopefully, we'll get them.
Mar. 15th, 2010 12:08 pm (UTC)
Oh, I don't suppose you can see who everyone else has voted for either. I'm sure there could be some kind of strategy for voting for your second choice to make sure he gets in there.
Mar. 15th, 2010 11:49 am (UTC)
Me too. :) But really, it's all in what you do with them, so I'll enjoy whichever wins, I'm sure.

It's an interesting prompt, too. Has me thinking about doing similar surveys aimed at getting me to write characters outside my norm. Hmm.

Looking forward to more of your work!
Mar. 15th, 2010 12:09 pm (UTC)
I think it'll be fun if readers get a chance to participate in the story, and like you said, a good prompt also.
Mar. 16th, 2010 12:42 am (UTC)
Snuck it in between studying
Hey Jordan,

I snuck in reading your latest chapter of Zero Hour between studying for classes today, and I just had to come over here and shout...


It was one of my favourite chapters of the entire story so far, and I love the additional insights into Ernest as he experiences and learns from his own emotional growth.

GAH!! I can't wait for the next chapter!! Or the next ANYTHING from you!

Anyway, as always, GREAT JOB and I can't wait for more.

Mar. 16th, 2010 10:25 am (UTC)
Wow, thanks!
This feedback means a lot to me! I was concerned that the chapter didn't have enough action, and no romance. Ernest did get a pretty sweet speech that I really enjoyed writing. I'm so pleased to hear that the quieter notes of the story work, too.
Mar. 16th, 2010 11:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Wow, thanks!
**I'm so pleased to hear that the quieter notes of the story work, too.**

Oh absolutely, and especially in this story. IMHO it's the quieter, subtler elements that make a difference between a good story and a great story. I think the less obvious oftentimes gets overlooked, when really, it's what holds the story together or gives it that extra spark. People, both readers and writers I think, often go for the big and the bang, when what you really need are the quieter notes in the background to really develop a great foundation.

Thankfully, your work always has all of the right elements - great characters, tightly written, well constructed plots with unexpected twists, intersting dynamics and all the subtler underweavings that really tie it all together.

So yes, more Zero Hour and great writing please. (No pressure or anything. **wink**)

Sorry if I blabbed. =)

Mar. 17th, 2010 10:21 am (UTC)
Re: Wow, thanks!
Fabulous, thank you!

I think when Zero Hour is all said and done, "tightly woven" will probably not be something that can be said of it. The fact that I've written it in dribs and drabs over a time span of 2.5 years really does show.

I'm thinking it has a spark of some sort, and despite whatever flaws it will have in the finished product, the spark is enough to endear it to its readers.

I'm also prepared to edit heavily so the final book is a lot cleaner than what's online for free. There was one thread in particular I remember wanting to address and then never quite finding a spot. So in edits I can do that.
Mar. 18th, 2010 02:13 am (UTC)
Re: Wow, thanks!
If you don't mind me asking, how much longer do you imagine Zero Hour running? Do you feel as if you're in the home stretch? Or are there more twists and turns yet to come?

Just curious.
Mar. 18th, 2010 09:51 am (UTC)
Re: Wow, thanks!
Absolutely, I do think I'm within 2-3 chapters of finished, which I why I'm starting to plan for the replacement. Right now I'm at around 70,000 words so the finished length should be just right for a paperback.

I had originally thought it would come in around 50k, which is why it feels meandering to me. I thought once they left the city I'd cut to the end, but with Martha having been killed buy that awful security op, I felt like I couldn't just gloss over her death and its ramifications.
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