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My newest series, Devi Jones’ Locker, is mainstream fiction — a light beach read that brings the beach to you. The first book in this series is Packet Trade.

Episode Eighteen

Episode Eighteen

The thought of Estella Rowan reminded Jack of her purpose at the compound and renewed her resolve to find out who was behind the consciousness programs. She had her first work shift after lunch and was hopeful that whatever they would have her doing as a programmer would shed some light on the situation. She agreed to meet Susanna for dinner at the middle sitting, and headed off to her room to find out where she was supposed to go for her work shift.

The morning class had been interesting and compelling, but now as she walked all the way back to her room to find out a piece of information that would take just a second on the nets to retrieve, she was becoming less enamoured with the whole Red philosophy.

Episode Seventeen

Episode Seventeen

Jack stuck her key in the viewer’s slot and when the friendly voice said, “Hello, b0xenjester, how can I help you?” she replied, “Show me the meal schedule for today.” She saw that there was a late sitting that evening for dinner, and asked the viewer to remind her ten minutes before it was time to go. She then asked to see the schedule of classes for the next two days.

There was a huge selection of programs available, and at first Jack had trouble believing that it was possible for even a large and well organized group to deliver this many courses and workshops over two days.

Episode Sixteen

Episode Sixteen

Jack woke up with a start, and for a moment didn’t know where she was. The motion of the train was so even that it was as if the train were still. The seats were fairly wide and comfortable, so she wasn’t even being jostled by other passengers. Her confusion was fleeting, though, and she checked the time. SleepingJuice was amazing – at that point the train would be arriving in about fifteen or twenty minutes.

She stretched as best she could while staying seated, and cracked her neck. She quickly checked her system and found an acknowledgment from Gilles for her report.

Log #6

I’m still going strong for NaNoWriMo. Check out my wordcount.

I’ve had some technical difficulties with the files at podiobooks.com (my fault, not theirs). Do let me know if you encounter any problems with the files here.

Beautiful Red now has its own facebook page. Come be friends!

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Describing the Present

My pal Steve Holden (of Tech News Radio and the Jersey Boys podcast) sent me an email saying “Your book is happening in the real world …” with a link to this story:

The recent armed robbery of a Chicago-based co-location facility has customers hopping mad after learning it was at least the fourth forced intrusion in two years. They want to know how C I Host, an operator that vaunts the security of its data centers, could allow the same one to be penetrated so many times.

…the same location has been the target of at least four burglaries or robberies since August 2005, according to police reports and former customers, some of whom say they lost sensitive data and hundreds of thousands of dollars in hardware.

Episode Fifteen

Episode Fifteen

After a beer and a contraband cigarette, Jack finally got over the frustration at her inability to do anything, then spent the rest of the night finishing her report for Gilles and Adrian. She would send it out to them before she left. With these new images from Bellis, as well as the information she had been gathering, she had a fairly complete report to send them.

They had both been harassing her for updates, but she was afraid that one or both of them would try to stop her from going if she told them what was going on.

Episode Fourteen

Episode Fourteen

Jack spent the evening going over the Brugges theft, comparing it to the incident in the Bellis server room. There was more information about the European crime by now, on the regular news boards as well as the specialized ones Jack has been paging through before. It seemed that the theft had been conducted by a pair of locals who had now gone missing. There didn’t seem to be any link between the two prior to the incident; one was a service worker in a mid range upgrade salon and the other was an entertainment worker.

Rowan, Jack thought.

Log #5

  • I moved – listen for the ferry horns and carillon bells
  • there’s a nice lively discussion on Episode Ten – keep up the good work
  • I’m participating in National Novel Writing Month again this year
  • I’m doing a podcast for it, too

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Episode Thirteen

Episode Thirteen

The next day, Jack arrived a little early, hoping to catch a few minutes with Gilles. She rounded the corner to their shared cube, and smiled broadly when she saw his craggy face. “Morning, Gilles,” she said, throwing her jacket on the rack.

“Hey, yourself,” Gilles said. “How was your weekend?” She could have sworn that he winked at her.

“Pretty interesting,” Jack said, “I’ll be giving you a full written report later.” He laughed, and Jack smiled and lowered her voice. “No, really, I’m not kidding. There have been a lot of developments since our little adventure and I want to fill you in.”

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Episode Twelve

Episode Twelve

Jack rode the ninety minute train home knowing she ought to use the time to get a quick nap, but was too wired to sleep. She really wasn’t sure what to think about the things she had seen and heard. She was convinced that the Red were behind the attack on Estella Rowan, but she was equally convinced that the people she met could not have been involved.

Not necessarily because they were inherently good people – Jack didn’t trust her judgment that much – but because it just wasn’t their style. It would offend their sense of esthetics.

Episode Eleven

Episode Eleven

Jack felt as if her mind was truly clear for the first time since this ordeal began, though she was not sure that sneaking off for a quickie was the best decision she had made in the past few days. However, what was done was done and she sat with Phoenix, talking about art and the difficulties that people who do not fit into the system of working for a firm have when trying to do their work. Jack discovered that Phoenix was gainfully employed as a writer for a prominent board devoted to performance art. One of the large firms funded the board as well as many exhibitions every year.

Log #4

I was at the Podcast Expo last weekend, and got to hang out with lots of cool folks, like…

I also got comments from steve and charley hardman, who also sent me email, as did Susanna. And finally, last but certainly not least, RRobo left an awesome review on the US iTunes Music Store.

Episode Ten

Episode Ten

Jack found herself in a small vestibule before a locked metal grating at the bottom of a long, narrow, straight stairwell. A voice crackled from a speaker in the ceiling.

“There’s network here. Upload the map you were given so we can confirm the checksum.”

Jack drew a deep breath and turned her system on. She was, indeed, online, though the signal was weak. She found that an address had been sent to her, and she replied with a copy of the map. The upload seemed to take forever, but almost immediately as soon as it was done a buzzer sounded and the grating in front of her swung open.

Episode Nine

Episode Nine

It was a ninety minute train ride, and Jack was having trouble filling the time. Her nerves were jangling and every few minutes she would decide to catch a return train as soon as they stopped. But, deep down, she knew that she’d end up following through with her plan. She had gone too far to stop now. And when she thought about it, this was the most exhilarating experience she’d had since she decided to play on the right side of the rules.

Hell, she had never really been much of a cracker anyway; she was always more interested in how things worked than causing problems.

Log #3

  • comment central around here
    • thanks especially to Jon Schlueter for his blog post about Beautiful Red
  • comment central on podiobooks, too
  • more options for folks who want to support & publicize BR
  • speaking of which, check out Terra Incognito from one of my fellow podiobooks authors, Gary Hicks
  • exciting news from podiobooks.com – BR is number 1 on the charts for most popular subscriptions in the past 30 days

  • in annoying news: the phone number has changed to 206.984.2976

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