One of those days. It was one of those days. I should have realized I was in for it when my boss asked me to do something right at the beginning of the titular track, a song by Morton Lauridsen so beautiful that it almost never fails to bring me that nice, centering comfort, that… Read More »

Argh, NaNoWriMo Burnout

So yeah, pushed myself too hard the first half of the month it seems.  The compounding goals are tough, especially when you have things to do too.  Taking a few days off from writing it to rejuvenate, then going to push through the story as I can.  No worries about the 50,000 words in November… Read More »

Chapter 5: Jill (Part 3)

The shrill ring of the alarm clock comes far too soon for Jill.  As one might expect, she was not a fan of the modern approach to trying to wake up naturally even with an alarm clock; rather Jill had one of the old-fashioned ones complete with analog bells on the top.  It was a… Read More »

Chapter 5: Jill (Part 2)

Her Bureau-issued Dodge Charger waited outside the hotel.  Apparently this Hilton is in the corporate pilot program for a predictive valet service.  The hotel’s systems, in other words, knew that Jill had finished for the evening before she had even said her goodbye.  One benefit of the automated driving mode that was now a national… Read More »

Chapter 5: Jill (Part 1)

Mikhail leaves Megasys Corporation in a daze.  He has been through the ringer, and the evening light gleaming off of the surrounding buildings only compounded his headache.  Megasys more or less dominated everything within a few square blocks of its headquarters and it showed.  As he walked the five blocks to his hotel, Mikhail thinks… Read More »

Chapter 4: Liaison (Part 3)

Outside the house, the crowd has only grown. Mikhail notices that a silver Toyota sedan is parked just beyond the caution tape. The street was seriously getting crowded by now, and there was a uniformed officer talking to the driver of the sedan. The officer waves Mikhail and Jill over. The driver is introduced as… Read More »

Chapter 4: Liaison (Part 2)

Special Agent Jill Tamano flashes a badge as she parks the car off to the side of the scene. The pair duck under the caution tape as it seems like the entirety of Clyde Hill watches the proceedings. Even Channel 5 News was on the scene. The police have been busy placing those little markers… Read More »

Chapter 4: Liaison (Part 1)

Scott Mitchell rolls his chair back over toward Mikhail. “No, no, go ahead. This could be an important item for us. Besides, you look like you could stand to get out of the office. I think we can hold out without you for an hour, and I’d rather have my money going toward something that… Read More »

Chapter 3: Damage Control (Part 3)

Back at Megasys, the leadership team has created a war room of sorts. Scott Mitchell and Kaseem Soni have taken over one of the larger conference rooms in the building and made it their temporary focal point for responding to the news. People were frenetically moving about the room, trying to keep on top of… Read More »

America’s Reckoning

Well, that just happened. Need I say more?  Of course I do.  I spent four years of my life studying political science at Wash U, one of the top universities in the country, in an attempt to understand this stuff.  I admit now what I think the entire political establishment is faced with: we have no… Read More »