Bionic Bug: The Townhouse (Ch. 4)

Back to Chapter 3 Her motorcycle waited for her on the side street next to the ballpark. Lara took off her baseball cap and packed it along with her glove in the seat compartment, shoved her helmet on, and climbed onto the bike. Revving the engine for a few minutes, she plugged in the location of Sully’s townhouse into the GPS on her dashboard and inched away from the curb. Giving the bike throttle, she raced down South Capitol at high speed, which usually sent a thrill up her spine. This time, a hardened sense of determination came over her. Read more…

The Drone Show (Ch. 3) – Bionic Bug Podcast Episode 003

https://media.blubrry.com/bionic_bug_podcast/p/natashabajema.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Bionic-Bug-Podcast-Episode-3.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 26:51 — 23.0MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS | MoreWelcome to episode number 3 of the Bionic Bug podcast. Before we get started, a quick reminder. The views expressed on this podcast are my own and do not reflect the official policy or position of the National Defense University, the Department of Defense or the U.S. Government. First off, I have a personal update. This past week, I hosted my first-ever book launch party and book signing for Bionic Bug at Wicked Bloom, a cool Read more…

Wicked Bloom (Ch. 1) – Bionic Bug Podcast Episode 001

https://media.blubrry.com/bionic_bug_podcast/p/natashabajema.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Bionic-Bug-Podcast-episode-1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 33:26 — 29.6MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS | MoreWelcome to the first episode of the Bionic Bug podcast! My name is Natasha Bajema. I’m a fiction author, national security expert and your host for this podcast. I’m so thrilled that you’re tuning in. I started this podcast in part to get my first novel into audio format, but I also wanted to share some of my insights behind the book as well as my perspective on where we’re headed in the future. Each week, I’ll Read more…

A Kickstarter Campaign: My Journey to 1,000 Super Fans

I’m about to embark on something crazy (especially since I’m an extreme introvert)… I’ve decided to become a performance author. Wait, what’s that? You’ve heard of performance artists, right? Well, I’m going to perform for my audience much like a performance artist does. The only difference is I’m a writer, and my audience consists of readers. I’m planning to use crowdsourcing, Facebook Live, podcasting, and short video productions to entertain my backers as part of a Kickstarter campaign. Say what? I’ve decided to crowdsource my next novel as part of a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. I’m inviting backers behind-the-scenes into the editing Read more…

Bionic Bug: “The Drone Show” (Chapter 3)

Back to Chapter 2 A distant rumbling of engines and rhythmic thumping of rotors filled the air. Seconds later, two helicopters from the D.C. metropolitan police arrived. They hovered above the stadium for a moment before flying in a circular pattern and shining spotlights onto the baseball field. As she scanned the crowd, something caught her eye in the field-level seating down below. A tall black man wearing a navy coat and a red baseball cap stood in the aisle facing the field and holding up some type of gadget with two thick antennas. He directed his gaze upwards and Read more…

Bionic Bug: “Nationals Park” (Chapter 2)

Back to Chapter 1 At the crack of ball against bat, Lara leaped to her feet, hotdog in hand, and cheered as the Nationals player on third slid into home plate. Some relish plopped onto her shoe, but she didn’t care. The baseball park was filled to the brim and full of tension. With the series tied 2-2, this game would determine if the Atlanta Braves or the Washington Nationals advanced to the World Series. Her mouth watered at the smell of grease wafting under her nose. When she’d jumped out of her seat, she’d accidentally squished the bun a Read more…

Bionic Bug: “Wicked Bloom” (Chapter 1)

12 October 2027 Now that’s where I draw the line. A documentary about the dawn of passenger drones flashed across the lonely flat-screen television hanging on the wall. Lara Kingsley imagined for a moment what it would be like to live in the 1960s animated sitcom The Jetsons, and her inner control freak shuddered. In her lifetime, she’d be forced to embrace flying through the sky in some autonomous contraption. Suppressing the thought, Lara squeezed herself between two stools and leaned over the sticky wooden counter to shout her drink order to the bartender—a beer for herself and a cocktail Read more…

So You Wanna Bank Your Books?

In my first two years as an aspiring author, I can’t count how many times an experienced Indie author told me I should “bank my books” if at all possible. They claimed if they could do it all over again, in other words to start fresh in their Indie careers, this is what they’d do and this is what they recommend we do… that is if we want to work smarter, not harder. Well, I’m not buying it… at least not what they’re trying to sell me. In retrospect, everything appears different. We tend to forget some things. But what Read more…

When Technothriller meets Cozy Mystery…

What happens when technothriller meets the cozy mystery genre? You’ve probably heard of sci-fi, thriller, mystery, and fantasy, but maybe not a technothriller or cozy. Before I delve into an explanation, here’s how I’d define these lesser known genres: Technothriller – A subgenre of suspense fiction that draws from thriller, spy fiction, science fiction, and action and depends heavily on technical descriptions of advanced technology (computers, weapons, Internet, machines, etc) to drive the plot forward. Famous authors include Michael Crichton and Tom Clancy. The genre first became popular during the 1980s and 1990s. Cozy mystery – A subgenre of crime Read more…

2017: A Bug’s-Eye View

Every year, it’s a good habit to set some goals for what you’d like to achieve for your health, lifestyle, career, and lifelong dreams. For 2017, I made a list of goals I wanted to achieve as a writer. And this year, I learned that to set realistic goals for yourself, you need to have a bird’s-eye view. For this, you need to understand how long certain tasks take, how long you require to get them right, and a good idea of the time you’ll need to navigate life’s twists and turns. Without this knowledge, you’re not likely to see Read more…