KillerBot (Ch. 10) – Bionic Bug Podcast Episode 010

https://media.blubrry.com/bionic_bug_podcast/p/natashabajema.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Bionic-Bug-Episode-10.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 20:17 — 17.0MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS | MoreHey everyone, welcome back to Bionic Bug podcast! You’re listening to episode 10. This is your host Natasha Bajema, fiction author, futurist, and national security expert. I’m recording this episode on June 24, 2018. I’m going to keep this episode short today since I’ve run out of hosting space for the month due to my special interview earlier in June. However, I do have a few interesting headlines for you this week. If you’re enjoying Read more…

Choose Your Own Fiction Adventure

Have you ever yelled at the screen telling the lead character of a movie not to do something? Have you ever wished that you could advise the director on a better way to end the movie? This is your chance. I’ve started a crowdsourced fiction novel. That means you, the readers, can direct me where you would like go with the story, the characters, etc. How does it work? I will develop the overall book concept, create the main characters and then begin writing scenes. At the end of every scene, I will offer up 2-3 options for readers to choose Read more…

Choose Your Own Adventure 2.0

Over the past year, I’ve been struggling with a problem. It’s a chicken and egg problem. Is my first fiction novel the chicken or the egg? Well, the answer to that question is not as simple as it seems. On one hand, it must be an egg, because it is produced (in this case, by me, aka the chicken in this story). But more and more, I realize that my first novel is really the chicken. Huh? If you already follow my blog, I’ve discussed this issue in several posts. Last spring, I created this blog because I realized that I need Read more…

From Writer to Used Car Saleswoman…

So you want to be a writer, eh? Well, to be successful, writers also have to an editors, book formaters and designers, relatable personalities, bloggers, content designers, marketers and salespeople…Sheesh. I just want to write a novel. Why does it have to be so complicated? In today’s publishing world, being a writer is not enough. Writers need a platform and a following…and apparently, they also need to become multi-talented entrepreneurs. The good news is that writers don’t have to wait to get the attention of a publishing house to sell their books. Self-publishing has become widely respected as a way Read more…

A Modern Writer’s Journey

In October 2015, I began seriously writing my first novel The Nuclear Conspiracy, Part 1 of 3 in the Power Series (I just came up with that…Apparently, trilogies need names, too). I already have a full-time job so I write in my spare time, which is as you can imagine, quite limited. Nonetheless, I’m proud to say that I have written over 89,000 words in less than a year and am gearing up to write the last 40,000 this fall. I’m happy with my progress, but I would be a lot further along if I didn’t have to do so many other things just Read more…

My Bucket List

Everyone should have a bucket list. You’re never too young or old to dream about the things you want to do before you…well, kick the bucket. And you should make sure you begin doing the things you dream about before it is too late. This is not about being morbid and dwelling on the inevitability that is death, but rather about seizing the day…and living each day like it might be your last. My bucket list has changed several times over the years. Of course, I’ve crossed many items off of the list (Pyramids, skydiving, riding a camel, visit 6 Read more…

Power of Three

Many of us have heard the saying “bad things come in threes” or its preferred counterpart about good things. For some reason, we like to think in threes. There are countless three-worded phrases like mind, body and soul and slogans like Snap, Crackle, Pop. Stoplights have three colors-red, yellow and green. The Declaration of Independence declares three inalienable rights-life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The United States government created by the Constitution consists of three branches-executive, legislative and judicial. When you really start paying attention, you find the number three all over the place across pop culture, literature, sports, religion Read more…

Everyone Loves a Good Villain

When I was working at the Pentagon several years ago, I found out that a number of people were referring to me as Dr. Evil and not in jest. At the time, I was working for the Assistant Secretary of Defense who oversees the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), a behemoth defense agency with over 2,000 employees and an annual budget of over $3 billion. It was my job to oversee several projects of interest to him and make sure they were running on time, not over spending and doing what they were intended to accomplish. That meant that I regularly Read more…

It’s Called a “Laser”

In the 1997 action-comedy film Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Dr. Evil is trying to come up with an evil plan to blackmail the world. In his second attempt at a viable plan, he explains to his minions that he had developed a weather-changing machine in the 1960s, which was in essence a sophisticated heat beam he called a “laser”. He hand signs quotation marks to call out the term “laser” indicating that the technology was not well known at the time, and no one really should know what a “laser” is. Dr. Evil has just been de-thawed after being cryogenically Read more…

My Muse

It’s been said many times (I’m not sure by whom), writers write what they know. I am a national security expert writing a fiction political thriller about national security issues and of course, weapons of mass destruction (WMD)–cue scary music. My novel takes place primarily in the Pentagon and at Fort Lesley J. McNair, and my protagonist Dr. Morgan Shaw is a professor starting her new job at that National War College at the National Defense University (NDU). I’ve worked in the Pentagon for two years and currently work at NDU. For more than seven years, I have been working for NDU. Read more…