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Welcome to Home Maid Simple’s stop on the iFrankenstein book tour! I am lucky to have author Bekka Black here. In an attempt to keep with this blogs theme of home, I asked Ms Black to tell us about her workspace!
I don’t have an office, or maybe it’s more true to say that I have many offices. I’ve had offices before, of course, from gray fabric cubicles in Silicon Valley to a blue desk with a 360 degree view of the ocean in Hawaii. But I’ve found that my best work gets done elsewhere.
When I’m at home, everything is my problem. Sound of breaking glass? Better investigate. Laundry piling up? Better fold it. Plaintive voice calling “Mom!” Better administer hugs.
So, I run away to cafés where nothing is my problem but my work. Sound of breaking glass? Someone else will have to sweep that up. Laundry piling up? Not here. Plaintive voice calling “Mom!” Not my kid (although I look every time anyway).
This means I have to carry everything in my purse that I need to write. Here’s what I have: a Netbook computer because it’s light, a cell phone because there are things that need to distract me and I can check my email on it if the café doesn’t have Internet, a notebook and pen because I can’t imagine not having those even though I mostly take notes on my phone now, earphones in case people get noisy, and reading glasses. That’s it. With these items I’ve written novels in cafés, on planes, in cars, at airports. Everywhere can be my office.
But my favorite office is a nice café. One that has a good view of the street so I can people watch when I’m thinking. One where the staff leaves me alone after I order and doesn’t ever check to see how I’m doing. One where the music isn’t too loud. One where the customers chatter, but don’t start fights with each other. One where there are always a couple of empty tables so I don’t feel guilty sitting there taking up space from paying customers. One with a good chai tea.
Luckily, I’ve found places like that all over the world. In fact, I’m writing this in one now.
What’s your favorite place to work?
After a childhood often spent without electricy and running water, Bekka escaped the beautiful wilderness of Talkeetna, Alaska for indoor plumbing and 24/7 electricity in Berlin, Germany. Used to the cushy lifestyle, she discovered the Internet in college and has been wasting time on it ever since (when not frittering away her time on her iPhone). Somehow, she manages to write novels, including the award-winning Hannah Vogel mystery series set, in all places, 1930s Berlin, and The Blood Gospel series (with James Rollins).
She lives in Berlin with her husband, son, two cats, and too many geckoes to count. iDrakula is her first cell phone novel.
Frankenstein comes to life for the wired generation.
Following her critically-acclaimed iDrakula, award-winning author Bekka Black breathes life into a modern re-telling of iFrankenstein, using only text messages, web browsers, tweets, and emails. Homeschooled teenager Victor Frankenstein is determined to write his own ticket to independence: a chatbot to win the prestigious Turing prize and admission to the high tech university of his choice. He codes his creation with a self-extending version of his own online personality and unleashes it upon the internet. But soon he begins to suspect his virtual clone may have developed its own goals, and they are not aligned with Victor’s. The creature has its own plan, fed by a growing desire to win darker and more precious prizes: unfettered power and release from loneliness.
As the creature’s power and sentience grows and its increasingly terrible deeds bleed over from the online world into the real one, Victor must stop his creation before his friends and humanity pay the ultimate price.
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