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Like 68,928 other people, I backed the future: Pebble.

Well, the future is running a tad late.

Pebble’s Kickstarter project promises a glimpse of Tomorrowland: a watch you can customize with apps that access your smartphone through a Bluetooth connection. It will be the first “smartwatch” that works perfectly with both Android and iPhone. The Pebble is much smaller and lighter than similar devices, but the stand-out differentiator – for nerdies like me – is its high-res ePaper display. That means this thing will look totally sharp in direct sunlight. Hear, hear (if you hadn’t already)!

The team had projected they’d be shipping Pebbles (including my chosen color, “Arctic White”), by last month. Unfortunately, manufacturing is still underway. The Pebble, in "Arctic White"

After I finally get my Pebble (by mid-next year, they’ve assured), I plan to check texts from it, see who’s calling, control my favorite Pandora channels, keep stats on running and bike-riding, see my notifications, and probably a bunch more cool stuff – hands-free.

One of the most exciting aspects of the Pebble is the Open SDK the company will offer alongside it. That means smart people everywhere (shouts again, to my nerdies!) can develop apps for the Pebble. When I heard this, my mind bee-lined to the implications for my young-adult speculative fiction novel Thirty Decibels. In the story, both classes (Whisperers and Leaders) use devices called ’ponders – they’re within eyeglasses, contact lenses, desks, mirrors, and windows, but they’re primarily worn on the wrist like a Pebble. A ’ponder makes use of more native technology than a Pebble, but I bet we’ll soon see these developments. I believe Pebble’s SDK and its open-source philosophy will make it possible.

Pebble’s Kickstarter project has ended, but you can still pre-order Pebble.

Are you a developer interested in building a Pebble app? Let’s talk. Drop me a line by leaving a comment below or clicking my picture on the top right corner.

Check out these choice quotes about Pebble:

“Kickstart [a] nice e-paper watch! Your Backer, e pluribus unum!”
– William Gibson

“Smartwatches haven’t really caught on with mainstream buyers – but that might change with Allerta’s new wrist-worn creation”
– Wired Gadget Lab

“Proven track record…Incredibly useful product”
– Forbes

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Lights, camera, Thirty Decibels

The book trailer for Thirty Decibels is nearly in production! I’m partnering with local imaging / production studio Palinopsia to create it. Stay tuned for behind-the-scenes updates and interviews as we go.

We’re now casting these lead roles:

Ava
Main character
Age: 15 (ages 13-17 will be considered)
Any hair color

Ben
Ava’s love interest
Age: 16 (ages 15-18 will be considered)
Athletic build, any hair color

Michele
Ava’s best friend
Age: 15 (ages 13-17 will be considered)
Any hair color

Screen tests:

When: Saturday and Sunday, June 25th and 26th, 2pm-4pm (Contact me to RSVP – see below)
Where: 200 W. Superior Street, Suite 310  (See map)
Have: Your enthusiasm for bringing stories to life

Interested actors should write me at margorowder@gmail.com or call 773.689.0008 to get an appointment time.

What’s Thirty Decibels? Here’s a super-short version:

In a society where few may speak above a whisper, 15-year-old singer Ava refuses to talk – and discovers the strength to take a stand.
(See link below for more.) 


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Lights, camera, Thirty Decibels

Behind the scenes, my friends, something pretty exciting is underway: a book trailer for Thirty Decibels. I’m partnering with local imaging / production studio Palinopsia, and we’re currently finalizing storyboards. I get geeked every time I think about it… but more on that later.

Now, I need your help.

We’re now casting a few lead roles for the trailer. Screen tests aren’t set yet; we’ll hold them in Chicago around mid-June. Interested actors should send details (name, previous acting experience) and a picture to margorowder@gmail.com.
Got a question? Please post a comment below and I’ll answer ASAP.

Lead roles:

Ava
Main character
Age: 15 (considering ages 13-17)
Medium blonde hair

Ben
Ava’s love interest
Age: 16 (considering ages 15-18)
Brown hair, athletic build

Michele
Ava’s best friend
Age: 15 (considering ages 13-17)
Brown or auburn hair

Background on the story, in short:

In a society where few may speak above a whisper, 15-year-old singer Ava refuses to talk – and discovers the strength to take a stand.

This is an open call, so send this along to nieces, nephews, sons, or daughters. They might be just who we’re looking for.  :) Thanks for your help!

Someone wants to interview me?

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: YA writers make up one of the richest, most generous networks you’ll find.

Another case in point: Blogger Dorothy Dreyer’s We Do Write blog, whose summary reads:

At this very moment, future best sellers are being written by people among us. It could be anyone.

It could be you.
I thought I’d take it upon myself to get to know them before they shoot off into stardom, and show my support during their climb.
Wow!
Dorothy recently asked to interview me about THIRTY DECIBELS. I couldn’t believe it for a few days, but then I came up with some decent answers…

Check out the interview here.

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