Jackie “Firespike” Melendez is thrilled with her recent promotion at Politicomma, one of the twelve pillar blogs that replaced the disarray of the old internet. But a simple assignment to track down a hacker targeting her team gets complicated when Firespike not only discovers the hacker is someone close to her, but also stumbles upon a plot to bring down the entire technological infrastructure of America.
At least she’s met a few cute guys while dealing with this mess. Too bad more than one of them isn’t exactly what he seems.
Politicomma was the first novel-length work I completed, edited and considered truly finished. My agent and I had a hard time finding a publisher that was a good fit for it, likely because it straddles genres. It wasn’t quite science fictiony enough to be sci fi, but it was a bit too speculative to be considered straight-up general fiction.
The last time I looked at this story was exactly three years ago and I was prepared to cringe hard, since I have a habit of hating my older work, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that a lot of Politicomma still holds together. Plenty still needs to be polished and de-adverbed, and I feel like my style has changed enough that I probably won’t re-submit it to publishers, but it seemed a shame to leave a project I spent so much time on in the desk drawer. So, maybe by publishing it on Wattpad, it’ll get a bit of love.