We are very excited to announce the newest upgrades to Hannah, our most successful project ever.

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Hannah 2.0 has better compatibility with iPads, iPhones, and remote controls.

How fitting that exactly two years after her initial launch, we are ready to unveil Hannah 2.0. A lot of work has gone into creating Hannah 2.0. At times there were sleepless nights, and real differences of opinion about the direction we should take the project. But we always had the long-game in mind, and we think you’ll see our hard work paid off.

Hannah 2.0 comes with a host of new features that we think the public will be really excited about.

Everyone’s talking about “going mobile” these days, and we’ve worked hard to make sure that Hannah 2.0 is more mobile than ever. With faster speeds and surer footings, the distance Hannah 2.0 can go will amaze you.

In addition, we promise better battery life. Hannah 2.0 will only need to recharge once during the day, instead of two, or even three, power-down sessions as was often required during daily use.

But it’s not just improved hardware. The software that runs Hannah 2.0 has been overhauled from top to bottom.

Hannah 2.0 can now understand basic English commands and questions. Plus, a new language chip allows her to better approximate human speech when she replies.

In addition, there are more and more tasks she can accomplish on her own, without needing human guidance. Amazing.

We’re particularly excited, too, about the stronger interoperability with your other devices. We’ve heard reports that Hannah didn’t work well with iPhones and iPads, for example, with poorly timed swiping and over-use of the home button. Hannah 2.0 will work with these devices much more reliably, and we project even better interfacing in the future.

All in all, Hannah 2.0 is a marvel of innovation and progress. We couldn’t be happier with her and look forward to a great year ahead.

Hannah 2.0 is not available in stores.

artTownLogo_1000px_wideLast month I sat down with the New York Times best-selling author Marissa Meyer to talk about writing, Tacoma, and more, for TVTacoma.

It was a fun and likely conversation, and particularly because I have so enjoyed her books. (The Lunar Chronicles are a sort of sci-fi, steam-punk, fairy tale mashup that works really well, with very strong central characters in all of them. I definitely recommend them.)

Here’s the feature:

Talking shop with another writer was a lot of fun–so much so, that I’m working on a project that I hope will allow me to do it more often. More on that coming soon!

483px-Emily_Dickinson_daguerreotypeThe last post with A.A. Milne’s poem Daffodowndilly has gotten me thinking about poetry again. Since it’s National Poetry Month, I thought I’d post another poem.

This time, on my favorite American poet, Emily Dickinson. She’s a fascinating story: mostly unpublished during her lifetime and something of a hermit, she nevertheless wrote 1800 poems using the verse of hymns, which she broke up with her famous dashes.

Fun fact, her poems generally share the same verse as Amazing Grace, House of the Rising Sun, and the theme to Gilligan’s Island—which means you can sing them interchangeably. (Amazing Grace does lose a little something when sung to the theme of Gilligan’s Island, of course.)

Here’s one of her great poems, and one of the few poems I know by heart.

The Brain—is wider than the Sky—
For—put them side by side—
The one the other will contain
With ease—and You—beside—

The Brain is deeper than the sea—
For—hold them—Blue to Blue—
The one the other will absorb—
As Sponges—Buckets—do—

The Brain is just the weight of God—
For—Heft them—Pound for Pound—
And they will differ—if they do—
As Syllable from Sound—

Yellow_Daffodil_Narcissus_Closeup_3008pxDid you know that an old word for daffodil is Daffodowndilly? What a great word! You can practically hear the softness of the flower.

It’s a beautiful spring week here in Tacoma–the week after the Daffodil Festival, no less, so I’m thinking of spring and flowers.

It also calls to mind a nice poem from A.A. Milne, much more famous for Winnie the Pooh than he is for this poem. But since it’s National Poetry Month, I think it’s very appropriate to share today.

Daffodowndilly

She wore her yellow sun-bonnet,
She wore her greenest gown;
She turned to the south wind
And curtsied up and down.
She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbour:
‘Winter is dead.’

Along with the Mariners home owner, these days above 60 degrees, and the Daffodil Parade (and Marine Parade next week!) spring is finally here.

‘Winter is dead.’

(Total side note: I love how close to Game of Thrones that last line is.)

thirddegreebundleHere’s something fun I’m trying out. I was invited to work with two other authors to package our mysteries together into a single bundled download. We called it “The Third Degree Bundle.”

The idea was that you get three books for the price of one. And maybe find some new authors to check out! It’s a low-risk way to fill your Kindle with 885 pages of mystery and thrillers!

Here are the three books:

The Saints Go Dying, by Erik Hanberg
A computer hacker turned detective is hunting a serial killer in Los Angeles targeting modern day saints.

Project Moses, by Robert B. Lowe
Reporter Enzo Lee uncovers a bioterrorism plot that he must expose before time runs out for him and a lovely target of the conspiracy.

Dire Means, by Geoffrey Neil
A vigilante decides to end homelessness by terrorizing a coveted beachside city, making flagrant public kindness the only way to avoid being targeted.

Thanks for the chance to partner with you on this, Geoff and Bob!

Here’s the download link on Kindle if you missed it.