What we were thinking: The Enigma Dragon-A CATS Tale #9 of the Enigma Book Series-

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A solution can employ different approaches

We wanted to match up very different characters in this story to allow us to expand upon their capabilities and test their interactions.

Mercedes and Brayson are both solid professionals reportedly on the same team. As you will discover here they approach problems with different experience and as such the results may not be as expected. Mercedes tries very hard to color inside the lines; for Brayson there simply are no lines when coloring.

We’ve met people that don’t always work together well and yet provide some awesome results. They also […]

What we were thinking: The Enigma Source – #10 of the Enigma Book Series-

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Dinner and Wine, or More?

Have a nice family dinner is a great way to end the day. It works really well if you living in a nice chateau and have a cook who knows exactly which gourmet delights to create. The perfect start is of course a little wine and conversation.

Petra and Jacob live at the chateau with Wolfgang as well as work together in the family business. Often problems can be readily solved over a glass of wine and nice dinner. This night however the events took a different direction.

We wanted to set […]

What we were thinking: The Enigma Rising #2 of the Enigma Book Series-

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Women can always find a friend if they want

Petra has spent little time socializing in a non-business setting. Simone is much more the social animal and tends to strike up conversations far more easily. These ladies are from very different countries and backgrounds, yet sometimes people just click.

We wanted to explore the openness of Simone since she met Carlos and the tentative casual social skills Petra lacks. A pool scene with just the two of them seemed like a great beginning. Luckily the ladies did hit it off.

Check out the whole bubble and the […]

What we were thinking: The Enigma Source - #10 of the Enigma Book Series-

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Mom always said ‘Don’t ride with strangers!’

The option of getting a ride from a random car service is a good news bad news scenario. We wanted to have some fun with the different options available to the consumer today. Khalid is the next gen of drivers.

Mercedes is distracted from waiting for her sweetheart to contact her and just in from a 8 hours of air travel from Europe. She is trying to be patient and understanding, but you know how it is when one is stressed.

Her background in the intelligence community has not prepared […]

What we were thinking: The Enigma Factor #1 of the Enigma Book Series-

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Old Telecom and New Technologist

We find it interesting that today’s technology professionals don’t consider the value of experience, perhaps it is part of the impatience of youth.

Andy, the older telecom professional, provides some seriously needed value to Quip, a bleeding edge technologist. Granted the frame of reference is quite different between telephony and IP networks, but they may have quite a bit in common that they are just starting to realize in this portion of the story.

Andy resorts to his tried and true communication, storytelling.

The story is a powerful blend of people and […]

What we were thinking: The Enigma Source - #10 of the Enigma Book Series-

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Great minds and over loud objections….

The interactions between the primary team members of the R-Group are a bit edgy due to an unknown problem erupting in Georgia. Sometimes it is a matter of getting the right people together at the table to discuss the possibility solutions.

Much of our professional work contains these types of meetings and discussions with the difference being that we typically aren’t facing life threatening issues. We wanted to make certain our characters were up to the challenges they are facing in this book. We were worried they might have to do […]

What we were thinking: The Enigma Stolen #5 of the Enigma Book Series-

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Sultry, Smart, and Seductive

This chapter is focused in an office in Russia with a powerful leader who doesn’t possess much of a moral compass. Zara born in the Ukraine has expanded from her early work to be a talented technologist even if on the dark side.

Zara has been a delightful character to develop over a couple of the stories. This story provides a way for us to expand her relevance. She is a complex character who you can hate and cheer for all at the same time.

Recently this story was converted to an audiobook […]

What we were thinking: The Enigma Source - #10 of the Enigma Book Series-

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Where is this funny?

Mathematicians typically have no more sense of humor than programmers. Their minds work in similar ways but different from most normal human beings.

This story allows us to add in a few new bad guys with no sense of loyalty but rather focused on reaching the goal. It doesn’t matter that it is not the goal of leadership. These guys are smart but very myopic. We found these characters great fun to create and grow through the story.

Exploring block chain capabilities for use in cryptocurrency is a key focus of this story, […]

What we were thinking: The Enigma Always #6 of the Enigma Book Series-

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The Human Psyche Can React to Something Unrelated

One of our characters Su Lin had an event that damaged her mind in a way that blocked the adult portions of her life. She’d been living for months as young person willing and eager to please the adult authorities who surrounded her. Andy, her appointed caretaker had created structured learning modules for her to try to tap into her once genius mind.

The human psyche is such that an event of great magnitude can change it forever. Doctors and evaluations can take it only so far before it […]

What we were thinking: The Enigma Source - #10 of the Enigma Book Series-

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Just when you think things are good…

Petra and Jacob are getting closer, having worked through their problems. They are in a good place and believe that together they can conquer the world. They are great at working and playing together.

Andy is one of the subcontractors used by the R-Group for telecommunications jobs. Normally Andy would contact Quip for work issues, so the call takes Jacob a bit by surprise.

The exchange that Jacob ends up having with Su Lin sets the stage for a whole different way of solving an international issue that has several […]