About Hieronymus Hawkes

Pilot and author, father and husband. I like to tinker with web stuff, read, listen to music, play poker and design stuff in photoshop.

We all need to watch The Social Dilemma!

Just watched this show and it is brilliant and amazing and scary as hell. Social media is manipulating us like nothing every has in the history of mankind. We need regulation, yesterday. There is quantifiable truth and the AIs behind these social media tools is lying to us to get us to do the bidding of the people paying for these tools…advertisers, or worse yet, people with malevolent motives. We need to get off this corrosive business model.

Join me for NaNoWriMo!

Once again I will start National Novel Writing Month. I say start because I haven’t “won” since 2010. So it’s my tenth anniversary! I missed the last two years but I am giving it the ol’ college try again this year. It will be good to get back into a daily writing practice and if you are so inclined you can join me and be my one of my writing buddies!

Here is my NaNoWriMo page: Kardaen

Here is their official announcement on Twitter

If you don’t know what NaNoWriMo is I’ll briefly explain. It is an annual writing challenge to “write a 50,000 word novel” in one month. The timer starts at midnight of Halloween and goes until midnight of November 30th. In order to stay on pace you have to write 1667 words a day. It can be a daunting task. I know the year I “won” it took almost every free moment I had, and my wife was not happy at me. At all. I vowed I wouldn’t do that to her again, and I didn’t. And it really is about writing every day. 50k words is not really a novel either. That would qualify as a novella. The year I “won” I felt like I had written half a novel. it could be a series of short stories. Or essays. The entire point, again, is to write every day. Nobody is coming to your house to make sure you are following the “rules.” Jut have fun with it and write what you can. If it’s only a 100 words a day, then that is still 3000 words by the end of the month. And that is 3000 words more than you had before you started.

I use it to springboard a new story usually. Sometimes I take an old story out and try to add to it. I haven’t hit the 50k mark in a decade but this might be the year. If not that’s okay, too.

I hope you join me and good luck!

Getting the Pencil Back in Shape

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I haven’t drawn anything in quite awhile. I want to get back to doing pastel chalks, but was afraid I wasn’t up to the task, so I decided to start with a pencil drawing to warm up the skills. I really wanted to switch to pastel chalk with this one, since the colors are going to work well and there is lots of shading to do with them and the background will pop a lot when I finish it I hope. Time will tell. I did have fun working on this with my best friend working on a painting just across the room. I look forward to more of this in the future!

Independent Publisher Here I Come

I am officially giving up the chase for an agent, at least for now. I have finished the edits for my manuscript and have sent it off to an editor for one last looksee. Then it’s getting published. I have the cover all done and will be doing a reveal in a few weeks. It should be done before the holidays so you can order the book for a loved one. I need to work out a signed edition. Lots more to come. Follow me on Goodreads here.

I’ve also added a popup for signups to my newsletter. I promise not to spam your inbox.

Shattered

After twenty-eight years together, my wife passed away yesterday. I feel like I am living in the head of Legion, but without the godlike powers. But I had a really good blubbering cry this morning and it helped. A friend welcomed me to the world’s shittiest club. It’s certainly one of the shittiest. He lost his wife 13 years ago. Time heals, but the scars are still there.

I had never wanted a tattoo, but this morning I find myself wanting to get one. I actually asked for local advice on tattoo parlors and found a great one, but they are booked a year out. I am going on a road trip next week to visit family and my brother and his girlfriend are taking me to their tattoo artist. Should be interesting.

I am trying to write but my brain is still pickled in a fog. There will be more regular posts after this one as I prepare to publish my first book. More to follow on that. In the meantime enjoy a video from one of my favorite bands and the inspiration for my tattoo:

Eff Cancer

If you are wondering why I haven’t been posting lately, we have had some serious health issues that we continue to deal with. Two years ago my wife had a mastectomy. Six months ago we found out the cancer had come back. With a vengeance. My wife has been amazingly brave throughout the ordeal. I would not wish chemotherapy on my worst enemy. The fight continues, but my posting on here will be sporadic at best for the foreseeable future.