Fireflies & Laserbeams

Cover Reveal! Only a Little Blood

Monday January 18, 2021 | By Hieronymus Hawkes | cover reveal | Leave Comments

I hope you like it. I hired it out, didn't like it, so I ended up making my own. The story is a near future thriller.

Here is the back cover blurb:

In the future, serious crime has all but disappeared. With the advent of BioNarratus’s Vitasync neurochip, recording every aspect of your life has become the law. Without it you can’t get a bank account, medical insurance, or a job. Unbeknownst to Cole Westbay, a government agency is bent on using the neurolink tools he helped develop to target and kill potential enemies. Before he can act, he wakes with his neurochip destroyed and his recent memory wiped.
Now the centerpiece of a government conspiracy and the target of every newsgroup on the planet, he’s on the run trying to solve the mystery before they shut him up permanently.

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Cover Reveal in 3 Days!

Friday January 15, 2021 | By Hieronymus Hawkes | cover reveal | Leave Comments

I have the covers ready to go. Last night I finished the first round of line edits with my editor. I did a round of developmental editing then this, with one more line edit to go to make sure everything is where it's supposed to be, then I will be publishing on Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing. I'll be adding in a print version as well, but the ebook will be exclusive with Amazon for awhile. I have to say I'm very excited!

Working with Lauren Donovan of The Book Foundry has been awesome! She did an initial read through and she got everything I was trying to do right away. She even picked up on the subtle things I laced into the story, which made me quite happy. She had some insightful ideas about how to I might improve the story and then she did a wonderful job on the line edits. Her attention to detail is amazing! I couldn't be happier. I just wish I had done this years ago. She is very reasonably priced, and I give her my highest recommendation as an editor. Thank you, Lauren! My story is so much better with her help.

Look for the cover reveal for Only a Little Blood on Monday!

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Just a little music to make the day go better

Sunday January 10, 2021 | By Hieronymus Hawkes | music | Leave Comments

Dangerous by Big Data and featuring one of my new favorite bands, Joywave. Apparently I am late to the game as this came out 6 years ago. But I will get to see Joywave in the fall at RIOTFest in Chicago...maybe...if the concert happens.

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Brand Spanking New Book!

Saturday January 9, 2021 | By Hieronymus Hawkes | Novel Publicity | Leave Comments

This is Donna's first book release! Obviously this won't be her last since this starts a series. She is a friend and a fellow alum of Seton Hill University. Here is the excerpt on Amazon:

Ellie must choose between a life of wealth and greatness or her own forbidden love. Her choice will change the world. Ellie learns the poppet trade, her family business isn’t as harmless as everyone led her to believe. With the help of a boy from the wilds named Moze, she tries to change the tragic system from within. When she fails, she must flee or her beloved Thom Poppet will be murdered to teach her a lesson.

I just downloaded it and can't wait to read it!

You can buy it here!

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Did WW84 kill the franchise?

Saturday December 26, 2020 | By Hieronymus Hawkes | TV and Movie Review | Leave Comments

Spoiler Alert: I am going to talk about some stuff in the movie below. If you don't want to see then stop here.

I watched Wonder Woman 1984 last night. I was expecting something on par with the first Wonder Woman movie, which was done well, and relatively serious in it's tenor. And although the new movie tries to strike the same chord, it misses wildly. The picture above kind of sums up how I felt watching the movie.

Pedro Pascal's character felt like a caricature, and he led the Monkey's Paw plot arc that was unimaginative and completely out of sync with the previous incarnation. Yes, we could buy into Gods and demi-gods and the powers that they have, but they played it straight in the first movie. In this one they go straight into comic book plot lines. And I could even buy that if that were the only issue, but it was like they decided that science of any sort didn't matter. They were playing hard to fan service in bringing back the Steve Trevor, and I like Chris Pine, but this indulgence may have been their downfall.

There is one particular sequence that jumped the shark for me. They steal a jet from the Smithsonian back lot. Okay. I can buy that. I can even buy the part where she fizzles up some magic ball of energy and she makes the jet invisible. We all know Wonder Woman has an invisible jet, so I gave them a pass on this, too. But give me a break. Trevor is from WWI. How the hell could a pilot that predates the jet age by 23 years before the prototype and more like 35 years before they were in common use, jump into a modern jet and fly it like there was nothing to it. I am a pilot, and I'd like to think that in a pinch I might be able to fly a jet I haven't been in before, it would take some time to figure out how things worked, even though there might be some similarities. Would he even know what the throttles were? I am sure there was some mechanism for that, but how in the world did he start the engines just by chance, flipping switches in the right sequence and bringing the throttles out of cutoff to start. And then he flies directly into a huge fireworks display. Those are like M80 explosions. It would be like flying straight into a barrage of flak. No pilot in their right mind would do that, even though it made for a cool shot in the movie, showing the fireworks through the invisible skin of the jet. And there is absolutely no way that jet makes a direct flight to Cairo, Egypt from DC without getting refueled somewhere. Not only does it fly all the way there, but back again. I guess making it invisible gave it an unlimited fuel tank as well. It is straight up ridiculous. Don't get me started on the magic lasso that can do anything, including seeing into the past, act like a prehensile tail, and wash your dishes (okay not that last one.)

The movie had some entertainment value if you can suspend your disbelief in science and technology. Gal Godot was wonderful, and the changing clothes scene was priceless. Kristen Wiig's character was fun to watch, until they turn her into some weird panther creature.

Overall, I was extremely disappointed in the movie. It could very well kill the franchise. They completely squandered all the caché or credibility they gained from the first movie. I can't recommend it to anyone.

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Sockmas is all done

Thursday December 24, 2020 | By Hieronymus Hawkes | Blogging | Leave Comments

It was fun getting a new pair of socks everyday. But all good things must come to an end. I wish you all a Merry Christmas if you are of that faith! If not, I hope the holiday season is good to you!

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Sockmas day 13!

Monday December 21, 2020 | By Hieronymus Hawkes | Photos | Leave Comments

Back to a more Star Warsy theme and Christmas ornaments. I like it.

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