I love eBooks but Book Stores are the Bomb!
Tuesday June 14, 2011 | By Hieronymus Hawkes | Blogging | Leave Comments
I had a really enjoyable time this morning. On the spur of the moment I stopped at a brick and mortar bookstore on the way back from Indianapolis. It had been several years since I’ve been in a good one and I found it stimulating and ridiculously fun. It was like going to a candy store. Since I’ve started writing with a purpose and learning the craft, my appreciation for good stories and great crafters of phrase has increased dramatically. I also find that I’m keenly aware of lots of things I used to take for granted, things like how stores are arranged to draw you in, how employees treat you, how a story is unfolded, lots of little things like that; I’m paying a lot closer attention to everything. I also pay a lot of attention to the way things are shaping up in the publishing industry and it was my first time in a book store since things have really started to drastically change in the legacy publishing world. I think to most normal people it is likely happening without their even being aware of it, unless one of their favorite bookstores is closing. But the eBooks were right in front as you come in the door. The big push is on. It’s been on for a while now I suppose and the underlying numbers show eBooks increasing each month. There is something magical about spending time in a book store and I really hope they manage to find their way through all the changes, as life would be lessened by their absence. It was delightful to be able to browse and read the dust jackets and see what they had on display. I could spend an entire day in a book store and not get the least bit bored. While I was there I found 3 books that I want to read, EmbassyTown by China Mieville, Robopocalypse: A Novel by Daniel H. Wilson, and The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi. Just like that. I hadn’t seen these online except I think I remember someone on Twitter mentioning that they thought Robopocalypse was awesome, but I had no idea what it was about. All of these books have imaginative ideas for the premise of the book. Stuff that makes you say, “Wow, that’s so cool!” I‘m amazed at their ideas, they are so original and interesting, and it’s humbling to the novice writer. I really need to do this more often. Whenever I see books, it makes me want all the more to finish mine, whether it’s the grocery store, the drugstore or the bookstore. There are so many people writing books these days. Is it more than before or does it just seem that way because I’m paying attention? Clear Ether!Read More
Week in Review 17-23 Jan
Tuesday January 25, 2011 | By Hieronymus Hawkes | Blogging | Leave Comments
It was a struggle this week for blogging and writing. I did manage to get 3000 words this week and passed the 400 page mark, but begrudgingly. I am in the climax and trying to get it right, and its coming a little at a time. My muse can be stubborn at times. That coupled with work and home events kept my mind from any productive blogging, if there is such a thing. The grand total right now sits at 96100 words. I twittered plenty, but it was mostly retweeting. I did come across this: Squishy Moonrise from Space And posted this video of one of my favorite songs form a band that broke up after one album: Big Dismal - Reality, rumor has it they are getting back together. Kam Weiland had this excellent post about the 3 Traits of a Successful Writer Fake Mars Astronauts are close to arriving at Fake Mars NASA posted this about Zeta Ophiuchi -- Runaway Star Plowing Through Space Dust Pretty dang awesome! Nanotech News -another step toward complex nanomaterials that assemble themselves Betelgeuse and 2012
Help me with my Query Letter!
Saturday January 1, 2011 | By Hieronymus Hawkes | Blogging | Leave Comments
Saturday October 30, 2010 | By Hieronymus Hawkes | Blogging | Leave Comments
This is my writer's podium so to speak. I've been at this for several years but it's been in fits and spurts. My first novel is nearing completion of the first draft and I'm starting the second one as part of National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo for short. The idea is to try to write at least 50,000 words in the month of November. I figured it would be a good chance to start on the second novel even if it won't likely be very good prose. Quantity over quality is the idea for NaNoWriMo. The plan is to have at least a working kernal of a novel or novella by December. Then, hopefully take that momentum into finishing my first novel draft and start seriously editing it, I've done some along the way but it still needs a thorough going over. Vim Dicaré is the working title for my first book and I will be tracking progress on the Vim Dicaré - Progress page. The second book is tentatively titled Revelation Void It's my NaNoWriMo entry for this year and I'll be posting updates of how that going on the Revelation Void - Progress page.Read More