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Hawk is an expert in Survivability, Space, and Radiation Modeling. He has worked with civilian and military designers for over twenty years to protect spacecraft and installations from nuclear, EMP, radiological, and chemical weapons as well as natural environments. He is also an historian, martial artist, writer, swordsman, and showman.

The Serpent King

The serpent king gets me further along my trilogy. Unfortunately, my trilogy is on its third book….I’d like to say that it was the conclusion, but it looks like I’ll need four books in this trilogy, maybe five. Well, we all know I can’t count. Still I get another cool picture. I can live with that.

Urban-Fantasy.com

I’ll be starting an urban fantasy book review over at Urban-Fantasy.com. I’m always interested in recommendations, especially if you are a new writer. I’m starting Camp Nanowrimo over at Cabin Sablehawk this week. (Easter and edits coming in, this will be a busy month.)

My first posts will likely be on Superhero novels. I’ve read a few. My own urban fantasy is still unpublished. I may see if Jagi wants to tackle Pure Poison once the Bone God is in the can. P.S. looking for a photographer for the front art for Pure Poison. I’ve got some ideas I found on the net below.

If you are a photographer/artist who can make pretty pictures for my cover, give me a shout.

Hawk

National November Writing Month (Camp Nanowrimo)

So, as you might expect. The newbie writer is trying Camp Nanowrimo.

What is Nanowrimo? Well, every November we write for 30 days to get 50,000 words. It teaches you good habits and a few bad habits, but you get your story onto the page, which is the first hurdle.

Camp Nanowrimo is a self-directed month where you pick a project, like editing your last mess, and go to it. The nice part about Camp Nanowrimo is the texting in your own cabin. We’re always talking smack, giving encouragement, etc. I really like it.

If anyone wants into Cabin Sablehawk, give me a shout and I’ll bring you in. @sablehawk on twitter or just comment here. I’m going to open it to everyone come Sunday, but I’ll give people a couple days if they are interested.

I’ve got two projects sitting on my desk. The edits from The Bone God are coming in, and the Outline for King Serpent is starting. I really want to do both…but I’ll probably wimp out and do my edits like a good boy.

In mid April is Ravencon, which I’m also attending. I hope that anyone who wants to talk writing gets with me there I’d love to chat about writing.

Dragon Con 2018

Just to inform my occasional reader, I will be attending Dragon Con this year as a guest. I intend to do science, space, Armageddon (Or whatever they call it), and writing this year.

Any time I’m not charging around between panels with my pants on fire, I’ll be escorting my lovely wife or my wonderful daughter around the con. I intend to wear funny costumes and drink beer. Anything else is plain luck.

Yeah, Superversive is hosting a table, so I’ll probably be there too. (And with Speaker to Lab Rats at his Baen party. I better get to work and publish more books.

Later,
Hawk

Valerian and the city of a thousand planets

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Poster

First off, this was a fun movie. I won’t say it didn’t have some ‘drink’ moments, but it was pretty good fun. It tried to be huge, with fantastic scenes changing constantly, but it failed to be consistent, so it made no sense half the time. Just off the top of my head:

  1. Multi-Dimensional world? Man, that was so complex that it has to show up again…nope.
  2. Bashing through walls into completely different (and recently described) sections…that were supposed to be on opposite sides of a giant city? Yeah, that happened.
  3. The spaceship can enhance his fighting ability? He doesn’t mention that till the last scene.
  4. Aliens fishing for humans in the red zone?

But, the one that killed me, absolutely ruined it, was a superior officer hitting on a sergeant under his command. Absolutely improper and bugged the crap out of me, constantly.

So, the plot was simple and fun. They did a good job on one alien species, the Pearls, but the others were just goofy. I saw it with a beer and a hot chick, so I rate it a good solid 3 for movie night.

Back Online

Sunday I bought a computer. SO, now I’m back blogging.

There has been a lot going on in the last couple years. I’m going to stick to mostly talking about books and writing from here on out. I may drift into science occasionally, but I have to get approval for … stuff … so I’m going to try to stay out of my professional field.

I know, I’ve promised that I’d blog and didn’t before, what is changed now?

I have a book. I just published a book with Superversive.

Check out “The Broken Man” by Hawkings Austin.

 

Suicide Squad – Movie Review

I took the wife to a movie last night. It was a really good time, partly because the movie theater business is dying. This is a really nice theater in a good part of town watching a hot movie only a week after premier. There wasn’t 50 people in there. Of course, I spent 27 dollars on tickets plus a few on coffee. Not bad, but equivalent to buying the blue ray pack. Well, I don’t much like crowds, so this was fine. We had a nice night.

Suicide Squad is a great movie. I understand people’s quibbles, but they are wrong. Well, let me be more clear. The Marvel superhero movies are good. Character development is a bit scanty in them, character arcs are fairly underdeveloped. Lots of fun action and snarky comments. Critics hate them, people hate critics, it all works out in the end.

Suicide Squad is somewhat different. At the end of the movie you will know a lot more than you ever wanted about Deadshot and Harley Quin, Diablo and Flagg also get a good treatment. I admit that I spend most of the movie hoping someone would blow Boomerang’s head off. Croc was a bit shallow, but he had a character, they just didn’t look at it. Enchantress scared me, really, made me think Horror Story from first look. Amanda Waller is the Devil. Not sure I remembered anyone else. Joker showed up, was scary crazy. Katana was central and boring, sorry.  In an extended version, they’ll probably add 30 minutes of Joker, which won’t really improve the movie. It was good, tight even, at two hours. Lots of action, but it isn’t complex. It is mostly smashing weird looking things on the head.

I’d just say that this movie felt a lot more adult than Avengers or Spiderman. Maybe I’m wrong, but I’d say that they aimed the age of viewer in the 20s at least, not the usual teenager. It hit this nearly 50 year old in the feels. I liked it a lot.

Recent Activity

Ok, so more of an explanation than an excuse. Work changed the security settings and now blogging is impossible. Sure, impossible means I could figure something out and cheat, but I won’t. They clearly don’t want us blogging from work. Blah. I just spent the money to extend this website for 2 more years, so I’m just going to have to get a better interface at home.

Sorry for the long absence.

Camp Nanowrimo

So, everyone knows (or ought to know) that I am a major failed writer. I’ve not been published by most of the big names out there. I have a regular spot in the nanowrimo competition, which I also fail at.

I do have a book waiting for a read at BAEN, but it may be a century before the editor actually looks at it. Slush piles ain’t fun. So, I recommend everyone give up. (that should lessen the slush pile enough that I can get another book in.)

Nanowrimo is a book writing challenge in November. Camp Nanowrimo is in July. Not exactly the same challenge, but a good one. I’m planning on knocking out some good chapters, cleaning up some of my interludes, building a good book II to my unpublished book I.

I’d appreciate some help, comment. Maybe an edit or two. Mostly, just comment on here if you want to play with words. Set up a nanowrimo account and we go from there.

Oh, and don’t overthink it.

optimization

That bit of content is from XKCD.COM

Pandagators – The long joke I promised you.

So, the Pandagator joke takes a good long while to unwind, and no pictures, so relax and sit back. Several years ago, we had an “Evil Geniuses for a Better Tomorrow, whether you like it or not” panel at Dragon Con. For those of you who have never been…why are you reading this? … it is a lot of fun. If anyone has pictures, I’ll post them, but I don’t have any at work.

First, imagine down at the bottom of the hill of Dragon Con, 2pm on Saturday in the Hilton Atlanta, downstairs in the Crystal Ballroom, 600 people in the audience, four guy up on stage. There was a range of personalities on the stage, but I was the regular, Dr. DNA was a regular, everyone else was there for a few years. We had a flock of assistants in lab coats making ice cream with liquid nitrogen, my big DOOM Box in the corner, flashing sparks and smoking lightly, JonnyX and his cattle prod. People screaming. It was a hell of a show.

On that year, we had a PhD Neuroscience guy (Evil Brain), a PhD Bio Chemist (Dr. DNA), a PhD Physicist (Evil G), and a Nuclear Engineer of no particular merit. (Me). Pardon me if I don’t get everyone’s degrees right, I can never remember my own, much less everyone else’s. Just remember that they’re much smarter than me. The fun of an hour variety show was that we each had a time slot where we took over the panel, did a few power point charts, some comments, a joke or two.

Well, to get to the joke, we had talked the previous year about “evil plots to take over the earth.” My plot, I think, involved black holes. Evil G was using a beam of charm quarks directed at your hometown.

“If the effects are good, send me money, I’ll keep it up. If the effects are bad, send me money, I’ll quit. If you’re not sure, I’d advise sending me money anyway, as it couldn’t hurt.”

So, for his presentation, Evil G brought it up again. He had a slide show for this year’s work.

“SO, Last year I talked to you about taking over the world using a beam of Charm quarks. I have since decided that using physics to take over the world is too hard. I’m using something easy this year, DNA Splicing.”

The two guys with PhD’s in biology, head desk simultaneously. I nearly fell out of my chair laughing. I wish I had his power point. It had a variety of predators made by sticking together pictures of animals. an example is the EEL gle – an eel head with eagle body. The Apex Ambush Predator was the Panda Gator – Looks innocent from the bush, but when it jumps you, its got a big bite.