Paul Hawkins

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American author. I am happy to be a child of the space age and I still set my sights on great things. I put humor in everything I write because that is my disposition. If I chronicle the 20th century it is only because I have not given up on the 21st.

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
My desk is strew with scraps of paper with ideas written on them. When I decide to write, I have to go through them all to remember what goes with what.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up Catholic in fundamentalist Oklahoma where we might as well have been a different species. Also, I grew up in the space age, when they were launching the rockets that put men on the Moon. How has this influenced my writing? I am skeptical but optimistic, guarded but with room for hope if one has the strength of will to stay true to one's convictions and see past the BS.
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Where to buy in print


The Altruist
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,110. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Spurned by love he dedicated himself to a love of all things - but would she notice him now? (Deep sigh.) Short short - 1K words.
My Summer, Myself, My Student Loan Debt - A Post-Graduate Confession
Price: Free! Words: 1,590. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
A disillusioned young man, graduated with no hope for the future and with mountains of student loan debt, resigns himself to the life of the house-bound unemployed until he answers the siren's song of Truck Training School.
Shepherd Creed
Price: Free! Words: 24,210. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A story that spans several decades and follows the life of a man in charge of designing state roads whose own life adjusts less smoothly to the pace of cultural and technological change. Humor, pathos. A novella - 27K words.
The Party at the End of the World – A Dream Vision and Fragment
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 1,260. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical, Fiction » Christian » Futuristic
Short fiction - 1000 words. A dream vision and fragment of the day after the end of the world. A light comes from the long-abandoned downtown and the party at the end of the world begins. Quasi-religious, post-apokalytic, a fragment you might find on a scrap of paper in the derelict downtown of any industrial city -- a notion of what happens when the world comes to an end but you're still here.
Zoomobile 3000
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 2,020. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
A chimp won in a hand of poker leads to the fulfillment of a man's life-long dream and then unlocks a destiny greater than he could have ever imagined. Humor, around 2000 words.
Nihilism Sucks: Of Human Hope and Larry’s Hail Mary Pass in the Craigslist Personals
Price: Free! Words: 3,550. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
Nine comic short-shorts deleted at the last moment from "Leaves of Grass" by an alternate timeline Walt Whitman. What was he thinking?!? His loss is your gain. For a limited time only this rare collection can be yours for free! Take that, Nietzsche, you worn-out grumpus. Life is funny. Includes the title story, "The Wishing Bird," "Phil Lamont: Attorney for the Damned," and more!
High Crimes and Mr. Wieners
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 5,700. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
When a local kid's TV show personality and his seven trained dachshunds get kicked to the curb in favor of generic PBS programming, the discovery of a hotdog-man suit in a fast food dumpster leads to a new career as a costumed crime fighter (hey, dogs have to eat). And will the lady in his life discover his secret? Okay, let's admit it - there is no lady in his life - just lots of mooched wifi.
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 2,220. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
In the tradition of "Moby Dick," "The Old Man and the Sea" and the great Ali-Foreman bout of 1974 comes a man vs fish story for the 21st century. It's survival of the fittest for George Miller, a down-and-out working stiff who has to beat the odds (and a really big fish) to reclaim his dignity. Short story, humor, around 2000 words.
A Cure for All Known Diseases
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 840. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
(4.00 from 1 review)
Short literary fiction: Set in the 1933 Philippines: a woman yearns for something more from life while her doctor husband longs to make the world a safer, tidier place.
Short and Stupid: Ten Somewhat Dark Short Stories for a Rainy Day
Price: Free! Words: 6,160. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
Now with seven bonus stories! Is man by nature evil, or stupid, or both? These short-short stories (plus seven bonus stories) let you decide. Great short reading for travel, leisure, or any occasion where you need to conscipuously ignore the person next to you. Short-short stories, humor.
Diary from the Wall Street Occupation!
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 1,760. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.00 from 5 reviews)
Three days in the life of a student protesting the plight of the poor from her iPad and iPhone. iPity, iSympathize, iProtest, then iGoBacktoMyPrivateCollege. Because iCare.
Anaximander's Bottle
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 6,770. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
A mind-bending tale: as space-time unknits, a mad Prussian scientist seeks the inspiration of his Valkyrie and retreats to the protection of his 'ontological citadels' to preserve reality - or perhaps remake it in his image.
The Werewolfening of Taffney St. Cloud
Series: Taffney St. Cloud, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 10,570. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Continuing the horror parody begun in "The Vampirenization of Taffney St. Cloud." A buxom alabaster slayer who works in her mother's hair salon must defend Sunvalleydale from undead activity and a zombie pyramid scheme, all on the eve of the Harvest Moon Ball. Will the world will be saved in time for a dance in the Community College gym? Brooding aplenty, but no dark-soled shoes allowed.
Zen and Loathing with the Gatsby's
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,470. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Set in Europe of the 1920's and 30's, a monied American expatriate moves in social circles with the luminaries of the day and comes to terms with the emptiness of his theosophical dabblings, even as his personal life spirals out of control. Excerpted from "Prometheus Fit To Be Tied." Short story, literary, around 7500 word.
The Vampirening of Taffney St. Cloud
Series: Taffney St. Cloud, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,360. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
A broody suburban girl copes with her recent vampirening. Or is it vampirification? Having bit of fun at the expense of a popular genre.

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Published January 1, 2013. (4.75 from 4 reviews)