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James W. Hawk – Windows on the Universe: A life unscripted, a film yet to be produced.

The life story of filmmaker, author, and photo artist, James W. Hawk.

I called this book James W. Hawk, Windows on The Universe – A Life Unscripted, A Film Yet to Be Produced because I write and publish science fiction stories. I also write science fiction scripts and turn them into movies. I have also done a lot of work in drama and animation. However, as I see it, all stories are a window on the universe regardless of genre. I do not work in comedy because I am not that funny.

I do not think my life was exceptional or extraordinary. Many interesting things happened to me, but nothing special except for my wife and children. I have been very fortunate, and I am grateful for all of those good things.

I was the child of a single mother on welfare, and I went on to be the first college graduate in our family. I had some good jobs and ended up in a well-respected community. I think that I did well for my family and myself. I am proud of that.

The single most significant motivation for writing this book was for my children and grandchildren. There may come a time in their futures that they will want to know more about their father/grandfather. I have had that interest in my forbearers.

As I wrote this, I wanted to stay with the facts and leave opinions and philosophies out of it. I know some people would disagree with that because those things show a person’s inner structure, but opinions and perspectives can change over time, so they do not provide an enduring reflection of the person.

There is no ending to my story for obvious reasons, but I do not see that as a problem. As you get older, things tend to slow down. It is like a movie with a bad ending (now that was funny). You go to bed at night hoping to wake up the next day,
and when you do, it is just another uneventful day. That is not a negative thing but merely a statement of fact, so the lack of an ending is not a problem to my way of thinking. All or most of the excitement in my life has already happened, and now I can sit back and relish those wonderful times, something that I didn’t have the time for when they were happening.

So please enjoy my story. Some of it is boring and redundant, but I promise you will find moments of entertainment and inspiration.

John Lennon of the Beatles once said, “Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans.” I could not agree more. You may want to do this or that, but the grass has to be cut, the dinner needs to be made, or that business trip must be taken. Life makes its own demands, but if you take an hour a week to devote to your heart’s desire, that hour a day is 52 hours a year, and that is more than your average workweek. That would be a workweek a year to learning to play an instrument, developing a business plan, writing a story, or whatever you would like. You never know where that could go, and you will never know if you do not try.

I have learned a few things during my life:

– Be patient; all things will pass.
– Nobody lives forever, and life is short.
– No matter how important we think we are, we are not.
– Always seek a peaceful resolution; forceful resolutions only make enemies.

I hope you enjoy my story and learning more about my life and times. Most of all, I wish you a rich and rewarding life.

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