Leisure Suit Larry aka The Suit zooms to galaxies unknown

Leisure Suit Larry is the galactic hero, aka The Suit, of my upcoming sci-fi novel about a a super agent for the Intergalactic Council who travels through space and time capturing criminals. His jazz band, The Blue Notes, is the cover for his work seeking criminals. His lead singer, Arya, Princess of the Purple Veils, known as “Bubbles” to the band, is The Suit’s partner.

The Blue Squid

Along the way, they will befriend The Blue Squid, a highly intelligent deep ocean species, who police the depths.

Here’s a photo of an actual creature who will inhabit the pages of my novel through illustrations.

I don’t want give all of this away. As I work on the new book, I’ll post from time to time.

5-stars for ‘Rusty The Wonder Dog’

Reviewed By Kristy Volchko for Readers’ Favorite

Rusty The Wonder Dog by Jesse Hillman is a tender, heartwarming tale about a rescue puppy named Rusty and all the unforgettable, precious moments of his life’s journey. One sunny afternoon, Rusty’s world changed when he ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time. The road. After the incident, Rusty (sometimes Stinky Dog or Rusty the Wonder Dog) was only able to see shadows but had super-duper hearing and smelling abilities that went for miles! What does he smell? New friends! And they show him the way things go around this new place where humans give lots of pets, treats, and fluffy blankets. Rusty loves his adventures with Isis (the Siamese cat), Dasha, (the guard dog), and Alphie (another rescue dog), but most of all, he loves his humans. Rusty’s journey has more than a few twists, turns, and changes, but is love and friendship the one thing that lasts forever and ever? A story of laughter, love … and maybe even tears (of joy!).

After reading Rusty The Wonder Dog by Jesse Hillman, I can honestly say that it’s a pick for my favorite children’s picture book of the decade! I really love it that much. Brilliantly written, there is so much truth about life’s joys and challenges (told from the pup’s perspective) between these colorfully illustrated pages and I believe there isn’t a child or parent out there that cannot relate in some way to the characters. I love stories that remind us about the power of love and I highly recommend this book for every home and library shelf. Five stars!

‘Rusty The Wonder Dog’ has arrived

There’s something special about seeing my first children’s book arrive in a plain brown box in the mail. Then open it up, and there is the story of my faithful Rusty, who was blind and taught us about being happy and living with courage! To order a copy, email hillhelengroup@gmail.com. ISBN No.: 978-1-7361525-1-5. Hardback. $17.99. ISBN No: 978-1-7361525-2-2. Paperback. $10.00. Shipping $5. A portion of every book sale will go to our local rescue groups.

Comes a Tremor, Walking

I need a quark transfusion.

Did I say that right? Probably not, but I read somewhere that quarks are one of the subatomic particles used to build everything in the universe. If that’s right, then mine got glued together the wrong way, and they need to be re-done. I may have the wrong batch altogether.

Otherwise, I am just another one of the world’s front line grunts trying to Get Along, you understand? So I want the gurus of particle physics to bring out their I.V. equipment and give me a new batch of elementary stuff (fusis, as my ex-friend Ray Gilheadian would say).

A selection from Leisure Suit Larry and the Blue Notes by Jesse Hillman.

Talking about my photography

Getting ready for fall art shows is an interesting process. I wonder if people who stroll by will enjoy my photographs — many want to ask me questions, which is great.

For years, I’ve been a journalist. If I had a show of the portraits I’ve shot at every festival, every party, everything from ballgames to the duck blind drawing at Big Sandy, I could fill a room.

Now, where did I put those photos? Negatives?  I just dated myself because I began with hot type in newspapers and cameras that used rolls of film, and I worked in a dark room to develop pictures for newspapers and magazines.

Now with the click of a camera lens, I take a photograph. But as many of you know, it’s not that simple. Remember the light pole sticking out of your aunt’s head in that photo that you took?

You do have to train your eye to see what’s really in the scope of your lens. Sometimes the result is just blind luck. Sometimes it’s carefully planned.

So as I share my photographs, I hope you enjoy them. Each one holds a memory of a time and place that was good in that moment.




I look for life well-lived

I started this website for three reasons: To write and to photograph life as I see it. To share what I write and what I have seen.


I have been a writer for many years and was once — in another lifetime — a newspaper editor and later, assistant publisher. That road changed into my entering information technology, where I’ve worked for the past 25 years.

But I have always written for newspapers and magazines and taken photographs. Now, I’m finishing my sci-fi novel — more on that to come soon.

I hope you may find something interesting here — whether I’m studying physics and enjoying posts from NASA — or whether I’m reflecting on the human condition.

We live longer if we learn to laugh a little bit at ourselves. Not all of our lives should be taken by deep reflection since I am convinced that on occasion chuckles may help us through dark times.   But I also believe in taking time for deep reflection. Remember, though — you can stumble over unexpected things on the way to deep, dark water.

We are each shaped by our lives. I grew up in the green hills of Mississippi for the most part, walking to the pond to fish, plowing behind a mule, hunting squirrel for dinner, freezing from holes in the floor in the winter unless you went out and cut wood for the wood stove and fireplace. I learned that life is a mystery, and we can wander through it amazed from day to day or we can conquer it.

I have chosen to conquer it in my own way. Come travel with me on these roads. We can find mysteries in the stars and puzzles in our contemporary lives. I hope we cry at the misfortunes of time and laugh at the human conundrum, including feathery demons like the mockingbird who nests in a tree in my front yard each Spring, presenting me with an up close and personal dive-bombing every time I leave my front door.

You’ll meet The Jesus Man and the little girl  whose parents followed him from town to town. I hope and pray that God and time have healed and blessed her.  You’ll converse with the Liars’ Corner at the store. You’ll meet Miss Gertrude whose biscuits won at the county fair. Miss Gertrude got caught with a young man sunbathing nekkid behind her house. Oh, law. Well, Benjamin Franklin believed in air bathing, too.

You just never know what you might find here.