Life & Stuff II: A Week at Work

It’s not very often I post personal pieces, and in the two years I’ve had my blog I’ve done it once. Well, the time has come once again that I should share some of the goings on in my life, especially since it might have an impact on my blog. I still plan on blogging. There’s no reason for me not to, and there’s no reason for me to stop. The number of weekly posts could drop by one, maybe, but the number and frequency of book reviews will drop.

Velvet Couches

To sit on velvet couches
And play your violin
The one you made that warm spring day
In May, I think it was

Week in Review 5.21.2017-5.27.2017

Here’s what I was up to this week. From the Vault: The Fallen, The Forgotten, and The Forsaken is the first poem I ever posted. No Genre Needed 2017 was the first actual post and I reposted on my blog’s second anniversary. I reviewed the 2014 book Gautama Buddha. The third disc of the History Channel’s 2008 documentary series, Rome: Rise and Fall of an Empire gets reviewed. Click the image or the title to read the piece. If you like it, click the like the button, and if you feel inclined, leave me a comment. All feedback is welcome. I post a nice eclectic mix. Be sure to click the follow button so you don’t miss anything.

Rome: Rise & Fall of an Empire (2008) Disc 3 Review

#8 – Wrath of the Gods

Original Air Date: September 8, 2008

Synopsis: Rife with civil war, disease, barbarian attacks, and the dawn of a new religion, many see these things as a sign the old Roman gods are angry.

Gautama Buddha (2014) Review

When looked at from a rational, unbiased perspective, Buddhism and Christianity share many similarities. Now isn’t the time or the place to discuss them all, but allow me to touch on a few key points. Both religions sprang from older established religions. Buddhism sprang from Hinduism while Christianity sprang from Judaism. The founders were two charismatic men whose intent wasn’t to found a new religion, but after they died their teachings spread and became something more than they ever imagined. Jesus of Nazareth and Gautama Buddha are two figures shrouded, enveloped in legend and lore. There’s historical facts, and “facts.” In her 2014 eBook, Gautama Buddha: In Life and Legend, Betty Kelen tries to separate the facts from the “facts” and does an admirable job.

No Genre Needed 2017

I don’t like feeling I must write to fit a certain genre. It seems almost everyone thinks they must fit into a certain category regardless of the art form. How else will people be able to find me and appreciate my work? This is a thought held by many creative people. They’re led to believe it. Belief is a funny thing. Anyone can believe in anything, but that doesn’t make it so.

Week in Review 5.14.2017-5.20.2017

Here’s what I was up to this week. Dying Hope is another one of those deep and dark poems for the beautifully depressed. Thanks to the fine folks at NetGalley, I received a review copy of Nick Redfern’s new book, Shapeshifters. The second disc of the History Channel’s 2008 documentary series, Rome: Rise and Fall of an Empire gets reviewed. It’s a time to celebrate as my blog turns two, and I wrote a celebration piece to mark the milestone. Click the image or the title to read the piece. If you like it, click the like the button, and if you feel inclined, leave me a comment. All feedback is welcome. I post a nice eclectic mix. Be sure to click the follow button so you don’t miss anything.

My Second Year of Blogging – A Milestone Anniversary

I’m coming up on a milestone anniversary as a blogger. My blog, Drew Martin Writes, will turn two years old on Saturday, May 21, 2017. The first piece I posted, No Genre Needed, went up on that date two years ago. The first piece was in effect a mission statement. It explained why my blog wouldn’t have a set theme or genre, and why I didn’t want it to have one. More than explain my blogging philosophy, this piece explains my overall writing philosophy. To be honest, it covers any art form as far as I’m concerned. I still stand by it, every last word. This piece is special for another reason as it marks my 500th post. I’m proud to see my blog still going strong. It was a struggle in 2015 when it didn’t appear I was getting readers as the views were low. Since the start of 2016, I experienced a sizeable growth, more growth than I ever expected, continuing on and even surpassing those numbers so far in 2017. For all you new bloggers out there, don’t give up, and try to keep a weekly schedule to keep the content coming.

Shapeshifters (2017) Review

Ever since I was a young boy, I’ve had an interest in the paranormal. I can thank Robert Stack and Unsolved Mysteries. Of course, like everything else, some aspects hold more interest than others. Also, like everything else, well, most things at least, there’s always more to learn. I’ve not heard a lot about shapeshifters, and I don’t think I’m alone. Sure, we all know werewolves, vampires, and maybe even a witch or two. There’s more to the phenomenon than good ideas for Halloween costumes. In his upcoming 2017 book, Shapeshifters: Morphing Monsters & Changing Cryptids, Nick Redfern opens our minds to many shapeshifting beings, as well as a few we may know with a different twist. Redfern’s graced many documentaries and television series’, notably the History Channel’s MonsterQuest and Ancient Aliens, so he does have a few qualifications.

Dying Hope

Strings of fire
Broken glass
Below the darkness
Come to pass