Thursday, May 31, 2012

Ben Sobieck - Crime Writer. Enjoy.

This is the blog of Benjamin (Ben) Sobieck the crime writer. The genre tags like `crime writer', `fantasy writer', `horror writer', are thrown around far too easily. A writer is a writer. We all express the same truths through different avenues. To me, Ben Sobieck is a writer and really fine one. I hope you enjoy his work here. He needs no further introduction.

New Release: Maynard Soloman Smokes the World's Problems

6 Funny Detective Stories - Maynard Soloman Smokes the World's Problems is available exclusively at Amazon for $3.19. That's a heckuva deal since the six individual short stories go for 99 cents a pop.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Secrets That You Knew: Original Songs by Joshua J. Mark

I thought, for a change of pace, I'd post my eleven songs on the blog today. They have nothing to do with ancient history, ghosts, or literature. I used to play them, or some of them anyway, when I played out in local venues and decided to record them a few years ago. They would probably best be defined as folk-rock, `new country', or alternative. I am registered with BMI as a song writer and the songs are all on the All Songs/ Music Dealers site. I wrote the lyrics and music and performed all eleven you'll hear. I hope you enjoy them.

Here's the YouTube video of `Secrets That You Knew':

And the YouTube video for `Alone Now In The Darkness:

Thanks for listening! Hope you liked them.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Ancient Planet Magazine Premier Issue - Free!

This is the premier issue of Ancient Planet Magazine featuring articles ranging from the excavation of Troy to the Minoans to the Egyptian Afterlife and Mesopotamian poetry. My piece on `The Descent of Inanna' is included among many interesting articles and is complemented by original art work by Ms. Ashley Maurer, an excellent and very talented artist.  If ancient history is your passion, or even a passing interest, I think you'd have a great time with this magazine. It's like a mini-vacation you can take at your computer and it's Free. Conceived of and edited by Mr. Ioannis Georgopoulos, the publication is beautifully done and I'm proud to be included in it. Hope you enjoy.

The Inanna article abstract: The Sumerian poem, The Descent of Inanna, has been interpreted by some modern writers as depicting a `psychological journey toward wholeness’. This modern-day interpretation cannot be supported by the text itself and, certainly, the poem would not have been understood in such a light by an ancient audience. This paper explains the reasons why this is so through analysis of the poem in historical context.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

An Interview with the Menacing Joshua J. Mark

This is Luis Vera's interview with me concerning the anthology `Burning Bridges' which features my story `Safety First' among the tales. The interview also touches upon my never-to-be-realized plan to rid myself of the four cats in the house who continually plot my doom. `Burning Bridges' is a top-notch anthology which I'm proud to be a part of. The stories reward a reader's time and consideration and I hope you enjoy it. The book may be found on Smashwords or Amazon.