My Review of Spartacus: War of the Damned episode #1

Spartacus-War-of-the-Damned_Key-Art-400x600The Spartacus franchise for the Starz network has always had a tenuous relationship with the historical record. While the show maybe based on the historical figure that helped incite the Third Servile War, showrunner Stephen S. DeKnight has never hesitated with changing some of the more unsuitable aspects of the account.

I’ve been a fan of the show from the very beginning, and the first season, Spartacus: Blood and Sand, still stands as my absolute favorite of the quartet. The stylized presentation of violence, inspired by the film 300, helped make the show popular, and while I thoroughly enjoyed those exaggerated battle scenes and subsequent beheadings (not to mention the steamy sex scenes), it was really DeKnight’s ability to draw the characters that kept me coming back to the show.

While the tragic loss of original Spartacus player Andy Whitfield seemed to doom the franchise. Starz backed the show and recast the role with another unknown actor in Liam McIntyre. He’s done a serviceable job carrying the mantle, but he’ll never outshine the star that was developing in Andy Whitfield. Originally marked for a five to seven season run, the Spartacus franchise opened its final season last night.

You can check out my review of the episode, ‘Enemies of Rome’, here.

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

We’re sort of in the dead center of awards season, you know with the Golden Globes having just passed and the SAG Awards and Writers’ ‘Guild Awards coming up, and whaddaya know–I’m getting an award, too! It turns out Blog Love does get returned, as I’ve been nominated as a Very Inspiring Blogger.

Much Blog Love to Charles Yallowitz for nominating me. His blog, Legends of Windemere, is awesome and I highly recommend you follow his work, which gives an interesting insight on his approach to fiction and how he’s crafting not only his stories but the characters as well. You won’t be disappointed. Check out his post on being named a Very Inspiring Blog here.


Very Inspirational Blogger

The Award comes with a few rules:

  1. Display the Award logo
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you
  3. State 7 Facts about yourself
  4. Nominate 15 other Bloggers for this award and link to them

Facts About Yours Truly

  1.  Last night at a wedding with my wife, the father of the bride came over to me, patted me on the shoulder, smiled under his mustache, and said: “You’ve gained some weight.” Ouch. Not cool.
  2. This blog has gained 43 followers since its inception less than two months ago. I think that’s pretty cool.
  3. I’ve gained valuable story experience teaching literature at the high school and middle school levels over the last 10 years.
  4. I’ve begrudgingly gained respect for those published authors that once upon a time I thought were crap. They’ve done something I’ve yet to accomplish. More power to them.
  5. When my wife and I bought our first house late last year, I finally gained a writing space to call my own!
  6. I’ve gained enough knowledge to craft a publishable story, now it’s just a matter of putting it all together.
  7. I have gained weight. But I didn’t need to be told by a passing acquaintance that I’ve gained weight. Doesn’t that go against some wedding etiquette code or some unwritten social rule? Sheesh.

Other Inspirational Bloggers

And now to spread some more Blog Love! While I haven’t been a WordPresser for very long (about two months), I have come across some fantastic sites. Sites that certainly inspire me to push myself and my writing, to be better and to be here more often. Check them out. You won’t be disappointed.

  1. The Ranting Papzilla
  2. Ashley Jillian
  3. The Jiggly Bits
  4. Shannon A. Thompson
  5. Mike Reuther
  6. Laura B. Williams Designs
  7. The Collaborative Writer
  8. Marsha Lee
  9. The Lily Pad
  10. The Novel Reviewer
  11. Michelle Proulx
  12. Making His Mark
  13. The Voices In His Head
  14. Matthew Milson
  15. Candid Concourse

There you have it, folks. Check out these blogs. Don’t forget to check out the Legends of Windemere. And don’t forget to check back in here at for my upcoming work.


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