My Poem “Bowie and Me”

Every day of the week
I head down to Dudley Street
to meet, to greet, and to speak
with the one and the only
David Bowie,
and every time I see him
he talks to me and
he communicates so much to me
without even having to say a word
how lucky we all are to be alive
and walking the streets and the paths
of this world –
and every time I see him
I get this instant flash
of inspiration,
like a bolt of lightning,
that I try to imbue
into the art that I create
which always follows
my divine-like encounter with “Bowie”
who waits tirelessly for me
against a wall of blue
on Dudley Street like a gate-keeper
and a guide to a world of
wonder, imagination, and self-discovery.


“Bowie” by Annatomix – Dudley Street, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Happy Birthday, David Bowie!

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It was 3 years ago that I started writing a short-story in tribute to the late great @davidbowie following his death called "The Man in Black"… and it was almost a year ago that that short-story and the six others that followed it , which are all connected spiritually to one another, were published… and seeing as today is David Bowie's birthday I would like to publicly dedicate my book "Playing God" again to David. David Bowie inspired the powerful protagonist of my book of stories, just as he inspired me to write the stories that I wrote and to have the book that I had published. My book "Playing God" and the stories within will always be my life-long gift and tribute to David Bowie – and I hope that wherever he is he is watching over us just as we will continue to look up and be inspired by him! Happy Birthday, Starman! Happy Birthday, David! ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿคฉโญ๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ #DavidBowie #HappyBirthday #PlayingGod #MarkHastings #ZelooMedia #book #dedicated #tribute

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“Let’s Dance…”

Playing God is here…

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My new book Playing God is finally here and in my hands! I put so much of myself into this book and into its protagonist and into every one of the seven stories within – but this book is also profoundly my own tribute to David Bowie as well! Every story is dedicated to David Bowie in one way or another, and you could say that the main protagonist is the most uber David Bowie fan that ever was! But this is not a book about David Bowie, nor are it's stories – however this book was definitely inspired by David Bowie and I wrote it in memory of him. I hope everybody enjoys reading my book as much as I enjoyed writing it! ๐Ÿ˜Š #MyNewBook #PlayingGod #MarkHastings #DavidBowie #stories #writer

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My Poem “A Space-car named Desire”

A car has been launched into space…
A cherry red Tesla Roadster is now the first man-made vehicle
participating in a new space-race…
A sports-car that might ordinarily be found
cruising down the highways
and the roads of an Earthbound human city
is now orbiting Earth and broadcasting
The Best of David Bowie
while on its way and at the beginning
of a billion year-old life and journey –
and I don’t know about you,
but the thought of such a thing
happening in my lifetime is truly
amazing and awe-inspiring…
The thought and the knowledge that we are now
living in a time and in a world when and where
anything is possible and anything that can be imagined
is achievable, to me is wondrous –
and it is ingenious innovators and visionaries
like Elon Musk who we have to thank
for keeping alive and stoking the fire of
the human condition and refueling the human drive
to be spellbound, amazed, and inspired –
and what better way to show an example
of our collective human ingenuity
and our indomitable human spirit
than to launch a car into space atop of a rocket,
propelled, among other things,
by dreams, imagination, and a boundless desire.

My novelette ‘The Man In Black’ is out now!

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“I began writing this short-story in the summer of 2016, following the untimely death of one of our greatest and most gifted artists, icons, musicians, and inspirations, David Bowie – who died on the 10th of January, 2016. After he died I was so shocked to hear of his passing, and like most people I sort-out his music and I listened to everything he had ever made and created – and I also saw countless artists and musicians paying their own personal and heart-felt tributes to “David Bowie” in any way that they could: through music, through art – and I too wanted to contribute something. I wrote a poem dedicated and in honour of David Bowie after he died, called “Always the Starman“, and I shared it for other people to read. However, I was itching to write a new poem or a new short-story that spoke about things that I wanted to say… and that was when the initial idea for my story “The Man in Black” came to life and I began writing it. “David Bowie” walked into this story all by himself, just like the “Man in Black” does, and he naturally made himself at home in it – and in my story he will always be. Throughout my writing of my short-story I listened to David Bowie’s music continuously, and I hope that I have captured a part of his spirit. This is not a story about “David Bowie” per se, but it is a story inspired by him. I hope you enjoy it!”ย -Mark