Posted by: Mark | June 22, 2018

Forgotten?

Yeah, this room could use some fish.

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Posted by: Mark | June 22, 2018

Second Room

I’m in the second waiting room. This one doesn’t have any fish. I don’t know what to think.

Posted by: Mark | June 22, 2018

At The Doctor’s

Waiting for my appointment. There’s a fish tank here so, if my theory is right, it shouldn’t be too long.

Posted by: Mark | June 19, 2018

King in Yellow

I finished The King in Yellow much sooner than expected. Despite being an influence on H.P. Lovecraft and writing decades before H.P., Robert Chambers wrote in a much more accessible style.

I was thrown that the last half of the book is a dramatic switch from the first. I’ll post about after I let it sit for a while.

Posted by: Mark | June 18, 2018

Resolution Update 24

Several good days in a row followed by a drop. Going to the doctor’s on Friday.

1.   Run 730 miles: 10.1 miles on the elliptical, 2.2 on the treadmill for 145.3 miles for the year.

2.  5,000 push ups and 8,000 leg lifts: 469 push ups and 325 leg lifts.

3.  Lose 26 pounds: didn’t weigh in once again.

4.  Send out 100 resumes: one.

5. Send out 50 manuscripts: 30.

6. Write 60,000 words and five new stories: 18,780 words and three new stories.

7. Visit five new libraries: four–the Wyoming, Price Hill and Clifton branches of the Cincinnati Library, and the Alexandria branch of Campbell County.

8. Read ten new H.P. Lovecraft stories: Complete

“Celephais,”
“The Other Gods,”
“The Moon-Bog,”
”The Street,”
”The Doom That Came to Sarnath,”
“Polaris,”
“The Alchemist,”
“The Music of Erich Zann,”
“Dreams in the Witch House,” and
“The White Ship.”

9.  Read 12 works: Complete.

Finished James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as A Young Man,
Shakespeare’s long poetry,
Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine,
Virgil’s Aeneid,
Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God,
Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart,
Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire, and
Plautus’s Comedy of Asses, The Haunted House, Curculio, The Pot of Gold, and The Captives

10. 301 blog posts: this is 139. The streak is dead.

11. Read Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery and Other Stories. Complete.

12. Read Camus’ The Stranger. Complete.

13. Read James Joyce’s Dubiners. Complete.

14. Read H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness. Complete.

15. Read C.S Lewis’s Out of the Silent Planet: Complete.

16. Read The Shadow over Innsmouth, The Dunwich Horror, and The Colour out of Space. Complete.

17. Read The Canterbury Tales. Complete.

18. Read Robert Chamber’s The King in Yellow, H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Haunter in the Dark,” “The Whisperer of the Darkness,” and “The Shadow Out of Time.” Still on The King in Yellow.

Posted by: Mark | June 17, 2018

Secret Hitler

I played Secret Hitler for the first time today. Normally I don’t like hidden identity games but this had more than the typical “Killer” game.

The players are randomly divided into liberals and fascists, one of the fascists being the secret Hitler. Both teams attempt to pass five pieces of legislation to win.

Games like this depend on the players. They are very easy to cheat and bad liars are at a disadvantage. I wouldn’t recommend for or against it without knowing the group who was going to play. For honest groups that can keep a good poker face, it’s worth a look.

Posted by: Mark | June 16, 2018

No Betta Report

It used to be that I always had a betta report on Saturdays. That hasn’t happened since March before the operation.

The bettas don’t look like they’re doing badly so my efforts weren’t as important as I’d thought. I can’t say I miss cleaning them but it was something to do.

Posted by: Mark | June 13, 2018

One Off

On May 13, I began an unprecedented streak of posting every day for a month. . . except one. That’s not much of an accomplishment but, as I continue to deteriorate, I’m taking what I can.

I have a doctor’s appointment in nine days. That probably won’t solve much of what’s wrong with me but at least I’ll be able to use the “fish tank in the waiting room” post. That’s become something that I look forward to.

Posted by: Mark | June 12, 2018

18th Resolution

I finished The Canterbury Tales much quicker than expected. I’m glad I made it a resolution or I never would have read it but in retrospect, I should have made it harder.

I was going to make my 18th resolution be to read Robert Chambers’ The King in Yellow. I have an unfinished short story based on it and I have made several unsuccessful attempts to finish it.

To make it more of a challenge, I’ll tack on Lovecraft’s “The Whisperer in Darkness,” “The Haunter of the Dark,” and “The Shadow Out of Time.”

That should take a while.

Posted by: Mark | June 11, 2018

Resolution Update 23

Feeling horrible but it could be worse.

1.   Run 730 miles: 8.6 miles on the elliptical, 5.3 on the treadmill for 133 miles for the year.

2.  5,000 push ups and 8,000 leg lifts: 457 push ups and 325 leg lifts. No change.

3.  Lose 26 pounds: didn’t weigh in once again.

4.  Send out 100 resumes: one.

5. Send out 50 manuscripts: 30.

6. Write 60,000 words and five new stories: 17,622 words and three new stories.

7. Visit five new libraries: four–the Wyoming, Price Hill and Clifton branches of the Cincinnati Library, and the Alexandria branch of Campbell County.

8. Read ten new H.P. Lovecraft stories: Complete

“Celephais,”
“The Other Gods,”
“The Moon-Bog,”
”The Street,”
”The Doom That Came to Sarnath,”
“Polaris,”
“The Alchemist,”
“The Music of Erich Zann,”
“Dreams in the Witch House,” and
“The White Ship.”

9.  Read 12 works: Complete.

Finished James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as A Young Man,
Shakespeare’s long poetry,
Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine,
Virgil’s Aeneid,
Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God,
Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart,
Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire, and
Plautus’s Comedy of Asses, The Haunted House, Curculio, The Pot of Gold, and The Captives

10. 301 blog posts: this is 134.

11. Read Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery and Other Stories. Complete.

12. Read Camus’ The Stranger. Complete.

13. Read James Joyce’s Dubiners. Complete.

14. Read H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness. Complete.

15. Read C.S Lewis’s Out of the Silent Planet: Complete.

16. Read The Shadow over Innsmouth, The Dunwich Horror, and The Colour out of Space. Complete.

17. Read The Canterbury Tales. Complete.

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