Posted by: Mark | April 26, 2018

10,000 Words

One of my goals for the year is to write 60,000 words. I finally finished 10,000, meaning that I’m about two months behind schedule. Maybe things will pick up if I can stay out of the hospital.

Posted by: Mark | April 26, 2018

Choose Wisely


One of these squeaky toys is twice as large as the other. Can you guess which one costs more?

If so, you’re smarter than the customer who argued about it for 35 minutes

Posted by: Mark | April 25, 2018

12th Resolution

I finished Shirley Jackson’s collection of short stories, The Lottery and Other Stories. It was different from what I had expected.

Next I’ll try for Camus’ The Stranger. Years ago I was mocked for not having read it. I’ll finally be avenged.

Posted by: Mark | April 24, 2018

Three in Class Three

Three students eventually showed up and two of them had to leave early.

Well, the final exam is next week.

Posted by: Mark | April 24, 2018

Third Class

I feel like hell but I’m ready for class. . . except that no students are here and class has officially started.

This should be fun.

Posted by: Mark | April 23, 2018

Resolution Update 16

Still limping along.

1.   Run 730 miles: walked 1.1 miles on the treadmill and 5.3 on the elliptical for 22.8 miles for the year.

2.  5,000 push ups and 8,000 leg lifts: 421 push ups and 325 leg lifts. No change.

3.  Lose 26 pounds: lost 1.2 pounds for 3.5 for the year.

4.  Send out 100 resumes: nothing.

5. Send out 50 manuscripts: six.

6. Write 60,000 words and five new stories: 9,191 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

“The Other Gods,”
“The Moon-Bog,”
”The Street,”
”The Doom That Came to Sarnath,”
“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, Curculio, The Pot of Gold,and The Captives

10. 301 blog posts: this is 76.

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

Posted by: Mark | April 22, 2018

An Empty Month

It’s been a month since surgery and I am far behind average progress. I probably shouldn’t be going to work. Pretty much in any other industrialized country in the world, it would be different but at least here I can buy an assault rifle in case of zombies.

I did finish Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery and Other Stories. I should post about that later.


Posted by: Mark | April 20, 2018

Gerbil Jailbreak II

I didn’t exactly search every henhouse, every outhouse, and every cathouse yesterday when the gerbils chewed through their cage.

Last night about midnight one decided to start running around the living room. It wasn’t hard to catch but I realized that I never counted the gerbils in the cage to figure out how many escaped.

Later about 4:30, I heard one in my closet and realized I still hadn’t counted. I caught the third fugitive but without my contacts, I couldn’t tell how many were in the cage.

This morning they all seemed there but now I can’t remember how many were there to begin with.

If I lived in the DC Universe, I would be top pick to run Arkham Asylum.

Posted by: Mark | April 19, 2018

Gerbil Jailbreak

Once again a gerbil chewed through the top of his cage and crawled out. It took a long time and moving furniture but I finally tricked him into the open and grabbed him.

If I have to buy another cage, I’m getting a boa constrictor.

Posted by: Mark | April 18, 2018

11th Resolution

I’m doing terribly on my 2018 resolutions but I finished the reading list. After a few setbacks, I decided to read Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery and Other Stories. I read “The Lottery” ages ago but haven’t seen any other stories in the book.

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