Posted by: Mark | January 15, 2017

Resolution Update 2

Last night I dreamt I was trapped in a house with 15 other people who were being murdered one by one. I’m not sure who most of them were but one was either Kevin Malone from The Office or the actor who played him, Brian Baumgartner (why him? No idea).

I think the killer was one of my cousins but I woke up before I could know for sure.

It’s been that kind of week.

1.   Run 730 miles – I needed 28 miles for week two but I’m ahead with 5.6 on the treadmill and 37.7 on the elliptical machine.

2.  5,000 push ups and 8,000 leg lifts – I needed 191.78 push ups and 306.84 leg lifts and have 199 push ups and 275 leg lifts.

3.  Lose 26 pounds  – I lost two pounds so far. That’s ahead of schedule but I think I’ll gain this week.

4.  Support 24 local artists – I missed a chance but I’ll try to recoup.

5. 42 manuscript submissions  – still nothing.

6. Write 40,000 words and five new stories – needed 1,534.24 words and have 2,004.

7.  Read all the New Testament  – Finished Paul’s epistle to the Romans and his first to the Corinthians.

8. Read The Nature of Things – haven’t started. 

9.  Finish Finnegan’s Wake  – Finished chapter 8, 191 pages out of 540.

10. 300 blog posts – Seven posts but needed 11.5.

Posted by: Mark | January 14, 2017

Finnegan’s Wake Chapter 8

My progress through Finnegan’s Wake is plodding along. I hope I’ll have it done by the end of the year. If not, there’s always 2018.

One thing that has slowed me down is Joyce’s use of the word “nigger.” I sludge through all sorts of vocabulary but that completely throws me off course.

It didn’t bother me in Faulkner because I expected it in dialogue set in rural Mississippi.  In Finnegan’s Wake, it doesn’t make sense. Of course, nothing really makes sense but that even less so.

Posted by: Mark | January 13, 2017

Not Impressive

I was hoping for a major weight loss for my first week but running and starving only got me two pounds. It’s better than nothing or gaining but it doesn’t seem worth it.

Afterwards I had a big dinner so I probably nullified whatever progress I made.

Posted by: Mark | January 12, 2017

R.I.P. McKinny

Back in February 15, 2015, I wrote about mistaking my aquatic frog for dead. Today was no mistake.

My mother-in-law got rid of the two frogs back in June 2010. One died shortly after I took them but the other guy lasted a while.

I have so many gerbils now that I probably won’t replace him so now his tank is his cenotaph.


Posted by: Mark | January 11, 2017

First Day of School

I’ve never taught a film class before but tonight went well. Only five students. Grading looks to be a breeze.

Posted by: Mark | January 8, 2017

Resolution Update #1

Not a great week but the year should get better:

1.   Run 730 miles –  off to a good start with 17.1 miles on the elliptical machine and 3.5 on the treadmill – 20.6 miles in all.

2.  5,000 push ups and 8,000 leg lifts – 61 push ups and 100 leg lifts, less than what I need.

3.  Lose 26 pounds  – I did lose weight since December 2016 but I’m going to officially start next week..

4.  Support 24 local artists – nothing.

5. 42 manuscript submissions  – nothing.

6. Write 40,000 words and five new stories – 782 words, about on track.

7.  Read all the New Testament  – nothing .

8. Read The Nature of Things – nothing .

9.  Finish Finnegan’s Wake  – nothing.

10. 300 blog posts – two,  short of what I should have.

Posted by: Mark | January 6, 2017

2017 Resolutions

After my dismal failure last year, I thought about not doing resolutions at all. Instead I’ll just tone them down.

1.   Run 730 miles (easier than last year).

2.  5,000 push ups and 8,000 leg lifts (same as last year).

3.  Lose 26 pounds  (same as last year).

4.  Support 24 local artists  (same as a few years ago)

5. 42 manuscript submissions  (much easier than last year).

6. Write 40,000 words and five new stories  (one-third of last year).

7.  Read all the New Testament  (basically the same as a few years ago).

8. Read The Nature of Things  (new).

9.  Finish Finnegan’s Wake  (seven chapters easier than last year).

10. 300 blog posts (about the same as a few years ago).

Not very inspiring but I want to give myself a chance.

Posted by: Mark | January 5, 2017

2016 Resolutions

I started doing New Year’s Resolutions on this blog back in 2012. I’ve gone 60% in 2012, 70% in 2013 and 2014, and 65% in 2015. 2016 was a miserable 10%.

1. Writing (Goal – 120,000 words/finish five stories):  Failed – only 38,664 words and four stories. 40,000 words is considered a short novel. I only managed a novella.

2. Publishing (Send out 110 manuscripts): Failed – only 15, the worst I’ve done since 2008.

3. Read Finnegan’s Wake: Failed – Read up to chapter 7, 170 of 540 pages.

4. Read Shakespeare’s sonnets: Actually did it.

5. Visit five new libraries: Failed – only three.

6. 5,000 Push ups/8,000 Leg lifts: Failed – 2,189 and 3,130.

7. Running: 1,500 miles:  Failed – 374.58.

8. Lose 26 pounds: Failed – gained weight.

9. 100 photos of different species: Failed – only about 70.

10. Year of Mercy: Failed – 2 of 14 goals.

The year was bad overall but I just lost interest after a while.

Posted by: Mark | December 30, 2016



You don’t see too many people taking their ferrets for a walk. He did have an accident inside but was much smaller than a dog and less smelly than a cat.

Posted by: Mark | December 23, 2016

Little Lobsters



A new set of lobsters came to the shop, one red, one white, and one blue. The picture of the white one didn’t come out well but the others look okay.


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