Posted by: Mark | July 3, 2018

The Misanthrope

I’m swinging at resolution 19–I’ve finished The Misanthrope. The version I read doesn’t hold up to Tartuffe or The Miser but it might be because I had a bad translation (it’s from 1909 with suspect word choice).

The Would-Be Gentleman started off strong but I’ll see.

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Posted by: Mark | July 2, 2018

Resolution Update 26

The second half of the year doesn’t look bright.

1.   Run 730 miles: 13.0 miles on the elliptical, 3.8 on the treadmill for 180.1 miles for the year.

2.  5,000 push ups and 8,000 leg lifts: 481 push ups and 325 leg lifts.

3.  Lose 26 pounds: up 11.9 pounds for the year.

4.  Send out 100 resumes: one.

5. Send out 50 manuscripts: 31.

6. Write 60,000 words and five new stories: 21,268 words and five 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 151.

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.” Complete.

19. Read Moliere’s The Misanthrope and The Would-Be Gentleman. Working.

Posted by: Mark | June 30, 2018

State of the Resolutions

As the last day of June slips away, the odds of making all my resolutions grows longer.

1.   Run 730 miles: What I have: 179.0 miles. Will I  make it: It’s a long shot but I’ve beat longer distances before

2.  5,000 push ups and 8,000 leg lifts: What I have:  481 push ups and 325 leg lifts. Will I make it: almost certainly not. Probably shouldn’t have made this with the possibility of upcoming abdominal surgery.

3.  Lose 26 pounds: What I have: a gain of 11.9 pounds. Will I make it: highly unlikely.

4.  Send out 100 resumes: What I have: one. Will I make it: it doesn’t feel right to apply for a job when I don’t know the extent of my cancer. Plus I don’t feel like it.

5. Send out 50 manuscripts: What I have: 31. Will I make it: good chance.

6. Write 60,000 words and five new stories: What I have: 20,983 words and five new stories. Will I make it: long shot.

7. Visit five new libraries: What I have: four. Will I make it: highly likely.

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

9.  Read 12 works: Complete.

10. 301 blog posts: What I have: 150. Will I make it: Depending on how many doctors I go to.

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.” Complete.

19. Read The Misanthrope and The Would-Be Gentleman. What I have: Almost finished with The Misanthrope. Will I make it: probably next week.

 

I’m guessing I’ll end with 13 wins, six losses, and whatever I come up after resolution 19.

Posted by: Mark | June 28, 2018

19th Resolution

I finished “The Shadow Out of Time” and am ready for resolution 19. It’s another of the “been meaning to read that but never actually would unless I tie a resolution to it.”

Back in grad school, I was supposed to read The Misanthrope but never did. I ordered it from the library last week and when I checked it out, saw that the play is much shorter than expected.

To make it resolution-worthy, I will read The Misanthrope and the other play in the collection, The Would-be Gentleman aka The Bourgeois Gentleman.

That’s still pretty easy but, given my physical shape, I’ll set the bar low.

Posted by: Mark | June 27, 2018

Nine Years, Nine Months

I tried to workout on the elliptical machine but didn’t get much in before feeling like I was going to die.

That got me thinking so I took some “how long will you live” tests.

The first wasn’t very thorough but gave me nine years and nine months.

The next was just age and sex. It said I had 35 years, nine months.

The next was fairly complicated and said 34 years, nine months.

The rest involved zombies.

My conclusion: these tests are shots in the dark and I wasted a fraction of the time I have left by bothering with them.

 

Posted by: Mark | June 26, 2018

Haunter of the Dark

I finished “The Haunter of the Dark” and realized that I read it 30-some years ago. Back then I thought it had Lovecraft’s best ending and it still holds up. I guess it still counts as a resolution.

Posted by: Mark | June 25, 2018

Resolution Update 25

The tests from the doctor on Friday are generally good but doesn’t explain what’s wrong with me. Another visit to another doctor in a few weeks.

1.   Run 730 miles: 13.2 miles on the elliptical, 4.8 on the treadmill for 163.3 miles for the year.

2.  5,000 push ups and 8,000 leg lifts: 481 push ups and 325 leg lifts.

3.  Lose 26 pounds: according to the doctor’s scale, I’m up 11.9 pounds for the year.

4.  Send out 100 resumes: one.

5. Send out 50 manuscripts: 30.

6. Write 60,000 words and five new stories: 20,961 words and five 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 146.

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.” Finished The King in Yellow and The Whisperer of the Darkness.

Posted by: Mark | June 24, 2018

20,000 Words

My goal for 2018 was to write 60,000 words and finish five stories. I wrapped up my fifth story yesterday and finally hit 20,961 words. I should be close to 30,000 to be on track for 60,000 but at least I’m producing something.

Posted by: Mark | June 23, 2018

Whisperer in Darkness

As slow as the doctor was, I was quick in finishing “The Whisperer in Darkness.” (What a transition!) On to “The Haunter in the Dark.”  (Much easier transition there.)

Posted by: Mark | June 22, 2018

Forgotten?

Yeah, this room could use some fish.

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