SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK
(My wife wrote a column for me this week because I was indisposed, which is to say I was in the hospital with agonizing abdominal pain. Emily tried to write it the way I would have, as if it was me writing. But it was shorter than my normal, and since I’m feeling a bit better now I thought I’d comment on her story. If you see it in parenthesis,…Continue
Added by Mark R Hunter on March 28, 2013 at 3:51pm — No Comments
I haven’t been around much recently; of course, you could all probably use a rest after my spamming during the So You Think You Can Write Contest. We’ve been going through some medical problems and a few other issues lately that have kept me largely offline.
In other words, my plan to blog regularly has come to naught. I’ll try harder.
Just to update you, I’ve turned back to working on the fire history book, going through photos to include and looking a…Continue
Added by Mark R Hunter on November 5, 2012 at 5:46am — No Comments
Thanks to everyone for your prayers and good wishes concerning my nephew. He came through surgery just fine -- it went faster than they expected -- and is in recovery at Riley's Children's Hospital in Indianapolis.
When I tell people about my new novel, Coming Attractions, one of the first things they ask is how I came up with the idea of a romantic comedy about a drive-in movie theater.
The answer is…Continue
Added by Mark R Hunter on October 5, 2012 at 6:43pm — No Comments
I wanted to make a quick announcement and an appeal. First, the not so important thing: Starting tomorrow I'll start a series of posts telling of the development and writing of my novel Coming Attractions -- some looks at how it came to be, details about characters and locations, and so on. As you know, that novel is my entry in Harlequin's So You Think You Can Write contest, here:…Continue
Added by Mark R Hunter on October 4, 2012 at 11:38pm — No Comments
So, did ya miss me?
I’ve been sparse online due to a double combo of sinus infection and bronchitis, which left me unwilling to do much of anything except sleep and whine – and you don’t want to hear me whine. Except maybe in my columns, where I do it for the funny. (I actually wrote this yesterday … which is good, because I feel worse today.)
I’ll try to make up for it by posting something every day during the ten day voting period for…
Added by Mark R Hunter on September 30, 2012 at 6:24pm — No Comments
SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK
Note: All of the events recorded here really happened, as currently being vetted by the Guinness Book of World Records (“worst vacation ever”); however, the order and exact date have been changed, due to author laziness in not recording them.
Day One: Took three full weeks of vacation this summer! I need it: The only job that sees more horror than an emergency dispatcher is Joe Biden’s…Continue
Added by Mark R Hunter on August 30, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments
I’m having a colonoscopy tomorrow, and it gave me an idea for how to increase sales of my novel and short story collection.
Now, hear me out.
As all fourteen of my regular readers know, I have a newspaper column, and often use my personal experiences as material to fill those 52 pieces a year. But the question is, does anyone want to hear yet another description of one of the most disturbing medical procedures a male ever goes…Continue
Added by Mark R Hunter on August 9, 2012 at 9:24pm — No Comments
Yes, yes, I know … I was supposed to spend the weekend promoting (i.e. pushing, and/or selling) my short story collection. Well, let me tell you a short story: In the last week and a half my grandmother was taken by ambulance to the hospital (she’s back home now), my mother came down with pneumonia, Emily’s aunt was hospitalized, Emily was diagnosed with pharyngitis, and … well, is it any wonder that I started suffering abdominal pain? Ulcer, here I come.
Except that after…Continue
Added by Mark R Hunter on June 19, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments
In a world where it seems like everyone’s just going in circles, it’s nice to know some people are doing it for a reason.
In 1985, one man decided he’d circle a track for 24 hours. I know, crazy – right? He must be a mental case, or the worst kind of out of touch person: a politician. But no, it turns out he did it in an attempt to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
Added by Mark R Hunter on March 29, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments
My stepfather was recently diagnosed with bladder and prostate cancer (some of you might remember that the doctors have been keeping a close eye on me due to high Prostate Specific Antigen [PSA] levels), so this is a bit personal to me, this year.
The Noble County Relay For Life has its first sponsors for the 2012 season – but that’s just the beginning.
This year’s annual American Cancer Society fundraiser will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday,…Continue
Added by Mark R Hunter on January 31, 2012 at 1:21pm — No Comments