Of Mice and Men

Posted by martin.parnell |

Book Quest 80,000:

  • Complete initial manuscript: July 10th 2011
  • Total words (target): 80,000
  • Words actual (todate): 3165
  • Words target (Feb 27th): 4000

Comrades Marathon Training:

  • Race Date: Sunday May 29th 2011
  • Race Distance: 89km
  • Training Km's Target (Jan 1st to May 28th): 1292km
  • Training Km's Actual: 156km (1.1%)

My writing career has started. So far this week I've written 3,165 words and they're all very good words. I'm sure Sue will have something to say about them but I haven't shown them to her yet. I've set myself a target of 4,000 a week which means, hopefully, I'll have finished the first pass of "M is for Marathon" by mid July. Someone asked me if it's a who-dun-it. Silly question, we know who did it. I'm looking for a publisher so if you know of anyone who's looking for the next Harry Potter, but instead of magic it's about running, tell them to contact me.

On another literary front, I've submitted my first article to the Cochrane Eagle. They asked me to do a series of articles on ultra running, the Comrades Marathon and my trip to Benin to visit children participating in Right To Play programs. My first effort is "Every thing you wanted to know about Ultra running but were afraid to ask". Check it out in the March 2nd edition.

Of Mice and Men is a brilliant novel written by Nobel Prize winning author John Steinbeck and published in 1937. It's about two ranch hands, George and Lennie, during the Great Depression in California. The title is also very applicable to a recent study carried out by Canadian scientists on the effects of exercise on the health of mice. The study, by researchers at McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario, found that signs of premature aging were halted - and even reversed - in virtually every tissue and organ in the bodies of mice that exercised. I found the report very interesting but I think there are some key questions still to be answered:

  • How did they get heart rate monitors small enough for the mice?
  • Did the mice have special running shoes or did they go barefoot?
  • Have the qualifying times for Boston been changed to accommodate mice?

If you have any other burning questions about mice and exercise let me know.

Dr Randolph Randolph's book of animal jokes (Spider's)

Q. What did the wife spider say to her husband when he tried to explain why he was late?
A. Your spinning me a yarn here!

Quote of the Day

"The pen is mighter than the sword"

Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Are you Man or Mouse?????


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