KingMidget's Ramblings

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About the name.  I was the youngest of four.  Until I got to kindergarten, I didn’t have much to say.  All I had to do to get what I wanted was to point, and a sibling, or loving parent, would fulfill my request.  As a result, my father coined the nickname — King Midget.  At least that’s the way the story goes.  (Edited on February 11, 2012:  My father let me in on a secret.  The title wasn’t an original thought in his head.  Instead, way back when, there were cars called King Midget cars.  I’ve mentioned it here on this blog somewhere.  I’m devastated it wasn’t created out of the original brilliance of my father’s head.  OK, maybe not.  I still like the name.  I’m neither a King nor a midget.
I am a father, husband, friend, and lover, writer, runner, pizza maker, baker, and many other things.  What I am not is my occupation.  It is my job that pays the bills and provides for my family.  But, it does not define me.

100 Things About Me.

My Bucket List:

1.  Shag fly balls during batting practice before a Giants game.  And, hopefully, not tear my ACL like Mariano Rivera.

2.  Live on the Oregon Coast.

3.  Have one of my published works noticed by somebody.  Anybody.  Of course, I’ve gotta get my novels out there to have any chance at this.

4.  Make a pizza with an egg on it.  (Achieved many times in 2011 and 2012.)

5.  See a game at Fenway and Wrigley before it’s too late.  (Added 5/27/12)

6.  Purchase a Tear Drop Camper.  (Added 5/27/12)

7.  Conquer my fear of roller coasters.  (Added on 6/24/12, but accomplished 6/19/12-6/21/12)

8.  Ride a real roller coaster, not of the Disneyland variety.  (Added on 7/12/12)

9.  Corollary to #3 above — Publish a Novel.  (Added on 7/12/12, accomplished 7/15/12)

10.  Corollary to the corollary — Publish a Novel via the traditional publisher route.  (Added on 7/12/12)

11.  Hike Thunder Mountain by Silver Lake (added on 7/15/12)

12.  Bicycle the Mormon Immigrant Trail (added on 7/15/12)  This will be a tough one for me, but my goal is to do it within the next year.  It’s about 25 miles of two lane mountain road that goes mostly uphill … but then it’s a 25 mile return, mostly downhill.  Haven’t bicycled much and I hate hills.  Time to start training.

13.  See the Northern Lights.  (added on 7/15/12)


81 responses to “About

  1. Kalikiano Kalei March 8, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    G’day Mark,
    Amazing what one learns about one’s colleagues at STO (thanks to the latest STO Newsletter). Never knew you were a fellow wordslinger! I’ll be taking a look at some of your offerings shortly. Meanwhile, as reciprocity, here’s the URL to my own primary writing site. As you can tell, my style is much more eclectic, as perhaps befits an unreconstructed, politically incorrect, ex-Berkeley, kama’aina, born-again-Bohemian.
    Cheers, Kaliki

  2. wcreport April 14, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    How’s it going? I just started a site called Watercooler Report (, and am looking for contributors. The idea of the site is to have anyone be able to post their opinion about recent news, as well as interesting news. Would you be interested in posting some of your material there, possibly under Politics? The site still is almost live, and I can make a contributor account for you if you like (I need your name and email to do so). You could write a short bio in the author section, and hopefully it could help you get some extra publicity if it picks up. Let me know if you would be interested.


  3. Carrie Rubin August 20, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    I don’t often go to someone’s blog and download their book right away (really, I don’t), but when I clicked on the Amazon link to “One Night in Bridgeport,” I was immediately intrigued. Then I opened the first chapter and got hooked right away. So it’s now waiting in my queue to be read. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog so I could be transported to yours. And congrats on your books. 🙂

    • kingmidget August 21, 2012 at 12:11 am

      I think Rose at butimbeautiful is on to something. Us publishing bloggers need to support each other. I’ve downloaded her book now and will be reading it as well. And, thanks for the feedback that my blurb intrigued you … that’s the hardest part of this whole publishing thing … trying to write something that will capture a reader’s interest. Glad I caught yours.

      • Carrie Rubin August 21, 2012 at 12:34 am

        I read Rose’s book. I loved it. Her main character is quite the personality.

        I usually stick to thrillers, but by reading other bloggers’ books, I’ve branched out a little in some other genres, which is always a good thing.

        And, yes, writing blurbs is difficult. It’s challenging to find a balance between not sounding overly dramatic but still getting the point across in just a few words.

      • kingmidget August 21, 2012 at 1:35 pm

        I had the help of two people who had read drafts of Bridgeport. They helped me by taking out a lot of details — they felt I was giving too much away — and also with picking the right descriptive words. That kind of help is invaluable.

      • Carrie Rubin August 21, 2012 at 2:08 pm

        Very true. It’s hard to be objective about our own work, especially after having read it hundreds of times.

  4. Trent Lewin September 9, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Well, we have something in common, because I compare everything to baseball players, and I also fear roller coasters terribly.

  5. oliviaobryon November 10, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Hey– can you email me your best contact email address? I only have your work one and have some self-publishing info that I’d like to forward you. Happy Saturday!

  6. Teeny Bikini January 19, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Congrats on all of your success. Impressive. Especially the pizza with an egg on it. Sounds delish 😉

    • kingmidget January 19, 2013 at 7:02 pm

      Thank you. Still working on a lot of other accomplishments in the days, months and years ahead. The egg on pizza … definitely a winner.

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  9. mdog32 July 24, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Excellent bucket list!! I too have one and enjoy reading others for new ideas of things to do. Keep up the great work on knocking things off the list.

    • kingmidget July 24, 2013 at 5:09 pm

      Thank you. It’s been awhile since I updated it. This is just the kick in the pants I need to do that.

  10. ioniamartin August 4, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Oregon coast makes me jealous. Oh Brookings, how I doth Love thee.

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  12. Help Me Help Holly ♥ September 8, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Hi Mark, for some reason your email address has disappeared out of my Hotmail contacts?? So just wanted to say thank you for the review on When Stars Collide 🙂 Do you remember offhand what any of the issues with the writing were? (so I can try and improve them). I’m about half way through Weed Therapy and loving it. Not getting a lot of time to read at the moment but I am getting there and will get a review up as soon as I finish 🙂 Thanks again! x

  13. Jennwith2ns September 23, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Thanks so much for following the Jenn stories! I’m honoured. I also like your bucket list.

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  15. atkokosplace October 23, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    I love that, “What I am not is my occupation. It is my job that pays the bills and provides for my family. But, it does not define me”. Great story about your name! All the best to you, Koko

  16. El Guapo March 6, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    If the Giants ever play the Red Sox, you can knock two things off your list.
    There’s a parking lot behind Fenway where homers land. If he’s still there, the guy that catches them then gets the players to sign them is friendly.

  17. melissa nacinovich July 22, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Dude, you’re awesome. Seriously. It took me well over 10 years to get this through my husband’s head:
    “What I am not is my occupation. It is my job that pays the bills and provides for my family. But, it does not define me.”
    Once it finally sunk in it changed his life. It honestly changed his entire outlook on himself and his life. He was kinda lost for a little bit but he finally figured out who he was as a person. I hate it when people ask “what do you do” because the answer always starts with “I’m a…” and that’s NOT what you are. LOVE IT that you wrote that.
    : )

    • kingmidget July 22, 2014 at 7:36 pm

      Sigh … to this day, after more than 21 years of marriage, my wife is offended that I don’t come home and talk about my day at work. She claims she can’t know me if she doesn’t know what it is I do all day. She will never, ever get, understand, or accept that the last thing I want to do is talk about my day at work and that it is the absolute last thing she should ask me if she really wants to know who and what I am.

      Thank you for getting it.

      • melissa nacinovich July 22, 2014 at 7:48 pm

        : )
        I definitely get it. I also get the loneliness of having people close to you not understand you at all. It’s so easy to conform and just play along. Good for you for staying true to yourself. Maybe one day she’ll have an epiphany and come around.

      • kingmidget July 22, 2014 at 7:49 pm

        Not holding my breath. 😉

      • melissa nacinovich July 22, 2014 at 7:53 pm

        Well, now you know there are others out there who dare to be individuals and not allow their professions to define them. We should start a revolution! Wait, no, maybe not. We’d probably disappear into some bunker somewhere to stop our madness from infecting the masses. lol

      • kingmidget July 22, 2014 at 7:57 pm

        We’d end up being defined by our revolutionary cause and then have to revolt against that. It would be a vicious, never-ending cycle. I know there are plenty of people out there who think the same and understand my position on this. Unfortunately, I didn’t marry any of those people, some of whom are my very best of friends, who have loved and supported me for years and decades and who get it and get me.

      • melissa nacinovich July 22, 2014 at 8:03 pm

        That’s awesome! I’ve met very few and it’s so frustrating. That’s why I had to tell you how much I appreciated that statement.
        : )

      • kingmidget July 22, 2014 at 8:53 pm

        I appreciate your comments. It is something I struggle with so it helps to hear the encouragement every now and then.

  18. MamaMickTerry January 12, 2015 at 6:32 am

    Thank you so much for stopping by my place today. It led me right to you! I can’t wait to read more and hope that we can still be friends even if I’m a forever KC Royals fan. You should see the Hunter Pence signs taking up space in my head 😉

    • kingmidget January 12, 2015 at 6:36 am

      I don’t have a problem with the Royals. If anybody else but the Giants had been playing, I would have been rooting for the Royals to give them and their long-suffering fans a break. Welcome to my little world!

      • MamaMickTerry January 12, 2015 at 6:58 am

        I and enjoyed the Giants, too! What a class-act group of guys. One of the most enjoyable series I’ve ever watched.

      • kingmidget January 12, 2015 at 8:37 am

        It has been easy to root for the current group if Giants. Not much in the way of egos or prima donnas among them. I hope your Royals find a way to remain competitive. Although it doesn’t seem like the off-season has been to kind to them.

  19. ShaunyNews April 13, 2015 at 9:21 am

    You have an email…From Gmail…From me…

  20. Sreejit Poole September 28, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    Hey Mark – It’s been awhile. I wanted to invite you to a blogging event that I’m hosting in November. It’s on Walking with Intention. If you’re interested in sharing a guest post you can find out the full info here:
    I’d love to share your words in the Dungeon!

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  23. Cezane & Michelle April 22, 2016 at 12:10 am

    Hello sir, i came to say, you are a sensational writer as well as a very humble person. I like your title now that i have known what it is about and i have loved the few posts which i have seen so far. I look forward to reading more, Cheers to new friendship! – Cezane 🙂

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  25. pinklightsabre August 24, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    If you wouldn’t mind, I’d be curious to know why the Oregon coast? It’s had a romantic appeal for me, but I live near Seattle and have gone there several times now and dammit if we don’t get socked in most every time, no matter the time of year. We did a roadtrip from Seattle to the Redwoods via that coast however, and that was really good…came back inland via Crater Lake and Mt Hood etc. Nice story, thanks for sharing about the name.

    • kingmidget August 24, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      I love the dynamic nature of the Oregon Coast. And the many little towns and lighthouses and beaches and so many other things to stop and see and experience. Maybe if I were to live there, the weather would wear me down but it so beautiful I think I’d be able to handle it.

      • pinklightsabre August 24, 2016 at 4:11 pm

        Roger that, I get you on all of the above. Thanks for the link to your other site too, Mark.

    • kingmidget August 24, 2016 at 4:06 pm

      By the way, I noticed you followed my blog. Thank you! I also have a blog devoted to my fiction writing …

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  28. Book Club Mom November 22, 2018 at 7:12 am

    Hi King Midget! I found your blog through Berthold Gambrel’s Thanksgiving share. I’m looking forward to seeing your posts in my Reader. Happy Thanksgiving!

  29. aFrankAngle March 19, 2019 at 3:40 am

    A friend of Marc’s (@Sorryless) is a friend of mine. Besides, as I scrolled the comments on this page, I see two of my long-time readers that I seldom see anymore – Carrie Rubin and El Guapo. I will be subscribing.

  30. Larry Jones March 23, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    Thanks for the link, Mark. This blog is classic, and much more ambitious than mine. I’m maintaining only sporadically these days. All my readers went away, so I feel like there’s no reason to write.
    Sorry if this is the wrong place to reach you – I didn’t see an email address or contact form.
    (NOTE: I do have a WordPress blog, but I have never used it, so I’ve tried to fill out the info below with my real info. Hope it works…)

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