At midnight tonight we'll be midway between MDMs—halfway to the next Moby-Dick Marathon, MDM18. (That is, if we assume MDM18 will follow the museum's recent pattern of launching the Marathon on the first weekend after New Year's Day.)
Clear the decks and mark your calendar.
Heed the advice of this post—take Monday (1/6/14) off, and book a room for the night of the close of the Marathon (1/5/14). New Bedford and neighboring Fairhaven have a number of hotels and B&Bs. The fine Fairfield Inn & Suites is a three-block walk from the Whaling Museum. You'll spot some luminaries of Melville studies at breakfast there.
Lemuel and I will keep an eye on the Whaling Museum's website for definitive schedule info.
Update, 10/2/13 — The Whaling Museum's site confirms that MDM18 will be held on Jan. 3-5, 2014.