Deal Me In 2015 – Week 13 Wrap Up

Well, we’re at the quarter post (Is that a horse racing term? It should be if it isn’t, and since we have a story this week called “The Discovery of Kentucky” it ’feels’ appropriate too.) Of Deal Me In 2015 and to celebrate we may have a record number of stories posted about this week – even more if we count the multiple stories in Jason’s J.G. Ballard post individually. You all are wearing me out this week collecting all the links. I like it, though,🙂

What are your thoughts about DMI 2015 now that we’re a quarter in? Would you like to file a “quarterly report” in the comments to this wrap up post? I’d love to hear how everyone is doing, especially those new to the challenge this year.

Here are this week’s links:

“o” at Behold the Stars posts about Virginia Woolf’s “The Patron and the Crocus” http://beholdthestars.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/the-patron-and-crocus-by-virginia-woolf.html

Tracy at Bitter Tea and Mystery posted about Eric Wright’s story “The Duke” http://bitterteaandmystery.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/the-duke-by-eric-wright.html

Becky at Becky’s Book Reviews has a nice wrap up of her March short stories – “The Story of the Bad Little Boy” by Mark Twain, “Six Weeks at Heppenheim” by Elizabeth Gaskell, “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” by Mark Twain, “An Adventure on Island Rock” by L.M. Montgomery, and “Second Chance” by Orson Scott Card  http://blbooks.blogspot.com/2015/03/march-short-stories.html

Cleo at Classical Carousel read John Keats’ poem “Ode to a Nightengale” http://cleoclassical.blogspot.ca/2015/03/ode-to-nightingale-by-john-keats.html

Jason at Literature Frenzy shared his thoughts on many stories since our last update “Ray” by Guy Vanderhaeghe  http://literaturefrenzy.blogspot.com/2015/03/deal-me-in-challenge-ray-by-guy.html Theodore Sturgeons “Microcosmic God” http://literaturefrenzy.blogspot.com/2015/03/deal-me-in-challenge-microcosmic-god-by.html “The Passenger” by Vladimir Nabokov http://literaturefrenzy.blogspot.com/2015/03/deal-me-in-challenge-passenger-by.html “A & P” by John Updike http://literaturefrenzy.blogspot.com/2015/03/deal-me-in-challenge-by-john-updike.html and he also covers a bunch of stories in the collection “The Complete Stories J.G. Ballard” http://literaturefrenzy.blogspot.com/2015/03/deal-me-in-challenge-jg-ballard-part-i.html A busy week for Jason!

Risa at Mangoes and Cherry Blossoms read Eudora Welty’s “A Worn Path” https://mangoesandcherryblossoms.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/deal-me-in-a-worn-path/

Current Bluegrass State resident Dale at Mirror with Clouds read Wendell Berry’s “The Discovery of Kentucky” https://mirrorwithclouds.wordpress.com/2015/03/26/wendell-berry-the-discovery-of-kentucky/

Katherine at The Writerly Reader read another boxing-themed story, “You Don’t Even Feel It” by Lawrence Block https://katenread.wordpress.com/2015/03/29/deal-me-in-week-13-you-dont-even-feel-it/

Randall at Time Enough at Last read Pat Conroy’s “Gossip” http://timeenuf.blogspot.com/2015/03/deal-me-in-week-13-gossip-by-frank.html

Me? I did read my story, David Foster Wallace’s “Backbone” but it didn’t inspire me, either positively or negatively, to write a blog post. It’s available online, though, if you’d like to see if you have better luck with it than I did. http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2011/03/07/backbone

See you in the 2nd Quarter!

2 Comments

  1. March 30, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    My first quarter included three wild cards. Haven’t gotten to know my anthologies at all yet!

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    • Jay said,

      March 31, 2015 at 7:12 am

      I was hoping for a little more even distribution myself (I’m “Clubs heavy” at this point). Clubs have frankly been a little disappointing too, as I had high hopes for them all coming from The New Yorker. Bring back my Russian clubs from last year!🙂

      I think if I had it to do over again I also would have covered my “Indy Writes Books” reviews all together much closer to when the anthology came out instead of including them in DMI. I’m worried by the time I get around to drawing some of those stories the interest in the anthology will have declined.

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