Deal Me In 2015 – Week 28 Wrap Up

Below are links to new posts since the last update. Please take a moment to visit (or comment or “like”) these posts and support your fellow DMI participants! 🙂

James at James Reads Books wrote about H.L. Mencken’s essay “On Being an American” and Ursula K. LeGuin’s story “Darkrose and Diamond” from her Earthsea world. Did he find a connection?

Dale at Mirror with Clouds tackles Donald Barthelme’s “A City of Churches”

Katherine at The Writerly Reader posted about Dan Chaon’s “The Bees”

Tracy at Bitter Tea and Mystery shares with us the Stephen Murray story “Positive Vetting

I read my fifth story from the “In the Meantime” anthology (stories set in Brussels), “The Commissioner and the Pig” by Nick Jacobs. I learned of this collection a few years back at Alex’s excellent blog “The Sleepless Reader.” I haven’t written a post yet as I’m recovering from the weekend’s “24in48” readathon (and yes, of course I read short stories for that!)

“o” at Behold the Stars brings us another Miguel Cervantes story “The a Little Gypsy Girl”

That’s it for now. happy reading until next week!

A “Challenging” Weekend Ahead!

I learned via Katherine’s blog (The Writerly Reader) of a new to me challenge coming up this weekend. It’s called the 24in48 Readathon (see It’s kind of a less hard-core version of Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. In this one, participants are given 48 hours on the clock to get their 24 hours of reading done. Ah, SLEEP is possible! 🙂

My plan, though, is not necessarily to log 24 hours of reading, but to complete twenty-four selected short stories. AND, as host of the Annual Deal Me In short story reading challenge, I feel I should assign the stories to the 24 playing cards (drawing them one at a time to randomize my reading order) in a euchre deck. (Euchre is a very popular card game in the U.S. Midwest and Canada, but if you’re not familiar with the rules and are interested, look here)

I plan to write a few posts with very brief summaries of the stories and how I rate them. I think I will count my post-writing time toward my 24 hours too (although this may be bending the rules!) Maybe I’ll write one post for each “hand” of five cards that I deal and one for “the widow” (the remaining four “unused” cards in a hand of euchre)

Here are the stories I’ve chosen for #24in48

Spades – stories by Edgar Allan Poe

J – The Angel of the Odd

A – The Domain of Arnheim

K – The Imp of the Perverse

Q – Tale of the Ragged Mountains

10 – The Power of Words

9 -Ligeia

Clubs – Margaret Atwood (the remaining six stories I haven’t read from Stone Mattress)

J – Lupus Naturae

A – The Freeze-Dried Groom

K – I Dream of Zenia with the Bright Red Teeth

Q – The dead Hand loves You

10 – Stone Mattress

9 – Torching the Dusties

Hearts – A miscellany of stories I want to read

J – The Beauties (Anton Chekhov)

A – the Enchanted Island (Washington Irving)

K – The Story of the Young Man with the Cream Tarts (Robert Louis Stevenson)

Q – Math Bending Unto Angels (Katherine Vaz)

10 – Micromegas (Voltaire)

9 – Free Radicals (Alice Munro)


Diamonds – Stories from The Weird compendium:

J – Casting the Runes (M.R. James)

A – The Tarn  (Hugh Walpole)

K – The Brood (Ramsey Campbell)

Q – Blood Child (Octavia Butler)

10 – In the Hills, the Cities (Clive Barker)

9 – Family (Joyce Carol Oates)

What do you think of my plan and my story selections? I should mention as well that you are completely free to join me in this challenge. 🙂 Wish Me luck!

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