A Voyage Against War (May Wright Sewell and the Ford Peace Ship) by Ray Boomhower – selection 3 of #DealMeIn2020


The Card: ♥Nine♥ of Hearts.

The Suit: For Deal Me In 2020, ♥♥♥Hearts♥♥♥ is my Suit for Books I picked up at the 2019 Holiday Author Fair a the Indiana History Center. This suit is also the only suit where I have  some short non-fiction pieces (4 of them). This is one of them.

The Author: Ray Boomhower – a prolific author of books about all things Indiana, particularly history and biographies. I’ve read several of his books in the past, biographies of Gus Grissom, General Lew Wallace, and Ernie Pyle.

The Story: “A Voyage Against War (May Wright Sewall and the Ford Peace Ship)” from Boomhower’s book “Indiana Originals,” which contains essays about 40 luminaries of the Hoosier state. For Deal Me In 2020, I picked four of the stories that were about famous Indiana Women.

What is Deal Me In? I’m glad you asked!  Full details may be found here  but generally speaking it’s a reading challenge where participants try to read one short story a week for the year, the reading order being determined by the luck of the draw. See here for the list I’ll be reading in 2020.

A Voyage Against War (May Wright Sewall and the Ford Peace Ship)

 “I was particularly interested in the university students,” she said, “who, although it was their holiday week, called in great numbers. I was amazed by both the intelligence,and by the lively interest in serious subjects of these young people, whom I was mentally comparing with my young countrymen and countrywomen of student age to the distinct advantage of the latter.”

I like it when my Deal Me In reading leads me to learning new things. Last week, it was the discovery of Russian Mathematician, Sophia Kovalevsky. This week, I learned about the “Ford Peace Ship” (I don’t recall knowing about it before, unless it was one of those cases of hearing about something in passing and not remembering). Organized by automaker Henry Ford and including roughly 60 delegates he invited, the Peace Ship (the Scandinavian-American Line’s “S.S. Oscar II” pictured at left) was an effort to strengthen the dialogue for peace and help move Europe – embroiled in war between the Allied powers and the Central powers – toward ending World War I (which the U.S. hadn’t even entered by the time the voyage took place). When reading about this event, I admit my first thought was, “Well, that’s certainly a naive enterprise!” and you can imagine that many of their contemporaries saw the voyage as a waste of time (see also, for example, the political cartoons at the bottom of this post).

The voyage first stopped in Oslo, but spent considerable time in Stockholm, where they had apparently a busy schedule, and later the Netherlands.  I’m not sure if the voyage can be counted a success in tangible measures, but Wright Sewall and others disagreed, saying “To have advanced its (peace’s) arrival by one hour is adequate compensation for the the cost in money, time and sacrifices of the the Expedition if multiplied a thousandfold.” I think their best success probably was in “initiating dialog” and so forth, which regrettably often moves change forward more slowly than other factors.

What about you? Had you heard of this episode of early 20th Century U.S. History? If YOU could dispatch a ship on a Peace Voyage today, for what destination would you set its course? It just occurred to me that perhaps young climate activist Greta Thunberg’s recent voyage is a kind of a modern day Peace Voyage. What do you think?

Deal Me In Coincidence of the Week? This week marked my home state of Indiana’s 100th Anniversary of Women (finally!) gaining the right to vote – another cause which May Wright Sewall was deeply involved in.

Next week for Deal Me In 2020 – Larry Sweazy’s “The Prairie Fire”

Below: The subject of this essay also helped found the Indianapolis Propylaeum, about a 30-minute walk from Deal Me In Headquarters. (I was going to walk over there today and take a picture, but with sub-zero wind chills this morning, I found a google image instead 🙂 )

During my internet ‘research’ for this post, I also stumbled upon this puzzle, which I now want. 🙂 (Suffrage puzzle sold by Uncommon Goods.) 

Below: Henry Ford. Unfortunately, poor health led him to turn around and come home just after the peace ship reached Europe. 

If I investigate this event in history further, it may be via reading the book below:

Political cartoonists had a field day with the voyage, seeing what they believed to be an easy target for ridicule.




An All-Bradbury #24in48 Readathon!


The time is nigh for the start of the Bi-annual #24in48 Readathon!

What is the #24in48 Readathon?

From the readathon’s home page, here are some details: “If you’re new to 24in48, this is the basic gist: beginning at 12:01am on Saturday morning and running through 11:59pm on Sunday night, participants read for 24 hours out of that 48-hour period. You can split that up however you’d like: 20 hours on Saturday, four hours on Sunday; 12 hours each day; six four-hour sessions with four hour breaks in between, whatever you’d like.”

rb in time machine

(above: Ray Bradbury sitting in the “prop” Time Machine from the eponymous 1960 movie)

What am I Reading?

Now “the rest of the story” is that most participants don’t actually read 24 entire hours, but rather have that as a goal.  In the past, I’ve participated by reading 24 short stories, which is harder than you think.  This year, though, to up the ante, I’m going to try to read 52 stories, all by the master storyteller, Ray Bradbury.  Why? Many reasons, not the least of which being I really enjoy reading his stories. He also doesn’t write many “long-ish” stories, so they might average a short enough length for me to complete 52 in a weekend. The most important reason, though, is that I am hoping to “raise awareness” about a local (for me) literary treasure, The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies. Pay them a visit at the link, and also check out their Facebook page. I’ve had the pleasure of visiting the Center on a couple occasions and it is chock-full of Bradbury artifacts and documents, and a re-creation of his office space. Including his seat of choice, a director’s chair (see photo below).

My Plans – and a Giveaway!

I will try to post here at Bibliophilopolis several times during the weekend, and certainly plan to tweet often about what story I’m on or have just finished, and what I think of it. I plan to do a giveaway at the end of the #24in48 challenge, and anyone who comments or likes a blog post – including this one! – or who replies or likes or retweets one of my tweets, will be entered into a drawing (and yes, if you like/comment/reply/retweet multiple posts or tweets, you will be entered multiple times – limit of one per post/tweet, though), the winner receiving their choice among several books by Bradbury – some in hardcover. (I’ll share what the prize options in an upcoming blog post)  ALSO – If you share in your comment or reply that you have liked or followed their Facebook page, you will be entered into the drawing twice.  Lets see if we can make a modest impact to their total likes tally! The winner will be notified via the same media “channel” (WordPress or Twitter) which they used to earn their entry.

(below: a closer view of some of the memorabilia at the Bradbury Center)

Lastly, this wouldn’t be Bibliophilopolis if I didn’t employ the Deal Me In approach to determine the order of the fifty-two stories I’ll read. I’ve assigned each one to a card in a standard deck of playing cards, and broken the suits into categories as follows:

♦♦♦Diamonds♦♦♦ = “The Director’s Cut” – Stories recommended by the Director of The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at IUPUI, Jon Eller.

♠♠♠Spades♠♠♠ = Stories from “The Illustrated Man” or “Quicker Than the Eye” collections.

♥♥♥Hearts♥♥♥ = A red suit for a red planet! Stories from “The Martian Chronicles.”

♣♣♣Clubs♣♣♣ = Stories from “Bradbury Stories: 100 of His Most Celebrated Tales”

Any of these stories marked by an asterisk were also recommended by my fellow book bloggers.

(image below found at http://ru.vector.me/search/playing-card-suit)


Here are the stories I will be attempting to read during the #24in48 Readathon:


♦A♦ –  The Whole Town’s Sleeping*

♦2♦ –  And the Rock Cried Out*

♦3♦ – The Dwarf

♦4♦ –  The Man

♦5♦ – The Exiles

♦6♦ – At Midnight, in the Month of June

♦7♦– The Lonely Ones

♦8♦ – Changeling

♦9♦ – The Pedestrian

♦10♦ – The Lifework of Juan Diaz

♦J♦ – Death and the Maiden

♦Q♦ – Zero Hour

♦K♦ – The City


♠A♠ – The Concrete Mixer

♠2♠ – The Finnegan

♠3♠ – Marionettes, Inc.

♠4♠ – Dorian in Excelsis

♠5♠ – The Rocket Man

♠6♠ – Zaharoff/Richter Mark V

♠7♠ – The Fox and the Forest

♠8♠ – The Witch Door

♠9♠ – The Electrocution

♠10♠ – The Veldt*

♠J♠ – Unterderseaboat Doktor

♠Q♠ – The Very Gentle Murders

♠K♠ – The Ghost in the Machine


♥A♥– Ylla

♥2♥ – The Earth Men

♥3♥ – The Third Expedition

♥4♥ – And the Moon be Still as Bright

♥5♥ – The Fire Balloons

♥6♥ – The Musicians

♥7♥ – Way in the Middle of the Air

♥8♥ – Usher II

♥9♥ -The Martian

♥10♥ – There Will Come Soft Rains

♥J♥ – The Million Year Picnic

♥Q♥ – The Silent Towns

♥K♥ – The Settlers


♣A♣ – The Watchful Poker Chip of H. Matisse

♣2♣ – All Summer in a Day*

♣3♣ – Let’s Play Poison

♣4♣ – The Dragon

♣5♣ –  Darling Adolf

♣6♣ – And the Sailor, Home from the Sea

♣7♣ – The Drummer Boy of Shiloh

♣8♣ – The April Witch*

♣9♣ – The Wonderful Death of Dudley Stone

♣10♣ – The Machineries of Joy

♣J♣ – The Toynebee Convector

♣Q♣ – The F. Scott/Tolstoy/Ahab Accumulator*

♣K♣ – The Fog Horn*

My 2016 Deal Me “IN” Roster


Since December 2010, I have spent some time near year end by coming up with a list of fifty-two short stories to read during the new year. I assign each story I plan to read to a playing card in a standard deck. Each week I draw one card and that is the story I read for that week. By the end of the year’s fifty-two weeks, I’m out of my fifty-two cards and out of stories. The second year that I did the “Deal Me In” challenge here at Bibliophilopolis, my reading colleague Dale (blogging at “Mirror With Clouds“) joined me. The third year, a few more bloggers did – including Katherine at “The Writerly Reader” who has also become a mainstay in the DMI crowd – and the year after that even more, including the “Behold the Stars” blog, which added the wrinkle of reading essays, poetry, and plays in addition to short tories. So, though it’s hard for me to believe, the Deal Me In Challenge is now entering its sixth year! If you’d like to try this challenge (or any of its shorter variations) the explanation of how it works and the sign up post may be found here. Won’t you join me in 2016?

Since 2016 is the year of (my home state) Indiana’s Bicentennial, I wanted to theme my short story reading challenge this year related to the ongoing celebration of our 200th birthday.  So… I am reading exclusively “Indiana stories” (stories written by an Indiana author, or having some Indiana connection) this year, and even throwing some short non-fiction into the mix for the first time.  I’ve also dubbed this year’s challenge Deal Me “IN” since IN is the postal abbreviation for Indiana. 🙂  Is there any end to my cleverness? Ha ha ha. Not yet, because I’ve also located an Indiana deck of cards which I’ll be using as my short story deck.  It features 14 unique pictures (see below) with, for example, the “2” of each suit having the same picture on its face.


Below I share my roster for 2016. Take a look and let me know what you think. I’ve included four wild cards, as has become my habit, so I am open to suggestions to help fill those slots.  I’ve separated my selections into suits with a common theme: Magazines & Literary Journals, Contemporary Writers, Non-Fiction, and Indiana “Legends.”

♥♥♥ Hearts (from Indiana-related Magazines and Literary Journals) ♥♥♥

♥A♥Letter to the Man in Carnivorous Plants – Lauren Ann Bolton (week 20)

♥2♥– *wild card* Siddhartha – Abe Aamidor (week 19)

♥3♥Everything Strange and Unknown – Joe Meno (week 33)

♥4♥A Conversation with Tim O’Brien – James J. Hanna (week 31)

♥5♥I Can Hear the Clicking at Night – Ann Gamble (week 7)

♥6♥Ransom Place – Corey Dalton (week 24)

♥7♥The Gods of Indianapolis – Jason de Koff (week 3)

♥8♥The Devil and James Whitcomb Riley – Jason Roscoe (week 30)

♥9♥The Passeur – E.E. Lyons (week 18)

♥10♥Come Go With Me – Nora Bonner (week 9)

♥J♥A Hundred Ways to Do it Wrong – Emily Temple (week 40)

♥Q♥  – Drills – Laura Citino (week 5)

♥K♥Not in Kansas Anymore – Rocco Versaci (week 39)


♠♠♠  Spades (Indiana-related short non-fiction works) ♠♠♠

♠A♠ – Poet, Prophet and Philosopher (Max Ehrmann) – Fred Cavinder (week 34)

♠2♠ – *wild card* Working a Jigsaw (Barb Shoup) (week 52)

♠3♠ – God Bless You Mr. Vonnegut: And Farewell – David Hoppe (week 17)

♠4♠ – Men From Mars – Ernie Pyle (week 27)

♠5♠ – Profiles in Survival: Eleanor M. Garen – John Shivley (week 44)

♠6♠ – The Gentleman of the Press in Skirts (Janet Flanner) – Fred Cavinder (week 15)

♠7♠ – Educational Testing: Just Another Job – David Hoppe (week 50)

♠8♠ – The B-29s – Ernie Pyle (week 32)

♠9♠ – Profiles in Survival: James Duckworth – John Shivley (week 46)

♠10♠ – Politics and Poetry (John Milton Hay) – Fred Cavinder (week 21)

♠J♠ – Peyton Manning – Champion: This Doesn’t Happen Very Often – David Hoppe (week 29)

♠Q♠ – Life on a Flat Top – Ernie Pyle (week 4)

♠K♠ – Songs of Experience: Bob Dylan at the Egyptian Room – David Hoppe (week 41)


♦♦♦  Diamonds (contemporary writers with an Indiana connection)  ♦♦♦

♦A♦Fort Wayne is Seventh on Hitler’s List – Michael Martone (week 49)

♦2♦ – *wild card*(& guest post!) Play Like I’m Sheriff – Jack Cady  (week 12)

♦3♦The Penance of Scoot McCutcheon – Frank Bill (week 22)

♦4♦Missing Athena – Josh Green (week 14)

♦5♦It Came From Burr County – Marian Allen (week 16)

♦6♦The Circle Effect – Diana Catt (week 35)

♦7♦What Happens in Hell Stays in Hell – Clint Smith (week 11)

♦8♦Shadowed – Christine Johnson (week 10)

♦9♦And One for the Road – Joanna Parypinski (week 2)

♦10♦Schliemann in Indianapolis – Michael Martone (week 28)

♦J♦Murder on Indiana Avenue – Andrea Smith (week 51)

♦Q♦Uncle Sack – Murphy Edwards (week 43)

♦K♦The Table of the Elements – J T Whitehead (week 37)

♣♣♣  Clubs (“Legendary” Indiana authors)  ♣♣♣

♣A♣ – A Reward of Merit – Booth Tarkington (week 13)

♣2♣ – *wild card* The Boyhood of Christ – Lew Wallace (week 25)

♣3♣ – The Boarded Window – Ambrose Bierce (week 45)

♣4♣ – Harrison Bergeron – Kurt Vonnegut (week 36)

♣5♣ – The Old Soldier’s Story – James Whitcomb Riley (week 38)

♣6♣ – Autumn Full of Apples – Dan Wakefield (week 26)

♣7♣ – The Pedagogue – Maurice Thompson (week 47)

♣8♣ – Mr Blake’s Walking Stick – Edward Eggleston (week 1)

♣9♣ – The Beautiful Lady – Booth Tarkington (week 48)

♣10♣ – The Legend of Potato Creek – Maurice Thompson (week 8)

♣J♣ – Next Door – Kurt Vonnegut (week 23)

♣Q♣ – Bobby and the Keyhole: A Hoosier Fairy Tale – Edward Eggleston (week 6)

♣K♣ – The Haunted Valley – Ambrose Bierce (week 42)


Hearts: “Booth” – the literary journal of Butler University (Indianapolis); “Punchnel’s” – an online journal here in Indianapolis; most of the stories from this source will also be part of the “Mythic Indy” anthology; “Midwestern Gothic” –a Midwestern literary journal (a couple with an Indiana connection from this one);  “Indiana Review” – a literary journal managed by Indiana University. I had to buy a couple issues to fill these spots.  They won’t arrive until mid -January, so I hope I don’t draw these cards first!

Diamonds: Story collections: “Fort Wayne is Seventh on Hitler’s List: Indiana Stories” by Michael Martone, “Crimes in Southern Indiana” stories by Frank Bill; “Dirtyville Rhapsodies” stories by Josh Green (I learned of Green via his former professor at an author event at Bookmama’s bookstore*); “The Worst Book in the Universe” stories by the “Southern Indiana Writers Group,” “Decades of Dirt” stories from the ‘Speed City’ chapter of “Sisters of Crime”; “Ghouljaw” stories by Clint Smith; “Terror Train 2” a horror story anthology produced by a Hoosier small press, James Ward Kirk Fiction; “Defy the Dark” anthology of short stories; “Mistresses of the Macabre” short story anthology; “The Periodic Table of Elements” – a poetry collection.

Spades: “Forgotten Hoosiers: Profiles from Indiana’s Hidden History” by Fred Cavinder, “Personal Indianapolis” mostly humor and satire writing on Indianapolis-related themes; “Last Chapter” by Ernie Pyle; “Profiles in Survival” by John Shivley

Clubs: “Welcome to the Monkey House” short story collection of Kurt Vonnegut; “The Best American Short Stories of 1966” (contains the Dan Wakefield story); “The Collected Works of James Whitcomb Riley”; public domain for the Ambrose Bierce stories; “Collected Short Stories” Booth Tarkington; “Queer Stories for Boys and Girls” Edward Eggleston; “Hoosier Mosaics” stories by Maurice Thompson.

I hope to include some mention of how I chose the stories I did when I post about them individually, and maybe explain their Indiana “credentials”, especially if I’ve had to stretch the requirement a bit (Bierce, for example, though not from Indiana, did serve in the Indiana 9th Infantry Division for three years of the U.S. Civil War)

*Special thanks to Kathleen at Bookmama’s bookstore also, as she helped me round out my roster on a spending spree at her store last Saturday. J

“Happy Trails” a Sherman Alexie short story

I drew the ace of clubs from my short story deck, and thus this was my week 50 pick for 2015’s Deal Me In short story reading challenge. In 2015, Clubs were my suit assigned to “stories from The New Yorker” of which I’ve enjoyed many. I’ve read Alexie before and own his story collection “War Dances.” He has also been featured by other participants in the Deal Me In challenge the last couple years. Mr. Alexie was in the news earlier this year when he cancelled some appearances in Indiana amid the national “outrage” about my state’s passing of a “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” – legislation for which I (among many) didn’t believe we had any need.  Politics aside, I found Alexie’s response disappointing in that it punished the wrong people (like me, or those who would attend his events – one of which was in honor of Banned Books Week(!) – and make no real impact other than publicity-wise). What did end up prompting an amendment to the law was a feared ECONOMIC impact (surprise!) to the state. For a moment, I considered removing Alexie’s story from my roster in a “ha! how do you like them apples?” tit for tat, but I thought it better to take the high road and not censor art based on political activity.

Ugh, I feel dirtied by even mentioning politics on this blog, so let’s get on with this story, which was first published in The New Yorker magazine in 2013. It’s narrated by a Native American member of the Coeur d’Alene tribe of the U.S. Northwest, a man who had a favorite uncle disappear some forty years ago. Our narrator decides he wants to hold a memorial for this uncle, now presumed dead (saying at one point “…we need to make the dead better people than they were, because it makes us look better for loving them.”), and the story follows his musings about how the uncle may have died (it is presumed that he would have contacted his family at some point over the years if he was still living – he “wasn’t the kind of person” not to do that. It also provides the opportunity for him to comment on the modern day world and conditions that the Coeur d’Alene live in.

It’s an eminently sad story, and perhaps the narrator has some self-loathing of his people too, hinted at when he refers to the uncle as a “half-assed warrior” of whom he speculates at the end of the story that:

Maybe he thought he could kill the world and instead learned that the world is undefeated.”

I loved that line. Have you read anything by Sherman Alexie? Perhaps his most famous work is “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” which has itself been the subject of multiple book banning incidents.

This story is available online at http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2013/06/10/happy-trails (I believe the New Yorker allows a limited number of views per month for non-subscribers)

This picture of Alexie was taken in 2008 (from Wikipedia)

The Most Wonderful Day of the Year – Announcement of the 6th Annual Deal Me In Challenge!

It’s December 21st, the SHORTest day of the year. What better date to take the plunge and sign up for a short story challenge? So, without further ado…

Welcome to the Short Story Reading Challenge, Deal Me In 2016!


(Deal Me In logo above created by Mannomoi at Dilettante Artiste)

Yes, I know you’re being bombarded with posts about all sorts of reading challenges for the new year, and they all sound like a lot of fun. But here’s a unique challenge where your reading burden is relatively light AND where you still can experience a lot of different authors and genres.

What is the goal of the project?

To read 52 short stories in 2016 (that’s only one per week – versions with a lesser story requirement are noted below)

What do I need?

1) Access to at least fifty-two short stories (don’t own any short story collections or anthologies? See links to online resources below)
2) A deck of cards
3) An average of perhaps just thirty minutes of reading time each week

Where do I post* about my stories?

(*You don’t have to post about every single story, of course, but if you have something to say about the story you read any given week, your fellow participants would love to hear it.)

1) On your own blog or website if you have one (I will link to your post at the bottom of my weekly post. I currently plan to do my weekly post on Sundays)

2) if you don’t have a blog or website you may comment on any of my Deal Me In posts, sharing thoughts on your own story – or start one at WordPress or blogspot – it’s easy and free to create a basic blog.

How do I pick which stories to read?

(The 52 stories themselves are totally up to you.) Before you get start reading, come up with a roster of fifty-two stories (you can use any source) and assign each one to a playing card in a standard deck of cards. It can be fun to use different suits for different types of stories, but that is optional. I’ve often included one wild card for each suit too, so I can maybe read a story I’ve heard about during the year, or read another by an author I’ve discovered through this challenge. Each “week,” (if you’re like me, you may occasionally fall a story or two behind – that’s okay) you draw a card at random from your deck and that is the story you will read. There are links to last year’s participants’ rosters in the comments to last year’s sign-up if you want to see some examples. I’ll be posting my own 2016 roster soon. My twist this year? Since 2016 is my home state of Indiana’s bicentennial, I’ll be reading all Indiana-related stories and changing the name of my version to “Deal Me IN” (“IN” being capitalized on purpose as a nod to Indiana’s postal code abbreviation 🙂 )  (Dale, a four time Deal Me In participant at Mirror With Clouds has already posted about his plans for DMI 2016. Will you be next?)

What if I don’t have time to read a story every single week?

You don’t have to read your stories on a regular schedule (I almost always fall behind at least once during the year) and can catch up once a month if your prefer – OR try one of the challenge variations noted below, the Fortnight (or “payday” if you prefer) version is one story every two weeks or the “Full Moon Fever” version with just thirteen stories read or selected on seeing each full moon…

How do I sign up?

Leave a comment below with your URL and I will link you on my home page, where I’ll have a section in my sidebar for “2016 Deal Me In Participants.” I’ll try to periodically link to other Deal Me In posts I’ve seen recently too.

What is the purpose?

To have FUN and to be exposed to new authors and stories and maybe get in the habit of reading a short story a week. Isn’t that enough? 🙂

Some short story resources:
Classic Horror Stories:
AmericanLiterature.com short story of the day
EastoftheWeb’s short story of the day:
The Library of America’s short story of the week archive:
Looking for some really short stories? Try here

Deal Me In Variations:

The Deal Me In “Fortnight Version” – just use two suits from your deck and assign a story to each card, drawing a card every two weeks. If you get paid bi-weekly, you can use that as a reminder to draw a new card (I guess this makes the fortnight variation a.k.a. The “payday version.” 🙂

The Deal Me In “Euchre Deck Version”If you work for “one of those companies” where you only get paid twice a month on the 15th and 30th, e.g., use a euchre deck!

The Deal Me In “Full Moon Fever Version” – this would be the baby steps way to ease into the Deal Me In routine, basically reading just one story a month (who doesn’t have time for that?). Just use one suit or face cards only and you’re set. Seeing the full moon in the sky can also serve as a reminder – “hey, I need to read my next short story!” We only have twelve full moons in 2016, so maybe you can have a ‘discretionary read’ sometime during the year where you draw a thirteenth card.

Dates of the full moons in 2016: 1/23, 2/22, 3/23, 4/22, 5/21, 6/20, 7/19, 8/18, 9/16, 10/16, 11/14, and 12/23.

Want to “play with a full deck” – er, I mean full suit? You can try the using the new moons, there are 13 of them in 2016. 🙂  1/9, 2/8, 3/8, 4/7, 5/6, 6/4, 7/4, 8/2, 9/1, 9/30, 10/30, 11/29, and 12/29

Other participants in the past have added their own wrinkles: Reading a story a week for only half the year, reading two at a time and trying to find a “connection” between them, reading essays, plays, poems, or famous speeches… Feel free to twist, spindle or mutilate this challenge any way you see fit to suit your own plans – the only element that should probably remain is the use of playing cards to determine your reading order.

Last of all, please help spread the word about Deal Me In. It’s been so much more fun the past few years with others playing along.  I haven’t been counting, but we’ve certainly passed the “1,000 stories read” mark by challenge participants – something I’m a little proud of. 🙂

Deal Me In 2015 – Week 15 Wrap Up

Below are links to new posts I found during the past week. I encourage you to visit any that strike your interest or fancy. 🙂

“o” at Behold the Stars read Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s “The Lady of Shalott” http://beholdthestars.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/the-lady-of-shalott-by-alfred-lord.html

Murder’s back on the menu for Tracy at Bitter Tea and Mystery, as she posts about Nedra Tyre’s “Recipe for a Happy Marriage” http://bitterteaandmystery.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/recipe-for-happy-marriage-by-nedra-tyre.html

Cleo at Classical Carousel read Wendell Berry’s essay “Christianity and the Survival of Creation” http://cleoclassical.blogspot.ca/2015/04/christianity-and-survival-of-creation.html she also posts about G.K. Chesterton’s “The Worst Crime in the World” http://cleoclassical.blogspot.ca/2015/04/father-brown-worst-crime-in-world-by-gk.html

Jason at Literature Frenzy read “Let Me Promise You” by Morley Callaghan http://literaturefrenzy.blogspot.com/2015/04/deal-me-in-challenge-let-me-promise-you.html

Dale at Mirror With Clouds shares his thoughts on Herman Melville’s “A Paradise of Bachelors and a Tartarus of Maids” https://mirrorwithclouds.wordpress.com/2015/04/10/herman-melville-a-paradise-of-bachelors-and-a-tartarus-of-maids/

Elsie at The Book Drum posted about William Wordsworth’s poem “Most Sweet it Is With Unuplifted Eyes” https://thebookdrum.wordpress.com/2015/04/09/most-sweet-it-is-with-unuplifted-eyes/ and also some brief comments on other poems she’s read for the challenge at https://thebookdrum.wordpress.com/2015/04/07/playing-catch-up/

Katherine at The Writerly Reader read “Electrification” by Mikhail Zoshchenko https://katenread.wordpress.com/2015/04/11/deal-me-in-week-15-electrification/ Is this our first “twin” in Deal Me In 2015? Candiss also posted about this story back in January.

It’s party time at Time Enough at Last as Randall posts about Shirley Jackson’s “Birthday Party” I’ll make a wish that you check out his post at http://timeenuf.blogspot.com/2015/04/deal-me-in-week-15-birthday-party-by.html

Jay at Bibliophilopolis (hey, that’s me!) read Daphne Du Maurier’s story “Don’t Look Nowhttps://bibliophilica.wordpress.com/2015/04/13/dont-look-now-by-daphne-du-maurier/

See you next week!

Deal Me In – Week 4 Wrap Up


Another bountiful crop of stories, essays, and fairy tales this week. We even have Deal Me In’s first play, and who else but Shakespeare could have been afforded that honor? Links are below. (If I’ve missed anybody, feel free to add a link in the comments here and I’ll try not to let it happen again.) :-). Happy reading!

Juliana at Cedar Station posts about Dorothy Parker’s “A Telephone Call” https://cedarstation.wordpress.com/2015/01/18/deal-me-in-week-3-a-telephone-call-by-dorothy-parker/

James read H.L. Mencken’s and Jessica Mitford’s essays, “The Critiscism of Criticism of Criticism” and “Proceed with Caution” respectively: http://jamesreadsbooks.com/2015/01/20/jessica-mitford-vs-h-l-mencken-a-deal-me-in-short-story-challenge/

Dale at Mirror With Clouds read his second Katherine Anne Porter story, “Theft” https://mirrorwithclouds.wordpress.com/2015/01/22/katherine-anne-porter-theft/

Becky at Beckys Book Reviews has a nice summary post of the four stories she’s read in January: “The Spot of Art” by P.G. Wodehouse, “Face Value” by Karen Joy Fowler, “Mr. Lismore and the Widow” by Wilkie Collins, and “Aunt Susannah’s Birthday Celebration” by L.M. Montgomery http://blbooks.blogspot.com/2015/01/january-short-stories.html

“o” at Behold the Stars posts about Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” http://beholdthestars.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/the-taming-of-shrew-by-william.html

John Paul at The Reader Regards Himself wrote about Steve Oney’s “Casualties of War” http://readerregards.blogspot.co.nz/2015/01/casualties-of-war-steve-oney.html

Katherine of The a Writerly Reader shares with us “Private Grave #9” by Karen Joy Fowler https://katenread.wordpress.com/2015/01/24/deal-me-in-week-4-private-grave-9/

It’s the ace of hearts for Jen at Military History, leading her to the Katie Schultz story “Flashes of War” https://wisepursuits.wordpress.com/2015/01/24/deal-me-in-2015-week-4/

Randall at Time a Enough at Last read Donald Barthelmes’s “Basil from her Garden” http://timeenuf.blogspot.com/2015/01/deal-me-in-week-4-basil-from-her-garden.html

Cleo at the Classical Carousel read “The Forgotten Daughter” by Caroline Dale Snedecker http://cleoclassical.blogspot.ca/2015/01/the-forgotten-daughter.html

Shelf Love has a post summarizing the four essays she’s read this month: “Nicolini and the Lions” by Joseph Addison, Ou-Yang Hiu’s “Pleasure Boat Studio”, “On Greatness” by Abraham Crowley, and “The Knife” by Richard Selzer https://shelflove.wordpress.com/2015/01/25/january-essays-the-deal-me-in-challenge/

Marian at Tanglewood drew the eight of diamonds and read “Ashputtle” (think Cinderella) by The Brothers Grimm http://tangle-wood.blogspot.com/2015/01/8-ashputtle.html

Last but not least, your humble host read “Citizen Conn” by Michael Chabon https://bibliophilica.wordpress.com/2015/01/23/citizen-conn-by-michael-chabon/

2015/01/img_5358.jpgSpeaking of Shakespeare, here’s an easy trivia question for you: what 1999 feature film is a loose adaptation of “The Taming of the Shrew?” (Hint: the cast included actor Heath Ledger)  You do NOT have to answer in the form of a question.

On a personal note, I learned last week that – after passing an online test last year – I’ve been selected for an in-person audition for the show Jeopardy! so I’m off to Chicago in a couple months to try my luck again. (I’ve made it to the contestant pool twice before, but have never been called to appear on the show 😦 )


Deal Me In 2015 – Week 2 Wrap Up


Below are links to new Deal Me In challenge posts since the last update. Happy reading!

Candiss introduces us (well, me at least) to Mikhail Zoschenko via his short work, “Electrificationhttp://readthegamut.wordpress.com/2015/01/12/deal-me-in-2015-story-2-electrification-by-mikhail-zoshchenko/

“o” at Behold the Stars posted about the Virginia Wolff essay “I am Christina Rossettihttp://beholdthestars.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/am-christina-rossetti-by-virginia-woolf.html

Read about G.K. Chesterton’s “A Piece of Chalk” at Julianna’s Cedar Station https://cedarstation.wordpress.com/2015/01/11/deal-me-in-week-2-a-piece-of-chalk-by-g-k-chesterton-1909/

Cleo at Classical Carousel read the Robert Burns poem, “A Red, Red Rose” http://cleoclassical.blogspot.ca/2015/01/a-red-red-rose-by-robert-burns.html

Risa at Mangoes and Cherry Blossoms read Daniel Orozco’s story “Orientation” https://mangoesandcherryblossoms.wordpress.com/2015/01/11/deal-me-in-orientation/

Jen at Military History wrote about Katey Schultz’s “Getting Perspective.” http://wisepursuits.wordpress.com/2015/01/10/deal-me-in-2015-week-2/

Dale at Mirror with a clouds wrote about Martha Wellhorn’s “Miami-New York” https://mirrorwithclouds.wordpress.com/2015/01/09/martha-gellhorn-miami-new-york/

Marian at Tanglewood read Ray Bradbury’s “A Sound of Thunderhttp://tangle-wood.blogspot.com/2015/01/9-sound-of-thunder.html

John Paul at The Writer Regards Himself read Clive Thompson’s “The Dream Factoryhttp://readerregards.blogspot.co.nz/2015/01/the-dream-factory.html

Katherine at The Writerly Reader read F.X. Tooles’s “Midnight Emissionshttps://katenread.wordpress.com/2015/01/10/deal-me-in-week-2-midnight-emissions/

Randall at Time Enough at Last read Frieda Arkin’s “The Broomsrick on the Porch” http://timeenuf.blogspot.com/2015/01/deal-me-in-week-2-broomstick-on-porch.html

I read John David Anderson’s “El Estocada” just scroll down or click here for my post https://bibliophilica.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/el-estocada-by-john-david-anderson/

Those are the new posts I noted since the last update. If I’ve missed you and you are posting about your stories, please help me out and let me know in the comments. It also helps if you link back to the sign up/intro post as I will see the pingback and know to include your post In the wrap up. Deal Me In may be outgrowing the “manual updates” format.

Please take time to check out some of your fellow participants posts. You might learn something (I sure did this week!). I also found it interesting that we had two stories this week whose titles included the words “Perspective” and “Orientation” and that two readers both drew the queen of hearts. That’s two weeks in a row where two participants have drawn the same card.

Also, please note that “Late-joining” the Deal Me In challenge is allowed and encouraged. Below are a few new joiners. One of the advantages of this challenge is that it doesn’t take long to catch up if you fall behind or start late, 🙂 See you next week!

Darcie at Reading Derby has also just joined the challenge her list is at http://readingderby.blogspot.com/2015/01/deal-me-in-short-stories.html

Elaine at Series-ously addicted has also signed on http://series-ouslyaddicted.blogspot.com/2015/01/2015-short-stories-deal-me-in-challenge.html

Mannomoi (who actually designed our Deal Me In logo last year) at Dilettante Artiste has also come up with a list for 2015 https://dilettanteartiste.wordpress.com/2015/01/05/2015-reading-goals-and-challenges/#more-4724