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The past week’s work:

Online Reading 7 hours and 22 minutes
Gaming Prep 6 hours and 24 minutes
Work 5 hours and 35 minutes
Chores 3 hours and 55 minutes
Other Reading 3 hours and 51 minutes
Other Writing 1 hour and 23 minutes
VOTS 1 hour and 2 minutes

Still haven’t gotten through the list of things that I set forth on Sept. 3rd…

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Short Story #10 – “The Usual Mistakes” by Erin Flanagan

From an anthology that my brother gave me.  An okay story in that very literary style of wreaked people coming together and becoming slightly less wreaked.  The only thing that bugged me was the shoe-horning of setting into the story,  Considering that it’s set in Omaha, NE, you’d think I’d like the references, but they just didn’t work or were needed.  There’s nothing innate to Omaha that informs the protagonists views.  Don’t know if I’ll finish the anthology.  Most likely I’ll dip into is when I want a non-genre short story to read.

I’ve also read a couple (okay, right now one and a half) David Leavitt shorts.  I’ll probably plow through that anthology (A Place I’ve Never Been) and list it as a book finished.  It’s easy to see why Leavitt’s won awards for his fiction.  His short stories are lean.  Detailed without detail for detail’s sake.

I have to decide on a book to take with to San Bernardino next weekend.  It probably shouldn’t be too gay (no Leavitt) or a library book (no Ellis or Frontal Lobe).  I’ll probably go with Tamara Siler Jones’ Ghost in the Snow, which I’ve kind of started.  Or maybe a Robert Bloch novel with a nice lurid cover.