2015 Challenges

Deal Me In Short Story Challenge

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I really enjoyed doing Deal Me In in 2014. I have an overage of anthologies that I creep through at a snail’s pace. Which is of course why I’m only reading from one anthology that I owned before October 2014… Deal Me In details:

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. Each “week,” you draw a card at random from your deck and that is the story you will read.

I’ve assigned Hearts to the Russians, roughly following some of Russian Short Stories from Pushkin to Buida edited by Robert Chandler, but using my own sources. Clubs are McSweeney’s Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales. This anthology caught my eye when browsing Paperback Swap a couple months back; looks like a lot of fun. Diamonds go to Murder on the Ropes, a collection of boxing mysteries I’ve owned for ages. Once again, Spades are my “clean-up” suit. Lots more Thrilling Tales there. I’m also doing an extra set of stories. I wanted to read more female authors, but couldn’t decide where to assign them with all the other stories I want to read. So, on the full moon, I’ll be reading women in horror with an emphasis on older literature. I’m borrowing shamelessly from Paula Cappa’s wonderful blog for material.

The Gothic Challenge and Read-a-longs 2015

Gothic_Ken RussellUpdate, 4/9: Books Under the Bed has been deleted. *shrug* I’m going to continue with the list below whenever I get to them. More thoughts can be found under the gothic tag. I also have a list on Riffle.

Obscure Literary Monsters Challenge

Illustration for Edgar Allan Poe's story

There might be some crossover between Deal Me In (wild cards) and the Gothic Reading Challenge and my own challenge: Obscure Literary Monsters. This is based on the really fabulous article over at Electric Lit. No start or end date. If anyone wants to join me, head over to the dedicated OLM page and drop me a comment.

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7 thoughts on “2015 Challenges

  1. Thanks for sharing the Obscure Literary Monsters link. That was great!

    I like your short story roster too. I hope you enjoy your Russian stories as much as I did mine this past year. I think I’ve only read five or six stories from your entire list. I look forward to hearing all about them. 🙂

  2. Great list! I’m venturing back into Joyce Carol Oates territory. We have several stories that overlap, including one by her. Looking forward to your posts!

  3. Pingback: 2014 in Summary & Looking Ahead to 2015 | The Writerly Reader

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