San Diego’s March Host: Shannon Bates

It’s not easy being green! Just ask Shannon Bates, our March hostess for DimeStories.
shea_sax_john hancock 1Shannon is a musician and writer originally from a beautiful town called Fair Oaks in Northern California, and she has been a resident of San Diego for nearly 20 years. Both music and writing have always been integral parts of her life. She plays the saxophone and flute in local groups of many genres and holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. A few handfuls of her stories and poems have appeared in small journals and anthologies, and she has several novels in varying stages of completion. She is a first-year MFA candidate in Creative Writing in the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. When she is not writing fiction or playing music, she is playing soccer or cuddling with her cat, Satchmo. And she is always contemplating the multifaceted beauty of the color green.

Here’s THREE things about Shannon:

Three authors or books she admires:  Shel Silverstein, Margaret Atwood, and Haruki Murakami (too many are left off this short list!)
Three things on her desk right now:  green water bottle, green pen, laptop
A favorite writing exercise or prompt:  “I like to write what amount to interviews with my protagonists and other main characters to create more intimate relationships and discover things I they hadn’t revealed to me before.”
Shannon says a good DimeStory engages the listener for a full three minutes and leaves her wanting to hear more.


San Diego’s February Host: Alex Bosworth

Alex Bosworth has volunteered to host the next San Diego DimeStories. So I thought I’d ask Alex THREE questions (a hat tip to our 3-minute time limit).

Alex @ the Mic

Alex @ the Mic

1. Who the Heck ARE You?  

Alex Bosworth was born in a house  he built himself in San Diego
circa 1965. His parents (no photos  available) were both teachers with
theatrical backgrounds. Alex began  writing short fiction in elementary
school and has kept at it for forty  years in lieu of gainful employment.

Alex performs his work at  coffeehouses, bookstores and coin operated laundries throughout Southern California.

His book, Chip Chip Chaw:Tales of the Unsane is available on Amazon. Continue reading

San Diego DimeStories Shakin’ It UP!

davidrainesFor the last couple of years David Raines has been coordinating the San Diego DimeStories chapter, handling everything from emceeing the Open Mic events, to schlepping food and drink, and handling all kinds of behind-the-scenes duties.  He recently announced he’s stepping down.

But don’t worry, he’ll still be around, and with the Orange County chapter of DimeStories serving as the inspiration, San Diego DimeStories will be handled by a committee!  There will be a rotating group of emcees, starting with DimeStories forever favorite funny guy, Alex Bosworth (more on Alex with our next post), who will emcee the upcoming February Open Mic while Joanne Gorman will be in charge of the refreshments and Ed Coonce will be recording.

ds_microphoneThe NEXT San Diego Open Mic:

7:30 pm Friday, February 13, 2015

at The Ink Spot:  2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16, Suite 204, San Diego, CA

$5 donation at the door much appreciated.

REMINDER:   Dime Stories are 3-minutes stories (prose, not poetry) read by the author. They’re funny. They’re heart-rending. Fictional or factual, they’re always true.

Beware: Three-minute rule (that’s about 500 words) is strictly enforced. Continue reading

DimeStories: California, New Mexico, and Beyond

DimeStories Anthology

At long last, the DimeStories print anthology is ready! Contributor copies are on their way, and copies for purchase are available at the December open mic events and online.  In this anthology we are publishing stories from folks who participate in monthly open mic events in San Diego, Costa Mesa, and Albuquerque and from writers who have never been to a DimeStories event (though I’m sure they want to!)  hence the title:  DimeStories: California, New Mexico, and Beyond!  a celebration of 10 years of DimeStories.  (purchase your copy for only $10).

When I first conceived of this project I had no idea how much work it was going to be, and how much help I would need! Much thanks to everyone who supported me, everyone who got the word out, and most of all to everyone who submitted work. Continue reading

Flash Workshop with Amy Wallen

UPDATE:  This happened!  It was great!

Look for more workshops in the future!


I am so excited to offer this opportunity for the Albuquerque DimeStoriers– Amy Wallen (DimeStories Founder and all around amazing writer) will be in town to celebrate the Ten Year Annivesary of DimeStories, and emcee the October DimeStories Open Mic.

In addition, she has is offering this amazing workshop: Continue reading

DimeStories Anthology Coming Soon!

ds-bookFirst of all, thank you to everyone who submitted  stories for consideration for the DimeStories in Print Anthology. As a fellow writer I know how hard it is to send your work out into the world. As the publisher and managing editor of this anthology (and the one who came up with the crazy idea to do this in celebration of our 10 Year Anniversary) my biggest task was to organize and coordinate all the Editors’ responses.

Many of you who submitted have been regular supporters and participants at DimeStories open mics in California and New Mexico, many of you I know personally, and many of you were first time submitters which is why I thought it important to explain a bit about the process and how we came to the decisions.

First, I sent out press releases, emails to every writer I know, and (god help the internets) I tweeted, and came up with nearly 200 submissions. Stories were sent to the editorial board blind. In other words, I went through each page and deleted names as needed. (Note to Self: next time request submissions not contain identifying information!)

Stories were read by all four editors, who submitted their lists of stories to publish and stories to pass. I tallied and where necessary cast a deciding vote (in favor of publishing, because I’m a pushover and without an editorial board, I would have published ALL the stories).

Although knew this from my stint as managing editor at Blue Mesa Review, one thing that struck me again was how often the decision is about aesthetics…  With this project, what I realized was that sometimes a story just works better out loud.

All this to tell you that these are the stories we selected: Continue reading

Have we got some Stories!

The Albuquerque DimeStories chapter has had some catching up to do with the audio upload.  It all started with an unexpected trip to Paris for a family medical emergency, and then got out of control.

The good news is, everyone is alive and except for April, we have audio recordings of some amazing DimeStories, Here’s the BEST OF:

MARCH 2014:  Dee Cohen, “Underneath”; Maria Leyba, “Something Brown”; Samantha Tetangco, “Sarah and the Mantis”

APRIL 2014 (no audio):  Georgia Santa Maria, “Lothar the Poet”; Carsen Greene, “The Lady”; Maria Leyba, “Dust to Dust”

MAY 2014: Efrain Villa, “Palpitations for Fun and Profit”; Kraig Pickel, “Garbage”; Mopsy Matthews, “Letting Go”

JUNE 2014:  Jennifer Krohn, Untitled; Serena Ulibarri, “Things to do in the Surgery Waiting Room”; Kempton Lindquist, “Parking the Truck”

JULY 2014: Steve Howe, Trajectory; Marsha Johansen, “Blue Jeans”; Lata, “Just Like It”

Listen over on the Duke City DimeStories page–>

The Submission Clock Ticked and Tocked

Thank you to everyone who submitted to the 10 Year Anniversary (print) Anthology project. We received some amazing stories…  which are all now in the hands of our talented editorial board members for final decisions.  If all goes well, we should have our selections made, and authors notified by the end of August.

Several of you have said (somewhat tongue in cheek) things like “I don’t know if I can wait that long!” and all I can say is that with an all-volunteer staff, we will do the best we can. AND if it makes you feel any better, I still have an application pending to work as a Teaching Assistant in the English Department at UNM….  I’m pretty sure I didn’t get the job, since I graduated with my MFA two years ago.  ANYWAY… I won’t do that to you. I will let you know if your piece has been accepted, or if we have opted to pass…  no matter how difficult it will be, and to those of you I know and love it will be difficult.  Admittedly this is why I chose to gather a board, I would have published you all! (we would have ended up with a three volume set of DimeStories)

REMINDER:  The Orange County Chapter is now gathering in Costa Mesa.

Sign-ups begin at 5:00 pm, and readings at 5:30 pm

Join this group on July 13, 2014 at: LCA Wine, 3315 Hyland Avenue, Suite H, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
If you missed any of the open mic events LIVE, check out the Audience Picks from the past in the archive–>

Call for Submissions: The Clock is Ticking

In just THREE DAYS the submission window will close for the 10 year anniversary DimeStories in Print anthology.  Don’t miss out!

Submissions have been coming in strong and steady, but we still have room for YOUR 500-word story.  And we’d love to consider it.

Our amazing editorial board members are ready!

Stories must be submitted online using our online submission manager–> and may not exceed 500 words. They can be fact or fiction. If previously published, please note in your cover letter where and when and confirm that you have the rights. Previous participation in a DimeStories event not required. We’re asking for a $5 fee (per story) to help defray costs of printing.

Deadline:  June 15, 2014

Orange County New Location

dsocThe NEXT Orange County Open Mic will take place:

Sunday, May 11, 2014.

at: LCA Wine
3315 Hyland Avenue Suite H
Costa Mesa (across from the farmer’s market).

We look forward to hearing your stories!

There will be wine, snacks,  and great 3-minute stories, as always.

$5 donation requested to defray our costs.

Go here to experience our favorites from April: