DimeStories November 2015 News

Upcoming Open Mic Events for DimeStories

San Diego, CA:  Friday, November 13 7:30pm

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

Cost: $5 donation at the door is requested…  and if you’d like to contribute a little extra towards food and wine, that’s much appreciated!

Albuquerque, NM: Thursday, November 17, 7pm

Location: The Source, 1111 Carlisle Ave SE (in the same compound where the original Michael Thomas Coffee is located, one mile south of Central)
Cost: $3

Costa Mesa, CA: Sunday, December 13, 5pm

Location: LCA Wine, 3315 Hyland Ave., Ste. H , Costa Mesa, CA
Cost: $5

The DimeStories open mic series has been going strong since 2004 in San Diego, an additional chapter opened in Orange County a couple years later, and one in Albuquerque in 2010. DimeStories have been heard in New York, in L.A. at the LA Times Book Fair, and on the the radio.

DimeStories in print (selections from the DimeStories anthology celebrating our ten year anniversary) have been included in the Queensferry Press anthology, The Best Small Fictions 2015

This is a great community of writers, committed to sharing the best in short prose. It’s a supportive environment, worse that will happen is you’ll get applause :-)

Bring your 3-minute story, and bring a friend (because listening is fun too!).

DimeStories represented in The Best Small Fictions 2015

bsf2015_frontcoverTwo DimeStories were selected to be in this new anthology from Queensferry Press, The Best Small Fictions 2015: “By Heart” by Dee Cohen and “Mama Says” by Casandra Lopez.  Both stories  were originally published in   DimeStories: California, New Mexico, and Beyond!  a celebration of 10 years of DimeStories. 

From Queensferry Press:

It takes many small things to make something big. Fifty-five acclaimed and emerging writers—including Emma Bolden, Ron Carlson, Kelly Cherry, Stuart Dybek, Blake Kimzey, Roland Leach, Bobbie Ann Mason, Diane Williams, and Hiromi Kawakami—have made the debut of The Best Small Fictions 2015 something significant, something worthwhile, and something necessary. Featuring spotlights on Pleiades journal and Michael Martone, this international volume—with Pulitzer Prize–winning author Robert Olen Butler serving as guest editor and award-winning editor Tara L. Masih as series editor—is a celebration of the diversity and quality captured in fiction forms fewer than 1,000 words.

I am so proud of Dee and Cassie. Their stories are being published along with other great stories.  You can order your copy directly from the publisher.

August 2015 DimeStories

Here’s a roundup of some of the best DimeStories heard during the month of August:

From Orange County DimeStories (they gather on the 2nd Sundays of the month) we have these great 3-minute stories for August:

For more details on the Orange County DimeStories, and to listen to more great stories, check out the Orange County DimeStories Archives–>

The Albuquerque DimeStories chapter meets on the 3rd Thursdays–here’s the best from August:

For more details on the Albuquerque (Duke City) DimeStories, and to listen to more great stories, check out the Duke City DimeStories page–>

DimeStories from Albuquerque May 2015


Susan (left) and Andy (right) at the book launch for Apricots and Tortillas, stories about growing up in Albuquerque

We had a small but mighty group of DimeStoriers for our May gathering.  Here’s what you missed:

Best stories:

  • From our new emcee, Andy Paquet, “DimeStory Interview”
  • Dee Cohen, “Long Island Sunset”
  • Susan Paquet, “Biologist PhD Type”
  • Georgia Santa Maria, “Life on Snob Hill”
  • Lata Nadig, “The Trinity”
  • Maria Leyba, “Lessons in Driving”

Listen to the stories

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Audio from Albuquerque March 2015

We’re finally getting on track with audio stories for the Duke City DimeStories.  Here are the recordings from the March DimeStories Open Mic.  Thank you all of your patience. Everyone shared some fine stories!

  • Lata Nadig, “The Autobiography I Keep Meaning to Write”
  • Tish Frederick, “Birthday”
  • Robin Kalinich, “Elegy in Orange”
  • Eirik Gumeny, “Parking Garage”
  • Alberto Lopez, “5th Century B / Text Message to a Friend”
  • Jennifer Simpson, “On the Road to Chicago”
  • Susan Paquet, “She Just Can’t Stop”
  • Dante Berry, “Plenty”
  • Maria Leyba, “Please Don’t Recognize Me”
  • Matt Wagner, “Everything is a Learning Experience”
  • Andy Paquet, “Moment of Temptation”


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San Diego Host for April


Joanna Gorman will emcee the  April 2015 San Diego DimeStories Open Mic event:

Friday, April 10, 2015

 at San Diego Writers, Ink, Liberty Station/NTC
Barracks 16, Suite 202
San Diego, CA 92106

Readings begin at 8 p.m, but come at 7:30 pm to sign up, and mix and mingle with a group of awesome and friendly writers!

Bring your 3-minute story and bring a friend because listening is fun too!

Originally from San Diego, Joanna lived in Singapore, and is now back in her hometown, teaching ESL and Citizenship (which feeds into her healthy obsession with Early American history). An historian by trade, Joanna has taught U.S. and World History, and Film Theory at CSUSM.

Joanna is also a hospice volunteer, an advocate for veterans for several non-profits, and a Gold Star Wife, having lost her active duty husband.

Joanna’s writing ranges from poetry, short stories, and she is currently working on a memoir about life with her late husband. Joanna enjoys re-reading her history textbooks from the grad department, convincing her cat that the kitchen is not a restaurant (but it is really), taking care of her veteran dad, writing, and her volunteer endeavors.

3 Writers whose work you admire:

Evelyn Waugh, Lord Byron, my fellow Dime Story writers

3 things on your desk right now:

A chunk of black tourmaline, an electric tea kettle, and an antique jewelry box from Japan.

3 of your favorite words:

Shokran, merci, gracias.

One of Joanna’s favorite writing prompts:

What would a monument to you look like?

Best Stories from Orange County

The Orange County chapter of DimeStories continues to go strong. If you’re in the area, or even just visiting, keep in mind their open mic runs every 2nd Sunday.

Their next open mic is April 12, 2015.
As always, sign-ups begin at 5:00 pm, and we begin readings at 5:30 pm

They gather at:  LCA Wine, 3315 Hyland Avenue, Suite H, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

They are also really good at posting their audio, so listen to the Best of Orange County DimeStories.

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.

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