San Diego DimeStories Guest Host: Judy Reeves!

Join us for the August Open Mic for DimeStories!

JR-author-introa1-2SPECIAL GUEST HOST: Judy Reeves, writing practice provocateur extraordinaire

We’ll have snacks and something to wet your whistle; you’ll have a 3-minute story (that’s about 500 words) to share!

And bring a friend!

Or just come to listen.

7:30 pm Friday, August 12, 2016

at San Diego Writers, Ink

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

Mix and mingle starting at 7:30 pm.  Come a bit early to set up–it’s a great way to make friends, catch up with old friends, and help out.  And get first crack at the snacks.

Readings begin at 8 p.m,

$5 at the door and worth every penny

If you don’t know Judy Reeves, you can check out her impressive bio over on her professional website.  I can tell you she is one of my favorite people in the world.

I took my first writing workshop from her sometime back in 90s and was part of her read and critique group around 2005-7.  I have even taken inspiration from her (and Jill Badonsky) in hosting my own drop in writing group in Albuquerque.

Don’t miss this event!

Orange County DimeStories Cancelled for August 2016

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DimeStories Orange County Open Mic, scheduled to occur on Sunday, August 14, 2016 5:00 PM has been cancelled. Please update your plans accordingly.

Join us for our next DimeStories Open Mic on September 11th

As always, sign-ups begin at 5:00 pm, and we begin readings at 5:30 pm.

LOCATION:
LCA Wine
3315 Hyland Avenue, Suite H
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Thanks to everyone for participating – both our readers and our listeners. See you in June!

Dime Stories Resumed in San Diego!

Dime Stories will resume in San Diego on June 10th! The event will be hosted by the ever-popular former host extraordinaire- DAVID RAINES.

A little bit about David:
DAVID RAINES (San Diego Emcee) is a movie blogger, graphic designer, video editor, and writer.

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He has been featured in San Diego Magazine Online, The Daily Aztec, San Diego Metropolitan Magazine, North Park News, and San Diego Writers Ink’s A Year in Ink Vol. IV anthology.

He is a genre fiction writer with a focus on atmospheric horror. He has recorded an audiobook of his own novella, Red Line, in addition to other voiceover experience. His other talents include photography and Web design.

 

Stories from the Duke City: March / April 2016

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Somehow it seems another month has passed and our next Open Mic in Albuquerque is scheduled for TOMORROW:  5/17 (7 pm at The Source, 1111 Carlisle Ave. SE ).

Here are the Best stories from March and April (in no particular order):

“Joyce at the Gym” by Terri Klein

 

“Baby Farm” by Karen Fausnaugh

 

“Karmic Retribution” by Jimbu

 

“Finding Ah-penis” by Efrain Villa

 

“Glimpses of Grief” by Dee Cohen

 

“Macroaggression” by Blake Magnusson

News from Orange County May 2016

Because of Mother’s Day, we are not holding a DimeStories Meeting this month.

If you want, you can replay our favorite stories on this very website–>

We’ll be back on June 12th with another edition of DimeStories!

It’s actually the week BEFORE father’s day, so we’re not taking sides or playing favorites.

Sign ups on June 12th will begin at 5:00pm and we start with our readings at precisely (more or less) 5:30pm!

Again we will meet in Nancy’s space…

LCA Wine
3315 Hyland Avenue, Suite H
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

The location is right on the corner across from the Farmer’s Market and across the parking lot is the Paul Mitchell hair school on one side and the Chuck Jones creativity school on the other. It’s actually easier to get to the space via Sunflower.


April 2016 News

Duke City (Albuquerque) DimeStories

DimeStories WHTFOB cardThe next open mic is tomorrow!

April 21, 2016 at 7pm

at The Source, 1111 Carlisle Ave SE in the Blue Room.

Mix and mingle with fellow writers of very short prose, share your 3-minute story (that’s about 500 words), or come and listen.

$3-5 donation requested. Refreshments will be served.

Costa Mesa, CA DimeStories

logoIn April I was able to attend the open mic in Costa Mesa which takes place at LCA Wine. If you’re not familiar with LCA, check it out.  It’s a lovely space with lots of great wine and a knowledgeable staff to help you navigate…  and owner Nancy Milby has been most gracious in sharing her space with DimeStories.

Costa Mesa DimeStories take place the 2nd Sunday of each month at 5 pm….  except this May (Mother’s Day).  Check out the latest stories from the OC on this very website, and get  YOUR story ready for June.

San Diego, CA DimeStories

As you may or may not know the San Diego chapter leader, Joanna Gorman has stepped down.  DimeStories executive director (that’s me) Jennifer Simpson was able to host in April, flying in for the event from Albuquerque…  Now the chapter is putting together a committee to keep the chapter going.  In addition to hosting duties at the regular open mic, there are needs for promotional assistance –getting the word out consistently to local arts calendars, sending out the monthly newsletter, listing events on FaceBook and MeetUP, and updating this website.  Anyway, if you’re interested contact me through this website.  

As of now (April 20, 2016) the SanDiego open mic series on a short break…  stay tuned.

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Duke City DimeStories

Albuquerque, NM
161 DimeStoriers

Duke City DimeStories is part of a larger group that includes affiliates in San Diego, Laguna Beach, and Oceanside CA.  We’ve held events occasionally in NYC and regularly at …

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DimeStories Open Mic

Thursday, Apr 21, 2016, 7:00 PM
4 Attending

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DimeStories Orange County Meetup

Costa Mesa, CA
178 DimeStoriers

Bring your 3-minute story, and bring a friend (because listening is fun too!).Join this great group of writers, fiction and nonfiction, who recently moved from Laguna Beach to…

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DimeStories Orange County Open Mic

Sunday, Jun 12, 2016, 5:00 PM
2 Attending

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DimeStories San Diego

San Diego, CA
180 DimeStoriers

Love to write? Of course you do. Like to perform? That’s a rhetorical question. Want to share your stories with other writers? Why am I even asking? Dime Stories are 3-minutes…

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January DimeStories from the Duke City 2016

Well I don’t know what happened…. one minute we were celebrating New Years, then the Anniversary Showcase, and now it’s St. Patricks Day and the year feels like it’s half over!

We do have audio for our January BEST Ofs from Albuquerque:

Jess Atcherley, “Dashed Dreams on the Rainbow Coast”

 

Dee Cohen, “Mable Makes her Move”

 

Terri Klein, “By the Stomach”

In Memory Of: Mopsy Matthews

mopsy-photoOne of our Albuquerque DimeStoriers passed away on January 25, 2016.  Mopsy had become a semi-regular attendee (in between her international travels) at our monthly open mic events and a couple of her stories had been selected as a Best Of.  Mopsy had also been attending my Monday Writers drop-in group.  I hadn’t seen her in a while, and when she didn’t reply to the invitation to participate in the Anniversary Showcase event for this year, I emailed a follow up, assuming she was on another adventure.

Sadly I received the news of her death from a family friend.  From her official obituary: Continue reading

Duke City DimeStories Anniversary Showcase 2016

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DUKE CITY DIMESTORIES CELEBRATES SIXTH YEAR ANNIVERSARY

EVENT: DimeStories Anniversary Showcase

DATE: 3 p.m. Sunday, February 21

LOCATION: Bookworks, 4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW Albuquerque, NM 87107

Duke City DimeStories, Albuquerque’s only open mic for prose, will celebrate its sixth year with a showcase of DimeStories selected from the best of the past year’s monthly events.

Authors who will read their 3-minute stories include: Kim Adonna, Jess Atcherly, Dee Cohen, Tish Fredrickson, Steve Howe, Marsha Johansen, Terri Klein, Jennifer Krohn, Maria Leyba, Marilyn Licht, Kempton Lindquist, Mopsy Matthews, Merimee Moffitt, Lisa Myers, Lata Nadig, Micah Palmer, Andy Paquet, Susan Paquet, Kraig Pickel, Georgia Santa Maria, Sarena Ulibarri, and Efrain Villa. Continue reading

Tips for Reading at a DimeStories Event

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Select the proper piece of PROSE. It should be a story 500 words—or less. Really, you don’t have to use all three minutes. Nothing wrong with leaving your audience wanting more…. Edit with a razor. Look at every word. Does it belong? Does it contribute to the meaning? Is there a strong narrative voice? Vivid imagery? Practice reading your work out loud. Can you read it (without rushing) in three minutes? If not, go back and cut more words out.

Stand up straight. Seriously, this is important as it will allow you to breathe better utilizing your diaphragm to its fullest potential.

Breathe. Don’t forget to breath. Besides being really embarrassing to pass out from lack of oxygen, if you breathe throughout your piece, you’ll avoid those awkward gasps between paragraphs.

Know the microphone. Generally you’ll want to be about 6 to 12 inches away and slightly off to the side, but some microphones require you to be right up front and close. If there is no microphone, make sure you project your voice—this is where standing up straight and breathing will come in handy.

Speak slowly, clearly, and vary your tone and rhythm. This will create interest, and allow your audience time to process what you’re saying. Pause. Create a space for your listener to visualize.

Look up. Your audience wants to see more than the top of your head! Make eye contact. Smile….

Don’t be THAT reader, the one who reads and leaves, or the one who shows up only to promote their latest book.  Instead, be a good community member, one who respects fellow DimeStoriers and listens to their stories. And even though as writers, we are mostly a bit socially awkward, take a chance– be the one who hangs around and welcomes new folks.

Have fun!