Ft. Collins to launch DimeStories

Please join me in welcoming the newest DimeStories Chapter, Ft. Collins, Colorado, and Amanda Martinek to the family!  If you are anywhere near Ft. Collins, do check out the launch event:

Friday, March 9 th , 2018 at 6:00 PM.

at The Bean Cycle, 144 N College Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524.

The monthly event will take place on the 2 nd Friday of each
month at The Bean Cycle.

DimeStories are 3-minutes prose pieces read by the author. Authors of all experience levels are welcome to sign up and read.

Writers can sign up to read at 5:30 PM and the show starts at 6:00 PM.

The Fort Collins Chapter event is hosted by Amanda Martinek.


Amanda is a San Diego native, now rooted in Fort Collins. She is a member of Northern Colorado Writers and works in social and digital media marketing.


She was previously the Editor in Chief of a music publication called ListenSD and is currently working on her debut novel.

Albuquerque Celebrates 8th Anniversary!

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

Authors who will be reading their 3-minute stories include:  Gideon Campos, Karen Fausnaugh, Tish Frederick, Eirik Gumeny, Jennifer Krohn, Maria Leyba, Blake Magnuson, Georgia Santa Maria, Cindy Sylvester, and Uval Trubitz.


The event will be hosted by Jennifer Simpson.

3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, February 18 at

Bookworks, 4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW Albuquerque, NM 87107.


Meet the Paquets

A new regular series, featuring DimeStoriers. This started as a column on a site called DukeCityFix.com in Albuquerque but as that site is no longer being published, I am archiving the articles here, and hoping other chapter leaders from around the DimeStories community will participate.

To kick it off, I’m featuring stories from Andy and Susan Paquet who have been great supporters of the literary community in Albuquerque.

“Connected” by Andy Paquet and “Judge Falcone’s Funeral” by Susan Paquet


Andy Paquet grew up in Abq, went to UNM and UA, then worked at TCU in Ft. Worth, TX. He’s a retired microbiology professor. He wrote professional research publications and now enjoys the freedom to be creative, funny and not use statistics. He also emcees the DimeStories open mic here.

Susan Paquet lives in Corrales with her husband (Andy), Standard Poodle and pet goats. She began writing poems and short stories a few years ago and has never had so much fun. She recently published an Anthology, Apricots and Tortillas, about growing up in Albuquerque during the 1950’s and 60’s. Her short stories have also appeared in several other anthologies and journals.

Andy’s three (plus) favorite words are: dame, yes, nieto (grandson), and senior discount. Continue reading “Meet the Paquets”

ABQ DimeStorier Terri Klein to produce play

What Next, a play by DimeStorier Terri Klein will be enjoyed at the Congregation Albert  October 14-15, 2017.
Written by Terri Klein, the play centers around middle-aged dermatologist Martin Cohen who doesn’t believe in God, ghosts, or true love. Maybe that’s why they’re all out to get him. (Adult situations and language.)
Directed by Gloria Goodman; Assistant Directed by Gwenn Robinson.

Starring: Joel Miller, Owen Danan Martin, Daniele Cherry-Kokidajo Williams, Nick Olson, Hanna Cooper, Robin Lane, Charlene Fox, Wil Moore, and Frances Ozur Cole.

Featuring live Klezmer music by Di Kavene Kapelye (Randi Thompson, accordion, and Jeff Brody, violin).

Performances are October 14, 7:30 p.m. and October 15, 2:00 p.m.
at Congregation Albert, 3800 Louisiana Blvd., NE, Albuquerque, NM.
Tickets are $15 for general admission; $12 for seniors (65+), students with school ID, Congregation Albert Sisterhood members, and ATG members (with membership card).

What Next is an Hours Apart production, in partnership with Congregation Albert Sisterhood. All proceeds benefit Congregation Albert.

Hoping to see you at What Next!

July 2017 San Diego Standouts

So many good stories we had to choose FOUR standouts!  Thank you to all for your wonderful stories and fantastic performances!
Your stories:
Kevin Hennessey- Hat Factory
Tim Callaway – Aliens
Bernie Nofel – Like
Eber Lambert- Status Report