Best DimeStories from Albuquerque, October 2016

DCF-header740We had a great group of DimeStoriers for our October gathering with stories about everything from travel and dysfunctional family to war and the election.  Here are our favorites:

  • Terri Klein, “Above the Fray” (a little election humor)
  • Tish Frederick, “Love’s Solitude”
  • Jessica Atcherly, “Paid Vacation”

Honorable Mention:

  • Andy Paquet, “Blending In”
  • Aaron Lade, “The Football”  (first timer made it just under the timer!)

 

Listen here:

NEXT Albuquerque DimeStories:

Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 7 pm.


SPECIAL EVENT MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

1425635_436015763272730_3427216610505479401_nSpecial event, “New Mexico Stories: City on the Edge and DimeStories”  

7 pm, Saturday December 3, 2016

at The Draft Station, 1720 Central Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM 87104.

If you haven’t heard of City on the Edge, or listened, it’s hosted by Ty Bannerman and Mike Smith, with regular guest Nora Hickey.  Together they explore the history and culture of Albuquerque. Listen online at https://soundcloud.com/city-on-the-edge-podcast

AND… if you’re a DimeStorier with a 3-minute New Mexico tale to tell, and you can commit to attending the event, contact me (Jennifer) and tell me you want to be a part of the show!  You can use the contact form on THIS website.

 

The DimeStories October Surprise: a PODCAST!

DimeStories Podcast

 

If you’ve been following DimeStories on Facebook you may know that we launched a podcast—DimeStories: Three 3-minute stories read by the author around a theme.  Sort of like “This American Life.”  But no Ira Glass. And sometimes the stories are fiction.

You can listen here on the DimeStories website.   OR you can subscribe to DimeStories on iTunes.  If you like what you hear, it would be great if you could review it.

You can also follow us on Soundcloud and Stitcher.

September Stories in San Diego, 2016

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September is my favorite time of year in San Diego:  the tourists are gone, the beach is still warm, and it’s close enough to my late August birthday to continue the celebration…  This September I was also able to fly in from Albuquerque to host DimeStories.  We had a nice group, and a collection of awesome stories–some funny, some sultry, some serious.  Alas, I was having so much fun I forgot to solicit audience input… so here are my favorites from the evening:

Carrie Danielson, “The Scent and Safety of a Screen” (and yes it over 3 minutes, I may have forgotten to push “start” on the timer, but I liked this story a lot)

 

Alex Bosworth, “Cypress” (the sound of Alex’s voice whispering “Cypress” has lingered)

 

Judy Reeves “Dear Bernadette” ( PG-13 )

 

Much thanks to all who attended, it was a fabulous night!  Lots of great volunteers who helped set up and clean up, and the regulars who bring their stories every month.  Such fun!

ABQ DimeStories September 2016

I was unable to attend the September DimeStories in Albuquerque to record,  but the favorite stories from the open mic cam from regulars and a newbie:

Dee Cohen, “A Semi-Famous Poet Believes I’m Stalking Him”

Eirik Gumeny, “Free Falling”

Our favorite emcee, Andy Paquet, “Caller ID: God”

and newbie, although a much beloved member of the Albuquerque poetry scene, Don McIver, “The Porcupine.”

Sorry to have missed these stories and I hope to record them at some point!

Favorite Stories from Albuquerque May-Sept 2016

We’ve had some fantastic DimeStories over the past few months here in the Duke City and I am just catching up with the audio:

May 2016

Maria Leyba, “Passion Play Barrio Style”

 

Pamela Hirst, “Ike on a Bike”

 

Susan Paquet, “My Government Man”

 

Jess Atcherly, “Hollywood Hopeful

 

June 2016

Micah Palmer, “Junebug”

 

Karen Fausnaugh, “Kansas”

 

Iris Gersh, “Miami Shores House”

 

Terri Klein, “The Thread”

 

 

 

DimeStories September 2016 News

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Friday, September 9:  San Diego Open Mic at San Diego Writers, Ink

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

831ac7cf-0f54-403b-bc19-229b3f9bedbfEMCEE: Jennifer Simpson, DimeStories Wrangler, flying in from Albuquerque
Bring your 3-minute story, and bring a friend (because listening is fun too!).
Refreshments served at 7:30, stories begin at 8:00.

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.

$5.00 donation at the door is requested… and if you’d like to contribute a little extra towards food and wine, that’s much appreciated!

Sunday, September 11: Orange County DimeStories

As always, sign-ups begin at 5:00 pm, and we begin readings at 5:30 pm.
LCA Wine
3315 Hyland Avenue, Suite H
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

$5 donation at the door requested.

Thursday, September 15: Duke City DimeStories (in Albuquerque

at The Source1111 Carlisle Blvd. SE (one mile south of Central Ave.– be sure you stay on Carlisle!)

Every third THURSDAY  7-9pm

Suggested donation:  $3 at the door

New voices always welcome!  Some of us are brand new to the writing and reading out loud scene, and some of us are regulars, we’re all writers.

Hosted by Andy Paquet, technical support by Jennifer Simpson

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!