December 2015 DimeStories

San Diego DimeStories took place on a cold and rainy night the 2nd Friday in December at  the home of San Diego Writers Ink down in Liberty Station—  you’ll hear the planes landing at nearby Lindbergh Field in the recordings… but the sound of those planes didn’t stop the readers from sharing their stories.  The Best Ofs include:

Lawrence Johnson, “The 3rd Floor”

Cheryl Sonstein, “Confessions of a Caregiver”

David Latham “I Sorry So Sorry”

 

Brad Davidson’s “Merry 4th of July” was a crowd favorite, and though it went over by 15 seconds!  we’re posting it anyway in the spirit of the holiday season:

 

There were so many good stories in Orange County (every 2nd Sunday of the month! at LCA Wine)  that they couldn’t select only three!

Nicholas Thurkettle, “Change of Venue”

Liz Zuercher, “Mrs. Schlobaum’s Christmas Cookies”

Niina Satola, “An Open Letter to the Wasp Trapped on the 71v”

Pam Tallman, “A Christmas Gift”

Louis Rodriguez, “The Trustifarian”

Anna Yamamuro, “The Tree”

 

And on a cold night in Albuquerque ( winter does come to the Duke City–it’s not Phoenix!) we gathered at The Source for hot wassail, tamales, and various goodies to share stories. The Best Ofs included:

Karen Fausnaugh, “Love Analytics”

 

Kim Adonna, “Blue Pants that Glitter”

 

Mopsy Matthews, “Treasure”

 

Heard in Albuquerque: December 2015 News

November’s Duke City DimeStories featured some amazing creative stories and the three favorites were:

Kim Adonna’s “Casette Tape Poem” 

 

Terri Klein’s “Food Thief”

 

Jess Atcherly’s “If Only I Could l Meet Oprah” 

 

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, however, I’m posting the other stories, which includes Susan Paquet’s call-and-response story and the second installment of Micah’s dragon story.

Dee Cohen, “Mabel and Jack”

Karen Fausnaugh, “Wrestling”

Blake Magnusson, “Everyone You Never Knew”

Micah Palmer, “Dragon Problems Part 2”

Andy Paquet, “Adventures in NICU”

Susan Paquet, “Thanksgiving”

Jennifer Simpson, “Family Project”


 

NEWS:

Next Open Mic:  Thursday, December 17 at 7 pm.  We meet at The Source, 1111 Carlisle Ave SE, in Albuquerque..  Bring YOUR 3-minute story!

Coming Soon:  a regular column on DukeCityFix.com “Heard in Albuquerque:  3-minute stories”.

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–>