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.

 

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

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.


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

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!

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”