Meet John Van Roekel

John Van Roekel, a regular San Diego DimeStorier, is our first guest host for 2018. As I interviewed him for this piece, it struck me how lucky I am to get to know the characters in our DimeStory.  We talked over an hour and John’s enthusiasm for writing, San Diego Writers, Ink, history, and DimeStories made for a remarkable conversation.  He inspires me because he embraces life-long-learning and demonstrates how  writing opens the door for opportunities to meet a marvelous community of creative people.  His compassion, tenacity and hunger for historical research led him to write three impressive historical novels: Braver Deeds, Prisoner Moon, and Lorenzo’s Assassin.

Born in Iowa, John’s family moved near Pontiac, Michigan where he attended high school.  He only applied to one school, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  He laughs as he admits, “I’m glad I got in, because I didn’t have a Plan B.”  He graduated with a B.A. in aerospace engineering and an M.A. in computer engineering.  While raising two sons, John lived and worked in several states before returning to Ann Arbor. Continue reading “Meet John Van Roekel”

San Diego DimeStories November Standouts

Congratulations to our Standouts!

Brad Davidson, Judy Reeves, Chet Hall, and Tia Meredith were chosen by their peers to represent the best of DimeStories!  We appreciate your creativity and composition.  Thank you for sharing your humor, passion, heart, and imagination with us!  We look forward to hearing more from you each month at our gatherings.


Brad Davidson – Dear Santa

Judy Reeves – Helskini After Tom’s Death

Chet Hall – Lulu Does Not Want to Sniff Bombs

Tia Meredith – The Morning After Vagelis




San Diego DimeStories OCTOBER Standouts

These are the DimeStories Standouts from our Anniversary Celebration!  We apologize for the technical difficulties and delay getting these wonderful stories by Peggy Hinaekian, Mark Radoff, and Liz Lemesevski  (soon to be uploaded.)

Congratulations to the three of you and we hope everyone enjoys hearing them.  They are now eligible for selection to the DimeStories Podcast.

Thank you for sharing your creativity and imagination with us at DimeStories!

Peggy Hinaekian – Sexy Senior Looking for a New Wrinkle

Mark Radoff – Two Words

Liz Lemesevski – Lip Synch and Luster

Bravo to the three of you!

San Diego DimeStories Open Mic

Join us for our November Open Mic!

November 10, 2017 – San Diego Writers, Ink

6:30 pm Refreshments 7:00 Readings


 Guest Host:  Amanda Fletcher

Bio: A 2012 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow, Amanda Fletcher is a freelance writer with a focus on travel. Her work has appeared in the Orange County Register, Coast, AfterParty and Hippocampus Magazines. Amanda is currently working on her memoir tentatively titled, HALO.

San Diego DimeStories Standouts – September

  1. Congratulations to our September Standouts for San Diego DimeStories!Two of the stories honor Jennifer Tuccillo.

Carol Moscrip – One of a Kind

Ed Coonce – Souls

Don Ryan – Pink and Blue

Amy Wallen – Excerpt from her memoir

Open Mic San Diego – October

Friday the 13th

                     San Diego DimeStories Open Mic                    13th Anniversary

If you are Superstitious…
Don’t Miss It!

6:30-7:30 Inspirations Gallery next to Inkspot; SDWI, Liberty Station

7:30 – 10 Readings in the Inkspot

10 – 11 Continue celebration at Inspirations Gallery