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!
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:
It’s not easy being green! Just ask Shannon Bates, our March hostess for DimeStories. Shannon is a musician and writer originally from a beautiful town called Fair Oaks in Northern California, and she has been a resident of San Diego for nearly 20 years. Both music and writing have always been integral parts of her life. She plays the saxophone and flute in local groups of many genres and holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. A few handfuls of her stories and poems have appeared in small journals and anthologies, and she has several novels in varying stages of completion. She is a first-year MFA candidate in Creative Writing in the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. When she is not writing fiction or playing music, she is playing soccer or cuddling with her cat, Satchmo. And she is always contemplating the multifaceted beauty of the color green.
Here’s THREE things about Shannon:
Three authors or books she admires: Shel Silverstein, Margaret Atwood, and Haruki Murakami (too many are left off this short list!)
Three things on her desk right now: green water bottle, green pen, laptop
A favorite writing exercise or prompt: “I like to write what amount to interviews with my protagonists and other main characters to create more intimate relationships and discover things I they hadn’t revealed to me before.”
Shannon says a good DimeStory engages the listener for a full three minutes and leaves her wanting to hear more.
For the last couple of years David Raines has been coordinating the San Diego DimeStories chapter, handling everything from emceeing the Open Mic events, to schlepping food and drink, and handling all kinds of behind-the-scenes duties. He recently announced he’s stepping down.
But don’t worry, he’ll still be around, and with the Orange County chapter of DimeStories serving as the inspiration, San Diego DimeStories will be handled by a committee! There will be a rotating group of emcees, starting with DimeStories forever favorite funny guy, Alex Bosworth (more on Alex with our next post), who will emcee the upcoming February Open Mic while Joanne Gorman will be in charge of the refreshments and Ed Coonce will be recording.
The NEXT San Diego Open Mic:
7:30 pm Friday, February 13, 2015
at The Ink Spot: 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16, Suite 204, San Diego, CA
$5 donation at the door much appreciated.
REMINDER: 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.