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”
Refreshments and sign ups at 6:30; Readings at 7:00
Guest host: John Van Roekel!
John, originally from Michigan, came to San Diego in 2001. He is the author of three historical novels, Prisoner Moon, Lorenzo’s Assassin and Braver Deeds. He also edited his father’s WWII letters and you can find them on his website: http://johnvanroekel.com A software engineer by profession, John is a member and supporter of San Diego Writers, Ink, a nonprofit organization for writers.
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.
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
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.
A new regular series, featuring DimeStoriers. This started as a column on a site called DukeCityFix.com in Albuquerque but as that site is no longer being published, I am archiving the articles here, and hoping other chapter leaders from around the DimeStories community will participate.
To kick it off, I’m featuring stories from Andy and Susan Paquet who have been great supporters of the literary community in Albuquerque.
“Connected” by Andy Paquet and “Judge Falcone’s Funeral” by Susan Paquet
Andy Paquet grew up in Abq, went to UNM and UA, then worked at TCU in Ft. Worth, TX. He’s a retired microbiology professor. He wrote professional research publications and now enjoys the freedom to be creative, funny and not use statistics. He also emcees the DimeStories open mic here.
Susan Paquet lives in Corrales with her husband (Andy), Standard Poodle and pet goats. She began writing poems and short stories a few years ago and has never had so much fun. She recently published an Anthology, Apricots and Tortillas, about growing up in Albuquerque during the 1950’s and 60’s. Her short stories have also appeared in several other anthologies and journals.