Fortunate Son – Chapter 1 Novel Reading by Daniel T Pawlowski

Performed by Val Cole.

Get to know the writer:

What is your novel about?

Fortunate Son is the story of a future president lost in time. It is 1969. The Vietnam war is raging and a young G.W Bush decides the best place to be is in the National Guard.

Later, some would wonder as to his where-a-bouts during this period. This book answers the question . He was lost in time. A little “R and “R” , a party at Yale, a shortcut through the Physics lab and George gets sent back in time to 1787.

What is a future president to do? Seek help from the only expert in electricity at the time, Benjamin Franklin. The journey to visit Franklin is fraught with danger for anyone let alone the future president from the future. With Ben Franklins help George

attempts to return to his own time before he becomes AWOL from the National Guard, without derailing the writing of the U.S. Constitution and hopefully without getting George killed.

Full Synopsis: Synopsis: “Fortunate Son”

It was 1969. The summer of love had shot its wad and the Vietnam War was in full swing. It was not a good time to be in the military but George W Bush had put himself in a pretty good position to avoid any of that messy war stuff. With a little help from a powerful friend in politics, his Dad, he wangled a position in the National Guard.

Though the guard was treating him nicely, he still needed a little “R and R”, which is precisely why he headed to the campus of Yale University to party with his frat brothers from Delta Kappa Epsilon. As a brother and former fraternity president, he knew they would welcome him with open arms and more importantly open containers.

The party was a blast. Too bad he tried to take a shortcut through the Physics lab. That darned science complicates everything. An experiment in electromagnetism, a case of room zooms and a few hours later he finds himself lost in the year 1787. What is a future president to do? Seek help from the only expert in electricity at the time, Benjamin Franklin.

The journey to meet Franklin is fraught with danger. George has to rely on cunning and good luck, mostly good luck, to survive his encounters with highwaymen, local militia and a lesbian pirate. Fortunately for George he gets help from some folks he meets along the way and the physics students responsible for kicking off his little adventure. Discovering that their experiment had misplaced someone in time has the students concerned. When they find out whom the lost soul is they get serious and start pulling all-nighters to save George from time and visa versa. After many cheeseburgers, several cases of Yoo-Hoo and some choice pot, they manage to accidentally recruit help from 1787 when an unassuming farmer from the past is brought to the Yale campus of 1969.

George’s luck holds out and he manages to make it to Philadelphia to meet up with Ben Franklin. But it takes more than luck to convince Franklin that his story is not the fantastic imaginings of a mad man. It takes all of George’s charm plus the magic twinkle in his eye to convince Franklin that his predicament is real and his help is required. It doesn’t hurt that the constitutional convention of 1787 is just around the corner and the more Franklin leans about George, the more he is convinced that getting George the hell out of town would be a good idea.

Franklin agrees to help George get back to 1969 America. Unfortunately, George has created enemies along the way and they become intent on ending George’s time anywhere. The chase back to 1969 is on with George’s future and that of the country in the balance. When all seems lost and George’s timeline appears to be at an end, the Physics students manage to stay straight enough to solve their technical problems and bring George back to 1969.

Safely back from the past he escapes military justice and a charge of AWOL through cunning and, um, who am I kidding he concocts a story that he was working a political campaign for one of his dads buddies and surprisingly the Guard buys it.
The experience leaves George Bush a changed man. His black and white view of the world has changed into a nice shade of grey, his heart has grown softer and he ponders what he will be when he grows up.

What genres would you say this novel is in?

Fiction/Satire/Fantasy

How would you describe this story in two words?

Temporal Escapade.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Tough to answer accurately…….Blazing Saddles ?

How long have you been working on this story?

Eleven years.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Candide by Voltair.

What motivated you to write this story?

The need to laugh at the political landscape

If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

Ben Franklin.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Tilting at social windmills.

What influenced you to enter your novel to get performed?

The need to bring laughter to a wider audience.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Believe in your journey, look at detours as educational, keep your eye on your destination.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Novel Transcript Reading: GUARDIAN by Marc W Johnson

Performed by Hugh Ritchie

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your novel about?

It is anthology of 5 dark short stories and 3 poems that drag into the light the deepest parts of us we wish to keep hidden.

What genres would you say this novel is in?

Well, there is a little sci-fi and some ghostly business, but generally, I would say it leans toward horror, but not the bloody kind.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Thought provoking.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

It’s a wonderful life.

How long have you been working on this story?

About a year in between screenwriting.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

I don’t really have an all-time favorite, but there have been some that stuck with me. Stephen King’s “IT,” Dean Koontz’s “Watchers,” H. Beam Piper’s “The Fuzzy Papers” and Bradbury’s “The Martian Chronicles,” just to name a few. Some are old, but they are still out there and have withstood the test of time.

What motivated you to write this story?

Well, I got the idea a few years back on a trip to an amusement park, and mulled it over while writing a script. I knew if I wrote it I would take a sh!@ ton of crap from my family. I wrote it anyway.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

The dude with the creepiest mind of all – the one, the only – Mr. Stephen King.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Those I care about, but Dragons are very close second.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Don’t write just for the sake of telling a story or shock value. Hit them in the gut and they will never forget it.

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Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Editor: John Johnson

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

Novel Transcript Reading: The Pessary by Juliet M Nevins, MD

Watch the October 2016 Winning Novel Reading.

Reading performed by actor Michelle Alexander

The Pessary  by Juliet M  Nevins, MD

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your NOVEL about?

This novella was inspired by the many women, family and friends, whose lives have been touched by sexual violence. It is about a young physician struggling with her past. As a child Sophia was raped by her mother’s boyfriend, while her mother who had discovered this act, did nothing. Sophia finds escape through education, and as a young physician she meets Debra Little. Debra Little is an old woman from Jamaica who, with the help of two Americans, fled the island after her tenure with domestic abuse ended with the death of her child. The two find healing in each other’s stories. Debra Little finds forgiveness. Sophia finds courage.

What genres would you say this novel is in?

Fiction (women’s interest)

How would you describe this story in two words?

Hard. Transformational.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Interestingly, I love action films. I can’t say that I have one that I have watched the most–as long as there is a good fight scene.

How long have you been working on this story?

More than 10 years.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Sula by Toni Morrison

What motivated you to write this story?

I wanted to tell a story: victims of abuse are found in the most unlikely places. The story was a narrative that would lead to healing, my healing and that of many others.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Oprah. She is so good at speaking the truth and I think that she is an excellent actress.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Health education. I have always enjoyed teaching, translating medical lingo into a language that non-medical people would understand. I have seen how this makes a difference.

August 2016 Novel & Short Story Winners

1st CHAPTER and FULL NOVEL FESTIVAL: https://novelwritingfestival.com/

Watch the August 2016 Winning Novel & Short Story Performance Readings. All stories read and performed by professional actors:

ACTORNOVEL Transcript – THE DRAGON OF TIME
August 2016 Reading
Written by Aaron Dennis

ACTORCHAPTER 1 Novel – OBITER DICTA
August 2016 Reading
Written by Lucian M.

ACTORSHORT Story – THE STORM
August 2016 Reading
Written by Buffy Sammons

ACTORSHORT Story – THOUGHT OF A SOLDIER
August 2016 Reading
Written by Cornelia Fick

ACTORSHORT Story – COLORED TIES
August 2016 Reading
Written by Oz Greek

ACTORSHORT Story – STANDING OVATION
August 2016 Reading
Written by Lionel Walfish

ACTORSHORT Story – CELIA�S NIGHT OUT
August 2016 Reading
Written by Agata Zema

ACTORSHORT Story – ALONG MY JOURNEY
August 2016 Reading
Written by Renee Michelle Christian

ACTORSHORT Story – DAY OF WHY
August 2016 Reading
Written by Stephen Karnaghan

ACTORSHORT Story – ALL LIVES MATTER
August 2016 Reading
Written by Ruth Andrews Garnes

ACTORSHORT Story – A DANGEROUS OCCUPATION
August 2016 Reading
Written by Randall Krzak

ACTORSHORT Story – ONE MORE LAST CALL
August 2016 Reading
Written by Forrest Simcoe

ACTORWATCH POETRY READINGS
August 2016 Reading
Poetry performed by professional actors.

ACTORNOVEL Prologue – THE ACE OF KINGS
August 2016 Reading
Written by Dan Levinson

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

 

July 2016 Novel & Short Story Winners

1st CHAPTER and FULL NOVEL FESTIVAL: https://novelwritingfestival.com/

Watch the July 2016 Winning Novel & Short Story Performance Readings. All stories read and performed by professional actors:

ACTORNOVEL READING – WHAT PASSES BETWEEN WOMEN
July 2016 Reading
Written by Patty Fischer

ACTORJULY 2016 POETRY READINGS
Watch 10 poems performed by professional actors

ACTORSHORT STORY – HEAVY SEXTING
July 2016 Reading
Written by Amy Arrow

ACTORSHORT STORY – NIGHT SWIMMING
July 2016 Reading
Written by Joanell Serra

ACTORSHORT STORY – STARMAN – LIFE ON TRAPPIST ONE
July 2016 Reading
Written by Dermott Hayes

ACTORSHORT STORY – TEARS OF JOY
July 2016 Reading
Written by I.E. Hughes

ACTORSHORT STORY – DNA
July 2016 Reading
Written by Yvonne Randle

ACTORSHORT STORY – DESPITE DEMENTIA
July 2016 Reading
Written by Janet Bennett Cox

ACTORSHORT STORY – GALICIA’S GRANITE
July 2016 Reading
Written by Janice Tindle

ACTORSHORT STORY – LEILA, AGE 17
July 2016 Reading
Written by Sherry Chow

ACTORSHORT STORY – LEFT ON LUNDY
July 2016 Reading
Written by James R. Cavell

ACTORSHORT STORY – LEFT ON LUNDY
July 2016 Reading
Written by James R. Cavell

ACTORSHORT STORY – THE OCEAN AND THE SKY
July 2016 Reading
Written by Rose Mendonca

ACTORSHORT STORY – THE NIGHTMARE AT GOLDEN ACRES
July 2016 Reading
Written by Cindy Crawford Garrett

ACTORSHORT STORY – TALKING YEOW
July 2016 Reading
Written by Lynne Adams Barze

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Novel Transcript Reading: Alex The Inventor by Gerald Gordon Brynelson

Watch the June 2016 winning novel transcript reading.

Alex The Inventor by Gerald Gordon Brynelson. Chapter 1: Big Ben and the Boy

Performed by Geoff Mays

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about?

Alex the Inventor in the Fantastic Scrapyard (Book I) is a near-future sci-fi fantasy which involves the cyclical destruction and renewal of life on Mars when it is visited by a rogue “Planet X” at ten thousand year intervals. The near-miss fly-bys of the mysterious planet disrupt the orbit of Mars to either one that is closer to or farther away from the sun each time. After each interval, the climate on Mars changes to become warmer or colder, depending on how the orbit is affected. Set against this backdrop is the story of an impoverished boy named Alex Faraway who lives alone with his mother in an old farmhouse nearby an abandoned scrapyard. The house and backyard are completely overgrown with a concealing thicket of bushes, vines and trees. Between the hidden house and the scrapyard is an old barn that Alex has converted into a workshop in which he loves to invent and build all manner of robots and machines in his spare time. One invention not yet completed is a small spaceship, the plans to which Alex found in his father’s old desk, and which he hopes to finish one day to fly away and find his missing father. Alex dad disappeared ten years before under strange circumstances and with the sighting of a UFO.

When Alex is twelve, he is awakened one night upon hearing and seeing strange sounds and sights not far away, in the scrapyard. When he goes out to investigate, Alex has an encounter with a robotic creature that resembles a very large dragonfly. The oddly intelligent machine which he names, “Dart”, is friendly enough but does not want Alex to follow it back into the scrapyard after dark. Against its wishes, Alex follows the Dragonfly further into the maze of large scrap-piles and then has an unsettling return home because he senses he is being hunted by a sinister entity.

In the days that follow, Alex’s adventures unfold further when he befriends a girl named Rainah Onyahee. The oddly dressed girl with Asian-like features enters his life quite unexpectedly when she walks out of the scrapyard to catch a ride on the morning bus to school with Alex and the other children. When the school day ends though, so does Alex’s normal life after he follows the lonesome girl off the bus and back into the scrapyard. Rainah leads Alex down a tunnel and literally into a whole new, strange world in the form of an alien Biosphere Dome hidden deep underground. While on this path of unusual discoveries, the boy is reunited with an old woman named Miss Vee who used to baby-sit for Alex and whom Rainah also calls, “The Gardener Who Waits”.

Miss Vee has been caring for Rainah since she was small while also patiently tending a large garden inside the dome which has an environment very unlike that of Earth. Miss Vee and Alex need to wear spacesuits while in the garden, but Rainah does not. Alex soon learns that Rainah is a survivor from Mars when that planet was warmer – ten thousand years ago! Miss Vee has been hiding the Biosphere and the girl from sinister creatures called “The Others” who wish to destroy the dome and Rainah and all who stand in their way before Planet X returns and shifts Mars’ orbit back to one that will warm its climate once more. As Alex is drawn further into Rainah’s world, he learns who built the dome. He also discovers that their friendship did not occur quite by chance and that he may also be more like a Martian than he could have possibly imagined.

The Great Change for Mars is fast approaching and when the Others finally discover the Biosphere, Alex and Ranah must defend it and do battle against an overwhelming horde so that the huge dome – which is also a spaceship – can escape back to Mars in time. But, it is when combat is finally required and the need is most dire that Alex’s new and growing abilities with an unusual Martian device known as a Luss are suddenly sparked into full and dynamic action!

In the end of Book I, contact is finally made with Alex’s father. But then, there is also a backstory which reveals the events that happened on ancient Mars before its catastrophic encounter with Planet X – namely, the origin of the cold-hearted creatures called The Others. The reader is also given their first clues of Alex Faraway’s possible distant kinship with the people of Mars and why, because of tragic ignorance, they must endure the cyclical changes of their world’s climate.

Read on and suspend, for a little while, all that you hold to be the normal, the usual. Step into Alex Faraway’s fantastical world where his robot allies Legs and Big Ben help the two gifted children on their quest to save not only Rainah’s planet but perhaps ours as well. After you do, you may not wish to return.

2. Why should this novel be read by people?

In my writing, I enjoy blending possible mythical events into a story filled with suspense, childhood discoveries, and a good mystery. The myths of a possible Planet X, the canals of Mars, and an imaginary reason of why the climate of Mars has changed in long ago, are given life along with how a civilization of Mars suffered the consequences of their past follies. Hope is still just around the corner for Mars and its people however, and my characters rise to the challenge and the dangers with youthful (and sometimes playful) vigor. There is an element to the story of what I call “Imaginary Physics” as well which I employ in explaining how the spaceships in my story can fly to Mars at nearly the speed of light using the DIIVE Drive, for example. Each story also has a unique invention which Alex builds with the high-tech parts from his scrapyard and then uses with youthful excitement.

3. How would you describe this novel in two words?

Astonishing deliciousness.

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Blade Runner.

5. How long have you been working on this novel?

Book I took me about 6 years to finish, from writing rough drafts by hand. Typing it out on computer didn’t take too long. This trilogy of novels, in whole has taken 14 years to write, all during spare moments here and there. It has been a long journey but an enjoyable one. Adding the illustrations has kept me going to finish it all because I like that part of the whole experience too.

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Anything written by Isaac Asimov.

7. What motivated you to write this novel?

When I was a kid, I was very shy and often enjoyed tinkering with mechanical devices and trying to be an inventor. I still do, a little bit and love the thrill of creating something unique and futuristic. I decided to begin writing this story about a boy-inventor and his adventures to encourage my own kids to enjoy reading when they were just starting school. I think my strategy worked quite well and it has been a joy bringing this unique character and his world to life, although I hadn’t anticipated that I would still be writing the story as a full-fledged trilogy. Book III is nearly finished though, thank heavens. Then I will top off the last two books with their own illustrations – which will be the most fun, actually.

8. What artist would you love to have dinner with?

John Lennon.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

The future of space travel and exploration.

10. What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

I happened to notice the website while on Twitter and liked what it offered. I’m glad that I found it in time to send off my story sample too. I need to get my writing out there more.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Yes. Love with a passion what you are writing about so that you will finish what was started! Be patient and proofread the finished story several times. Also, try to learn as much as you can about the nuts-and-bolts of proper spelling, grammar and sentence structure so that your finished work will be unique and enjoyable for the people reading it.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

May 2016 Novel & Short Story Winners

1st CHAPTER and FULL NOVEL FESTIVAL: https://novelwritingfestival.com/

Watch the May 2016 Winning Novel & Short Story Performance Readings. All stories read and performed by professional actors:

ACTOR1st Ch. Novel Transcript – WATER FOR BLOOD
May 2016 Reading
Written by Brett Bacon

ACTOR1st Ch. Novel Transcript – TJ S LAST SUMMER IN CAPE COD
May 2016 Reading
Written by Garfield Whyte

ACTORShort Story Reading – AFTERNOON CABARET
May 2016 Reading
Written by Grey Hall

ACTORShort Story Reading – THE END
May 2016 Reading
Written by Lionel Walfish

ACTORShort Story Reading – MR “NAUGHTY” BECOMES MR “NICE”
May 2016 Reading
Written by Laura Anne Ewald

ACTORShort Story Reading – THROWING KIDS
May 2016 Reading
Written by Erik Linthorst

ACTORShort Story Reading – THE POND IS TOO CROWDED
May 2016 Reading
Written by Stacey R. Janik

ACTORShort Story Reading – TEARS FOR MY BABY SISTER
May 2016 Reading
Written by Jody T. Morse

ACTORShort Story Reading – MY ROAMEO, WHERE ART THOU MY ROAMEO
May 2016 Reading
Written by Michelle Assor

ACTORShort Story Reading – LOST LOVE
May 2016 Reading
Written by Catherine Hammer

ACTORShort Story Reading – HELD UP
May 2016 Reading
Written by Bree Katz

ACTORShort Story Reading – TOGETHER AND SEPARATE
May 2016 Reading
Written by Herb Schultz

ACTORShort Story Reading – THE DAD SWEATER
May 2016 Reading
Written by Joshua Collins

ACTORShort Story Reading – LORNA’S ISLAND
May 2016 Reading
Written by Louise Johnson

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson