Short Story: The Storm by Buffy Sammons

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Reading Performed by actor Geoff Mays

The Storm  by Buffy Sammons

Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your 1pg Short Story about?

Really life as I see it and why I feel my family’s and now my own devise are somehow a form of divine intervention and has distanced me from getting to close to others anymore.

2. What genres would you say this short story is in?
I would say It’s definitely a twist on prose with a science fiction/ autobiography possibility

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

Beautiful storm

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

Older movies, comedies, action adventure, and some Science fiction…

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

I just wrote it in the middle of the night one night and after reading it to a few people still close to me and I got such a reaction it always helps me to know that a story or poem gets a reaction. Thats my true passion and I want others to see and feel what I do in my head

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

Chasers of the light, poems from the Typewriter series by Tylers Knott Gregson is something I can listen too over and over again. Its a must read on my list..

7. What motivated you to write this story?

Loss in my life and commonality of all of our fascination with the storm..

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

All of them!! And in Hawaii of course Is that asking for too much!!!! I’m a 44 year old nurse diagnosed very late with numerous cancers. I often just shoot for the moon and go from there! Lol

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

poetry, art, paying it forward trying to start something called #Artfromtheheart which is about giving art supplies of all kinds to cancer centers, woman and children’s centers, and anyone with a disability that keeps them down. Art and writing saved my life.

10. What influenced you to enter the 1pg. Short Story contest?

Its such a great site that helps amateur writers like me grow through critiques and exposure..

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

Write from your heart and deep down from your gut. I write dark, light, and whatever I FEEL at that moment in my day. Don’t be afraid to say what is in your head and put it on paper or paint or any medium! The experience has really opened my eyes and Im grateful for it..

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

Short Story: STANDING OVATION by Lionel Walfish

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Reading Performed by actor Geoff Mays

STANDING OVATION by Lionel Walfish

Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your 1pg Short Story about?

Living life through a living fantasy.

2. What genres would you say this short story is in?
Realty/fantasy

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

Two Lives

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

Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Strangers on a Train.’

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

Four hours

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

YOU CAN’T GO HOME AGAIN (Thomas Wolfe)

7. What motivated you to write this story?

This story is fashioned after an old acquaintance .

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

Rembrandt (if he were still alive)

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

Theatre and music

10. What influenced you to enter the 1pg. Short Story contest?

I enjoy entering writing contests

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

Always carry paper and pen.

*****

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

Short Story: CELIA’S NIGHT OUT by Agata Zema

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Reading Performed by actor Geoff Mays

CELIA’S NIGHT OUT  by Agata Zema

Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your 1pg Short Story about?

A woman, Celia, is driving the forest road home with more anxiety than usual because of the unfavourable weather. She comes upon a situation that turns her life around upon the choices she makes. The end sees her in the back seat of her own car with someone else navigating the route homeward.

2. What genres would you say this short story is in?

Suspense Thriller

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

Distorted interpretation

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

The Shawshank Redemption

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

The idea was brewing for 2 months and took only one night to write first to last draft.

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

This is a very challenging question as I am an avid reader.

‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ by Oscar Wilde because it influenced my in direction and content of writing.

Close second is ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ by Charles Dickens for the same reason of influence and igniting an imagination full of characters and dialogue rather than just a story line.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

A good friend. She loves my work and asked me quite meekly one day to write her character into a story.

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

I have to pick two.

Alfred Hitchcock and Peter Allen at the same dinner session.

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

My other passion is helping others to write and develop their own style of writing for whatever type of project they are interested in; such as writing a novel, screenplay, song, poetry and so on.

10. What influenced you to enter the 1pg. Short Story contest?

One of the best writing festivals around with a huge following of quality creatives.

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

I am a writer, author and freelance writer; but above and beyond the best advice I would like to share is to always promote your own unique style of writing.
From this you can attract the best projects, networking support and friendships and appropriate pay/compensation.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

Short Story: Along My Journey by Renee Michelle Christian

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Reading Performed by actor Geoff Mays

Along My Journey  by Renee Michelle Christian

Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your 1pg Short Story about?

A True Life Experience.

2. What genres would you say this short story is in?

Biography/autobiography/essay/journalism

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

Surreal

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

I’ve watched No Escape 5 times in the last month.

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

5 Years

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

The Celestine Prophecy

7. What motivated you to write this story?

A Catharsis

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

Tom Hanks or Tyler Perry

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

Music/Animals/Nature

10. What influenced you to enter the 1pg. Short Story contest?

A desire to tell this story and hopefully one day find that picture again!

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

If you have a revelation, write it down!

*****

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting: Sean Ballantyne