Short Story Reading of UNREQUITED LOVE by Heidi Rhonehouse

Performed by Carina Cojeen

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your story about?

This story is a small piece of my own life story. I was married for 8 years and it was an extremely difficult road filled with rejection, disappointment and a lot of grief. This story of “Ruth” and her unrequited love tells the story of disappointment and rejection, but it also tells about the growth that comes with such an experience and the potential it has to bring healing and renewed hope and a better understanding of what true love does look like.

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

non-fiction/faith

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

transparent, hopeful.

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

I would say “Milo & Otis” only because a little girl I used to babysit years ago was obsessed with it and we would watch it over and over and over and over and over every day, all day. At least it was a cute movie!

5. What is your favorite song?

There’s a lot of songs I love, but one of my most recent favorites is “It is Well,” performed by Kristene DiMarco (It Is Well – Kristene DiMarco & Bethel Music – You Make Me Brave …
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNqo4Un2uZI )
(Or, what song have you listened to the
most times in your life?)

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

I LOVE “Anne of Green Gables”

7. What motivated you to write this story?

It was actually a way for me to sort out what I was feeling, to express it, and try to piece together how I got to that point in my life. If I can’t figure out where I went wrong, then I am in danger of repeating the same mistakes. I decided to share the story, because I know I’m not alone in experiencing such a grief as that. Also, in hearing other people’s story of failed relationships, the biggest approach to it I’ve seen is allowing oneself to continue to be defeated and feel like a victim. I think it is so crucial to not just acknowledge where someone has hurt us, but it’s imperative that we also to take a look in the mirror, let God search our hearts to see what needs to change in us. When we do that we come out stronger and our feet are more apt to be set on solid ground onto a better and happier path.

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

Well, I think I would pick an alive person, because that would be really gross to eat dinner with a dead person. LOL! Okay, seriously, I think Joni Eareckson Tada. She is an incredible lady and what a ministry she has!

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

I’ve a heart for vulnerable adults, whether they’re battling a disability or illness, homelessness, or they’re simply up in years. The vulnerable adults are often overlooked in society and of all people, these are the ones who have a story to tell. They need to know someone cares and they also need to know that despite what circumstances may look like, there is a God who loves them and He’s got them in His hand.

Aside from that, I love animals and I love to follow different pet therapy groups and see the work they do such as taking dogs and cats to hospitals and nursing homes or equine therapy organizations that help kids and adults with disabilities through interaction with the horses. I love music. I play a flute and I’m actually learning to play bagpipes and I love it! I love to be outdoors and just see all that God has made for us.

10. What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

Honestly, when I wrote the story, I never thought I would ever submit it someplace to be performed, but when I found out about such an opportunity, I thought it would be an incredible opportunity to reach out to even more and bring them a sense of comfort and hope. I hope it does just that.

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

Really, the only thing I can think of is something I’ve heard so much. Write about what you know. When we write about what we know – not just simply head knowledge, but our life experiences, our disappointments, our hopes, our faith; it let’s others know they are not alone. It doesn’t matter the genre you pick to deliver the story, when you write from your heart, your message shines through and reaches the people it was meant to reach and it can make someone’s world that much brighter.

Heidi Rhonehouse

https://heidisstorycorner.weebly.com

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

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Chapter 1 Novel Reading: Briar Earth, by Paul Tapp

Performed by Val Cole

Get to know the writer:

What is your novel about?

Reluctance, tradition and coincidence. They bring together as princess and escort, an opiniative ‘silly girl’ and a ‘handsome captain’, who fails his diplomatic mission to keep her silent on contentious matters at her fox-hunting debut. A puppy hound and a missing fox-cub confound the biggest fox-meet of the year and bring an end to the cruel tradition.

What genres would you say this story is in?

Historic fantasy/Historic romance.

How would you describe this story in two words?

World’s collide.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Casablanca

What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

Summer Wine

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

The Woman In White (Wilkie Collins)

What motivated you to write this story?

As a kid I watched my grandpa and his dogs race rabbits to their burrows. He’d dig them out, apologise as they squealed in fear, wring their necks. It was his living. So too for many over the centuries, is the tradition of fox-hunting. It was a cathartic journey to understand the fear of the fox … and the concomitant respect between the hunted and the hunter when a beagle puppy discovers a fox-cub hiding in a manor stable.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

International polemics in a complex, selfish world that will destroy everything we love.Making family documentaries. Investigative journalism.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

Nice to hear someone read something I have written. To see if they ‘get’ the nuance in a chapter without the perspective of the full novel.

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

Don’t pitch to an audience. Write to appease something within.
Re-write until all paragraphs say ‘yes’. Writing is a private journey to somewhere. Collect fellow travellers along the way. 

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Excerpt from – Husbands May Come and Go But Friends are Forever by Judith Marshall

Performed by Michelle Alexander

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Get to know the author:

What is your novel about?

The story takes place in Northern California in the spring of 2000, when the dot-com boom was at its peak. Elizabeth Reilly-Hayden is a successful executive in her late fifties and a divorced mother of two. Emotionally armored and living alone, she wants only to maintain the status quo: her long-term significant other, her job, and her trusted friends – five feisty women whose high school friendship has carried them through multiple marriages, dramatic divorces, and maddening menopause. Yet in a matter of days, the three anchors that have kept her moored are ripped away.

The group of lifelong pals gathers at Lake Tahoe to attend to the funeral arrangements of their beloved friend, and tries to unravel the mystery of her death. Through their shared tragedy, Liz learns how disappointment and grief can bloom into healing and hope.

What genres would you say this novel is in?

Women’s fiction

How would you describe this story in two words?

Humorous and sad

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

An Affair to Remember (the original)

How long have you been working on this story?

12 years (it was published in 2009 and was optioned for the big screen in 2010)

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

“The Other Side of Midnight” by Sidney Sheldon

What motivated you to write this story?

I wanted to write about how enduring friendships expand our compassion and lend meaning to our lives.

What artist would you love to have dinner with? v

Dorothy Parker – would love to sit with her at the Algonquin Roundtable.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Theater and movies

What influenced you to enter your novel to get performed?

I love my eccentric characters and wanted to hear them speak.

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

Keep learning your craft. Attend every workshop, lecture or conference you can and keep writing, even if you think it’s crap!

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

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Winning Sept. 2016 Short Story: GOD’S CREATURES by Lionel Walfish

Watch the September 2016 Winning Short Story Reading.

Reading performed by Erynn Brook

GOD’S CREATURES  by Lionel Walfish 

Get to know the winning writer: 

What is your 1pg Short Story about?

“All creatures, great and small”

What genres would you say this short story is in?

Non-fiction

How would you describe this story in two words?

True life

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Strangers on a Train

How long have you been working on this story?

Three hours

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Thomas Wolfe’s ‘You Can’t Go Home Again’

What motivated you to write this story?

All my neighbors would watch out for this woman. We haven’t seen her in almost a year now. We hope that she is in good hands.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Rembrandt.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Classical music, theatre, and the dance.

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

I love good flash fiction, and enjoy contests.

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

Always carry paper and pen.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Winning Sept. 2016 Short Story: The Grave Diggers by Joseph Tsujimoto

Watch the September 2016 Winning Short Story Reading.

Reading performed by Erynn Brook

The Grave Diggers  by Joseph Tsujimoto

Get to know the winning writer: 

What is your 1pg Short Story about?

HAWAII GHOSTS

What genres would you say this short story is in?

SUPERNATURAL

How would you describe this story in two words?

SCARY TALE

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

SUSPENSE

How long have you been working on this story?

1 WEEK

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

I HAVE SEVERAL, ex., Blood Meridian

What motivated you to write this story?

CHINESE GRAVEYARD IN MANOA VALLEY

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Whoever might be interested in having dinner with me.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Teaching

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

The idea of 1 page

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

None

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

The Nightmare at Golden Acres – Short Story by Cindy Crawford Garrett

Watch the July 2016 Winning Short Story Reading. 

Reading Performed by actor Val Cole

The Nightmare at Golden Acres by by Cindy Crawford Garrett

Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your 1pg Short Story about?

Rape victims of any age, can even happen at our elderly care facilities.

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

Drama

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

Upsetting

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

Pretty Woman

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

1 week

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

No

7. What motivated you to write this story?

Visiting a nursing facility and being made aware these very disturbing situations happen.

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

Norman Rockwell

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

Family, history, music, gardening, agriculture

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

Recognition for this topic on our elderly.

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

Write on what you our passionate about. Write, edit, write more and reread after a little time passes.

Heavy Sexting Short Story by Amy Arrow

Watch the July 2016 Winning Short Story Reading.

Heavy Sexting by Amy Arrow

Short Story performed by Marsha Mason

Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your 1pg Short Story about?

Heavy Sexting explores the art of flirting in a digital world, generation to generation, the physical and the visual, touch vs. text.

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

Humor

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

Questioning Connecting

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

The Wizard of Oz

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

Wrote it in an afternoon, after the amusing title popped into my head.

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

Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins

7. What motivated you to write this story?

.Concept came from trying to understand dating in a digital world, after divorce, over the last 5 years. And particularly the idea of text buddies or boyfriends who cannot or will not connect on the physical plane.

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

Yoko Ono

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

Singing/Acting/Dancing, Filmmaking, Listening/Helping

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

A friend suggested it as I enjoy writing and I have not had an outlet for many years.

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

Trust what appears spontaneously, it’s what speaks to you, record the concepts, to remember them, then craft the elegant sentences; read, reread, restrict.