Short Story Reading: German’s Cat, by David N. Hawkins

Performed by Carina Cojeen

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your short story about?

The story is based loosely on a thought experiment, described as a paradox, devised by Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger in 1935 and it deals with the consequences of procrastination.

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

Science Fiction

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

Twisted fun

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

Mad Max

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

House of the Rising Sun

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

Dune

7. What motivated you to write this story?

Honestly, it was an impulse. I was thinking of the paradox and had a “What of?” moment.

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

Isaac Newton

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

Wood working especially turning bowls on a lathe.

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

My wife suggested it.

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

Good enough is a bad standard. Good enough is the sworn enemy of the best you can do.

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

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Short Story Reading: Falling, by K.L. Crighton

Performed by Carina Cojeen

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your short story about?

Polished and professional, Leigh, is a powerhouse at work but navigating life isn’t always so easy, especially when she’s around her handsome neighbor, Kevin. A bad day ends with her on the verge of something new.

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

Falling is at the beginning of the beginning and, like life, has the potential for many twists and turns. At first glance, it appears to be a romance. But as a lover of mysteries, I see potential for a much darker turn.

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

Anything’s possible

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

The Princess Bride- it’s filled with romance, adventure and everything in between.

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

I’m a fan of mysteries. The Perfect Assassin by Ward Larsen is one of my favorites

7. What motivated you to write this story?

I’ve always love writing. On one of those days where everything can go wrong- this story answers the question of “what else could happen.” But, as with most bad days, there’s usually a silver lining if we look hard enough- a much needed glass of wine or the prospect of a better tomorrow.

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

I love being outdoors- hiking, sitting by a fire or even working in the yard. I’m also a huge animal lover and spend a lot of time with my two horses and energetic yellow lab. And anything that resembles a puzzle motivates me- whether it’s a good mystery book or an organizational strategy project at my day job.

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

The short story performance motivated me to conquer the dreaded blank page that every writer faces at the start of something more.

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Novel Reading of Rogue Marauder, by Cherie’ Waggie

Performed by Carina Cojeen

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about?

Things didn’t always go as planned for Denovan Freighter Pilot, Sneighd Arkon. Keeping his freighter flying wasn’t always easy. Keeping himself flying was even harder. When offered a lucrative paying job for an illegal fuel run by Sinnetian Syndicate boss Baquar Starka, Sneighd accepted, even though he knew it wasn’t a good idea. Double-crossed by the supplier, Sneighd returns to Baquar empty handed, not knowing that was Baquar’s plan all along, a set-up for a nice little murder of a Galaxy Corporation Official with Sneighd tidily placed to take the blame. But things don’t always go as planned, even for Baquar Starka. Sneighd receives help in escaping Baquar’s henchmen with the help from two unwitting and unwilling rescuers, Tendrite Portmaster Korbot Maka, and Rhadurian pilot, Haunalyn. Sneighd’s freighter permanently disabled he and his new companions escape Sinnet aboard the Rogue Marauder, Haunalyn’s small Rhadurian Hauler, with Baquar Starka and the Galaxy Corporation Police in pursuit. With the help of Haunalyn and Korbot, Sneighd must find the proof that he isn’t the murderer before he ends up as space dust.

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

Science Fiction, Science Fantasy

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

Action Adventure

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

Jurassic Park Trilogy, The Mummy Trilogy, Star Wars (the original trilogy), Indiana Jones trilogy, and a lot of old movies (if you mean number of times seen). I like action movies, especially if there is some comic relief in the movie.

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

Unchained Melody (the Righteous Brothers rendition)

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

The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks

7. What motivated you to write this story?

Brainstorming with a friend is how the premise was created; the characters started growing, so their story needed to be written.

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

That is a hard question to answer. Alive, I’d say Jackie Chan. Dead, my brothers. I miss them.

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

Being creative through art, dance, music, and designing gowns, esp. for weddings, caring for Animals

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

My mother is visual impaired. I’d like my books to be on audio so that other visual impaired people can enjoy them. And audio books are great for people who travel or don’t have time to stop to read a book, or can’t read. This is a way for them to enjoy books.

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

Never give up. Writing can be frustrating: it’s hard work and takes a lot of time and concentration. There are days the words flow and days they just don’t come. The main thing is to just keep writing and never give up.

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

May 2018 Novel & Short Story Winners


ACTORSIDEKICKS – NOVEL Reading
May 2018 Reading
by Linda Palmer

ACTORA KIND OF MARRIAGE – SHORT STORY Reading
May 2018 Reading
by Stevie Turner

ACTORTHE SECOND CHANCE GARDENER – SHORT STORY Reading
May 2018 Reading
by Sharon Gunason Pottinger

ACTORTHE AFTERLIFE – SHORT STORY Reading
May 2018 Reading
by R.G. Renauld

ACTORWHO’S AT THE DOOR – SHORT STORY Reading
May 2018 Reading
by Mary Barr

ACTORAVALEIGH’S AMAZING ADVENTURES – SHORT STORY Reading
May 2018 Reading
by Rita Cragwall

ACTORPOSTMORDERNISTIC LOVE – SHORT STORY Reading
May 2018 Reading
by Mary Matshine

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel
Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Short Story: Avaliegh’s Amazing Adventures, by Rita Cragwall

Avaliegh’s Amazing Adventures – Avaliegh learns about Imagination
Children’s poem/story on imagination

Performed by Val Cole

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Short Story: Who’s at the door?, by Mary Barr

Performed by Val Cole

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your short story about?

My story is about believing or not, in Witches. Seven-year-old Katy, believes her Mom who says ‘Witches aren’t real’. Flix her younger brother definitely believes in all things scary. Especially when a real live evil witch knocks loudly on their door and Katy lets her in. The ugly Witch knows someone in the house doesn’t believe in witches and she intends to find out whom.

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

The genre is fiction juvenile, ages 6-10 years

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

Invasively – scary.

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

None

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

‘Blue Ain’t Your Color,’ Keith Urban

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

Going Solo. Roald Dahl

7. What motivated you to write this story?

I saw the contest come up in my emails and I noted it closed in just few hours. So I quickly wrote this little story and sent it in. I didn’t edit it and I regret that. I have since done so, and it reads better now.

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

Roald Dahl. Wilky Collins

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

Writing is my greatest passion and has been nearly my whole life. I also enjoy, renovating houses, designing jewellery and creating wax art.

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

I have wanted to enter a contest for a while, but usually I miss out due to time restraints. I was not about to let this opportunity pass.

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

Yes. Find out what makes you truly excited in life and follow that path. That is what you will excel at. If you don’t want to create a story more than anything else, simply don’t. You will be good at something and while you think you want to be an author you won’t find your true calling. Never let life get in the way of living your truth. Life is short and very precious, grab each moment and run with it. You will soon know where you want to be and it will probably surprise you when you find it!

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Short Story: The Afterlife, by R.G. Renauld

Performed by Val Cole

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your short story about?

It’s about one hundred words. Well, not about: it’s one hundred words exactly.

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

Bad Kafka

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

Mortality Hornswoggled?

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

‘Psycho Ward Saloon’. A cult classic without the creepy sycophancy of cults.

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

‘(I’m A) Chew Toy In The Jaws Of Despair’ aka ‘The Love Theme From Psycho Ward Saloon’. If Colt Ramen’s mournful yodel after the final verse doesn’t bring you to tears, there is just no hope for you.

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

Do songs by Tom Waits count as audiobooks?

7. What motivated you to write this story?

An annual literary competition in the local newspaper. It took the cake. Now we have frosting. A scoop of ice cream and I’ll be all set.

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

I’ll let you know once my dad gets his results back from ancestry.com.

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

Defying long odds.

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

See: Defying long odds.

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

That sounds like the makings of an exciting, high-priced webinar.

 

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Coxhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHu2MglG8RU