Short Story Reading of Busking At The Cash Till, by Abass Collier

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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: Home, by Christina Hamlett

 

Performed by Carina Cojeen

Writing, Publishing & Media
http://www.authorhamlett.com

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

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

Short Story: The Second Chance Gardener, by Sharon Gunason Pottinger

Performed by Val Cole

 Get to know the writer:

1. What is your short story about?
The stories we tell ourselves to avoid hard thoughts.

2. What genres would you say this story is in?
Women’s fiction maybe or even a parable

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

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

5. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)
Oh no favourites really. I like new and classic songs.

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?
Picking a favourite is impossible. I love reading. If I finish a novel, that is my fave until the next one.

7. What motivated you to write this story?
I’m fascinated by the kind of self-talk we use to smooth over harsh things.

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

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Gardening, permaculture, crafts, cats

10. What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?
Stories come alive when they are performed. I thought my story deserved that.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Keep at it. Don’t be afraid to accept criticism and revise, revise, revise.
 

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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