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

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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

Short Story: A Kind Of Marriage Story, by Stevie Turner

Performed by Val Cole

Author Website: http://www.stevie-turner-author.co.uk

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your short story about?

This short story is part of a novel to be published in July. It tells the tale of Gerrie Hermann, an 20 year old aspiring rock musician from South Africa, and Sophie Woods, a penniless naïve student from Manchester, England. Gerrie is from a rich diamond-merchant family and wants UK citizenship to further his musical career. He offers 19 year old Sophie 30,000 pounds if she would marry him. Sophie accepts the deal and both are prepared to go their separate ways after the wedding, but fall in love instead. Gerrie’s parents are furious with him and cut off his allowance. Sophie becomes pregnant, gives up her student place at University, and takes part time work in a supermarket to make ends meet.

When Gerrie’s band has the chance to support a famous rockstar, they have to find forty thousand pounds to fund their part of the tour. Gerrie has a plan, but the consequences of this plan are more far reaching for the couple than they ever would have thought, and unbeknown to them will affect both of them for the rest of their lives.

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

I would say Drama and Family Relationships primarily.

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

Women’s fiction.

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

Out of Africa.

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

Stairway to Heaven, by Led Zeppelin.

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

The Go-Between, by L.P Hartley.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

A guy I used to know wanted to stay in the UK and married an English girl. They are still together after 15 years, and so I think they fell in love!

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

William Wordsworth.

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

Rock music.

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

An unusual promotional opportunity.

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

A one or two star review is just one person’s opinion of your work. Don’t let it affect you too much, as there are many others who will give it five stars.

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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

April 2018 Novel & Short Story Winners

ACTORCROWN AND STEEL Novel Reading
April 2018 Reading
by Anna L. Walls
ACTORDESTINY FORTUNE FATE Novel Reading
April 2018 Reading
by Scott Lorenz
ACTORMOST WANTED Novel Reading
April 2018 Reading
by Linda Palmer
ACTORMANDELBROT Short Story Reading
April 2018 Reading
by Lionel Walfish
ACTOR85 DREAMS Short Story Reading
April 2018 Reading
by Melissa Mendelson
ACTORYES I CAN Short Story Reading
April 2018 Reading
by Marie Bethel
ACTORBECOMING FEARLESS Short Story Reading
April 2018 Reading
by Maura O’Leary
ACTORMASSACHUSETTS TALE Short Story Reading
April 2018 Reading
by Lionel Walfish

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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 Reading of MANDELBROT, by Lionel Walfish

Performed by Val Cole

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

 

Short Story Reading: Massachusetts Tale, by Lionel Walfish

Performed by Katelyn Varadi

 
From the writer:
 
I have always been fascinated by the coastal State of Massachusetts, USA.
Aside from spending wonderful vacations there over the years, there are historical aspects of Massachusetts that fascinate me.

For example….WITCHES !!

Many stories, novels and plays have been written about witches, often taking place in New England: The Crucible, by Arthur Miller and The Witches, 1692, by Stacy Schiff, are just two of those I enjoy.

While A MASSACHUSETTS TALE is not specifically about witches, it does allude to witch burials that took place in the ‘unconsecrated ground’ of a Massachusetts’s cemetery long long ago..
 

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Short Story Reading: Becoming Fearless, by Maura O’Leary

Performed by Katelyn Varadi

Get to know the writer:

 

What is the story about?

This story was created, not to talk about “me” and my successes per se, but to inspire others to follow their path of passion/life goals/creativity.

The story came about after I read a book about “disrupting yourself” and while reading it I realized that over my career I’ve changed things up every 5 YEARS since my 30’s! It inspired me enough to write this short story to share with others and hopefully tell them:

Never give up!

Believe in yourself, listen to that inner voice, shut out the “outer voice(s)” and focus on your dreams! Visualize them coming true-every day. Meditate and see things happening. Ask the universe for help!

Don’t say the word “Can’t” and stop hearing the word NO.

 

2. What Genres is the story in? 

 Inspirational

 

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

Be Fearless!

 

4. Movie I’ve seen the most in life? 

 I watch this movie every holiday season:

LOVE ACTUALLY it’s such a beautiful movie and soundtrack

 

5. Favorite song?  

Too many to list BUT I do try to stay on top of latest songs and bands.

Currently I love listening to the band Mondo Cozmo and their songs: HIGHER and Plastic Soul

And favorite song of the year for me-SO powerful:  PRAYING by Kesha

 

6. All time Favorite Novel?

Woah– way too many to list!  

I am an avid reader, and have been since I was a little girl. I use to go to the small branch library near where I lived and would pick up as many books as my little arms would hold to read each week!

This year so far I’ve read several books, and a few favorites are: All the Light We Cannot See, Glass Castle, and currently reading “Women in the Castle”.  

Authors that have influenced my writing genre and style overall are: Richard Paul Evans, Mitch Albom, Lorne Byrne, and many others

 

7. Motivation to write this short story?   

To inspire others, (mainly women) young or old. To go after your dreams, don’t let anything/anyone stop you from trying, and be fearless in your pursuit of your goals in life!

 

8. If I could have dinner with one person:

Alive: OPRAH

Dead: Princess Diana

 

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

Traveling when I can, learning more about diverse spiritual subjects, sharing my career story with women whenever/wherever I can, advocating for children reading, love animals and all kinds of music, volunteering for a few local non-profits, and through my book “When Angels Play Poker” reaching out to those that need to know they are loved from above…every day.

 

10.  What influenced me to enter story to be performed?

Honestly when I discovered your site, I just thought this was the coolest idea! I wasn’t sure my short story would be accept and/or performed –but thrilled that it has. It’s just one more way to spread the word about inspiring people to go after their dreams! Thanks so much for this opportunity.

 

11. Advice I’d like to pass along with other writers?

Keep writing your story, and be fearless about getting your book out to the world.

Everyone has a gift, and a story….don’t let anyone stop you from sharing it!

 

 

 

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox