Short Story Reading: Massive Mastiff by Brian O’Flaherty

Watch Massive Mastiff Short Story Reading:

Performed by actor Dan Cristofori

Get to know writer Brian O’Flaherty:

Matthew Toffolo: What is your 1pg Short Story about?

Brian O’Flaherty: It is about a burglar, recounting how he avoided jail time.

MT: What genres would you say this short story is in?

BOF: Comedy. Crime.

MT: How would you describe this story in two words?

BOF: What? Doggonit!

MT: What movie have you seen the most in your life?

BOF: Star Wars, Return of the Jedi.

MT: How long have you been working on this story?

BOF: About two days.

MT: Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

BOF: Hard to pick a favorite, so I’ll give a shout out to, “Star Wars, Tales of the Bounty Hunters.” Not really a novel, but a brilliant piece of work that will never receive the recognition it is due.

MT: What motivated you to write this story?

BOF: I thought it would be fun. It was a little more challenging than I anticipated, because too many things were rhyming on me, so I decided to make the whole thing rhyme. It also helps create a rhythm, because a 400 word limit, provides very little time to create a rhythm in the story.

MT: What artist would you love to have dinner with?

BOF: Shakira.

MT: Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

BOF: Shakira and Star Wars.

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

BOF: I got an email, alerting me about the contest. I also love the critique that Wildsound Fest offers.

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Short Story Reading: RANDY & PATRICIA JOIN A MILITIA by Randy Gillis

Watch RANDY & PATRICIA JOIN A MILITIA

Performed by actor Dan Cristofori

Get to know writer Randy Gillis:

Matthew Toffolo: What is your short story about?

Randy Gillis: This story is about one gentle man’s struggle to survive in an absurdly violent world by finding a way to play the system.

MT: Why should this story be read by people?

RG: I think anyone who feels increasingly at a loss to make sense of this swirling horror show may find a chuckle or two. And these days, chuckles are like gold.

MT: How would you describe this story in two words?

RG: Fabulously disturbing.

MT: What movie have you seen the most in your life?

RG: Oh, wow, so many. OUTRAGEOUS! leaps to mind. It’s the first gay movie I remember seeing and for an isolated, small-town homo, it was a revelation. I fell in love with every frame. That, and SATAN’S SCHOOL FOR GIRLS. It’s practically biographical.

MT: How long have you been working on this story?

RG: The Randy & Patricia adventures are generally in response to something I’ve read or seen in the news that I find very difficult to process. I take it and put it in their capable hands and let them have at it. Once the light goes on, the story usually comes very quickly.

MT: Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

RG: I would have to say….JAWS! Because I saw the film before I read the novel, I spent all of 7th grade with these amazing sexual fantasies revolving around Richard Dreyfuss. Anyone who has read the novel, knows what I’m talking about.

MT: What motivated you to write this story?

RG: To stay sane, and to delay my inevitable, multi-state crime spree. Seriously, humor has always been my most effective weapon and I feel very grateful that I’m able turn some of this world-induced bitterness into something funny.

MT: What artist would you love to have dinner with?

RG: Harrison Ford for the volcanic sex that would be playing out in my head during the meal, and Adrienne Barbeau because she’s Adrienne freaking Barbeau!

MT: Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

RG: For many years now, I have been a weekend potter. Working with clay is another prong in my 3-pronged strategy to stave off insanity, with writing being one and masturbation being the last.

MT: What influenced you to enter the festival?

RG: I have been a fan of WILDsound for years, with several entries to date. I enjoy the feedback.

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

RG: Listen to criticism without defensiveness, glean what you can use, and discard the rest. And for the love of god, keep writing!

Novel Transcript Reading: PANTERRA: The Machinist. by Gary L. Ward

Winning April 2016 Novel.

Watch the Transcript Reading of PANTERRA: THE MACHINIST:

Performed by actor Dan Cristofori

Get to know writer Gary L. Ward:

Matthew Toffolo: What is your novel about?

Gary L. Ward: Arlington Moore is shipwrecked in a strange land. Separated from his crewmates he’s learned to adapt and has found a new life in a fishing village where he’s accepted and appreciated. Nearly four years later news comes to his village that other members of his crew have survived. As he’s preparing to set out in search of them, one of his crewmates finds him. With her is a three-year-old girl, and chasing her are imperial troops intent on returning her to her prison.

MT: Why should this novel be read by people?

GLW: This is a unique story, populated with characters who pull you into their lives and their struggle to find, not just their friends, but themselves.

MT: How would you describe this novel in two words?

GLW: Colorfully original.

MT: What movie have you seen the most in your life?

GLW: “Let It Ride” with Richard Dreyfuss. “You could be walking around lucky, and not even know it.”

MT: How long have you been working on this novel?

GLW: Between the thought and the publication was 17 months.

MT: Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

GLW: “Dhalgren”, by Samuel R. Delany.

MT: What motivated you to write this novel?

GLW: I had previously attempted to self-publish a long novel, but it was far too complex and fixing it required a new approach. I wrote this as an attempt to step away from that and to create a new style that was simpler in approach and content.

MT: What artist would you love to have dinner with?

GLW: My old friend, mentor, and inspirational poet, James Bertolino.

MT: Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

GLW: I’m a renaissance man. My passions play across a wide spectrum of science, history, and art. My particular focus is early American history. If time were my friend, and leisure my occupation, I’d learn the rough but delicate craft of building wooden boats.

MT: What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

GLW: I know what I wrote. I know what it means to me, and I can see the world I’ve attempted to describe in a sensory field that only I can perceive. What do others experience? I wonder. It doesn’t have to be aligned with my intent. Reviews can provide some answers, but to hear someone else give voice to your words can provide an insight beyond expectation.

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

GLW: Take a rock of an idea, any rock, and run with it. Develop it. Let it take you to places you never thought you could possibly go. Then polish it, hard, until it’s a bright shiny treasure. It doesn’t have to be perfect, no diamond is, just dazzling. And who cares if the only person who admires it is you. That’s enough.

Watch ‘Looking Into The Sun’ – 1st Chapter reading by Todd Tavolazzi

Watch the Performance Reading of LOOKING INTO THE SUN:

Synopsis:

A journalist works to free Syrian children from the violence of the Syrian conflict.

Read interview with the writer Todd Tavolazzi:
http://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2015/04/21/looking-into-the-sun-1st-chapter-reading-by-todd-tavolazzi/

Chapter performed by Dan Cristofori

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