Talking Yeow – Short Story by Lynne Adams Barze

Watch the July 2016 Winning Short Story Reading. 

Reading Performed by actor Marsha Mason

TALKING YEOW by Lynne Adams Barze:

 

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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.

Novel Transcript Reading: Obiter Dicta by Lucien M

Watch the June 2016 winning novel reading.

Obiter Dicta by Lucien M

Performed by Marsha Mason

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about?

A murder leaves a body on display at a Vancouver, Canada public space quickly followed by the assassination of the prime minister of British Columbia that leaves a public in shock. VPD Homicide investigate a trail that leads to various groups vying to grip the political future of British Columbia in their hands. Some seek to do so by democratic means while others pursue the route of armed force. Most disturbing are the groups that seek to establish a government ruled by the Judeo-Christian Ten Commandments that will then act as a springboard to the establishment of a global confederacy of Judeo-Christian states committed to a policy of maintaining their vision of the status quo until the advent of the Apocalypse.

2. Why should this novel be read by people?

From early childhood most of us are exposed to different forms of cookie cutter conformity. Common forms are strict ideologies that traditionally employ coercive forms of psychological terror or manipulation to impose the party line on the not so convinced. Freedom of thought, objective inquiry, and the scientific method are never part of this paradigm. Most disturbing is when conformity evolves into tyranny and unleashes a savage reign of terror. The resulting blood lust is a chapter written too many times in human history.

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

Riveting suspense

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

One that comes to mind is “Minority Report”

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

I wrote the first draft in 1996

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

I Heard the Owl Call My Name- by Margaret Craven

7. What motivated you to write this novel?

The fate of Giordano Bruno, who was burned at the stake for daring to suggest that the stars were just distant suns surrounded by their own exoplanets. He also raised the possibility that these planets could even foster life of their own. Moreover, he insisted that the universe is in fact infinite. (per Wiki)

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

Martin Scorsese

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

karate, guitar, rhythmic studies, visual art, skiing, ice skating, language studies

10. What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

It was inspiring to discover a committee of professional writers and writing consultants that invited novel submissions. Not only would entering yield full feedback in the form of suggested revisions but also a possible reading by professional actors with subsequent on-line posting.

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

Stieg Larsson: He had written the Millennium crime trilogy for his own pleasure after returning home from his job in the evening (per Wiki)

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Winning Short Story: CULT FAN by Gina Lee Ronhovde

Watch the June 2016 winning short story.

CULT FAN  by Gina Lee Ronhovde

Performed by actor Marsha Mason

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your 1pg Short Story about?

The thoughts going through a girl’s head in the 60-second countdown before she turns 18 and runs away from home.

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

Thriller, drama.

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

Freedom Countdown.

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

Either Mulholland Drive or The Great Muppet Caper.

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

All the time in my head for a year now. It’s actually based on a screenplay I’m writing. When I saw this contest, I wrote this prose version one afternoon based off the first page of the screenplay.

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

White Oleander.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

From personal experience where life is stranger than fiction and writes itself.

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

The first answer that popped into my head was Prince, as I’ve thought more about him since he died than I ever did when he was alive.

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

Observing human beings.

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

Just a general excitement over my story.

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

Write what’s in your gut and pay attention to your visions.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne