Novel Transcript: Lemmon’s Journey by Philip Oyok

 

Performed by Rachel Rain Packota

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about?

“Lemmon’s Journey” is the story of a geriatric, in this case it’s Lemmon Grandee, recently retired and finds himself lost with regards to his life and what else to do.  His wife soon passes away which makes things even worst for him. He stumbles upon a collection of corresponding letters between his deceased wife and runaway daughter that he had been unaware of and takes it upon himself to set things right by traveling to the city his daughter resides and to convince her to return home with him.  But there’s a dark secret waiting for him down the road and it’s going to take plenty of courage not to succumb to it.
 
2. What genres would you say this story is in?

Contemporary Literature.


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

Redemption & Courage.


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

The Godfather.


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


‘As’ – Stevie Wonder.


6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?
Not necessarily.  But if I were to pick one, it would be ‘Grapes of Wrath’ – John Steinbeck.



7. What motivated you to write this story?
I once was homeless in New York City.  One afternoon while sitting at Central Park, I saw an older man (possibly a grand father) feeding a pair of ducks in a pond alongside his grandson.  I imagined that as the sort of relationship I wish I’d had with my Dad, and thought it would be great to write something related to the two of them.


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


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

Collecting Books and Comic Books.


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

I’ve struggled to find a means of promoting my novel from which the story is about, but have been unfortunate in that aspect.  I wish to use this as further means to get people to know about it.  Also to let the world know that I’m the next best writer out there.


11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
 
Always write blindfolded.  Don’t think about the story, but instead let the story guide you through the darkness into the light.

 

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Novel Reading: Death of a Diva: Part One, by Brigitte Goldstein

 

performed by Carina Cojeen

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Novel Transcript Reading of The Crossing by Katrina Antoinette Croswell

Novel performed by Carina Cojeen

Get to know the writer:

What is your novel about?

The odyssey of a young adult girl, stolen from the shores of Africa to the Americas, and her decision to make the tumultuous voyage to find her family and the home from which she was taken.

What genres would you say this story is in?

Historical Fiction

How would you describe this story in two words?

True Fiction

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

The Godfather (Part 1)

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

I’ll Write a Song for You (Earth Wind & Fire)

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Too many to name. However, Do They Hear You When You Cry, by Fauziya Kassindja,
always comes to mind.

What motivated you to write this story?

A combination of the following:
A rainstorm
The clashing of metal chains
My Ancestors

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

Dr. Maya Angelou

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Extending some relief/healing through massage care
Nature walks
Reading

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

From the moment this story entered my consciousness, my protagonist has shown me
all that she see’s. I have always seen this particular passage performed, so when the opportunity presented itself through the Novel Writing Festival, I couldn’t pass it up.

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

To my fellow creative’s out there, trust your characters; they may actually know more than you. And if you open your self to them, what ends up on the page may surprise you. 

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Novel Reading: The Adventures of Tek Danger and Larry Applebaum (Discount) Mercenaries for Hire by Rich Hynes

Performed by Val Cole

Get to know the writer: 

 What is your novel about?

It’s about two down-on-their-luck morons who, despite having neither
the qualifications nor the brains, decide to become mercenaries.
(Although Larry would have preferred to open up a nice ice cream stand
somewhere.) Due solely to their rock-bottom pricing, they manage to
snag an actual client — a shady religious organization — and agree to
retrieve a stolen relic from the Sisters of Agrona, the deadliest gang
in the universe. Accompanied by the naive Brother Caradoc, Tek and
Larry set out with one gun and not a lick of sense between them. Will
they succeed? Will they even survive? Probably not. But it’s fun
watching them “Gump” their way through it.

What genres would you say this story is in?

It’s a Sci-Fi comedy.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Amusing stupidity.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

‘Rango’, a solid heroes journey that holds up over time with drama,
comedy and relatable characters. The fact that it’s animated is just a
bonus.

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

“Fruitcakes” by Jimmy Buffett

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. ‘Brave New World’ is a close
second and then the ‘Dragonlance’ series (Chronicles and Twins).

What motivated you to write this story?

I fell in love with the characters. I was tinkering around with story
ideas when I happened to meet Tek and Larry in the dark, slightly
cobwebby, recesses of my brain. I found myself incredibly interested
in following their adventures as the worst mercenaries in the universe
and seeing how they survive them.

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

Alive: Steve Martin — Dead: Benjamin Franklin — Both for the same reason.

I imagine dinner would start off with extremely interesting
intellectual discussions. A mini-salon if you will. Then, by the end
of the night, shit would get weird. Good weird, abstract weird, but
weird nonetheless.

Wait! Mel Brooks! I should have chosen Mel Brooks! It is too late to
change my answer? Dammit.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Reading. Finding those books you can’t put down and genuinely lament
having finished.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I always love hearing what I’ve written in someone else’s voice. I’m
so used to hearing it in my own head — my own timing, my own
inflections, my own pre-conceived notions — that I like hearing how
other people experience it. Adding their own emotional cues and
interpretations.

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

It’s a cliché, but keep writing. Be prolific in your writing. Finish
stuff. Millions of people have started writing a book or a screenplay,
but most never complete the first draft. Finish something and you’re
already way ahead of the crowd. Then finish something else. And then
something else after that. Because the first question you’re going to
be asked — if you’re lucky enough to get requested and read — is “what
else do you have?” You should have something else finished, polished
and ready to go. Preferably multiple something-elses.

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Novel Transcript Reading: ARIA: LEFT LUGGAGE, by Geoff Nelder

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Get to know the writer:

What is your novel about?

ARIA is about people – their reaction to a never-heard-of plague: infectious amnesia with no cure and no immunity has been brought to Earth. This is a tale of survival, escape, people in desperate circumstances yet with love, lust and humour.

What genres would you say this story is in?

Medical mystery / apocalyptic / post-apocalyptic / horror yet with some humour / science fiction

How would you describe this story in two words?

Infectious amnesia

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

2001 Space Odyssey

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

Two:
“Thriller” – Michael Jackson
“Your tiny hand is frozen” in Puccini’s La Boheme opera

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Mythago Wood – Robert Holdstock

What motivated you to write this story?

Riding my bicycle up a steep Welsh hill, I thought of my mother who’d suffered amnesia following a stroke. The notion burst in – what if amnesia was infectious, think of the ramifications? By the time I’d reached the top of the hill – luckily there’s a cafe, the Ponderosa at Horseshoe Pass in North Wales – the amnesia in my story idea had become incurable, no one has immunity, and you lose memory backwards at the rate of a year’s worth per week.

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

Ovid, so I could tell him that in spite of his exile from Rome 2000 years ago his poetry and ideas live on. And sing to him those Bob Dylan songs using Ovid’s lyrics.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Opera and cycling, grandkids and hiking.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I’m nearly deaf so rarely participate in performances. Even so, I had the urge to have some of ARIA so performed.

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

Join a critique group or have your ouevre critiqued before submitting it.
Network, network, network – go to cons. 

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Novel Excerpts from THE LUCIFER GENOME by Glen Craney and John Jeter

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Performed by Val Cole

Get to know the writer John Jeter:

What is your novel about?

A washed-out Defense Intelligence Agency operative and brilliant astrobiologist must join forces to recover the stolen Black Stone of Mecca before an evangelical madman unleashes Armageddon with the DNA he extracted from Islam’s most sacred icon.

What genres would you say this story is in?

Genre: Thriller
Subgenre: International Biogenetics/Spy Thriller
(Dan Brown meets Jurassic Park)

How would you describe this story in two words?

DNArmageddon

(Okay, one word.)

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

The Princess Bride (but this is about as far from that as we are from Pluto)

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

Badlands (Springsteen)

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Don Quixote

What motivated you to write this story?

A dream (seriously) about the Black Stone of Mecca being stolen, its DNA extracted, and the world ending.

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

Abraham Lincoln

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Teaching, music, bicycling.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

Learning that the novel had won a Wild Sound Festival award.

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

Keep banging your head against the wall either until your head explodes or the wall comes down.

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

 

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Novel Transcript Reading of The Full Mood: A Priestess Tale, by Pen Augustin

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Performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

Get to know the writer: 

 What is your novel about?

The Full Mood ~ A Priestess Tale is about two women from two very different lifetimes. Namu resides in the wilderness of England during the 800s. She struggles to stay true to her priestess ways while living in an era that forbids her to openly do so. Rose lives in modern times along the shore of Lake Michigan in the United States. Her challenge is to find, or one might say, to remember, the gifts she has to offer. They share one vision, for they are of one spirit. Their tragedies, joys and healing journeys are interwoven throughout a tale that reveals ancient truths and brings in the awareness of what heals us.

What genres would you say this story is in?

Fantasy Fiction, Romance

How would you describe this story in two words?

Pastlife connections

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Message in the Bottle. This movie demonstrates how to let go of pain while surrendering to love, even if the time spent together is brief.

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

Stand by me ~ Ben E King, 1961. The title says it all.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. It’s the first book I ever read that showed strong women healers who were not constantly victimized.

What motivated you to write this story?

Having had a career in the healing arts all my life, I wanted to write something fast-paced and entertaining, while still bringing forth ancient healing methods.

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

The greatest healer of all time ~ Jesus! Plus, I heard he enjoys a little wine with his meal, as do I. And he knows this neat trick to make the food keep multiplying. We could probably end world hunger right there.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Nature! I love all weather ~ even the wicked.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I always thought this story would make a wonderful movie!

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

Write because it brings you joy. No matter what your age is or how small your social network is ~ just put it out there. It’ll make you feel like you’ve just given birth (in a good way)!

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox