Fortunate Son – Chapter 1 Novel Reading by Daniel T Pawlowski

Performed by Val Cole.

Get to know the writer:

What is your novel about?

Fortunate Son is the story of a future president lost in time. It is 1969. The Vietnam war is raging and a young G.W Bush decides the best place to be is in the National Guard.

Later, some would wonder as to his where-a-bouts during this period. This book answers the question . He was lost in time. A little “R and “R” , a party at Yale, a shortcut through the Physics lab and George gets sent back in time to 1787.

What is a future president to do? Seek help from the only expert in electricity at the time, Benjamin Franklin. The journey to visit Franklin is fraught with danger for anyone let alone the future president from the future. With Ben Franklins help George

attempts to return to his own time before he becomes AWOL from the National Guard, without derailing the writing of the U.S. Constitution and hopefully without getting George killed.

Full Synopsis: Synopsis: “Fortunate Son”

It was 1969. The summer of love had shot its wad and the Vietnam War was in full swing. It was not a good time to be in the military but George W Bush had put himself in a pretty good position to avoid any of that messy war stuff. With a little help from a powerful friend in politics, his Dad, he wangled a position in the National Guard.

Though the guard was treating him nicely, he still needed a little “R and R”, which is precisely why he headed to the campus of Yale University to party with his frat brothers from Delta Kappa Epsilon. As a brother and former fraternity president, he knew they would welcome him with open arms and more importantly open containers.

The party was a blast. Too bad he tried to take a shortcut through the Physics lab. That darned science complicates everything. An experiment in electromagnetism, a case of room zooms and a few hours later he finds himself lost in the year 1787. What is a future president to do? Seek help from the only expert in electricity at the time, Benjamin Franklin.

The journey to meet Franklin is fraught with danger. George has to rely on cunning and good luck, mostly good luck, to survive his encounters with highwaymen, local militia and a lesbian pirate. Fortunately for George he gets help from some folks he meets along the way and the physics students responsible for kicking off his little adventure. Discovering that their experiment had misplaced someone in time has the students concerned. When they find out whom the lost soul is they get serious and start pulling all-nighters to save George from time and visa versa. After many cheeseburgers, several cases of Yoo-Hoo and some choice pot, they manage to accidentally recruit help from 1787 when an unassuming farmer from the past is brought to the Yale campus of 1969.

George’s luck holds out and he manages to make it to Philadelphia to meet up with Ben Franklin. But it takes more than luck to convince Franklin that his story is not the fantastic imaginings of a mad man. It takes all of George’s charm plus the magic twinkle in his eye to convince Franklin that his predicament is real and his help is required. It doesn’t hurt that the constitutional convention of 1787 is just around the corner and the more Franklin leans about George, the more he is convinced that getting George the hell out of town would be a good idea.

Franklin agrees to help George get back to 1969 America. Unfortunately, George has created enemies along the way and they become intent on ending George’s time anywhere. The chase back to 1969 is on with George’s future and that of the country in the balance. When all seems lost and George’s timeline appears to be at an end, the Physics students manage to stay straight enough to solve their technical problems and bring George back to 1969.

Safely back from the past he escapes military justice and a charge of AWOL through cunning and, um, who am I kidding he concocts a story that he was working a political campaign for one of his dads buddies and surprisingly the Guard buys it.
The experience leaves George Bush a changed man. His black and white view of the world has changed into a nice shade of grey, his heart has grown softer and he ponders what he will be when he grows up.

What genres would you say this novel is in?

Fiction/Satire/Fantasy

How would you describe this story in two words?

Temporal Escapade.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Tough to answer accurately…….Blazing Saddles ?

How long have you been working on this story?

Eleven years.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Candide by Voltair.

What motivated you to write this story?

The need to laugh at the political landscape

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

Ben Franklin.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Tilting at social windmills.

What influenced you to enter your novel to get performed?

The need to bring laughter to a wider audience.

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

Believe in your journey, look at detours as educational, keep your eye on your destination.

*****

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

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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Novel Transcript of Mei Meng: The Lost Panda by Andrew Fisk

Performed by Val Cole

 
What is your novel about?

This novel is about an adventurous young Panda named Mei Meng. She travels with her parents deep into the mountains of China to escape the destruction of her habitat by human beings. When she is swept away by a raging river, she meets all sorts of fantastic animals on the journey home. Some of them want to help her. Some do not. Surprisingly, her best allies are the human children she meets along the way.

What genres would you say this novel is in?

It is definitely a fantasy. It is a children’s book, aimed at the middle-grade audience. It is one hundred twenty two pages without any illustrations. It defies classification as most children’s books are not that long.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Child explorer. If this story was on Disney Family Channel it would be something like “Panda Meets World.” Mei Meng leaves her little corner of the mountain where she lives, and becomes a world explorer. At the end of the book she even has a telescope so she can keep track of her human friends.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

It is a tie between “Forrest Gump” and “American Graffiti.” The Forrest Gump character exemplifies the triumph of the simple man, the pure at heart.

American Graffiti has a great story line and a cast of a dozen or more actors who went on to have outstanding careers.

An example of why I like this movie: when Harrison Ford (aka Bob Falfa) drives into town in his jalopy to challenge Paul Le Mat to a race, his license plate is THX 1138. Why is that important? This is the title of the first George Lucas feature film, a science fiction classic. I probably saw “American Graffiti” ten times before I picked up on this.

How long have you been working on this story?

It took me a few months to write. I did a lot of research on interesting Mandarin names for the characters. For example, Mei Meng’s good friend is a funny snow leopard named Chun Bao, which means Silly Leopard. A scary Siberian tiger is named Di Zheng, which means earthquake. He is so huge that every step he takes shakes the earth.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

I’ll nominate two books. One is “The Magic Barrel” by Bernard Malamud (although it is a collection of short stories that won the National Book Award in the nineteen fifties) and “The Old Man and the Sea” by Ernest Hemingway.

What motivated you to write this story?

I felt like writing something lyrical, fantasy-world that would go deep into mythology and have a totally sympathetic main character. It was also meant as a “welcome to the world” present for my daughter. This is not “Kung Fu Panda” by any means. It moves at a slower pace and is more emotional and mystical than slapstick. It also emphasizes the importance of the family, both panda and human.

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

Leonardo Da Vinci. I would ask him, “How did you accomplish all the things you did in so many different areas?” Unlike Da Vinci, I write my ideas down in spiral notebooks, instead of an ornate leather bound Codex (which Bill Gates paid millions of dollars for). Maybe that’s the secret.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Being outdoors. Hiking in the hills, kayaking, white water rafting, paddle boarding. I am a fan of American college football and find the games more exciting than the usual NFL product.

What influenced you to enter your novel to get performed?

I wanted to hear different voices speak the lines of dialogue and the narration. I also hope to attract some interest for the book. At the very least I would like to find an illustrator. I would like to have the illustrations done in the style of traditional Chinese paintings. All the different animals and natural environments would allow an artist to create many interesting canvasses. If I were to engage in a little “exponential thinking” I would like to:

Have the book translated and published in China.
Have the book made into a movie for the Chinese market.

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

Inspiration can come from anywhere at anytime. Sometimes your subconscious pulls together elements from events in your own life and combines them with elements from literature and mythology. There is a flash of lightning in your head and suddenly you know what your project is about. This has been my experience.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

SIMULATION (Ch. ILIAD) – Novel Transcript by Ami Blackwelder

IMPerformed by Val Cole

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Get to know the writer:

What is your novel about?

It is about a future where a quantum computer controls the cities. One girl, Masha, decides to resist the computer’s control.

What genres would you say this novel is in?

YA SyFy Dystopian

How would you describe this story in two words?

Thought-Provoking

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Gosh, Pride and Prejudice

How long have you been working on this story?

For a few months

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

I love a few. Divergent, Hunger Games, Star Wars

What motivated you to write this story?

Our future

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

Einstein

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Science, Nature, Animals, Reading, Teaching, Traveling

What influenced you to enter your novel to get performed?

I would love a professional reading of the first pages to get readers interested

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

Do what you love.

*****

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Despite Dementia Short Story Reading by Janet Bennett Cox

Watch the July 2016 Winning Short Screenplay Reading. 

Story performed by actor Val Cole

Despite Dementia by Janet Bennett Cox

Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your 1pg Short Story about?

It is about a demented mother and her daughter’s conflict at her demise.

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

Drama

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

Compelling, interesting

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

Sound of Music/Ben Hur. (Hard choice)

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

Wrote it in less than 2 hours after I saw the posting.

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

Dracula

7. What motivated you to write this story?

My Mom has dementia and its a pain being the caregiver but I know it will be sad when she is no longer here.

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

Stephen King

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

Getting my 4 month old grandson to lol.

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

Thought it a challenge to see if I could write to the specific guideline.

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

Like Nike, Just do it.

April 2016 Novel & Short Story Winners

1st CHAPTER and FULL NOVEL FESTIVAL: https://novelwritingfestival.com/

Watch the April 2016 Winning Novel & Short Story Performance Readings. All stories read and performed by professional actors:

ACTORNovel Chapter 1 Reading – EXOTIQA
April 2016 Reading
Written by M. Black

ACTORNovel Prologue Reading – IN THE WAKE OF WAR
April 2016 Reading
Written by Stephen L. Nowland

ACTORShort Story Reading – THE SISTER’S STORY
April 2016 Reading
Written by D.L. Gardner

ACTORNovel Reading – PANTERRA: The Machinist
April 2016 Reading
Written by Gary L. Ward

ACTORShort Story Reading – RANDY & PATRICIA JOIN A MILITIA
April 2016 Reading
Written by Randy Gillis

ACTORShort Story Reading – MASSIVE MASTIFF
April 2016 Reading
Written by Brian O’Flaherty

ACTOR1st Scene Screenplay – MONSTER BENEATH THE ICE
April 2016 Reading
Written by Jerry Kokich

ACTORAPRIL 2016 TWITTER SHORT STORY WINNERS
Watch the 10 Winning Videos for April 2016

Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Watch Transcript Reading of Chapter 1: In the Wake of War (The Ballard Chronicles Book 1) by Stephen L Nowland

Performed by Amaka Umeh

Watch Transcript Reading of IN THE WAKE OF WAR:

BUT Stephen’s BOOKS Online:
http://www.amazon.com/Stephen-L.-Nowland/e/B005GRRPP0

Get to know writer Stephen L Nowland:

1. What is your novel about?

In broad strokes, this book is a fantasy adventure about a young girl’s journey from a wartime survivor to a person of courage, willing to stand up for what she believes in.

2. Why should this novel be read by people?

In addition to being an engrossing adventure, the story touches on topics of gender roles in society, the heroes that influence us in our daily decisions and the things we’ll go through to protect those near and dear to us.

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

“Riveting Adventure”

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

Back to the Future – roughly 25 times! I’ve dissected it and rate it as one of the best movies every put together, in terms of structure, flow and just plain fun! Yes, I want a Delorean some day.

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

I’ve laid out the preliminary work over the course of a few years, as I was developing the fantasy world in which the story exists. The actual writing, from start to finish took me around 10 months, but I had also been distracted by other work during the year.

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

I can’t go past ‘Magician’ from R.E. Feist, which blew my mind back in the day!

7. What motivated you to write this novel?

I wanted to create a character who might inspire younger readers, particularly girls, to believe in themselves, to be more courageous in life, and to solve problems without resorting to violence or other methods where possible. I have, hopefully, achieved this with Aislin Ballard, the protagonist of this book.

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

Turner, who’s work I saw at a gallery when I was young and who inspired me to try my hand at landscape paintings of my own.

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

I’m quite passionate about art, particularly the thoughts and emotions which can be evoked with it. Writing and art are similar in that regard, though art seems to seep into one’s consciousness almost of its own volition, while writing needs to be digested, as such. I’m also a game designer, as I find the mechanics of how they work seems to come unbidden to my mind which I guess counts as passion!

10. What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

I received a tweet from the novel festival and after seeing the results of other readings, I thought ‘they’re on to something here’! I was also looking at different ways to ‘get my book out there’, and having the 1st chapter read was a brilliant idea. I really should get the whole thing done, for audiobook purposes!

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

The noise of modern life can shout-out your inner voice, the muse from whence comes all your creativity. I find it helpful to seek a quieter life, to allow that voice to come through clearer. I also advise making each and every sentence count towards character or action – edit out anything that doesn’t add to either, as it’s just filler text. Keep it concise and on-message.

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Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

1st CHAPTER and FULL NOVEL FESTIVAL: https://novelwritingfestival.com/

Novel Transcript Reading: INTO THE SHADOWS, by Marie Jones. Performed by Amaka Umeh

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http://www.amazon.com/Into-The-Shadows-Marie-Jones-ebook/dp/B019QNR4PA

Watch INTO THE SHADOWS Transcript Reading:

Get to know writer Marie Jones:

1. What is your novel about?

‘Into The Shadows’ is a romantic suspense, woven with mystery and family drama. It is one woman’s journey to take a brave step to change herself and her situation, literally going into the very shadows of herself, and by doing so drawing others own shadows out as they are intricately pulled into her story.

Arriving home from a short holiday in Dingle, Lily Crossways makes a staggering discovery on one of her photos taken on ‘Inch Beach’, a woman’s desperate face is staring directly at her. Yet Lily knows she was alone that day on the beach. Who is she, is she even real, and why has she appeared to Lily? Unable to let the woman go, Lily makes the uncharacteristic decision to leave behind her safe world in England and return to Dingle to try and find her. Her search eventually leads her to cafe owner David Carson, this woman’s brother, who hasn’t seen his ‘missing’ sister in five years. Lily must now convince him to trust in her, taking bold steps to prove herself to him, and together track down his sister before it’s too late. Yet are either prepared for the hidden secrets they are about to uncover in their earnest desire to find her, and the impact it will have on those they love?

2. Why should this novel be read by people?

Although the character of Lily is fictitious, her doubts and lack of confidence in herself is something I see in so many of us – our inability to see our own potential. My hope is that as people read my novel, as well as enjoying a fast-paced suspense and heart warming romance, they will also be able to really relate to Lily, and by doing so, appreciate their own potential and worth.

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

Woven mystery

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

The Sound of Music

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

Over two years!

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

Persuasion by Jane Austen

7. What motivated you to write this novel?

My novel, ‘Into The Shadows’, was actually birthed the day I stood on Inch Beach in Ireland and quite simply had my breath taken away by this beautiful stretch of sand; so full of mystery and intrigue.I could picture Natalie standing there before me, and it was from here the rest of my characters came to life.

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

I would love to sit down with Jane Austen to ask her what inspired her to write her stories and what it was like to be a woman writer in the 19th century.

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

I love with a passion all things creative – photography, drawing, graphic designing – you name it! Whether I am writing stories, photographing or drawing, everyday men and women with all their amazing complexities will always fascinate and inspire me. I’m also passionate about church and community. My faith is important to me.

10. What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

As a debut writer, its so important to be as proactive as possible in helping to get your book known and promoted, as well as receive (hopefully positive!) feedback. I’m learning my craft all the time and appreciate every comment I receive. The Novel Festival is a fantastic way to do this.

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

Be determined, don’t give up. And make every single word count.

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Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

1st CHAPTER and FULL NOVEL FESTIVAL: https://novelwritingfestival.com/