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.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

September 2016 Novel & Short Story Winners

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

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

ACTORSHORT Story – PARTNERS
September 2016 Reading
Written by Rupert Aspden
ACTORNOVEL Reading: HEARING THOUGHTS
September 2016 Reading
Written by Anthony Diffley
ACTOR7 Author Short Stories
September 2016 Reading
Written by Barry Brennessel
ACTORSHORT Story – DUALITY
September 2016 Reading
Written by Devin Klos
ACTORSHORT Story – THE STAGE
September 2016 Reading
Written by Rae Niehaus
ACTORSHORT Story – 1ST WORLD PROBLEMS
September 2016 Reading
Written by Mathieu Riva
ACTORSHORT Story – GOD’S CREATURES
September 2016 Reading
Written by Lionel Walfish
ACTORSHORT Story – SUMMER HILLS
September 2016 Reading
Written by Rochelle Potkar
ACTORSHORT Story – THE GRAVE DIGGERS
September 2016 Reading
Written by Joseph Tsujimoto
ACTORSHORT Story – DOUBLE FACE
September 2016 Reading
Written by Amira El Dahshoury
ACTORSHORT Story – DIRE CIRCUMSTANCES
September 2016 Reading
Written by Alisha M Risen Kent

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Winning Sept. 2016 Short Story: Double Face by Amira El Dahshoury

Short Story performed by Val Cole

Double Face by Amira El Dahshoury

Get to know the writer:

What is your 1pg Short Story about?

My short story is simply about the theme “appearance vs. reality”.

What genres would you say this short story is in?

Drama/Light Comedy

How would you describe this story in two words?

Appealing and Touching

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Music and Lyrics

How long have you been working on this story?

Not much, but the idea have always been there in my mind since I went to college

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

The Sound and the Fury

What motivated you to write this story?

The fake appearance of many people I meet in this life

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Robert De Niro

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Playing the piano

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

A recommendation made by Doha Film Institute

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

Always write down what you feel and never give up, listen to feedback quite well.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Winning Sept. 2016 Short Story: Dire Circumstances by Alisha M Risen Kent

Watch the September 2016 Winning Short Story Reading.

Reading performed by Erynn Brook

Dire Circumstances by Alisha M  Risen Kent

Winning Sept. 2016 Short Story: Summer Hills by Rochelle Potkar

Watch the September 2016 Winning Short Story Reading.

Reading performed by Erynn Brook

Summer Hills  by Rochelle Potkar

Get to know the winning writer: 

What is your 1pg Short Story about?

It’s about the states of complacency and hustle as embodied by its characters.

What genres would you say this short story is in?

Haibun, which is a prose-poetry form coming the closest to flash fiction, on a single page.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Summer Hills

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Sholay (Hindi)

How long have you been working on this story?

A year

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Kafka on the Shore (Haruki Murakami)

What motivated you to write this story?

I always wanted to capture the inertia of the rich vis-à-vis the restless hustle of the not-rich.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

The enigmatic Aishwarya Rai to know what all is she made up of. Beauty, individuality, clarity seem some of her traits from a distance.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Conversations over coffee

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

It’s unique setup of playing recorded stories during a writing festival.

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

Your mind is under threat constantly by opinions meted out each day in the world. Take what works. Watch what you entertain, because the mind is a writer’s sole instrument. Your mind should be in tandem with your gut, if not heart, and it should be in your possession 100%.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Winning Sept. 2016 Short Story: The Grave Diggers by Joseph Tsujimoto

Watch the September 2016 Winning Short Story Reading.

Reading performed by Erynn Brook

The Grave Diggers  by Joseph Tsujimoto

Get to know the winning writer: 

What is your 1pg Short Story about?

HAWAII GHOSTS

What genres would you say this short story is in?

SUPERNATURAL

How would you describe this story in two words?

SCARY TALE

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

SUSPENSE

How long have you been working on this story?

1 WEEK

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

I HAVE SEVERAL, ex., Blood Meridian

What motivated you to write this story?

CHINESE GRAVEYARD IN MANOA VALLEY

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Whoever might be interested in having dinner with me.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Teaching

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

The idea of 1 page

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

None

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Winning Sept. 2016 Short Story: The Stage by Rae Niehaus

Watch the September 2016 Winning Short Story Reading.

Reading performed by Erynn Brook

The Stage  by Rae Niehaus

Get to know the winning writer: 

What is your 1pg Short Story about?

“The Stage” mainly focuses on the most extreme potential outcome of mixing boredom and thwarted career ambitions with an easily identifiable scapegoat.

What genres would you say this short story is in?

Commercial fiction? Plain “weird” is probably more appropriate.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Cathartic confession.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty.”

How long have you been working on this story?

I wrote this in about an hour, I think. Edited it within three hours on a separate day. All in all, probably a total of four hours, give or take.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Haruki Murakami’s “Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World.”

What motivated you to write this story?

Work-related inter-personal conflicts.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Edvard Munch. If I could bring Salvador Dali too, we’d have a right good time.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Theorizing. Filmmaking. Game development. Gaming. Reading. Running. Leadership.

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

A whim when I received an e-mail reminding me about it.

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

Everyone has at least one good story in them, so tell it with all you’ve got. You might find you have more after you tell it.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Winning Sept. 2016 Short Story: Duality By Devin Klos

Watch the September 2016 Winning Short Story Reading.

Reading performed by Erynn Brook

Duality  By Devin Klos

Get to know the winning writer: 

What is your 1pg Short Story about?

It tells the story of a woman who is more than she seems, living a “normal” life and only comes alive when she is able to shed that perception to lead a more dangerous nighttime existence mostly for the pure thrill of it.

What genres would you say this short story is in?

It has elements of thriller mixed with a bit of misdirection of a comedic nature (hopefully).

How would you describe this story in two words?

Double Identities

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

I always return to two films: Lawrence of Arabia for its sheer scope and The Princess Bride, which might have the best screenplay of all time.

How long have you been working on this story?

I’d been kicking around the idea for a while as a longer story but decided to see if I could tell it in a more focused nature.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Dubliners by James Joyce

What motivated you to write this story?

The idea that we aren’t always who seem to be during the day. At night, when we can exist more in the margins, our truer nature can be revealed.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

The filmmaker Jeff Nichols, who I really admire for his desire to tell his own unique stories.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Music, sports, comedy and meeting people that have their own stories to tell. I get some of my best ideas and inspirations just from traveling and discovering how other people are living day to day.

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

Any chance to get my work not just read but actually performed was an opportunity I could not turn down.

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

Just keep writing. Even if it’s just a little note or a paragraph. Not every day needs to be filled with full stories but always be on the lookout for some new detail in life.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Short Stories by Barry Brennessel

Watch the September 2016 Winning Short Story Readings.

7 Stories by Barry Brennessel. Performed by Kaleb Alexander, Erynn Brook, Val Cole.

Watch the 7 Stories: 

Get to know the winning writer: 

What is your 1pg Short Story about?

All seven stories (EGG BOY, HIDOI, HIBAKUSHA, IN UNISON, OLD SOUL, SACRIFICE, SNOW MONSTERS) are snapshots of people struggling at various points in Japanese history.

What genres would you say this short story is in?

Drama. These are people fighting with emotional, financial, personal, and physical stress.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Life’s challenging.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

I would have to say the record goes to “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.”

How long have you been working on this story?

Each of the seven stories took about 3 weeks to write and polish.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Death in Venice

What motivated you to write this story?

I like to write about places and periods of time that aren’t widely explored.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Meryl Streep.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Music, film & TV, travel, wine, and gardening.

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

I can’t resist a challenge.

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

It’s often said, but so true: Read, read, read; write, write, write; turn off the inner critic when writing, but turn it on when editing.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Sept. 2016 Winner: Novel Transcript of HEARING THOUGHTS by Anthony Diffley

Watch the September 2016 Winning Novel Reading.

Performed by Kaleb Alexander

Novel Transcript of  HEARING THOUGHTS  by Anthony Diffley

Get to know the winning writer: 

What is your novel about?

My novel is about a young New York city man who aquires the ability to hear other peoples after he mysteriously disappears from his friends, while on a camping trip. He does not know how to properly use this talent at first but when approached by the CIA, questioning about his disappearance, and having lost his wife on 9/11, it doesn’t take him long to know what to do with it.

What genres would you say this novel is in?

Science Fiction, Action Adventure

How would you describe this story in two words?

“Thought Provocative”

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

4) Most Watched Movie: Without a doubt- “The Godfather”

How long have you been working on this novel?

Prior to it being published in 2015, I worked on writing the manuscript, for my novel, in one year but had been working on the story for over five years. I wrote out the original story as a plot for a movie but when I showed it to a professional screenwriter, he suggested I rewrite it as a novel because he felt the story was too complicated to be written within the industry standard, one hundred and twenty page screenplay. He did love the plot though.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”

What motivated you to write this story?

Two things- First, the story of Betty and Barney Hill. Second, the tenth anniversary of 9/11.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Robert DeNiro

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Hanging out with my children and family.

What influenced you to enter the novel contest?

Because I honestly believe I have written a very mind grabbing, thought compelling book.

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

Do not rush your work or feel compelled to finish quickly. Take your time and take serious breaks away from your writing. I got my best story ideas for my book right after spending one or two days away from it.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson