August 2018 Novel & Short Story Winners

 All winning works performed by Val Cole

ACTORNovel Reading: EMPTY SEATS by Wanda Adams Fischer

ACTORNovel Reading: DRAGON’S HEIR by Glenn Parris

ACTORNovel Reading: I’M JUST THAT INTO ME by Dayna Mason

ACTORNovel Reading: THE SANGUINARIAN ID by L.M. Labat

ACTORShort Story Reading: FEAR OF FLYING by Lionel Walfish

ACTORShort Story Reading: MOVING DAY by Paul Vitols

ACTORShort Story Reading: GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO WAIT by Dossie H. Terrell

 

****

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel
Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Advertisements

Short Story Reading: The Wycliffe Six by James Stack

by James Stack

@SkygateStack

Narrator: Kate Fenton
******

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Short Story Reading: Falling, by K.L. Crighton

Performed by Carina Cojeen

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your short story about?

Polished and professional, Leigh, is a powerhouse at work but navigating life isn’t always so easy, especially when she’s around her handsome neighbor, Kevin. A bad day ends with her on the verge of something new.

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

Falling is at the beginning of the beginning and, like life, has the potential for many twists and turns. At first glance, it appears to be a romance. But as a lover of mysteries, I see potential for a much darker turn.

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

Anything’s possible

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

The Princess Bride- it’s filled with romance, adventure and everything in between.

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

I’m a fan of mysteries. The Perfect Assassin by Ward Larsen is one of my favorites

7. What motivated you to write this story?

I’ve always love writing. On one of those days where everything can go wrong- this story answers the question of “what else could happen.” But, as with most bad days, there’s usually a silver lining if we look hard enough- a much needed glass of wine or the prospect of a better tomorrow.

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

I love being outdoors- hiking, sitting by a fire or even working in the yard. I’m also a huge animal lover and spend a lot of time with my two horses and energetic yellow lab. And anything that resembles a puzzle motivates me- whether it’s a good mystery book or an organizational strategy project at my day job.

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

The short story performance motivated me to conquer the dreaded blank page that every writer faces at the start of something more.

******

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Short Story: Avaliegh’s Amazing Adventures, by Rita Cragwall

Avaliegh’s Amazing Adventures – Avaliegh learns about Imagination
Children’s poem/story on imagination

Performed by Val Cole

******

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Short Story: The Second Chance Gardener, by Sharon Gunason Pottinger

Performed by Val Cole

 Get to know the writer:

1. What is your short story about?
The stories we tell ourselves to avoid hard thoughts.

2. What genres would you say this story is in?
Women’s fiction maybe or even a parable

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

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

5. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)
Oh no favourites really. I like new and classic songs.

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?
Picking a favourite is impossible. I love reading. If I finish a novel, that is my fave until the next one.

7. What motivated you to write this story?
I’m fascinated by the kind of self-talk we use to smooth over harsh things.

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

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Gardening, permaculture, crafts, cats

10. What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?
Stories come alive when they are performed. I thought my story deserved that.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Keep at it. Don’t be afraid to accept criticism and revise, revise, revise.
 

******

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Short Story Reading of MANDELBROT, by Lionel Walfish

Performed by Val Cole

******

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

 

Short Story Reading: Massachusetts Tale, by Lionel Walfish

Performed by Katelyn Varadi

 
From the writer:
 
I have always been fascinated by the coastal State of Massachusetts, USA.
Aside from spending wonderful vacations there over the years, there are historical aspects of Massachusetts that fascinate me.

For example….WITCHES !!

Many stories, novels and plays have been written about witches, often taking place in New England: The Crucible, by Arthur Miller and The Witches, 1692, by Stacy Schiff, are just two of those I enjoy.

While A MASSACHUSETTS TALE is not specifically about witches, it does allude to witch burials that took place in the ‘unconsecrated ground’ of a Massachusetts’s cemetery long long ago..
 

******

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox