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.

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

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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

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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.
 

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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

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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..
 

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Short Story Reading: Becoming Fearless, by Maura O’Leary

Performed by Katelyn Varadi

Get to know the writer:

 

What is the story about?

This story was created, not to talk about “me” and my successes per se, but to inspire others to follow their path of passion/life goals/creativity.

The story came about after I read a book about “disrupting yourself” and while reading it I realized that over my career I’ve changed things up every 5 YEARS since my 30’s! It inspired me enough to write this short story to share with others and hopefully tell them:

Never give up!

Believe in yourself, listen to that inner voice, shut out the “outer voice(s)” and focus on your dreams! Visualize them coming true-every day. Meditate and see things happening. Ask the universe for help!

Don’t say the word “Can’t” and stop hearing the word NO.

 

2. What Genres is the story in? 

 Inspirational

 

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

Be Fearless!

 

4. Movie I’ve seen the most in life? 

 I watch this movie every holiday season:

LOVE ACTUALLY it’s such a beautiful movie and soundtrack

 

5. Favorite song?  

Too many to list BUT I do try to stay on top of latest songs and bands.

Currently I love listening to the band Mondo Cozmo and their songs: HIGHER and Plastic Soul

And favorite song of the year for me-SO powerful:  PRAYING by Kesha

 

6. All time Favorite Novel?

Woah– way too many to list!  

I am an avid reader, and have been since I was a little girl. I use to go to the small branch library near where I lived and would pick up as many books as my little arms would hold to read each week!

This year so far I’ve read several books, and a few favorites are: All the Light We Cannot See, Glass Castle, and currently reading “Women in the Castle”.  

Authors that have influenced my writing genre and style overall are: Richard Paul Evans, Mitch Albom, Lorne Byrne, and many others

 

7. Motivation to write this short story?   

To inspire others, (mainly women) young or old. To go after your dreams, don’t let anything/anyone stop you from trying, and be fearless in your pursuit of your goals in life!

 

8. If I could have dinner with one person:

Alive: OPRAH

Dead: Princess Diana

 

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

Traveling when I can, learning more about diverse spiritual subjects, sharing my career story with women whenever/wherever I can, advocating for children reading, love animals and all kinds of music, volunteering for a few local non-profits, and through my book “When Angels Play Poker” reaching out to those that need to know they are loved from above…every day.

 

10.  What influenced me to enter story to be performed?

Honestly when I discovered your site, I just thought this was the coolest idea! I wasn’t sure my short story would be accept and/or performed –but thrilled that it has. It’s just one more way to spread the word about inspiring people to go after their dreams! Thanks so much for this opportunity.

 

11. Advice I’d like to pass along with other writers?

Keep writing your story, and be fearless about getting your book out to the world.

Everyone has a gift, and a story….don’t let anyone stop you from sharing it!

 

 

 

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Short Story Reading: YES I CAN, by Marie Bethel

Performed by Katelyn Varadi

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your story about?

My story is about determination and willpower.

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

The genres are life story and inspiration.

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

I would describe it as willpower and motivation.

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

I’ve seen the movie It’s a Wonderful Life, several times.

5. What is your favorite song?

My favorite song is “A House is Not a Home”

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

My favorite novel is “King Solomon Mines”

7. What motivated you to write this story?

The story is about faith, determination and willpower. Your subconscious mind can conquer any challenges you may face in life.

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

Mr. Sidney Poitier

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

I am passionate about fashion designing, sculpturing, art and cooking.

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

My story may help to motivate people who lost hope, whether it is sickness or
employment.

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

Keep a scrapbook with all your ideas. Whether it’s life experiences, work or dreams, you can develop stories from your collection.

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox