Two More Projects…

"Winter Roses" - a short story by David KeenerIn the past week, I’ve had the chance to unveil two of my latest creative projects to various audiences. The first is a short story called “Winter Roses.” The second is a new PowerPoint presentation called “Titanic: The Forgotten Passengers.” In both cases, I used the source material as the basis for a speech in front of a live audience, which is, quite frankly, an awesome way to test out your material.

With some judicious compression, “Winter Roses” became a dramatic, almost Shakespearean, 9-minute speech that I performed at the Ashburn Toastmasters Open House and Speech-a-thon on July 31st. Set in a fantasy world, it tells a twisted, but romantic, crime story. It also provides some background and depth to a fantasy world in which I plan to set future stories.

The PowerPoint presentation, “Titanic: The Forgotten Passengers,” was inspired by last year’s 100-year remembrances of the 1912 Titanic disaster. I was fascinated with some news stories I read online about the pets, mostly dogs, that were on board for the Titanic‘s fateful maiden voyage. I did a considerable amount of additional research, including hunting down rare photographs, and created an 11-slide presentation. I then organized a 12-minute speech to go with the presentation, which I introduced to Brambleton Toastmasters on August 6th.

"Titanic: The Forgotten Passengers" - A presentation by David KeenerI was very pleased with the reaction to both projects. “Winter Roses” is currently in the hands of my beta readers — once it gets past them, I’m going to try to get it professionally published. Accordingly, it won’t be going up on this site for a good, long time.

“Titanic: The Forgotten Passengers” is going to go up on Slideshare sometime in August. I want to punch up the graphics and layout a notch to see if I can get it selected as a Featured Presentation (this happened previously for my “Killer Business Models” presentation from the more technical, KeenerTech side of the house). I also have some ideas on how to monetize it, but more on that at a later date.

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3 Comments

  1. Jennie Tran
    Posted August 12, 2013 at 8:24 AM | Permalink

    I just read “Winter Roses” … Wow, I’m impressed.

    I really like your opening. I think starting the story with the conversation is one of the best ways to capture readers’ attention, and I always like to read a story like that.

    It’s a sad/cruel ending but it’s “fair game” … the story contains an unexpected/twist event and that makes it very interesting. I like this a lot. Thanks for sharing, hope there are more stories to come.

    Have you read “A Stranger in a Mirror” by Sidney Sheldon yet? Your story reminds me of that novel. Life seems to be “fair” in your story and in this novel – “you have to pay for your bad intentions” … at least that’s my opinion after reading your story.

  2. Posted September 8, 2013 at 11:52 PM | Permalink

    I missed my deadline of getting “Titanic: The Forgotten Passengers” released by the end of August. The presentation is going up on Slideshare tomorrow, September 9th, instead.

  3. Posted September 10, 2013 at 4:10 AM | Permalink

    “Titanic: The Forgotten Passengers” is now live on Slideshare.net. Go check it out!

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