About mwsasse

2014-07-14 20.03.18Hello everyone.  My mwsasse website is meant to establish creative connections with other writers, producers, and lovers of good storytelling.

I’ll be writing about writing, publishing, history, culture, and life. I’d love to hear your thoughts as well!

I jumped into the indie author life in December 2012 when I published my first novel, “Beauty Rising”. Since then I have published my second novel, The Recluse Storyteller, in October 2013, and I released my third novel, The Reach of the Banyan Tree, in June of 2014. I published my first Christmas story, If Love is a Crime, in December 2014, and my fourth novel, A Love Story for a Nation, is set for a mid-2015 release. My fifth novel is well underway and should be arriving by the end of 2015.

A little about myself: I’ve spent most of the last two decades living overseas in Vietnam and Malaysia.  I’m currently living in Penang, enjoying the tropical weather and the creative writing energy this setting provides.

Besides writing novels, I’m also bonkers about drama and musical theatre. I love writing 2014-05-28 18.03.22plays and have written and produced more than 10 full-length productions. I’m especially in love with the short play format and have written nearly 40 short plays over the last few years. They are on average about 10 minutes long. I’ve even won a couple awards for those.

  • 2013 Best Script Award for my play “No, in Spite of Itself.” (penangpac Short & Sweet Festival
  • 2014 Best Script Award for my play “A Pinch of Fate, A Shot of Destiny” (penangpac Short & Sweet Festival)

“A Pinch of Fate” is also being featured in the Sydney Short & Sweet Festival in February 2015.

I’d love to connect with you about writing, producing, and any other related fields.

Mark W Sasse

Email: mark@mwsasse.com

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Twitter: @sassevn

Amazon Author Page: Mark Sasse Amazon Author Page

(Right: My Malaysian writing paradise.)

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Imagine What’s Ahead for You. It Might Be Beyond Belief.

I’m listening to the audio book “A Personal Odyssey” about the life of economist Thomas Sowell. It’s fabulous, by the way, and I highly recommend it. (On Amazon)

I’ve long been an admirer of Mr. Sowell, and it is absolutely fascinating to hear his story of growing up in the south, moving to New York, struggling with issues of family, schooling, societal racism and the constant struggles of a teenager and young black man trying to make a living by juggling various stints of employment trying to make ends meet. It’s a gripping and vivid story already, and I’ve only made it up to 1952 when he was a photographer in the Marine corps.

What struck me this morning, as I was listening during my walk, is the young marine, in his early twenties, has no idea whom he will one day become – one of the most respected researchers, writers, and economists in American history. All of the accolades that he has achieved in his breath-taking career were not even remotely on the radar in the young life of Thomas Sowell.

By 1952, he had not even finished high school. How would he have ever guessed the academic career which was to come?  graduate of Harvard,  Doctorate at the University of Chicago, professor at Cornell and many other institutions, a Fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford, syndicated columnist and author, etc…

How could have a high school dropout ever had hoped as much? It’s remarkable, really, and the truth that comes out it is this: We cannot, ever, foresee the future. This fact is both a great encouragement, but it is also a warning.

This is encouragement for those stuck in the life they don’t want to be in. You never know what’s right around the bend. You never know what how much that extra little effort will pay off. Grit may have its reward far beyond what you could have imagined.

On the flip side, this is also a warning shot for those who are riding high in life: don’t take the good times for granted. Enjoy them for what they are. And be thankful. You never know when the good times will end.

(Thanks for the reminder, Mr. Sowell. Now back to listening. I can’t wait to find out how you repudiated your communist leanings.)

 

 

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