Complete Works of mwsasse

Here is a detailed list of all my works which have either been published or produced for the stage. (Year indicates year published or produced)

2016 (so far)

  • Duet Collection “Theatrical Duets” (paperback)
  • Novel “Which Half David” (releasing August 2016)
  • Play – Experimental Theatre – “How to Build a Dictator” (Sept 2016)
  • Drama – “Tales of Wonder II: Another RLT Christmas”
  • Novel “A Man Too Old for a Place Too Far” (TBD)
  • Short Play “Safe Spaces”

 

2015

  • Novel “A Love Story for a Nation”
  • Musical Play “A Tad of Trouble 2015”
  • Play “The Secrets of the Magic Pool”
  • Drama “Tales of Wonder: A RLT Christmas” – collection of short Christmas plays (“Tales of Wonder: A Drama Medley”, “Christmas in the Trenches, 1914”, “Season’s Greetings”, “Jolly Old St. Hick”, “The Christmas Spies”, “Tree Talk”, “The Christmas Banquet”, “A Vigil for a Starry Night”, “The Last Shepherd”)

2014

  • Musical Play “Boardwalk Melody” (collaborative work)
  • Novel “The Reach of the Banyan Tree”
  • Short Story “If Love is a Crime: A Christmas Story”
  • Drama “For All Generations” – collection of short plays (“A Woman at War: A KindleCover-IfLoveIsACrimeMusical”*, “A Pinch of Fate, A Shot of Destiny”***, “A Minute Problem at the World’s Last Clock Shop”, “God’s One Question”, “Revenge of the Grandparents”, “More Heart, Less Attack”, “If Love is a Crime”, “What was it Like?”, “The Last Princess”, “The Will”
  • *Short-listed & produced at 2014 Short & Sweet Musical Kuala Lumpur – featured at Gala Night
  • ***Best Script Award Winner – 2014 Short & Sweet Theatre Festival Penang – Also shortlisted and chosen for production in Top 80 at 2015 Short & Sweet Theatre Festival Sydney, Australia
  • Short Play “A Writer’s Satire”
  • Short Play “Words to Say at the End of the World”
  • Short Play “GeneRations”

2013

  • Play “Grandparents’ War” (collaborative work)grandparents war promo 1
  • Novel “The Recluse Storyteller”
  • Drama “Captured in Time & Space”* – collection of short plays (“Captured in Time & Space: A Mini-Musical”, “Black & White: A Rhythmic Dance”, “The Giant Squid that Ate Georgetown”, “The Loudest Child in Church”, “No in Spite of Itself”***, “Skydiver”, “I Once was Blind”, “Light a Candle”, “Jerome: the Malevolent God-King”
  • ***Best Script Award Winner – 2013 Short & Sweet Festival Penang, Malaysia
  • *Short-listed & Produced at 2013 Short & Sweet Musical Festival Kuala Lumpur
  • “Almighty Might” (short play) short-listed & produced at 2013 Short & Sweet Theatre Festival Kuala Lumpur – Awards: Best Director & Best Supporting Actor

2012

  • Play “Life with Stewart” (collaborative work)life-with-stewart-closeup.png
  • Novel “Beauty Rising” (debut indie novel)
  • Drama “Drive All Night” – collection of short plays (“Drive All Night”***, “jaggerjigjangle”, “Love Ruthless, Love Love”, “iDRIP”, “Disconnect: A Mini-Musical”, “Archer”, “Cow Sense”, “Take Me to Your Ruler II”
  • *** Award Winner – AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD – 2012 Short & Sweet Festival Penang, Malaysia

 

2011

  • Play “Spy Blue” (collaborative work)Spy Blue novella 2front only
  • Novella “Spy Blue”
  • Play “Romans on the Couch”
  • Drama “The Road Less Traveled” – collection of short plays (“Almighty Might”, “Wisdom Builds a House, Folly Destroys It”, “A Traffic Jam on a Road Less Traveled”, “A Walk with Robert & Frost”, “Walk: A Mini-Musical”, “Tuti Fruitti”, “Take Me to Your Ruler”)

2010

  • Musical Play “Take Two: Who Controls Your Life” (collaborative work)

2009

  • Play (musical) “A Tad of Trouble” (collaborative work)

2008

  • Play “What I Wouldn’t Give for a Monkey Love Potion” (collaborative work)

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Plotting or Plodding?

Humph! Here’s the real truth about writers: sometimes we have no idea how it’s all going to turn out.

I mean, really, what are we doing? What am I doing? What is my plot doing?

Sometimes it feels like I’m playing a giant connect-the-dots while blindfolded. Are these two dots really going to connect in the end?

This is an issue with any type of writing – including a stand-alone novel. But with a series, humph! Plotting seems like plodding at an ant’s pace.

I’m working on the final segment of The Forgotten Child Trilogy, and while I’m currently on chapter 19 – more than half way finished, I am starting to wonder how I’m going to tie up all of these strands. Yes, I like strands. Perhaps too much. Maybe I should have stuck with the third person limited. I did that once with the novel A Love Story For a Nation and I must admit it was freeing because every scene whether description or dialogue came from one person’s perspective. That’s why books which in the first person “I” have such an appeal.  It’s immediate. It’s personal. But let’s admit it. It’s also limiting.

My first series is being written in third person omniscient. It has to be this way because there are so many characters who are helping to tell the story. Now, I don’t write the narration from everyone’s perspective. In fact, there are three (maybe four) antagonists and I don’t tell it from their perspective at all. It’s just a choice I’ve made in this particular series. I wanted their motivations to be slightly obscured through the perspective of the different protagonists. Yes, this story is about many people.

There’s the rub. It can be confusing because I’m trying to balance many different strands from many different perspectives: Frick, Bee, Ash, Hatty, Ruthy, Rachany, Haddock, Adams & O’Malley – any more?

Okay, so what’s the solution? How to keep my head on straight?

First, take a deep breath and know that no one else – I mean no one – will ever see your first draft. So it’s okay if it’s terrible, and it usually is.  Just get the story down the best you can. You may not fill all holes at once and that’s okay.

Second, plan on spending the next six months doing rewrites and revisions. Just do it. Build in the time into your writing schedule. You’ll be amazed at how your mind will shift and you’ll get new ideas – better ideas – over time. Don’t be in a rush to get it done. Take your time.

Third, remember that it will work out in the end. It always does. The ‘i’s will be dotted the the ‘t’s crossed. It just takes time. It may seem chaotic right now, but after you write that next chapter, some clarity will come. More direction will be revealed and you’ll get there.

Four, remember to tie up all the ends even if it means re-writing. Don’t leave anything hanging when you come to the end of the series. Therefore, read the whole thing again. I know, I know. You told yourself that you’d rather bang your head against the wall than read your story one more time. But it will be worth it. Slow down. Read it again. Make sure it’s all tied up neatly in the end.

A good last impression is the best impression. Don’t let the end slip away from you.

Okay, now I need to start following my own advice.

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