July 2018 ~ My co-author Joe DiBuduo
and I are tickled all shades of the palette with the RECOMMENDED status for The Contest and Other Stories at
The US Review of Books and the sizzling book review by Michelle Jacobs!
June 2018 ~ The Contest and Other
Stories is listed at the American Bookfest site in the Short Stories category. Contest notifications are in November!
March 2018 ~ We're tickled all
shades of the palette that The Contest and Other Stories book cover design by Clarissa Yeo - Yocla Designs is
a 2018 Eric Hoffer / da Vinci Eye Award finalist!
January 2018 - We're tickled all shades of the palette that The Contest
and Other Stories is the 2017 Best Cover at Cassie Loves Covers - book cover design by Clarissa Yeo - Yocla Designs!
December 2017 ~ We're tickled all shades
of the palette with a five-star review for The Contest and Other Stories by author Mary Saad Assel !
October 2017 ~ The Contest and Other Stories, a linked collection of YA / NA magical realist, alternate history, paranormal, slipstream, and fabulist tales
is now available in full color and BW editions (Redwood Highway 101: Tootie-Do Press).
July 2017 ~ "Enter the Kingdom" now appears at The New Engagement, Issue #12 July 2017. "The apocalypse has never been delivered with such
April 2017 ~ Honored to place in the top 50 of 500 manuscripts in the Summer Literary Seminars Contest with the
unpublished short story, "The Respect of Stone."
November 2016 ~ Honored and humbled to
attend the Silence.Awareness.Existence Residency, Arteles Creative Center, Haukijärvi, Finland. Many thanks to multimedia
artist Nathaniel Ober, who conceived of and coordinated the Breaking Silence collaborative experience, the voices of thirteen international artists, for which I read two flash stories inspired by
2016 ~ Jellyfish Day: Love Trumps Hate Trumps Love Trumps Hate : A Wrathful Dakini on Trump's Narcissist Bent.
August 2016 ~ Come geek out with me over at R e a d i n g. t h e. F a n t a s t i c!
November 2015 ~ "Enter the Kingdom," a
literary dystopic sci-fi story, was one of the top 25 shortlisted stories in the 2015 Almond Press Apocalypse
Chronicles short story competition.
October 2015 ~ "Cheater," a riff on
violence in the Wild West, now appears in the new Manifest West #4 - Western Weird!
April 2015 ~ I'm yakking it up about my new role
as small press publisher and student-to-be hopeful in Life in a Nutshell at Jellyfish Day.
March 2015 ~ Received word that a collaborative
tale, "Cheater" (written with Joe DiBuduo) will appear this summer in the "Western Weird" edition of
Manifest West by Western State Press of Western State Colorado University. Stay tuned!
January 2015 ~ I have a poem in a new June Cotner
inspirational poetry anthology, Get Well Wishes, due for March publication.
November 2014 ~ Check out my new author interview
at Smashwords! I also have a reprinted story in the November issue of Beyond Science Fiction, and a poem in June Cotner's prayer and poem anthology, Back to Joy.
October 2014 ~ Writing for
Social Justice at Jellyfish Day.
September 2014 ~ I'm yakking it up at Pekoe Blaze and at The Thursday Interview about metaphysical sci-fi and other stuff!
August 2014 ~ Heart of Desire: 11.11.11 Redux is available on Amazon! Check out my recent interview, "Lover of Dreams . . . Kate Robinson!" at Kev's Blog.
November 2013 ~ Sheer Cliffs and Shearwaters: Interview with Richard Kipling
at Jellyfish Day.
June 2013 ~ Geek Out! A guest blog with comics writer CA Brown at Jellyfish Day.
February 2013 ~ Gila Angel, the last of my completed nature essays, is posted at Writing the Whirlwind,
Issue 4, Spring 2013.
January 2013 ~ Check out Iron Grip: An Interview with Willma
Willis Gore at Jellyfish Day.
November 2012 ~ Tribute to Orpheus 2 (Kearney Street Books, 2012) is available in paperback and Kindle edition. I didn't know until I began reading it myself
in March 2013 that my story, "Dancing Universe," is the opening story . . . enjoy the music!
July 2012 ~ The Memory Eater anthology (CP Anthologies, 2012) is live on Amazon - Available in
paperback and Kindle Edition! This illustrated sci-fi / horror collection is a
great summer beach read.
A big *shout-out* to artist Noel Arthur Heimpel for his fab artwork for "Lost Memories," the anthology story I co-authored
with writer buddy Joe DiBuduo.
March 2012 ~ Check out my interview of author
Gene Twaronite - oh, and John Boggle - on Jellyfish Day.
February 2012 ~ It's a blessing to have two poems in the
lovely multi-faith anthology, Meditations on Divine Names (Moonrise Press).
November 2011 ~ I'm thankful for TWO new publications
- a prayer included in June Cotner's lovely Say a Little Prayer journal AND m
2011 ~ "Respect of Stone" is a longlist finalist in the 2011 Raymond Carver Short Story Contest,
July 2011 ~ Check out my interview of author Carl Hitchens
and a review of his cross-genre memoir, Sitting With Warrior on Jellyfish Day.
December 2010 ~ The 2010 SLS Kenya fiction & poetry workshops on December 3-21
with Terese Svoboda & Cornelius Eady, Kenya Between the Lines with Billy Kahora and Ed Pavlic, and the Kwani Litfest with a host of Kenyan literary luminaries, were a real
joy and the inspiration of a lifetime.
October / November 2010 ~ My dissertation novella, Loop,
shortlisted (top five) in the Texas Review Press Clay Reynolds Novella Prize competition.
May 2010 ~ "Li'l Bit", a picture book tale, wins 4th Runner-up
in the Juvenile Fiction Category of the Alabama Writers Conclave Writing Contest.
And the 2009-2010 Postgrad Creative Writers at Aberystwyth
University held our different WORLDS magazine launch at the UWA Arts Centre Bookshop.
April 2010 ~ My short story "The Respect of Stone" placed in the top 50 of 1200 manuscripts in
the 2010 SLS Literary Seminars Contest, giving me a discount for the 2010 SLS Kenya program in December.
January - April
2010 ~ I greatly enjoyed my Spring term internship at the New Welsh Review with
Editor Kathryn Gray and Development Manager Sue Fisher. My name is also included on the Issue 87 masthead.