Now Accepting Pre-Orders for 2732 Prisms of Love-Stained Light

Rus VanWestervelt's latest work, 2732 Prisms of Love-Stained Light, is scheduled to launch worldwide on 21 December 2021, but you can pre-order your copy today through December 15 at a reduced price.  Benefits of preordering include: - Personalized copy signed by the author - Price reduced to just $11 for hand-delivered copies - Shipping only … Continue reading Now Accepting Pre-Orders for 2732 Prisms of Love-Stained Light

Jessica Bell’s Icasia Bloom Touches Readers With Happiness

Review: How Icasia Bloom Touched Happiness (Vine Leaves Press), by Jessica Bell Scheduled for release 21 September 2021 By Rus VanWestervelt ***NO SPOILERS*** I don’t know about you, but I have a full shelf of books that I return to often. Sure, I love the plots, and they are entertaining in a way that makes … Continue reading Jessica Bell’s Icasia Bloom Touches Readers With Happiness

Electric Christmas, 20 Years Later

Twenty years ago, I wrote, and published, "Electric Christmas" in Baltimore's Child. It was my first sold piece as a freelance writer, and it kicked off a career in submitting my original work to share with the world. Now, 20 years later, we are still taking rides during the holidays to look at your lights. … Continue reading Electric Christmas, 20 Years Later

The Dangers of Transactional Academics

When my students and I were in week 5 of digital learning during the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic, we had already established a good routine, where some students would log on a little early, and we would chat about the last few days and how we were all getting through. Then, at the … Continue reading The Dangers of Transactional Academics

Life’s Labyrinth in Embracing Our Creativity

Last night, I was gifted with the opportunity to read for Howard County Poetry and Literary Society (HoCoPoLitSo)'s Wilde Readings series. I read an excerpt from the third chapter of my novel, Fossil Five, where Cassandra reads a letter she wrote to herself five years ago. Personally, it's an incredibly ironic moment, as my own … Continue reading Life’s Labyrinth in Embracing Our Creativity

Celebrating Poetry In April: 30. The World Is Too Much With Us, William Wordsworth

Hello, everyone. Well, we are at our end. 30 days of sonnets celebrating National Poetry Month brings us to my favorite sonnet that I've been using in my classrooms and citing in my writing for decades. I'm happy to end this journey by sharing William Wordsworth's "The World Is Too Much With Us." As I … Continue reading Celebrating Poetry In April: 30. The World Is Too Much With Us, William Wordsworth

Celebrating Poetry in April: 29. Sonnet 23 by William Shakespeare

Hello, everyone. Today, for our second-to-last sonnet in honor of National Poetry Month, I have chosen Sonnet 23 by William Shakespeare. It's one of my favorites for so many reasons. Primarily, though, I appreciate Shakespeare's play on words, using them to describe his inability to put into words the love he has for another. As … Continue reading Celebrating Poetry in April: 29. Sonnet 23 by William Shakespeare