Thoughts Composed on Writing in November

I’m spending my day in another county with my Speech and Debate team, as they take on a number of other schools in our local league. There are a few things that demand my full attention as their coach during the day, especially in the morning and between rounds, but for the most part, I … Continue reading Thoughts Composed on Writing in November

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

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

It’s Time To Rename This Thing Called Blogging

I'm not much into branding, or rebranding, as this case may be, but I think it's time that I abandon the generic term of "blogging" and get a little more specific about what I am actually doing here on the internet. It doesn't take a lot of research to realize that everybody has some kind … Continue reading It’s Time To Rename This Thing Called Blogging

When Fire Reigns: Season 1, Episode 1 Published

On January 1, I set out to develop and publish an 11-episode podcast called, "When Fire Reigns." It's about the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904 and the mayor who died just three months later, reportedly by his own doing. Today, I published the first episode, just one day before the 115-year anniversary of the great … Continue reading When Fire Reigns: Season 1, Episode 1 Published

Building a Podcast: The Baltimore Fire of 1904

Now that Fossil Five is in the hands of my editors, I have decided to devote the month of January to building a podcast series on the Baltimore Fire of 1904. It was my thesis project in grad school, and after listening to a bunch of podcasts this past week, I think it is the … Continue reading Building a Podcast: The Baltimore Fire of 1904

Gretchie’s Gifts: Free December Download

For the month of December, I am offering Faith, Hope, and Legacy: a Collection of Christmas Reflections, which features "Gretchie's Gifts," at no cost to you. "Gretchie's Gifts" is the story that kicked off our annual gift drive for the children at Sinai Hospital's PICU. The story behind the story is compelling, and it took … Continue reading Gretchie’s Gifts: Free December Download

Our Authentic Show Must Go On

This weekend, I was enthralled by a blog post shared by Mark Willen ("Sexual Assault: When Real Life and Fiction Collide"), who was pondering how his published works hold up in the #MeToo era. As a result of Mark's post, which was weighing heavily on my mind today, I decided to ask a few writers/teachers about … Continue reading Our Authentic Show Must Go On

Fossil Five Released to Beta Readers in One Week

It's 4:56 a.m., and I have just dropped off my daughter at work. I pour a fresh cup of coffee, sit down in front of my laptop, and open my working revision of my latest novel, Fossil Five. Seven days to go, I think. Seven days until I release my story to 15 readers around … Continue reading Fossil Five Released to Beta Readers in One Week