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

To Exhale Experience: An Offering To The World

To me, every hour of the day and night is an unspeakably perfect miracle. ~Walt Whitman How often we forget that we are gifted the perfection of finite hours within our lifetime, neatly packaged moments filled with experience. They arrive to us as much as we go to them, a mingling of synthesizing interactions that … Continue reading To Exhale Experience: An Offering To The World

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

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

More Than A Cup Of Coffee

About 15 years ago, in the pre-dawn darkness, I stood outside the brand new Starbucks in Dulaney Plaza and waited patiently for them to open their doors for the first time. I enjoyed being a part of the coffee store's grand opening, and for years I frequented it often, learning the names of the new … Continue reading More Than A Cup Of Coffee

Being Resolute in 2018: Begin Within

If we make happiness our primary goal instead of our secondary goal, then we easily accomplish everything else we desire. ~Deepak Chopra Across the country and throughout the world, people are asking themselves the same question: What will my resolutions be for 2018? The "Greatest Hits" of resolutions include weight loss, saying goodbye to cigarettes … Continue reading Being Resolute in 2018: Begin Within