Engine 23 And The Lookout Man

Engine 23 And The Lookout Man An Original Short Story by Rus VanWestervelt(Note: I wrote this story last fall for a local horror story contest. Although I did not win, I am extraordinarily happy with how this story turned out. The word limit was 3,000, and I had overwritten by 1,500 words, which I had … Continue reading Engine 23 And The Lookout Man

Faith, Hope, and Legacy: A Collection of Christmas Reflections

Sharing with all of my Baltimore Writer followers... Thank you very much for your interest in Faith, Hope, and Legacy: A Collection of Christmas Reflections, featuring "Gretchie's Gifts," my latest Christmas story in memory of my dear friend, Gretchen Trageser Smith. This is a 121-page eBook (PDF format) that can be opened on any smartphone … Continue reading Faith, Hope, and Legacy: A Collection of Christmas Reflections

Understanding and Embracing the Power of Revision

Many years ago, Sharon Miller, National Writing Project Teacher-Consultant and nationally recognized author and educator in the teaching of writing, asked me to offer my thoughts on the power of revision in the genre of creative nonfiction and how, when we write with intent in the revision process and understand who our audience is, we … Continue reading Understanding and Embracing the Power of Revision

Why I Wrote — And Published — Cold Rock

I am a writer, photographer, educator, and speaker. But more than any of those things individually or together, I am a strong advocate for all of us to accept the challenges we face daily and do our best to live an inspiring and fulfilling life. I wrote and published Cold Rock because I believe in … Continue reading Why I Wrote — And Published — Cold Rock