Returning to Cold Rock

In 2011, I finished writing, and published, my first novel. Actually, it was my second novel-length manuscript; the first one, Night Terrors, has still yet to see any public light. That was way back in 1992 when I finished that one.

30 years ago!

As you can imagine, my writing style has evolved quite a bit, and to bring Night Terrors to any kind of publishable level, it would require a serious rewrite. I’ve tried to do that on several occasions, but failed each time because the original writing was so, well, flat.

Cold Rock, written and published 20 years later, is more on the early edges of where I am now as a writer. It’s got a good strong voice, and for the most part, it works.

Except the ending.

When I was deep in revision, I received feedback from two individuals, whom I both trusted, that could not have been further apart in how the end of the story might be revised. After considering both options, I went with the one that made the most sense to me at the time.

What I neglected to embrace, however, was a third choice: my own revision of the ending. Instead, I felt, for some reason, that it was either suggestion no. 1 or suggestion no. 2; there were no other options.

Now, 11 years later, I’m picking option no. 3 and finally writing the ending that I think is more perfectly aligned with two areas: 1, the main character’s journey arc; and 2, the intimations of the supernatural throughout. Yes, it’s a pretty scary book at times, and I’m going to run more with that and less with the creepy priest angle that still makes me uncomfortable.

All things considered, this is going to be a quick rewrite, and we’ll be publishing the revised edition under The JAR Writers’ Collective “Vault” collection, maybe as early as this summer.

Here’s the thing, though: since publishing Fossil Five and now Prisms in the last two years, it is absolute fun to rework an old book and make it better for all of you. I hope you like it. I’ll be sure to let you know when it releases.

Back to edits. See you all tomorrow.

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 $4 for mailed copies

– Special invitation to launch celebration in January 2022

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From the Back Cover:

Prisms is about the life of a teacher, a writer, a simple human, shared in the hybrid form of a collage essay that reflects and refracts epiphanies borne out of moments of regret, joy, tragedy, fear and love. It is a review of the colorful experiences of life and their re-assembly into something more powerful. In each segment, we come to understand ourselves, and each other, with greater compassion, kindness and grace in our own transformation. 

Prisms is a literary binding and fashioning of fact with a touch of fiction, illusion, dreaming, and reimagined memory. 

VanWestervelt invites you to witness a statement of existence, just like your own – unimaginable without the contribution of each hue-touched shard, that reveals an abstract map of individual evolution, illuminated through love-stained light.

Advance Praise for Prisms:

An artfully composed, complex tapestry of interwoven memories with vivid characters. Poetry, philosophy, prose. Powerful pieces that will linger in your soul and pop up later, in moments when you need to be reminded.

~Cara Moulds, Midlife Women’s Coach

Rus VanWestervelt in his, “2732 Prisms of Love-Stained Light” offers more than an essay collage of Love and Hope, it can inspire us to explore our own healing collages. Rus is a  little bit of Thoreau, Matt Haig and Mark Nepo: from pain comes transcendence.

~Carol Reed, Educator, Poet, Advocate for the Arts

The intensity of Rus VanWestervelt’s writerly gaze splinters the visible world into glittering fragments that stare unflinching into light’s–and life’s–center. In the interstitial space between memory and narrativity, material melts down to immaterial, making a cathedral of the body, amplified by love and lit by memory. The undercurrent of fear and a desire for safety is a tender alchemy, a catalyst for the terror and joy of pure being.

~Suzanne Gold, Hair Club

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Questions? Interested in having Rus join you for an upcoming book club meeting or for a public reading? Contact him directly at rus@rusvanwestervelt.org.