Facial Expressions


During my last revision, I discovered I did too much telling of emotional states and not enough description of them. I have decided that I need to Improve. Therefore, as of yesterday, I started to carry a little pocket notebook specifically to describe the various expressions and body language that I see, on the bus, at college, on movies, where ever. This will help to make my horror books such as Teller’s Cove or my Science Fiction works like the upcoming Pressee and iFactor books., more captivating and interesting. 

I will keep you updated, maybe I might post some of the more interesting observations.



Re-writes moments of clarity

As we write, be become attached, to a word, a phrase, a scene. After putting a book on the back burner for a time, getting back to it can cause some serious cringe worthy moments. Even after numerous revisions, a scene is just bad, it doesn’t belong. Don’t be afraid to remove scene and language that takes the story or your characters in a direction you do not want. 

I first started writing Teller’s Cove back in the late 80’s. Lots of things have changed since then. Technology, society and most of all myself. I find that situations that caused tension in a scene no longer apply with widespread use of cell phones, the internet and the evolution of male/female relationships.

I could have continued to write the story, setting it in the 1980’s, but opted to update it.this requires a complete re-write. I believe that Teller;s Cove will be a better novel for it. It will be tighter and more edgy..

Wish me luck.

Now a published Anthologist

It has been a hard week getting my first anthology collection edited, cover designed and put up in Amazon and create space.

I now have ten of my short stories with a sneak peak of my novel Teller’s Cove e-published in an anthology called “Synaptic Overload” after this blog. It is available as an e-book and also (after three attempts with photoshop to get cover right) a print on demand paperback option.


I am exhausted, but pleased to see my work available to the general public. Now I need to work on all the self promotion  stuff (and Teller’s Cove final edits) Book contains my four published story Whale Song, Ricochet, Group, and  The Sleep Diet as well as six never before published short stories, 

I was amazed at how much Amazon does to help with the process.



Publishing Books in e format

<h1> Update</h1>

After waiting for years waiting to hear back from agents and publishers, I have decided to e-publish my books and short stories. 

Last semester I was accepted into an MBA program and had a good class on marketing. I will attempt to use the skills I learned to promote my fiction works.

The amount of research involved has been staggering. I find the process interesting.

Will keep you informed.

The first book I intend to publish will be a short story anthology with the same name as this blog “Synaptic Overload”  by R.W. Van Sant in hopes that they will help reinforce each other in search engine optimization.  The stories are fantasy, science fiction and horror, four of which have already been published in various magazines