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.



Teller’s Cove by R.W.Van Sant

This was the first novel I ever finished. I have been working on it since I was in my twenties. Naturally I have had to make several changes. Last weekend I revised the entire book from start to finish. I think it is a much better book now.

I sent it to my first editor, my younger brother. He did some revision and sent it back. My final editor has it now. While I am waiting, I have photo shopped a cover for the e-book and the paperback. I have have written all the little disclaimers that are traditionally part of a book, determined important search worlds, did my demographic research, and am only waiting for the final edit to be finished. I hope I can get the book up on Amazon by the end of the week, and paper back within a week or so afterward. Image

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.


I am currently doing what I hope will be a final revision/edit on Teller’s Cove. It is a book that I completed a couple years ago. Some problems that I have run into are firstly, changes in technology, such as cell phones becoming ingrained into modern life, have compelled me to change some parts of my book to make it realistic-ish. 

Since I have completed this, my first novel, I have written two others and several short stories. As I go back over the writing and the dialog, I want to cringe. 

What I hoped was going to be a simple final editing, Has turned into a couple week long Edit/ re-write/ cringe fest. In the end, however, it will be a much better book.

I cannot wait to see it in print. 

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.



On Editing choices

Tangent time

Is it more important when writing a story to keep the momentum moving, or take time out for some exposition scenes that contain information that is necessary for the reader to fully understand what I, as an author am trying to impart?

I am going over my first novel, again, before sending out to the beta readers (Thanks to all of you who have volunteered). I find myself reading scenes that at first, second and seventh seemed critical to the story even though it slows down the story. I want to delete huge chunks of, is this necessary or can I just lose a few thousand words and incorporate the few bits of important info in other ways.

On the other hand, can you write a book which is just one exciting scene after another until it ends? Maybe, but is that doing justice to the reader or the story. In other words, if I take a knife to my manuscript am I butchering it, or cutting out the cancer which would kill the chance of it ever being published.

Something to think about.