Literary Writer’s Word of the Day: Forecourt

I just realized that in the example I just read it’s mostly a British English usage. “Garage forecourt” is simply the area in front of a gas station where the pumps are. Of course it sounds better in the British version. I was going to try and use it in something I’m working on now,… Continue reading Literary Writer’s Word of the Day: Forecourt

Writer’s Word of the Day: Owlish

I settled into it until I was certain, then upped the tempo and went on by her in a long sprint finish, was clinging to the ladder when she arrived, feeling less like a beached blowfish than on other days. “Well now!” she gasped, looking startled and owlish.”

John D. MacDonald, “Bright Orange for the Shroud: A Travis McGee Novel” page 66 of 288 on Kindle, first paragraph of Chapter 5.

Fiction Writer’s Resources

I’m spending most of my time and focus on writing a novel right now. So, hence this. “Words to Use instead of Said” http://www.spwickstrom.com/said/ This was the top result when I googled: what are some words you can use to describe dialogue besides said I created an “Alter-Ego” Twitter (@ottersransom) for solely for my artistic… Continue reading Fiction Writer’s Resources

Uses of the Word Wry and Wryly

“To her friends in law or medical school she would declare wryly: I’m downwardly mobile.” – Best American Short Stories 2016, “Gifted” by Sharon Solwitz, p. 241 “She applied and was admitted to art school and earned not only her degree in design but the love of her department head, twelve years older than she… Continue reading Uses of the Word Wry and Wryly

The Basic Theme of All Mythology

Opening the world to the dimension of mystery. To realize the mystery that underlies all forms. “That’s the message of the myth: you as you know yourself are not the final term of your being.” Joseph Campbell: The indication is of a notion of a plane of being that’s behind the visible plane and which… Continue reading The Basic Theme of All Mythology

The Essence of Zen

I just got through reading Alan Watts’ “The Way of Zen” which is just awesome, by the way. I didn’t really know who he was, other than, I heard Joseph Campbell mention him a couple times, and in the back of my mind I thought, “Oh, he was just some sort of 60’s new age… Continue reading The Essence of Zen