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 Symbolic Meaning of a Water Fountain

The water represents the energy, the ambrosia of eternity pouring into the field of time. The endless flowing, the continuous flowing, represents the eternal nature of this mystical dimension and also the infinite nature of its source. Since you can’t see the water’s source, that represents that it’s coming from the ground of being and also… Continue reading The Symbolic Meaning of a Water Fountain

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

Song of the Day: Ain’t Even Done With the Night – John Mellencamp

Update 9/26/20 — Hey Friends! I will eventually get around to posting a video me performing this song, but I have to admit my vocals are too weak. I have been since last summer taking singing lessons, practicing exercises, and they do work! I believe anyone can learn to sing as long as their ear… Continue reading Song of the Day: Ain’t Even Done With the Night – John Mellencamp

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