ricardienne: (christine)
Is there a place for unsignaled fallibility in fiction?

What I mean is: real people have incorrect beliefs about things, sometimes from personal ignorance, sometimes from widespread misconception or trendy falsehood. I don't mean about existential questions, but about trivialities. The wrong date for something. An assumption about the nationality of some historical figure. A facile narrative about some scientific or sociological or historical topic. A misstatement about language or art. So when a character in a fiction errs and goes uncorrected, does the error signify an error of the writer, or does it serve to more richly characterize the character and her millieu as one in which such an incorrect belief is held? Does it matter? (The basic distinction here is Watsonian vs. Doyleist, I know.)
one example from a mystery series and two from Vorkosigan Saga fanfiction )
To conclude, I should confess what might be obvious: classical reference in particular makes me sit up and pay attention, and I like to put my pedanticism on display about it. In principle, I think that fiction would do well (and does well?) to dramatize the casual misinformation and misconceptions that float around in the world. I just started to read Plutarch's unbelievably tedious quomodo adolescens audire poetas debeat (text in Greek, Latin title by convention), but I suspect that it should give me more things to think about re: mimesis and what to do with things that intentionally or not misrepresent reality.
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So this is what I've been doing recently, namely, writing Vorkosiverse poetry for the Vorkosiverse Impromptu Poetry Battle:

Title: Aral Accepts
Author: [livejournal.com profile] ricardienne
Rating: G
Summary: Aral to Ezar, just between Shards of Honor and Barrayar

I'll hold the reins; no horse will veer from true )

And then, because I am utterly incorrigible, some Asclepiadeans, with full apologies to Horace:

Title: Donec gratis eram tibi (link to a cute English translation; the Latin text is easy to find)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] ricardienne
Rating: G
Summary: "...but we two still obtain; let's see what happens then."

For [livejournal.com profile] gwynnep's Winterfair 2012 prompt: "Gregor and Laisa, their first fight."

When I thought Laisa was mine... )



ricardienne: (heiro)
I mostly lurk in fannish circles but this is why I right now have a text document full of sapphics from the point of view of Simon Illyan and haven't finished my prose composition homework.

cake notes

Apr. 8th, 2011 09:45 pm
ricardienne: (library)
Very lemony lemon cake

1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
3/4 cup ground pistachios
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp salt

2/3 c. olive oil
1 c. sugar
2 eggs
juice and zest of three lemons

9" round @ 375 ~ 30 minutes.

Very good with tea.



ETA: My dad is reading Cordelia's Honor. His comment: "I'm really enjoying it: it's like an extended Modern Love column."

ricardienne: (christine)
...I've been wanting this jacket for a while -- and now it's on sale! But am I really likely to wear a pseudo-Victorian jacket-y thing?

Also, I am so so tempted to buy this jacket, put silver piping and embroidery all over it, and pretend to be a Vorkosigan retainer. But I probably won't, because I am determined to be practical, damn it!

Cryoburn

Nov. 29th, 2010 10:31 pm
ricardienne: (tacitus)
I was supposed to spend tonight either figuring out how to approach my final history paper (the most viable approach at this point is less than ideal) or/and working on my final prose-comp project. I read Cryoburn instead.

spoilers )

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