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Life is Still Trumping Fiction

I’m mostly non-“political”, in the sense of highly divisive attempts to organize and control civic life—yet today’s and Monday’s post titles may seem to relate to the American Presidential fiasco…

I’m also mostly (most recently) in a long-term state of “shock”—7 “small” strokes in October and the intensive actions of the last 3 days to prepare for an emergency change of residence (220 mi — 354 km) brought on by a huge water leak from the upstairs apartment that has caused dangerous and harrowing conditions in the small apartment I’m leaving…


The “shock” had me completely unaware I was using a play on words in my Monday blog post title; and, today’s title is merely following suit…

Am I making sense?

Haven’t had sufficient sleep (what some folks would call barely sufficient) and looking forward to the 4 hour drive with my brother-in-law—the guy in that movie who helps the oppressed hero escape from the prison of circumstances—to relax from the massive tension and arrive at my loving sister’s home to “debrief” myself…

Like I said Monday, if I wrote up what’s been happening as fiction, folks would have a bit of trouble believing it; though, the living-through of it feels just like fiction…

And, my Friday Tale this week for the Story Bazaar will be a short rendering as “fiction” of the fiction-like events of the last 3 days…
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How Much Truth Should Be In Fiction Stories?

“What I say next may or may not be believed but, either way, this story is true—true as fact or true in the way fiction can rise to heights unattainable by mere facts.”

That statement is from one of the characters in my most recent book—Notes from An Alien.

It’s fiction but, to the best of my ability, the story is True

The word history of “True”: Old English trēowe, trȳwe ‘steadfast, loyal’; related to Dutch getrouw, German treu, also to truce.

And, to create a meaning-circle, “Truce”: Middle English trewes, trues (plural), from Old English trēowa, plural of trēow ‘belief, trust’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch trouw and German Treue, also to true.

So, basically, to be “True” means to have steadfastness, loyalty, belief, and trust

Four words that any “self-respecting” fiction story should attempt to live up to.

Ralph Waldo Emerson is credited with this saying: “Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.”

Mark Twain: “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.”

Stephen King: “Fiction is the truth inside the lie.”

Albert Camus: “Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth.”


Many fiction writers expend great effort in their research to learn “facts” that will lend some “truth” to the “lies” they tell.

One particular genre (among many) where this can be important is Science Fiction.

What I say next can easily be applied to many other genres

Imagine a science fiction writer who wants to add science facts to their story.

They conduct research and, usually, adapt whatever they find that is given by “experts”.

One problem with this method:

“Experts” are not necessarily Experts.

Especially if that writer is using MainStream scientists—most of whom have lost the ability to use the Scientific Method and are sprinkling around a bunch of “farie dust”; Fictional Ad hoc Inventions Repeatedly Invoked in Efforts to Defend Untenable Scientific Theories. {credit to Donald Scott}

To avoid passing on false truths in fiction, Dig Deep—Look Far—Add “Controversy” To Your Google Search

To drive home the point about scientists who don’t do Science, I’ll share a two-part video of Rupert Sheldrake, author of The Presence of the Past: Morphic Resonance and the Memory of Nature, explaining how so many scientists are getting it wrong

I do hope a few authors of other genres (like Crime or Historical) will share their experience in the Comments of looking for the Truth to add Steadfastness, Loyalty, Belief, and Trust to their Fiction



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