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September 2009
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why yes, i *do* like the sound of my own voice [userpic]

There is a quotation in my Christian History text, not exquisitely beautiful but rich with implication, attributed to an unnamed sixteenth century organist, that he did not know how to play the organ according to the Synod of Dort.

The Synod of Dort was essentially a reaction to some modification and relaxation of the traditional Calvinist tenets.

But that is about all I know, and that quotation makes me wish I knew enough to write historical fiction.

Current Music: Bless the Lord, O my soul -- M. Ippolitov-Ivanov (in head)

That is the problem for everyone who wants to write historical fiction. *points to self*


But it would appear that at least some people manage to get up off their bums and do the research. Problem is, I am not some people. :P And really, I'm not even sure where I'd begin finding out the things you need to know to write historical fiction: what did they wear? what did they eat? was it a very class-oriented society? were there bars? brothels? sewage in the streets?...

Find the people who are obsessed with learning every detail about a particular period. Then follow them =)

In light of my past few days in class, i begin to think my calling is more to philosophical than historical writing. (that's the N bit of me.)

But I may do that, if ever i have spare time. (heh. i crack myself up.)