META: How Much To Write About (say) Ketchikan?

Scott Eiler seiler at
Sun Apr 29 16:46:26 PDT 2012

On 4/28/2012 11:10 PM, Andrew Perron wrote:
> On Sun, 29 Apr 2012 01:12:19 +0000 (UTC), Scott Eiler wrote:
>> In the story I'm reading, the author chose to describe the city.  One
>> action scene was so geographically accurate, I could trace the
>> characters' steps.  He didn't say *exactly* which direction the creek
>> flowed, but he *did* describe the historic boundary between white man's
>> and native territory at the creek, the boardwalk beside it, the
>> boutiques alongside it, the bridge at the shore, the tramway leading
>> down to the boardwalk, and the long way up the hill to the tramway.
>> Aside from there being a hotel lobby at the top of the tramway, his
>> details were *meticulously* correct.  But might that perhaps be overkill?
>> How much detail do *you* like in your stories, RACC?  Would you put more
>> in if only you could?
> I like to put in a fair amount of local flavor.  Not so much that it sticks
> gratuitously out, calling attention to itself, but wherever it might
> matter.

Okay.  I'll take that as a vote for everything up to, the historic 
boundary between native and white man's territory.  At least the other 
details helped the story.  Unless the natives make a political comeback 
when I read some more, I don't think the boundary will make a difference.

... Obviously my plan to read trashy science fiction this weekend is not 
succeeding.  8{C>

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