Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Eat At Joe's
When I first write a scene, it’s always pretty spare. I write my characters’ words and thoughts along with their actions, what they do with their hands, the expressions on their faces. Next I add some “where”…the room, the light, the chair (or bed) they’re using. As I go, I usually try to add a little of what they look like, what they’re wearing, even if there’s already been a full description earlier.
Later I go back and beef these up, try to keep my characters from being disembodied voices in an empty dark room. Although that might be fun…
Lately I’ve been paying close attention to a character’s senses. What does he smell like to her? What does the carpet feel like under his bare feet? Is that ferret making noises, or it that a cricket? Is she in pain? Does her heart ache?
And today’s topic: how does it (he, she) taste?
I’m writing a fantasy set in a distant magical/agrarian future. I figure they still have some of the same foods we have now, but the names might have changed. Language shifts, after all. So I've left some of the words the same as what we use now, and changed others so they leave a flavor…heh heh…of the original food in the reader’s mind.
Salmon and colouka eggs.
Kaf and carrots.
Plumjon juice, either plain or sparkling.
What do your characters eat and drink? Is food a big part of their lives or just something they handle on the fly? Have you ever made up entirely new tastes for your characters to experience? If you're not a writer, or even if you are, what are some favorite flavors you've read about?
Inquiring taste buds want to know.