V is for Vorkosigans, eVentually

{For the full alphabet of intersectional feminism in romance, click here.} Reader, I was terribly excited about working on today's post. I fell head over hells in love with Lois McMaster Bujold while reading The Curse of Chalion and the exquisite Paladin of Souls. Then I picked up Cordelia's Honor and Barrayar and was blown to absolute smithereens. I put Miles down for discussion in this series because of his disability and because I knew the Vorkosigan books have a strong feminist vibe -- plus, the title of Miles' romance hinted at Heyer's A Civil Contract and I wanted to draw out the parallels. I was so excited to take notes and make citations and really dig in to all the work of this freewheeling lit crit thing I've been practicing here.

But in the midst of keeping up with the series, and fighting off not one but two colds (thanks, immune system), I realized it just wasn't going to happen. Oh, I could skim both books, throw up some paragraphs, and move on like nothing was wrong -- but it wasn't what I wanted. I wanted this post, of all posts, to be strong and thought-out and well-edited. I wanted it to have something new to say, even for those who (unlike me) have long lived in the Vorkosigan world. For that, I need to do a lot more research and a lot more listening and a lot more reading -- especially since I would be skipping many books in between Barrayar and A Civil Campaign and that would hamstring my analysis.

If I wanted to do this right, it wasn't going to happen quickly.

So this post is now a promise. Miles will get his day -- but he'll get it when April's done, when I have time to really sit and think again. In the immortal words of Ronald Ulysses Swanson: "Never half-ass two things. Whole ass one thing." I plan to do just that.

GIF of Ron Swanson from Parks and Recreation. He is a white man with dark hair and a luxuriant mustache. He wears a collared brown coat with an earthtoned plaid lumberjack shift. Behind him is a forest scene with a lake and ferms. He frowns thoughtfully as he delivers his words of wisdom: