First- thanks for reading this Colin!
When I was writing this there really was no intent beyond a simple description. To lie is to say a falsehood, to say something that is complete fiction, to knowingly say something is an untruth. Whenever we peddle in fiction we are “lying.” We suspend our disbelief for fiction though we know it is not true and that authors are lying to us.
I don’t think of this kind of lying as inherently bad. Intentionally lying to someone to their face(or over the internet) and claiming it is true is different than asking someone to believe something is true but with full knowledge that it is not.
You’re right, lying does have a negative connotation. And while connotation is important I sometimes forget that.
I’ve read many Ursula K. LeGuin books and essays and that probably influenced my use of the word. She also refers to her own fiction as lies. I also disagree with her on most of her philosophies. I love her books to death.