Why Authors Are Cursed
Lazette Gifford, Managing Editor
©2001, Lazette Gifford
Issue # 2: 03/01/01
and Using Language in Fiction
Zette's theory of what went wrong in the writing world.
of the modern world have been cursed. It's obvious when you look at the trials and tribulations we have
to go through to be published, and how, even then, it's no guarantee of
fame. We're cursed, and
I've finally figured out by whom and when.
old days, writers were considered great people. According to Diodorus, "It is fitting that all men should
ever accord great gratitude to those writers who have composed universal
" They were venerated, and it wasn't always because
they were brilliant authors.
was true in the Middle Ages. Writers
flourished, whether they were writing inane poetry or historical dramas.
the modern age came, and we fell from grace. And now I can tell you the secret of why writers are no longer
adored in the ways that we ought to be. It has nothing to do with ability.
We all know we're just as brilliant as any of the ancients,
everything to do with paper.
ancient world didn't have paper. The
ancient world, in fact, was lucky to have words at all, but that's
beside the point. They wrote on wood, rock, and clay. Later, the Egyptians invented papyrus paper, which was a
great step forward. In the
Middle Ages, writers worked with vellum and parchment, which was made
from the specially prepared and skins of animals. It was cheaper and easier to obtain than the papyrus paper that
had to be imported from Egypt.
until modern day that we began using paper. Paper is made with vegetable fibers.
More importantly, modern machine made paper is 95% wood.
tell you about ancient Greek mythology, specifically about the Dryads.
These lovely female creatures, who were generally friendly to
humans, lived in or near trees. When
a tree was destroyed, the dryad died as well. The Gods punished humans for destroying trees.
been cursed by the Ancient Greek Gods.
is hope, people. The future
holds the key to breaking this curse.
It's called electronic publication.
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