Although the literary Knights who say Ni! are facing severe competition in the present day technological age, they aren't going to go away without a fight. The fact of the matter is that, as a writer, you will most likely have to come up with an appeasing and appealing shrubbery to be admitted passage into the literary forest. In light of this, it's best to just bite the bullet..er..arrow, and determine to present the best shrubbery you can to the Knights who say Ni!
The most difficult part of this process is in presenting the most outstanding, unusual shrubbery that still looks like a shriubbery. Your redwood tree may be inarguably far superior to any shrubbery in the forest, but if it's not a shrubbery, your particular Knights who say Ni! are going to still say Ni! Sad as it is, the Knights who say Ni! aren't prepared to evaluate anything that isn't a shrubbery. So one is forced to perform the nearly impossible task of creating an excellent, groundbreaking, and original shrubbery that can still be recognized as a shrubbery.
In one respect, the Knights who say Ni! have actually simplified things. At least you know what they want before you even start out. After your first encounter with the Knights who say Ni!, you can regroup and return with a shrubbery that suits their requirements. If you already have a name in publishing, the process is, of course, very simple. You just keep bringing more shrubberies just like your first one.The Knights who say Ni! require a fairly reliable supply of shrubberies.
As implied aboive, however, we realize that the system ts heavily weighted aganst someone who has already produced a very unusual shrubbery, or even a non-shrubbery. This brings up the question...where did the Knights who say Ni! obtain their taste for shrubberies in the first place, as opposed to redwood trees or rose bushes? At some point in the past, of course, there WERE no shrubberies...at least of the literary sort.
But, more importantly, is it ever possible to convince the Knights who say Ni! to consider anything other than a shrubbery for entrance into the literary forest?
Indeed there is, but you sometimes have to be a bit sneaky. Sometimes you need to graft your non-shrubbery onto a Knight-approved bona-fide shrubbery. We'll discuss this in our next installment.
Causes Eric Nichols Supports
Free Burma Rangers, Partners Ministries (Thailand), Literacy council of Alaska, Access Alaska.