I am writing this while I attempt to calm down so please forgive me if it sounds too harsh.
I am a writer and I work very hard at it. I want my stories to be engaging and interesting. Anyone can write snappy tabloid garbage but it take real skill to insert innuendo with flair and style into a piece and make it sensational!
An online friend suggested some time ago that I submit an “article” to The Grimm Report to help get my name out there and show my writing on a blog that gets a lot of traffic. It took me a while to come up with something fitting since I don’t typically write article-type work. Finally something came to me and I thought it was great! It was filled with innuendo and fancy word play and written in the style of the fairy-tales the blog parodies.
After all my hard work and editing, I sent in my article.
THIS IS MY ARTICLE:
“Stepsister to Sue Local Cobbler!”
“Only this morning, in a surprise move, the eldest of two stepsisters to our new princess and queen-to-be announced that she would be bringing charges against the village cobbler. The petition itself has not been made public as yet. However, this reporter has managed to ferret out a hint of the basis behind this latest legal action.
Rumours have flown through the royal court recently that the prince’s marriage to our beloved new princess was not sanctioned by the princess’s own family. The rumours have yet to be substantiated and when approached for an interview, the family refused to make a comment.
This reporter has also uncovered evidence that the Princess’s family has been in dire straits for some time. Apparently the Princess’s stepmother made some bad investments and business decisions after the passing of the Princess’s father some ten years ago. Could this be one of the reasons for the recent legal action taken? Until the documents are made public, we will have only rumour to rely on. So I leave it to you.” – ©J.C. Morrows 2013
This is the edit I received this morning.
(Let me be clear. I wrote the first article above. The second – below – IS NOT MY WORK)
“WESTWOOD VILLAGE, CA–This morning in a surprise move, the eldest of two stepsisters to Cinderella announced that she would be bringing charges against the village cobbler. The petition itself has not been made public as yet. However, this reporter has managed to ferret out a hint of the basis behind this latest legal action.
Rumors have flown through the Royal Court recently that Cinderella’s family had not sanction Charming’s marriage to Cinderella. They are demanding a second fitting, claiming Cinderella’s second slipper was a fake, and that the eldest stepsister possessed the genuine article. The rumors have yet to be substantiated and, when approached for an interview, the family refused to comment.
Evidence also suggests that Cinderella’s family is in dire straits financially. Apparently, Cinderella’s Stepmother had placed the family’s investments with Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC after the passing of the paterfamilias approximately ten years ago, and has still yet to recover. Could this be one of the reasons for the recent legal action taken? Until the documents are made public, we will have only rumor to rely on. As recent history suggest, if the shoe fits…”
You will notice the many errors in the 2nd article. And not just spelling errors. There are grammar errors that were NOT present in the first article.
Let me be clear. I wrote the first article above. The second is NOT MY WORK and if it is published on the blog, I will no longer be following ANYTHING they do.
I am outraged! It makes me sound like a talentless hack and I refused to approve it.
I may not have a say in whether or not they actually publish it on their site but I have the original e-mail and the original document dated the day I submitted it so my copyright is intact!
I do not understand why a blog would ask writers to submit their work and then butcher it in such a way!
© J.C. Morrows 2013
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