Prophecy & Language: When Foretellings Come True


Eleanor teaches Social Studies to 6th graders and spends the bits of time left over writing books that bring history -- and magic -- to life. She enjoys rock climbing, bullet journaling, & gardening focused on plants you can actually eat.

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4 Responses

  1. Fascinating! There is so much here I’m going to come back and reread. You are making me rethink my own prophecy based novel. thanks!

    • Eleanor says:

      Prophecies and paradoxes are fascinating and I don’t think that they get the scientific investigation the phenomenon deserves. The kinds of people who take it seriously — authors and religious leaders and philosophers dealing with the nature of destiny and free will — don’t share a lot of overlap with the historians and linguists who could shine another perspective (and some objective data) onto the matter.

      I really wish the unadulterated Sibylline Oracles weren’t lost to time. I bet they’re super interesting!

  2. A.M. Lynn says:

    Thank you for this post.

    I realized reading it that my “easy” novel ideas were going to throw me into research depths I’m unwilling to delve into while other stories are in progress.

    Building a world around fantasy “oracles” will take the same effort as the worldbuilding my other novels, because questions like this would also hold me up.

    You’re apparently already commited. Good luck with your project!

    • Eleanor says:

      It helps that for me, writing is as much about the journey as the destination. I enjoy the research rabbit holes as much as having a finished product; questions like this give me something to talk about at parties.

Let me know what you think!