Re: G'day from Oz - a little introduction
@Hex - yes, language and how we use it changes. There are many examples of this, but for me one of the most obvious is sentence structure. One comparison is the steady shift from long sentences to shorter ones. This shift is actively encouraged not only by lecturers and mentors but also demanded by a modern readership. It makes sense to me, but then I've never been overly fond of 19th century sentences that run-on for 20, 30 or more words. They had there time and it served its readership and, perhaps, the way writers (and artists) approached their work.
The key, as always, is to understand the rule of something and then, with this knowledge, decide whether it serves your purpose. The worst thing you could do is stick with something just because you can. The duty of any artist is not to dwell too long in a comfortable, familiar place. An artist must take risks.
Anyway, I believe in change. Call it evolution. Call it whatever you want, as long as you are being honest about who you are as a writer (or artist). Gee, thinking while I type, I realise the immensity of this topic of change and, in particular, our responsibility to enact change and/or revolution.
@HareBrain - the sad fact of my upbringing meant that I wsn't introduced to books (fiction) until I hit puberty. Strangely, I have always written more than I have ever read. And, of course, you guys will be the first to be introduced to my SF epic.