Guys, I've been looking at this all wrong. Cellulose acetate is the way of the past. Take a look at this link:
I've been too focused on synthesizing an organic ester when I completely forgot that it was possible to use an inorganic ester. All one must do is get ethanol and sulfuric (battery) acid, throw in a little NaCl table salt, and then the cellulose, dehydrate it, and we have a simple inorganic ester, cellulose sulfate. Why, it's so simple it's uncanny. I could have been using this the whole time. I want to try this today. However, if this
fails, then I'll just use pure cellulose and hope it forms hydrogen bonds between the strands.