A Book About Trees

February 21, 2011 § 3 Comments

I completed the book that I have been working on for a while.

The book is quite simple and quite slim (10 pages!). When I find time to continue working with the concept for this book, I want to expand the text and also include illustrations. So perhaps, it is to be regarded as a prototype for the book I want to make.

It’s a book about trees. It’s hand made, and I only made one copy.

Earlier stages of the book:

A rough “sketch” for disposition:

After deciding page order: final layout, and proof reading:

Printing the pages, sowing them together:

Creating a book cover:

A close-up of the finished result.


The book project… second thoughts…

January 25, 2011 § 3 Comments

I changed the layout of the pages from horizontal to vertical. I rearranged the pages as well. I still have no clear idea of how I want it to look, though; there are too many options. I’m having second thoughts about using the book format for this project.

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Using index cards for text editing

January 16, 2011 § 1 Comment

I’m going to make a book.

So far, this is what I’ve done (and how):

1. I assembled texts I had written on this topic, and I selected parts from my texts that I thought would work for my book. It’s going to be a rather short book. I tried to choose sentences that were to-the-point, and parts of the texts that shared common themes.

2. I wrote down these sentences and short passages, rephrasing and splitting up paragraphs where I felt necessary, on separate index cards. Some cards had only one sentence, others had 3 or 4 sentences. Then I rearranged the cards, so that the connections between the themes became as clear as possible. I had made a diagram of the relations between the texts, which showed that the connections weren’t exactly linear (see the top index card in the middle picture below). So there was some shuffling/sorting/reordering that had to be done before I was happy with the outcome.

3. I made a layout for the pages of the book, based on the order of the index cards. (Btw, that last image – yes, that is how awful my 1st sketches look.)

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Reading now: Landscape and Memory by Simon Schama

November 13, 2010 § 5 Comments

Skog = Forest

I’ve just started reading Landscape and Memory, by Simon Schama.

I borrowed it from the library. I hope noone will mind that I’m writing down my own notes on the pages of the book. I promise that I will erase my writing later when it’s time to return the book to the library. I would, as I usually do, mark interesting passages by placing paper bookmarks and write down interesting thoughts and ideas on a separate paper, but there are just too many interesting sentences so I’d have to copy something from every page.

The cover reminded me that I have written a short essay on Albrecht Altdorfer’s painting “St George and the Dragon”. I’ll summarize that text and post it here at another date!

Outlining with Index Cards

September 18, 2010 § Leave a comment

Each chapter is summarized on separate index cards. Each synopsis card will be attached at the front of a tab index, and all scenes related to that chapter will be placed under that tab. If I need to add a chapter I’ll just have to insert an additional tab index between two chapters. It should also be easy to shuffle the indexes around, if I chapters/scenes need to switch places. I’m also creating index cards for particular places, for instance, “the hide-out”, “the jeweller’s”, with descriptions and ‘facts’ about these locations for quick reference.

Black tab index for manuscript

September 17, 2010 § Leave a comment

The storyline will be segmented into scenes. Fragments of scenes will be written on separate index cards. The scenes of the story will be assigned to numerically marked index tabs.

Index cards

September 15, 2010 § 2 Comments

Vladimir Nabokov’s unfinished manuscript for the novel The Original of Laura was written by hand on138 index cards. This method of writing short paragraphs, fragments of dialogue, etc. on cards that can be rearranged, changed or discarded, seems to me to be a really good way to develop a storyline. I have been wanting to try out this method for myself, and as I recently came upon a box of old index cards, developing a story with the help of index cards will become my next project.

Some articles on The Original of Laura
The Nabokov Code: A first encounter with Laura, his last, unfinished work

In a Sketchy Hall of Mirrors, Nabokov Jousts With Death and Reality

Review: Vladimir Nabokov’s The Original of Laura

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