says she thinks that I'm just getting into my stride with my garden sketchbook,
though she wishes I had another month or two to work on it.
It does seem to be flowing now, and about time too.
Today I add a recipe and a poem - that will be a first, I don't think
I've included one of my poems anywhere in this diary and I certainly haven't
in any of my published books.
The scissors are one of the illustrations for my recipe: you have to
start by gathering nettle leaves, so the kitchen gloves and scissors are
The Link-free Printed Page
I've mentioned before, I'm finding it liberating to design pages which
aren't cluttered with titles, logos, menus, navigation bars and scroll
bars, as most web pages are, of necessity. This gives me a chance to surprise
the reader occasionally as they turn the page, yet still follow the flow
of my story. Admittedly any page on the internet can come as a surprise
but, since the sequence of links that might lead you to it are infinitely
arbitrary, that's only to be expected. The really surprising
thing would be if it followed on in some kind of coherent sequence.
Navigation in a book is beautifully simple; just by feeling the thickness
of pages in your hand you know where you are in the sequence. And instead
of needing a logo in the top left corner of every page you only need flip
to book around and there's the title on the cover.
If the web experience is like listening to a collage of mpg samples at
random then a book is more like a piece of music that flows. There are
surprises in it but the surprises are part of the sequence. It's a different
your web browser you can add a 'bookmark' to a web page but it isn't as
individual as the bookmark you'll be able to add to my garden sketchbook
when you get your copy of it, as I hope you will: there's an awful lot
of work going into it!
Richard Bell, firstname.lastname@example.org