Monday, September 28, 2009

Playful or too gimmicky

Okaaay, So I'm 99% sure I'm going through will Alice in Wonderland. However, sticking with my Jacob's ladder idea, i would need to split the book into either 12 , 8 or 6 sections. Or, I could stick with the original idea of 12 sections (one per chapter) and not necessarily have long text for each chapter...? I'm thinking maybe for the card chapter, I could make Alice, the Queen of Hearts (etc) cards and stick them into that section and either REALLY condense the chapter into ...oh say... a page or two... or not have words at all.. since so many people know the story...

Perhaps I have have one or two chapters with no text....? I think it can turn out to be a really playful book....Or is that too gimicky?

Otheriwse I'm looking at the work load for this book and I don't think it's very realistic...

Thursday, September 17, 2009

If Alice was a book designer...

'and what is the use of a book,' thought Alice 'without pictures or conversation?'

- Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Caroll

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Phase One

So I think I want to make an experimental book... I'm just not sure how experimental I should go. I want to challenge the traditional book reading experience, but I also don't want to look like I'm trying too hard, or push the envelope so much that I'm falling off. The traditional book reading experience is nice enough by itself, really...

Oh what to do what to do.

Right now I'm deciding whether or not I want to take on the challenge of constructing such a book AND writing a 8-12 chapter/part book for content. Seems rather ambitions, especially if these (preferably) twelve chapters are part of a longer story... it seems that it should be an epic. An epic children's story, of twelve volumes... or not. My other option is using Lewis Caroll's Alice in Wonderland, conveniently written in twelve chapters. Reg suggested that I edit it or redo the story so that I can really play with it. However, it would be quite the challenge to write my own story.. I do have a couple beggining concepts that I might try writing out... but I'll save that for my next post.