i picked up a new livejournal tool a couple of days back, so i have a few extra things to play around with. colour, putting lines in thing, fonts, stuff i didn't have before. i'm sure the result will be fascinating for you all. well, the
it's the fiction taboo to play with colours and fonts, which is a bit short sighted i find. sometimes i think fiction writers can be some of the most unimaginative people. yes, i did just want to use the smaller font, but it's still true. page usage can make a difference in a series of different and visual ways, and it's been used well in a number of books--the house of leaves being the first that jumps to my mind, but it's by no means a unique and singular thing in the publishing world. still, it surprises me that more page space techniques are not used, especially with fonts. in a novel that is supposedly written in handwriting, why not use a handwriting font? i'm sure there are reasons for this, but it just strikes me as a shame that it's not done moreso.
my thesis slash novel a walking tour in the dreaming city is font happy. it contains nineteen different narratives, and fifteen of these are in first person, and each of them is presented in a different font. i think it aids in the creation of a first person narrative voice, though i am sure people will disagree, and say that they find it intrusive, which is also the point. i guess in the end i'll discover how successful it is, but right now, i think it works nicely, and the feedback i've gotten on the draft i have has been positive in that draft like fashion. read: nothing has been born deformed.
anyhow, with the post earlier, it looked much more acceptable on white in the preview section. live and learn, hey?