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EGS: Footnotes? [message #5346] Thu, 20 September 2007 12:49 Go to next message
Ellen Hayes  is currently offline Ellen Hayes
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I could, potentially, add a whole bunch of footnotes, either at the bottom of the page or in the back. These could include explanations of errors, thoughts I had when writing (should I remember them), explanations for things that didn't get explained in the text (like Tuck's dog), some terms (since a paper-book reader does not have the online resources available IN THE BOOK HARDWARE to look up words), and whatever else.

Should I? If I should, which ones should I do? And, where should I put them?


Ellen
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Re: EGS: Footnotes? [message #5351] Thu, 20 September 2007 15:25 Go to previous messageGo to next message
rachel.greenham  is currently offline rachel.greenham
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Ellen Hayes wrote on Thu, 20 September 2007 17:49

I could, potentially, add a whole bunch of footnotes, either at the bottom of the page or in the back. These could include explanations of errors, thoughts I had when writing (should I remember them), explanations for things that didn't get explained in the text (like Tuck's dog), some terms (since a paper-book reader does not have the online resources available IN THE BOOK HARDWARE to look up words), and whatever else.

Should I? If I should, which ones should I do? And, where should I put them?


Ellen
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I would... not. Unless they're going to be so entertainingly written as to make one not mind the break in flow (something even Pratchett doesn't always pull off). And even then, be very sparing...

tbh I can't even see a good place for the end-of-chapter "cute quotes". Smile


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Re: EGS: Footnotes? [message #5360] Fri, 21 September 2007 20:09 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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It's not necessary, but if you're willing to devote the time and effort to it, it'd make a nice back-of-the-book section that would give us regulars an (or another) incentive to buy it -- similar, on a much smaller scale, to Tolkien's extensive comments written for the Ballantine paperback edition of Return of the King to distinguish it from the royalty-free Ace version.

I'd advise against interrupting the text flow by using a footnote system. Instead, a notes section in the back arranged by timecheck (or chapter, or page number) would allow people who are reading the story for the first time to check there (successfully or not) if there's something (e.g., geek terminology) they don't understand, while those of us who've been here before can bookmark the section and follow it along with the text for additional enlightenment.

Eric
Re: EGS: Footnotes? [message #5363] Sat, 22 September 2007 12:42 Go to previous message
Ellen Hayes  is currently offline Ellen Hayes
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I do like the back-of-the-book idea, referenced by page & timestamp. This would have to be "handwritten" ...

But, I am NOT writing half a book of notes just because Tokien did! =)

Also I'm not too keen on defining each & every geek term, phrase, game, computer reference, etc. I do realize that, with a paper book, one cannot look up references as easily as one could when reading Tuck via Internet... but, just like I'm not doing "Return Of The King Plus", I'm not doing the Jargon File.


What "should" be included? Since I'll probably be pulling the lyrics out - thanks you assholes of the music industry - I will probably put in some reference, where a lyric piece was. But what else?


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