Oct 11, 2006, 11:31 AM
Post #68 of 709
Ah...that's what I feared.
Re: [HopperFu] Fonts?
Now that absolutely everything is available for free over the internet, I get tempted. In one story a character has something magic markered on his hand. And I'm telling you, Pirate Bay has not only given me handwriting fonts in the hundreds, but fonts where each letter comes with multiple, random variances. So it actually looks like handwriting, not a font. Amazing!
I certainly don't mean to contest anyone's advice (I happen to 70% agree)...but, with most things, I doubt my own doubting. Rainbow Stories by Vollmann is one of my favorite collections, and that book, I just now remembered, is littered with wacky fonts that do add something, IMHO. I guess it gets back to that essential problem most beginners struggle with, one of brushing up against 'the rules'. People are discouraged from the get-go from even trying certain things, like the character looking in the mirror, or just waking up, etc. It's easy to read Gardner, my favorite curmudgeonly authority on writing, and forget that someone like Vollmann breaks every one of his rules with such panache you never notice or care. I just hope, whenever I exit academia, I can remember to chunk the training wheels and live confidently by my own rules.
...which I think is related to fonts, somehow.
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