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My LJ journal style wishlist

All this busyness (business?) lately plays havoc with keeping my journal as up to date as I'd like... I haven't had a chance to even write about the Chameleons concert, much less put up a few pictures. I did do a minor facelift on my journal style the other day, though. If you can't spontaneously give birth to genius, at least you can fall back on incremental progress...

I was thinking about journal styles the other day... There are so many styles I would like to see. So, with that in mind, here's my style wishlist:

- "William Morris" style:
A journal laid out on a beautiful William Morris book design with text that is displayed in the correct fonts and formats, etc. Unfortunately, this would be hard to do. It could be done in Flash if you had lots of time and patience... it could also be attempted using embedded fonts if you really wanted to make your life and that of your readers much more difficult than is necessary.

- The "well-worn journal" style
Imagine your journal entries as erratic handwriting scrawled across blank sheets of finely made paper, but one that was modified randomly to have "character"... random flaws in the paper could be displayed... some pages might be bent or have moisture damage... some might have circles from coffee cups, or maybe a couple squiggles or doodles thrown in randomly. Things that give journals character and a personality of their own... (I have always wanted to be able to create something like this where you could import any kind of text from the web and have it display appropriately... you'd just fill in a form with an URL and voila, Instant book! Would be a great way to read Project Gutenberg e-texts...)

- "Da Vinci" journal:
Very similar to above, actually... only much more Da Vinci. I'd like to do the same thing with an "illuminated manuscript" style too...

- "Doogie Howser, M.D." style:
No, I'm not a big fan of Doogie, but I liked his diary. This one would actually be pretty easy to do.

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All this busyness (<A HREF="http://www.livejournal.com/users/lj_biz/">business</A>?) lately plays havoc with keeping my journal as up to date as I'd like... I haven't had a chance to even write about the <A HREF="http://www.thechameleons.com">Chameleons</A> concert, much less put up a few pictures. I did do a minor facelift on my journal style the other day, though. If you can't spontaneously give birth to genius, at least you can fall back on incremental progress...

I was thinking about journal styles the other day... There are so many styles I would like to see. So, with that in mind, here's my style wishlist:

- "William Morris" style:
A journal laid out on <A HREF="http://www.library.ubc.ca/spcoll/middleages/fullimages/coustanscase5.html">a beautiful William Morris book design</A> with text that is displayed in the correct fonts and formats, etc. Unfortunately, this would be hard to do. It could be done in Flash if you had lots of time and patience... it could also be attempted using embedded fonts if you really wanted to make your life and that of your readers much more difficult than is necessary.

- The "well-worn journal" style
Imagine your journal entries as erratic handwriting scrawled across blank sheets of finely made paper, but one that was modified randomly to have "character"... random flaws in the paper could be displayed... some pages might be bent or have moisture damage... some might have circles from coffee cups, or maybe a couple squiggles or doodles thrown in randomly. Things that give journals character and a personality of their own... (I have always wanted to be able to create something like this where you could import any kind of text from the web and have it display appropriately... you'd just fill in a form with an URL and voila, Instant book! Would be a great way to read <A HREF="http://www.gutenberg.net/">Project Gutenberg</A> e-texts...)

- "Da Vinci" journal:
Very similar to above, actually... only much more Da Vinci. I'd like to do the same thing with an "<A HREF="http://www.byu.edu/~hurlbut/dscriptorium/byu/jerome/byu-j09.jpg">illuminated manuscript</A>" style too...

- "Doogie Howser, M.D." style:
No, I'm not a big fan of Doogie, but I liked his diary. This one would actually be pretty easy to do.

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So, what would be your dream journal? Would you press virtual flowers inside of it...?
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