Meet David Allen. Theoretical ecologist, Biology professor, friend, cousin, collaborator. For several years, Dave and I have met every now and then in hopes of producing a book project. In 2013 we are going to make it happen. Dave stayed for nine days, and by the end we had a working idea, a few print tests, and some unrelated photos of Dave at the Natural History Museum.* This project is still very new, like a tiny baby bird. Please forgive me for not laying out the details yet. Much more on this is to come as the project moves forward. Here is a brief, illustrated description of the trajectory of the last few days.
1. We discard an idea.
2. We have a new idea.
3. We think about the new idea.
4. We work on the new idea by candle light.
5. We work on the new idea over a pot of tea.
6. We decide the new idea is The Idea.
7. We develop The Idea.
9. Computer programming time. boop boop beep beep.
10. Art time. (faint pencil noises)
11. The Idea goes to the studio.
12. We test drive The Idea on the press.
12. The Idea is discussed over a pint. We agree to continue with The Idea and make plans to continue after Dave returns to America.
In other news, I finished and shipped off the first copy of Simulations on a Two-dimensional Grid. Stay tuned for photos of the final book, which I will produce in an edition of ten.
* Dave at the Natural History Museum.