Hokusai Wave, Cyanotype Painting on Silk, 2005
I’m disappearing for a week or more to Ko Wai, a small island in Eastern Thailand with erratic electricity and limited internet access.
Why? To finish writing the book Sensual Papers: Through the Backroads and Rivers of Thailand, Laos and Vietnam – my quest to find the papermakers of Southeast Asia.
How does one finish a book without electricity?
Easy – that’s what paper notebooks are for; they’ve worked well for writers, for centuries.
The internet is a distraction for writers hard at work on a specific project. Instant messages, emails and Twitter are prickly intrusions to writing time, written in slapdash English.
I’m happy to go on an internet-free diet before I head back to the craziness of Bangkok and my final round of cyanotype prints there.
See you when I get back…