Golden Bones

Reading Choices & Navigation

A story is a quest, a treasure hunt, an expedition across lands both known and unknown.

contents page:

  • lists the main narratives, which are the mapped routes of this journey

  • provides a link to the beginning of each main narrative

main narratives:

  • title — named in header & footer

  • “back / next” links — guide reader in a linear fashion through pages of the narrative

  • text links — take reader to related content off the main road

  • “return to Our Story” links — return reader to the mapped route, but not necessarily to the location where the reader last exited


  • link to their source for attribution

  • open in a new window; close window to return

text links:

  • off-site — marked by * and open in new window; close window to return

  • on-site — can lead anywhere within the Golden Bones project

Links divert the reader away from the known route. Following a link may result in

  • side trips on unmapped tracks and trails.

  • rest stops at way stations and shrines.

  • detours along lesser known roads.

  • bridge crossings between main narratives.

Lostness happens. Some options:

  • keep going

  • back out using browser back button

  • reorient using hamburger icon (collapsed menu icon)

  • search using magnifying glass icon

  • curse the storyteller

  • resolve to stay on the main route and avoid distraction

  • embrace distraction as discovery

  • reframe failure as enlightenment


GOLDEN BONES contents page