If I was wiser I would not post this for at least three months. But, like an impetuous child, I’m going to post this anyway recognizing that I have gone back and forth on this matter multiple times and have posted as much. I could, probably fairly, be judged as being a “compulsive apps switcher,” or accused of far worse.
But, that be as it may, some struggles and indecision can have value if one finally arrives at a better decision as a result. Aside from the propensity to try out new shiny apps, my dilemma has been compounded by new and rapidly developing applications around PKM, notably Roam, Craft, Obsidian, et al.
So, I’m throwing caution to the wind. I can only ask for the judgement of charity!
After literally two weeks of work, experimentation and research, including courses by The Sweet Setup, too many YouTube videos, visiting forums, emailing developers, and more … I have moved all of my book related research and the text of the book itself into a single Obsidian vault and have been using Obsidian exclusively for all of my research and writing. Obsidian’s development has reached the point where it is an extremely capable app. which continues to be developed at a rapid pace. One such development is that WYSIWYG is on the short-term of the Obsidian roadmap.
This will eliminate the frustrating clutter intrinsic to writing in markdown, making writing more like writing in Craft or Ulysses.
Prior to this change I was using Scrivener or Ulysses (depending on the type of writing) for long form writing and experimenting with my research notes in DT, Obsidian, and Craft. Every application has its pros and cons.
What I discovered through my experimentation (and frustration) is that by storing both the research and book text in a single Obsidian vault but keeping the research in a separate folder, I am discovering ways to link new ideas and existing research with the text of the book without the need to have multiple applications open for reference and use. This is particularly valuable when using Evergreen notes, which I have starred at the top of the Obsidian file explorer.
Below is a screen shot showing how this is setup. I’m sharing this with the forum because it is strangely cathartic and may be of value to others.
I feel better already …