Why would you use your own blood?
Because it is a very literal representation of my mortal existence.
I'm not suggesting that everyone who writes in their tome should do so in blood. I dare say that, by and large, it's completely inappropriate. However, in my particular case, i think it'd be okay.
Vagrant Dreamer is correct that a single drop placed into an ink well would establish the symbolic link I'm looking for just as easily, and i'll probably go with that rather then penning the whole thing in blood.
I would never do this using the blood of someone or something else (willing or otherwise).
That would actually run counter to the entire purpose of the book.
First, use stone paper - if you google it you will find several sources. It will last practically forever assuming it isn't destroyed, and it will trap the ink that you use on it in such a way that it will not fade for a very, very long time. If what you produce is subjectively valuable enough to be passed down, it could potentially be seen by your descendants centuries from now and look virtually the same as it was when you penned it.
Interesting. I like it, but the only information available on it is how eco-friendly it is, rather then how durable it is.
I'll look into it more, but i'm going to need a bit of time, since it's not easily available here (I've got to have it delivered from out of state).
Having done a little research into aluminum, aluminum foil actually works better then thicker aluminum products, and engraving it with a pointed object is very similar to writing on paper.
I would suggest two books - one for notes to be arranged and prepared, and the other for the actual transcription. This way you don't waste ink and pages. I would also recommend handbinding your own book - it is not difficult to do, although you might want to make a practice book first and correct your mistakes afterward
two solid ideas.
Writing out thoughts a bit in advance so that they can be organized and refined before being transcribed helps the person reading the book after the fact.
As for practicing book binding, I've actually done a fair amount of that, using both modern and more traditional methods, but i could stand to have a bit more practice.