For the first time in years, maybe encouraged by the clearing-out we're doing in our studio, I've overhauled the design of this blog, trying to clean up, organize, simplify, and update the content. I'm not done yet, but done enough to make the changes "live" and try them out on you...so please tell me if the background color is too dark, or the type too small, or whatever. I'm still undecided about a fixed-width main column or whether to keep the width variable. I really like being able to post large photographs - what do you think?
The blogroll and category lists have disappeared for now because the former was woefully out of date, and the latter just too long a list; I've substituted a category clou, which is pretty interesting, to me at least! I'll be revising the blogroll and re-posting it in the sidebar soon, along with the new Search feature, the Online Shop, and a link to Phoenicia Publishing. My "author" photo and website have changed too - the ABOUT tab now links to my author's page at Goodreads, where my books are listed as well as a bunch of reviews, some cross-posted from here.
I also realize, somewhat to my chagrin, that much of this design work will rarely be seen by the many readers who follow the blog through an RSS feedreader...but that's OK, I'm glad to have you with me however you receive the content!
Doing this work, I felt once again how behind-the-curve TypePad is as a blogging platform, but I'm reluctant to leave because I know it will mean a drop in readership. For other purposes, I use WordPress and I greatly prefer it, but here we've been for nine years and counting, and here in this familiar, slightly faded velveteen box, for the time being, we'll stay.