I’VE PRETTY MUCH DEVOTED every spare minute of the past month to redesigning this Dark Arts Web site, which went live this week. I didn’t realize til I dug in that I had about 70 pages of content lurking about through various subsections on the site, so it took a lot longer to pour everything into the new format than I anticipated! (Geri started to wonder if she still had a husband somewhere). If you never saw the “old” site, here’s what I laid to rest next to the new look:
I liked the old “black” Dark Arts site, but there was a lot of text on it, and white text on black is not the easiest to read. It looked like this screenshot for a couple years, so it was time for a change. Plus, for the Webgeeks in the crowd, I was really using the 2005 redesign as an excuse to learn a new coding methodology — complete design via CSS. Lots of people use CSS to format their text, but the entire shape and design of this site is driven by a single stylesheet… there is only one page of content on this entire site now that has a “table” holding the content (brownie points for anyone who finds it, LOL.)
Also, this week Twilight Tales posted my Poe-esque story “The Tapping” from the Spooks! anthology on their Web site as a free sample to encourage people to buy the book.