Thursday, April 24, 2008

Welcome to My New Website

So here it is, babies! I know, I know. I said I was getting a web designer and my new site would be all fancy schmancy and just so very cool. The fancy part didn't exactly work out. I've pieced this whole thing together myself using blogger, but I really like it. It fits my personality much better!

Regular readers will notice that this blog looks very much like Furious Spinner. I did that on purpose. I like reading and writing on that color, with that size font, etc. So I carried it over. My intent was (and is) to make all of this as readable as possible. Why did I move from Furious Spinner to this? The template on Furious Spinner is very old (relatively speaking) and I couldn't do a lot of things that I can do on this new one, and I couldn't move FS to a new template without losing a lot of stuff.

Plus I wanted a new start.

I have been the Furious Spinner for thirteen years now. Furious Spinner started out as my column in Daughters of Nyx: a magazine of Goddess stories, mythmaking, and fairy tales. Then Mario introduced me to blogging about four and a half years ago. I loved doing it right away because I could reach readers without having to go through an agent, editor, or publisher! It was just you and me, babes! I also started blogging because I was so angry and frustrated about where our country was headed. Still am.

But I am a different person than the one who started blogging on Furious Spinner in 2003. I sometimes cannot believe all the changes I've gone through and all the changes the world has gone through. Knock on wood I'm still here groovin' and movin' and being silly and too serious. And usually writing about it all.

Am I going to write about different subjects here than I did on Furious Spinner? I don't know yet. I imagine I will continue to write about nature, the world, my life, and writing. It's a whole new adventure.

For this first week of my new website, I asked five writers if I could interview them and they've all agreed. My first interview is with Alice Hoffman. (I posted it right below this entry just because.) After her, you'll be able to read interviews with Jane Yolen, Charles de Lint, Jimmy Santiago Baca, and Joanne Harris—not necessarily in that order. On the sixth day, you'll get to read an interview with me, conducted by about forty people total. More on that later.

I'm also giving goodies away! Yes, freebies! At the end of the six days, I will give thirteen books away to thirteen lucky readers who have left a comment somewhere on this blog during the six days. (You'll get to pick which of my books you want!) Won't that be fun?

I want to say a bit about the Church of the Old Mermaids blog. It is now the Old Mermaids Journal. What I plan to do is take myself out of it completely (except as the author) and have it be like a journal that the Old Mermaids keep at the Old Mermaids Sanctuary; I will also continue to post excerpts from my novels about the Old Mermaids. It is definitely a work in progress, but I'm very excited about it. For the first "new" entry, I put the first chapter of the novel Church of the Old Mermaids. I know many of my regular readers have already read this. But I promise I will be more diligent about posting on the Old Mermaids site than I have been in the past.

So go on, explore! Let me know what works and what doesn't.

May You Explore in Beauty!

13 comments:

Mario said...

Wow! The new site pops! It looks marvelous, reads marvelous, and feels marvelous. It is just completely you. I love it.

Julie in Virginia said...

I just read the bio and the pictures are wonderful, as is the writing - but that goes without saying... But I'll say it again. I love your writing and I hope you leave the original site up. There is still so much treasure to be excavated there.

This new site is a lovely, easy to navigate, and exciting in its freshness.

Congrats on the new baby.

Vancouver Gal said...

well, I just love the peace invoking green as I did at Furious Spinner. I have sent so many friends there and will not direct them here!

The Compulsive Reader said...

I love the new site!

Also, I have some reviews for you on some of your books that your publicist sent me! I'll email them to you, along with their links!

Cheers,

The Compulsive Reader

For book reviews, author interviews, contests and more, visit: http://thecompulsivereader.blogspot.com/

Vancouver Gal said...

well geeze I meant to say "will NOW direct them here" can you edit that, Kim? Been up all night and it shows (fibromyalgia)

Kim Antieau said...

Vancouver Gal: I knew what you meant! I didn't even notice it until I published it, and I bet most people won't notice it either. I can't edit it; I can only delete it or publish it. No worries!

Melissa said...

Kim, I really like your new site. Green is my favorite color and this shade is just so calming and inviting. I read your biography and I love your pics. Very cool! I can't wait to read the other interviews too! Congrats!

Anonymous said...

'I like it I, love it, I want some more of it!'

It's groovy! Sorry you were having a fibro night, they sucketh, do they not?!
Alice Hoffman is wonderful, you are in that league, m'dear.

For the Mermaids, did I get this right? Could this be an evolving work with your readers contributing? That seems very cool.

Congrats on the new site!!

Pammykins
(A free copy of my forthcoming suspense novel to anyone reading this who could possibly know the person who sings that song in the intro quote!)

Vancouver Gal said...

Thanks Kim! Leave both posts as is. I do so love the collage type banner. It is so eclectic!

Joelle said...

Very nice, Kim! Thanks for the email letting me know it was up. Our bedroom is the same colour of green. Very soothing.

To Pammykins: It's Tim McGraw
http://www.lyricsfreak.com/t/tim+mcgraw/i+like+it+i+love+it_20137324.html
I did not know that...I googled it.

Kim, I'm adding this to my blog list!
cheers,
Joelle
http://www.joelleanthony.com

chatteringbee said...

I like the new site. It's very pretty! :D

Kim Antieau said...

Thanks, everyone! I love the love. And thanks for the reviews, Compulsive Reader. Very nice!

Stella said...

Very nice indeed! Love your banner - full of personality. And this green, oh, it is one of my own most favorite colors.
Many blessings for your new home,
Stella

 
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