I've spent some time over the last few days working on the new design for Byzantium's Shores. I set up a "test blog" to do the design-stuff, and I decided on the background graphics. The new appearance will be substantially less "dark", with all text being in dark-type on a light background. Basically, though, the look will still be the same: I am not changing fonts at all, the format of the sidebar will remain as it is, and I'm keeping my pretty little roses. (Yes, men can like roses! Stop looking at me like that!) My current plan is to have the new look in place this Sunday, although if I get things done all the way, I may have it up tomorrow.