As you’ve no doubt noticed, things look a little different around here today.

For the past several weeks, I’ve been hard at work designing, developing, and building a brand new look and feel for A Dribble of Ink. 2014 promises a big transitional year for me, both personally and here at A Dribble of Ink, and I felt like there was no better way to celebrate that than to apply a fresh coat of paint, introduce some features I’ve been excited about, and, generally, increase the level of the site to bring it a few steps closer to the vision I have for it moving forward.

I think this is the best, cleanest, and most professional iteration of A Dribble of Ink yet, and hope that it encourages you to visit more often, join the conversation, and spread word to your friends, families, co-workers (and anyone else you chat to about science fiction and fantasy.)

In addition to the visual overhaul, there are a couple of things that I’d like to draw attention to.

Julie Dillon’s Header Artwork

I approached Hugo Award-nominated artist Julie Dillon with a hope, a prayer, and an idea. It’s no secret that I’m an enormous fan of her work, so when she agreed to provide artwork for the new design, I was through the roof. When she provided me with the final version, I was floored.

Artwork by Julie Dillon

Artwork by Julie Dillon

Julie’s evocative use of colour brings life and magic to the site, and perfectly capture what I first envisioned when I named the site, nearly seven years ago. I’m a lucky editor.

For a little fun, click the small arrow icon in the header to see Julie’s beautiful work in full.


Advertising has come to A Dribble of Ink.

When this site first began life as a pet project, I had little inclination to try to make money off of it. In the intervening years, however, the site has grown larger than I’d ever imagined and takes more of my time than is probably healthy. This advertising opportunity is a move to help me transition A Dribble of Ink from a hobby, to a part of my career. In terms of traffic and presence, A Dribble of Ink is comparable to many popular online magazines, such as Clarkesworld and Lightspeed, and this change will allow some freedoms that did not exist before.

It’s important for me to note that I will be curating the advertising that appears on A Dribble of Ink, rather than using ad services that manage advertising without my direct control. I want to advertise products/services that I feel are relevant and desirable to my audience, ads that I think they will actually click on, rather than gloss over.

If you’re interested in advertising on A Dribble of Ink, you can find all the information you need on the new Advertise page.


As always with these redesigns, I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below. Creating a well-running, beautiful site is always a moving target, so I’m interested in friendly and thoughtful feedback from all of you readers.

And now, onwards!

  • Paul Weimer April 15, 2014 at 1:59 am

    That Julie Dillion banner is gorgeous, Aidan.

  • Mieneke van der Salm April 15, 2014 at 2:18 am

    It looks fantastic, Aidan! The art is gorgeous :)

  • fanfarian April 15, 2014 at 3:39 am

    Nice artwork, but it is to small for a “big” mac 27″ display with a viewport of 2490px.

  • Fran Wilde April 15, 2014 at 4:11 am

    That’s gorgeous – congratulations!

  • Steven M. Long (@StevenMLong) April 15, 2014 at 4:50 am

    Very cool. Somewhat jealous. :-)

  • Aidan Moher April 15, 2014 at 5:43 am

    @Paul, Mieneke, Fran, & Steven — Thanks so much! I’m very proud of the new design. :)

    @fanfarian — Thanks! I had to draw the line somewhere, so I chose 1920px wide as the upper edge of the image, otherwise the filesize was getting a little out of hand.

  • David Thompson April 15, 2014 at 6:00 am

    Woah, that artwork. Very nice site design too.

  • Renay April 15, 2014 at 7:30 am

    Julie’s art is fantastic! :D The neat header transition when you scroll down the page is super cool, too. Great job, both of you. :)

  • Dave Thompson April 15, 2014 at 9:58 am

    It looks really nice, Aidan. I really love the artwork in particular. And congrats on the success you’re having.

  • GrilledCheeseSamurai (@GrCheeseSamurai) April 15, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Very sleek! Well done!! Really dig the banner!

  • gabrielecampbell April 15, 2014 at 11:56 am

    I can understand the ads, but I hope they won’t be a door for trojans like some of the ads on the Westeros site which made me not visiting that anymore.

  • Aidan Moher April 15, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    @Gabriele — The Ads are a simple image (.jpg, .png, or .gif) and a link wrapped around them. I’ve put specific limitations on filetype (and handle all of the uploading and management myself), to ensure that nothing untoward can result from the ads.

    Hopefully that eases your mind. :)

  • gabrielecampbell April 15, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Thank you. Let’s hope that will help.

    It’s a pity about Westeros since I like the place, but after two trojans (which my Avira luckily caught) and a porn popup, a thread on the forum by others who have the same problems, and the staff’s inability to do something permanent about it, I’m very careful about going there (only on the Mac at work, though I shouldn’t do it there ;) and I don’t log in to comment).

  • gabrielecampbell April 15, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Very nice artwork, btw.

  • gabrielecampbell April 15, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    And why does my name link to a defunct blog? OK, let’s see if that one’s better. :)

  • sara April 15, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Congratulations! The artwork is really… evocative, I guess. And gorgeous, of course :). You know what? I’d really like to read the book that goes with that banner… ;).

  • Dan April 15, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Very nice redesign and header art! I also think it’s amusing that one of the first ads is showing “A Dance of Cloaks” from Orbit Books. Orbit is trolling you.

  • Aidan Moher April 15, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Heh. Well, Lauren at Orbit does know how much I liked cloaked figures! ;)

  • Michael April 15, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Very nice. I love the Font/text on the page, so easy to read. :) Looks clean, and sharp! GREAT>..

  • Aidan Moher April 15, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Thanks, Michael. I spent a lot of time during the early design stage to ensure that the site’s typography was pleasing and easy-on-the-eyes. Glad the hard work paid off! :)

  • The Literary Omnivore April 16, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Looking lovely! Nothing quite so refreshing as a new coat of paint on the old website.

  • Chris Schilling April 19, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Nice work, the website looks awesome!

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