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13 October 2011 @ 01:56 pm
In Progress: Emerald Star  
I began working on Emerald Star for the first time in nearly a year this afternoon. I'd originally thought that the close of fated.nu and a free month at the end of the summer would turn into a revamp marathon and that ES would be open already. But I realized I was just burned out on shrining all together. It didn't even bother me that everything was down, and that the only things I was actively keeping up with were my fanlistings and trade post. I've taken breaks from shrining in the past, but I've always worked behind the scenes. This is the first time I've really stepped away -- no layout-making, no coding, no organizing, no editing. It was one of the best things I've done for myself in a long time.

I spent a while this morning perusing Web Archive to refresh my design history. I realized how much I miss the simplified one-layout-per-page format, and I'd like to revive that in some way when I relaunch ES. My goal is simplicity, and I hope to implement things like update and comment scripts, email and submission forms, things that would require less effort in the long run on my part.

The process will be slow. Since this will likely be the last major overhaul for ES, I want to take my time and enjoy it. Somewhere along the way I lost touch with the joy of the process. When I started back in 2000, putting on a CD or the radio and playing with Photoshop and Notepad was one of my favorite ways to waste an afternoon. I want that feeling back. I want to quit worrying about the result. I think my shrine will be better for it.