Sorry! Just a few more responses needed, promise. 🙂
I uploaded the background graphics that worked the best and took screenshots so you could see what they looked like on Medium and here they are:
And here’s the reworked pic for No. 4:
I’ll be honest. I do like this last one, but I couldn’t resist making a few tweaks. The gold circuitry on the left looks very similar to the original shape of No. 4:
And yes, there’s more on this pic than on the actual background pic. That’s because Medium doesn’t display the whole graphic. Luckily it does give you the option of choosing which area to keep so I kept more of the sky. Anyway, the small additions on the left hand side are minimal.
On the right hand side, however, I tweaked a bit more:
Now, the big questions. Do you like it with the gold? Do you prefer it with the Left pattern or the Right pattern? Or…radical thought, should I leave the two sides asymmetrical?
I promise, this is the last, and I really appreciate your feedback. 🙂
Okay, I’ve been trying to come up with a background image for my new home, but nothing quite grabs me so…do any of these grab you? [Apologies for the loading times].
The gold circuits are from Nabatea, and I started with them. Unfortunately, each small part is ‘cut’ from a picture, so the overall file size becomes rather big and hard to work with. I was also a bit concerned the colours didn’t quite work together. So then I started with the silver circuits and wasn’t happy with any of them either. That’s when I redesigned no. 4 from scratch. But…eh. I need to step away now.
Thanks for the feedback.
Okay, I admit it, I’ve been playing all day, and I’ve reached the point where I don’t know what works and what doesn’t anymore, so..purple? Too much? Hurts the eyes? Makes you gag?
You’re allowed to be honest. The purple was not my first choice. In fact, I wanted something much more tasteful, like this:
It’s pretty, and I put a lot of work into the ‘window’, including making the window frames in Corel, but none of the WordPress themes worked with the image as the background. I guess if I had my own website, I could design it however I wanted, but these days it’s just not worth the cost of the domain, plus the hosting, plus the ongoing headaches…
And then there was the problem of functionality. I wanted visitors to be able to see my books without having to go digging for them because…ahem, I am a writer. So I looked at an old theme with a ‘carousel’, but it just didn’t do it for me either. So I decided to jazz up the theme I’ve had since 2011. Elegant Grunge isn’t new, and it’s not pretty, but it is functional.
Oh, and the purple kind of tones with the purple of the binary star image, you know, melding the symbols for Innerscape and Vokhtah? -sigh-
So. Do I keep the purple? Change the purple? Sleep on it and try again tomorrow?
I have 3… yes, THREE chocolate mouse cakes in the fridge – two that turned out well and one ugly duckling – and I’m knackered [translation : tired] so I’m going to make this short.
Jennifer Scoullar, a very lovely Aussie author and blogger, asked me to guest post on her blog. So I did. 🙂
If you want to read some background on me, and some interesting titbits on the writing of Vokhtah, please pay her a visit at Pilyara.
-waves- Thanks for inviting me Jennifer!
And now to go taste the dud. I think it’s going to be a good brew. 🙂
p.s. We’re staying over for the wedding so I won’t get to reply to comments until Sunday.