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Heidi Anne Heiner
ezOP
(6/23/07 12:10 pm)

SurLaLune Redesign in progress
Just a heads up that I have started uploading the newly redesigned pages for SurLaLune, the site's first redesign in 7 years. The site's navigation is improved and the look is updated and fresh.

The redesign will take several weeks during the summer, so some pages will be the new design while others will be the old design for a time.

For now, the main page is new as well as most of The Annotated Cinderella.

Happy Summer!

Heidi

RoseRed81
Registered User
(6/25/07 9:11 am)

Re: SurLaLune Redesign in progress
The main page is beautiful! I love the new design.

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Heidi Anne Heiner
ezOP
(6/25/07 9:34 am)


Re: SurLaLune Redesign in progress
Thank you!

Today I'm working on Beauty and the Beast.

Heidi

aka Greensleeves
Registered User
(6/25/07 2:47 pm)


Re: SurLaLune Redesign in progress
Oh, Heidi, it's *lovely*! I especially like the new viney background.

One thing, though--I find the text (font) on the new version to be just a little harder to read, especially the pale grey links. For whatever that's worth. :)

Beautiful job!

Conteurlisa 
Registered User
(6/27/07 10:51 am)


Re: SurLaLune Redesign in progress
The site design is terrific Heidi! And I also want to add how much I enjoyed your wonderful article in the current issue of Faerie Magazine.

Hope you will contribute more.

best, Lisa

Heidi Anne Heiner
ezOP
(6/27/07 6:51 pm)


Re: SurLaLune Redesign in progress
Thank you!

I've now finished Beauty and the Beast and am almost finished with Sleeping Beauty. Haven't decided which to do next, either Bluebeard or Red Riding Hood, I think. It is going to take a while to do every tale and then all of the other areas of SurLaLune. I'm starting with the tales with the most information to make it easier instead of more difficult down the line. They also tend to be the most visited, so that works, too.

The plan is to have an article in each issue of Faerie Magazine for now on. I've already written and submitted one on Sleeping Beauty for the Fall issue. I'm currently debating which tale to do for the Winter issue.

Heidi

Heather KT
Registered User
(7/2/07 9:14 pm)


Re: SurLaLune Redesign in progress
Very cool! I especially like that you've used the sidebar to link to other tale-specific web resources. Oh, and the illustration panels at the top, too. Swelligant.

Heather

Heidi Anne Heiner
ezOP
(7/3/07 9:25 am)


Re: SurLaLune Redesign in progress
Thank you everyone.

The redesign is time consuming, of course, but I am also taking time to edit, fixing inconsistencies and adding information that is missing. But, wow, it is amazing to look back at the body of work nine years of building this site has generated.

I just want it to be modern, easier to use and worth visiting. As the internet has grown, SurLaLune moves further down in the rankings and traffic has slowed this year. I am eager to keep the site pertinent and current even if Wikipedia and its imitators are trying to replace it! Granted, they also generate traffic when the SurLaLune links are maintained, but it's frustrating to see great sites get lost in the shuffle, like Ashliman's and Vandergrift's and the rest.

Heidi

MaryCatelli
Registered User
(7/5/07 9:53 pm)


Re: SurLaLune Redesign in progress
Cool.

On adding information --

I was looking at the Goosegirl page, at the Similar Tales Across Cultures, and thinking that "The Lord of Lorn and the False Steward" is a much closer variant than several of the tales listed there. Then, it is a ballad (Child ballad number 271) rather than a folk tale as such.

Heidi Anne Heiner
ezOP
(7/5/07 10:47 pm)


Re: SurLaLune Redesign in progress
Thanks, Mary. I will add the ballad to Goose Girl. My knowledge of the ballads is minimal. Sure, I know more than the average person on the street--such as that they exist!--but not much more. I've always intended to go back and add more of the ballads to the site because I know there are several similar to other fairy tales, too. Just have never taken the time.

Something else to add to the to do list. I have enough to keep me busy until 2010 at this point. :)

Heidi

Heidi Anne Heiner
ezOP
(7/5/07 10:49 pm)


Fonts and readability
Also, just an informal query. Are many of you having problems with the new fonts and font colors? I realize that the lighter gray links are not showing up well on brighter screens and will probably play with them more, but I wanted to get more feedback on them, too.

I'm over halfway done with the tales now. Then there's the illustration pages and eBooks. So miles and miles to go before I sleep still.

Heidi

moonway
Registered User
(7/6/07 3:27 pm)


Re: Fonts and readability
I find the new desire more readable than the former. I like it a lot.

Kaleigh Way

MaryCatelli
Registered User
(7/6/07 8:54 pm)


Re: SurLaLune Redesign in progress
Not to mention that ballads don't have to be fairy tales.

Francis Child connected Little Annie the Goose Girl to Gil Brenton, but the tale is rather different. In "Annie", the heroine is the pure maiden that substitutes for the non-virgin bride (like Maid Maleen in the variant where the bride is pregnant), but in the ballad, the discovery that the bride is pregnant is followed by the question of who is the father, and the revelation that it is the bridegroom.

Child has quite a bit about the equivalent fairy tales, but it's rather heavy wading through all the text -- he gets around to mentioning "The Goose Girl" after discussing far more distant parallels to "The Lord of the Lorn and the False Steward" with "Iron Hans", and after listing all the Scandavian equivalents to the ballads.

RoseRed81
Registered User
(7/7/07 10:00 am)

Re: SurLaLune Redesign in progress
I'm having no trouble with the font/link colors at all, the new layout is beautiful.

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MaryCatelli
Registered User
(7/14/07 6:45 am)


Re: SurLaLune Redesign in progress
Another ballad parallel is Child ballad number 53, "Young Beichan", which comes close to the plot of "East of the Sun, West of the Moon" -- at least for the conclusion.

Van45us
Registered User
(7/26/07 5:06 pm)


Re: SurLaLune Redesign in progress
Looks terrific to me, Heidi. Keep up the great work!

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