To add a cute litte word counter widget like mine, do the following:

1. From the Dashboard, look at “Right now” and click “widgets”

2. Add a new text widget and give it an appropriate title.

3. Paste in the following HTML: (Thanks to Andy for this!)

<div style=”width:175px;height:15px;background:#33FFFF;border:1px solid #000000;”><div style=”width:10%;height:15px;background:#00CCCC;font-size:8px;line-height:8px;”><br></div></div>1000 / 100000 words. 10% done!

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I just added a widget to my sidebar, that links to a site showing the phases of the moon. I wanted the fancier one that included a little bit of flash programming, which would show the moon’s phase on my site, but WordPress apparently doesn’t support that.

The moon is important in Heart of Hythea. One of the main characters, Lalluna, is a moon-goddess. I took her name from the Basque word for moon. She is all the things I imagine the moon would be- serene, beautiful, distant and somewhat weak. The main character, Katkin, becomes her faithful vessel, a relationship that lasts throughout all four books. (more…)