Illustration of "Brianna's Book Stop" by Jeffrey Duckworth / Book Cover for WHERE DO DIGGERS SLEEP AT NIGHT? (on the bookmobile) by Christian Slade

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Why My New Web Site Animations Have Me So Excited!

If you had visited my website ( yesterday (or any day before then), you would have seen a beautiful blue sky with two lovely trees and one yellow digger busily digging away.

But if you visit my website now, you will see a beautiful blue sky with two lovely trees and one yellow digger busily digging away PLUS one fierce T-Rex putting her tiara on and off and one sweet steam train puff-puff puffing away. (Huge thanks to Jeffrey Duckworth  for these awesome new animations!)

The addition of these two new animated gifs means a lot to me. It all goes back to my initial vision for my website...
When I first envisioned the site, I pictured a very happy "Briannaland". (Yes, I am silly.) Basically that beautiful background would become a home for little graphics related to all the books I would publish someday.

And so I started with a graphic for my first book, WHERE DO DIGGERS SLEEP AT NIGHT?-- a busy yellow digger. In one way, it looked perfect, but... in another way it looked sort of lonely.

Would my yellow digger ever be joined by other graphics? Would I someday have more books to make graphics for? I wondered and I hoped and I wrote...

So today I am super happy that that wonderful digger has two "friends" joining him on my website. The T-Rex with the tiara is for my upcoming picture book, TIARA SAURUS REX (coming out in February! Yay!) and the happy, puffing steam train is for my upcoming companion book to DIGGERS, WHERE DO STEAM TRAINS SLEEP AT NIGHT?.

The site is getting pretty busy! Yay!

But, like most writers, I can't wait to make it even busier! Definitely a fun way to track my writing progress!

What writing milestones should you be celebrating? Starting a new manuscript? Finishing a manuscript? Making a commitment to sit down to write? Please comment below and let's celebrate together! :)


  1. You are so fortunate to have your own animator, Brianna. I've always liked your site.

    1. Thanks so much, Mirka! So nice to hear you like my site! (It has been fun to help it grow through the years.)

      But, Jeff is not my own animator. He runs an illustration business called Duck of All Trades, and he is wonderful! I have hired him for several projects now and highly recommend him. He is very talented and has very reasonable prices. :)

  2. Glad your site is getting very busy! I also enjoy your book covers. They look fun. :)

    1. Thanks so much, Claudine! So glad you enjoyed the book covers! I am so very grateful for all the work the illustrators and designers did to make them so very fun! : )

  3. An effective website contains a good quality content, and an attractive design. And I have to say, your website have those qualities. Congratulations! Just keep on creating good content, so your visitors will always have something to look forward to. Cheers!

    Wallace Wagner @ Zkazi

    1. Thanks so much, Wallace! I definitely look forward to creating lots of good content so my visitors will have something to look forward to! :)

  4. You have a beautiful website, Brianna! The animations look very cute, and made your website look even more attractive. Anyway, I think having a couple of graphics in your website is quite enough. Having too much can lower its quality and even slow down the whole site. Thanks for sharing!

    Gerard Reese @ KAFE, Inc.

  5. It’s great to know that your site is getting some traffic; it means a lot of people are really into your works. I took a peek at your site, and I find it really cute. And it’s quite interactive, which is fun. Anyway, I hope things are doing great for you, and your site. Thanks for sharing!

    Gilberto Ingram @ Enhance Traffic Marketing