After searching the Web for the right WordPress theme for my site, I realized that none fit what I wanted. Hemingway, which I discovered through Derek Willis’ site Fumblerooski, has the right vibe, but the layout is all wrong. So, I decided to learn how to build one from scratch.
What you see now (or, what you would have seen if you were here now), is the result of studiously following this detailed tutorial. I’m glad I slogged through it, because it largely demystified WordPress. The process gave me the same feeling I had when, as a geeky 12-year-old, I took apart my family’s lawnmower engine. Seeing the parts moving on the inside really helps.