Story archive usability questions: always fun!

Random question in re: story archive design for single-author archives. Um, which is a fancy way of saying "hey, that web site where I sling up all my stories".

With 74 stories to list, the index page begins to be long, and even the series list is long. Is this length still manageable? Do you want serieses broken out onto their own pages, or is keeping them on the index page with all the info in one place better? Do you browse for things you haven't read or instead want to zero in on a specific story?

If you wanted to, say, find all of my Giles/Jenny stories, how would you do so? Is it obvious or not?

I realize you're a bit of a skewed audience, since if you're commenting on this post you're more likely to be a regular reader. The experience of somebody who drops in and wants to find something interesting to read is different.

I need to find a new way to display information in the story header sections. It's absurd to have things like "Date:" there when that's self-explanatory. Some day, some day I will have a reasonable archive design! I have next week off, and I think one thing I'm going to do is write the web app portion of this project. Or at least start it. Right now you don't want to know what I do to inject new stories into the database. (Okay, it's not as bad as it might be: I edit yaml by hand.)
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Heh. It's funny, because I hated CNN's old web design. I could never find anything I was looking for.

I think that the horizontal list of stories that you have in brackets above the vertical list of the actual stories seems superfluous. The titles there are distracting and unnecessary, cause you have the stories just below. And, although I find your image on the left hand side of the page really nice on your lj page, I don't prefer it on your website. I'm not sure why. Maybe it's a right handed/left handed issue? I have no idea why that could have any bearing on it. Prolly just a personal quirk, and not something anyone else would even notice.

And, I realize I am completely rambling again, so I'll just stop now. I give this kind of crap way too much thought. Thank goodness I'm completely computer illiterate, or I'd be redesigning my journal page constantly.