I have created a layout in XHTML Strict and CSS that I am very happy with. I could run the site without wordpress but I am extremely happy with how it has transformed my blog and made updating easy.
I am aware of how to build themes for wordpress for the most part but I am having an issue with the border for my DIV container that houses my blog posts. Instead of all posts using the CSS in one instance, each individual post displays the border, etc. I can't figure out what to do!
The original layout: http://www.nocturnalsojourn.org/fire/div-index.htm
The layout in WordPress: http://nocturnalsojourn.org/ultimatemcr/