creative and custom design! One reason i have stayed away from WP and the template world...
Ah... but that's what's so great about already being a web designer when you learn WordPress. We are not limited to the pre-existing themes out there, we can create original ones! 99% of the WordPress work I do is original. I design my mockups in Photoshop and build my (non-WP) HTML templates first, then bring everything into WordPress. I use Starkers as a blank base theme for all the WordPress code, hooks, etc., making a copy of it and putting my original HTML in the appropriate files - header.php, footer.php, etc. There are some other blank themes in this Beginners Guide to WordPress presentation I gave with a colleague at a few WordCamps last year.
In fact i really like your site - http://www.lonelythebook.com/
Thanks a lot! That's a completely original theme, designed and built the way I mentioned earlier.
As a designer working with WordPress, you are only limited by your imagination! There's no reason your sites need to look like the "typical" WordPress blog. In the presentation above we also link to a bunch of inspiration-type sites. I definitely suggest you check them out as well. For example: http://wpinspiration.com/
In this theme there is a default 'Home' link - and cannot figure out how to 'merge' as it were, home and splash so they are not 2 separate pages as they are now.
They are not separate pages from what I can see, but you do have them listed twice in your navigation. Would you do me a favour and start a new thread for that issue? It'll be easier to follow that way. Thanks. :-)