Well, I'm not Penny by any stretch of the imagination, but...
I'm colourblind and I found the site very, very difficult to cope with. The main content body background with those tiny little dots of a similar colour to the body text makes things hard to read for people like me, and there are a surprising percentage of the population who are coloublind in one form or another.
The font sizes too, are very small. Have you tried the site on different screen resolutions ? At 800x600 all is well, but at 1024x768 [typical 17 inch CRT or 15 inch TFT monitor resolution] and above, I was squinting to read your links. I tried it on a 19 and 21 inch screen and nearly went cross-eyed.
I'm sure I've seen this design or certainly the layout before, or at least somethng very similar.
You've obviously worked hard at this and it does look slick. I still have this soft spot [for want of a better description] for your first site that you posted the link to in here. It really had a certain something - very atmospheric and moody, which lent a certain drama to the site.