Guts and Sass: An Anti-Epic Site Critique Request

I started a serial novel a few months ago (Guts and Sass: An Anti-Epic), and I've been making friends with Drupal and learning how to make it do everything I want. Now that I've gotten a foundation for my website design I'd like to ask for some design feedback. I have one main concern, that related but pertinent non-story content distracts from the story content (such as in the sidebars and between the header image and the posts). My main focus is the story, but there's little features or announcements I want to be easily available to readers.

I'd love to know how the site does or does not flow for you, and any other subject of design you can think of, from the headers to the layout, use of fonts, theme, what have you. Suggestions for improvements are welcome!

Thanks a lot!