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In Search of a Better Reading Experience

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I took some time this week to redo mgherron.com. What do you think? A lot cleaner, right?

In search of a better reading experience, I switched themes on the site. This one (Make, if you’re wondering) loads much faster, has fewer bugs, and the style of the blog is more flexible. But above all, it’s clean and easy to read.

Ease of use is also a factor. Less work for me means I can spend more time spent writing for you.

Homepage of mgherron.com as of Dec 2016
Homepage of mgherron.com 12/10/16. Click to embiggen.

I also took the opportunity to gut some needless pages, and generally reorganize things. The blog is now over on the blog page instead of the homepage. There’s a new short stories page, and the stories not available on the website link straight to Amazon where you can buy them. Best of all, the new homepage features the books and stories instead of these random ass blog posts 😀

The blog posts are fun, but it makes perfect sense to feature the books and stories first. Welcome to MGHerron.com, here’s some entertaining fiction. That’s what this is about.

I also wrote a new bio. I wrote it in third person initially…Writing about myself in first person still feels awkward, but I changed it person at the suggestion of a writer friend. These Writing Out Loud blog posts have always been transparent and honest, I remembered, so it makes sense to extend that vulnerability to the rest of the site and what I’m trying to do here.

Bonus points

Speaking of which…Bonus points if you can find the new short story. I’m not doing anything to hide it. In fact, the cover is lovely and brings great joy to my heart. But I’m holding back on announcing it until the paperback version is ready. It’s taking longer than I expected for CreateSpace to sync with Amazon for this title. The ebook, however, is available.

If you have any comments on the new site, leave it in the comments or drop me a line at matt@mgherron.com


Photo by Samuel Zeller

Nothing + Time = Something

Photo by Maxime Le Conte des Floris: https://unsplash.com/@mlcdf

Blogging is exciting when I have news to share. It’s harder on all the other days, when I have so much I want to tell you but none of it seems like big news, none of it worthy of marking as time passes. So instead of making a new blog I shrug and let it slip by.

Not today!

November was a lot of nothing in that way. I worked. I showed up for my responsibilities. Time passed. It felt like nothing until I looked up and it was December, the end of another year, and, why, would you take a look at that, it all added up to a little something in the end.

During October and November I spent my writing time working on Tales. Of course. It seems like that project is going to drag on forever, but I’m about 25% of the way through the second draft now. At the end of this draft the book goes to a copyeditor, then to beta readers, then to the world.

So, very close. It’s been a long time coming. It feels like nothing, but there it is: 25% complete the second draft. 20,000 words out of about 80k total.

The other thing I accomplished, and this is more recent, just this week in fact, is that I got a new short story edited and produced. This is a story called “The End of the World Is Better with Friends” that I wrote during the short story workshop I took in August/September. I ran it by a new copyeditor, who seems great, and produced the ebook and print book myself just today.

I’ve listed those two projects in the new Story Tracker section included below along with all the other stories I have in various stages of completion. I’ll include these Story Trackers on non-topic-based blogs like this so you can see what I’ve been working on, if you’re interested.

The Tracker helps keep me honest, and, as I’ve said, helps me see that my effort adds up to something over time.

The next time you hear from me, I should have a new short story for you!

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Story Tracker

Novels

Tales of the Republic, second draft … 25% complete
20,000 words revised / 80,000 estimated total words

Short Stories

“Centurion” … 3k words … Status: Out for submission (trade pub)

“Earworm” … 3k words … Status: Out for submission (trade pub)

“The End of the World Is Better with Friends” … 6k words … Status: Post-Production (indie)

“The Door Below the Comic Store” … 6k words … Status: Out for edits (indie)

“Wendigo” … 10k words … Status: Rough draft complete (tbd)

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Photo by Maxime Le Conte des Floris