My New Website – With New Stories For You To Read!

(NOTE: Based on time elapsed since the posting of this entry, the BS-o-meter calculates this is 9.648% likely to be something that Ferrett now regrets.)

I completely redid my website because I needed new business cards.  This is not quite as stupid as it sounds.
See, when I went to World Fantasy Con last year, I came home with a sheaf of colorful business cards, not unlike a bag of very large confetti.  People had all sorts of magnificent cards extolling their virtues (“Wandering Mad Scientist And Author”) – and they’d hand them to me with pride, then give me a blandly expectant look.
“…so?” they asked.
“I, uh, didn’t know we needed business cards.”
“Of course you need business cards!” they assured me.  “How else will I remember who you are?”
Okay.  Business cards: needed. But what site would I put on my business card?  LiveJournal looked like it was going tits-up – and even so, it always looks a little low-rent to say, “You can find me at this social network, because I’m too lazy to get a real website.” (It’s the moral equivalent of asking for someone’s address and finding out they live in a motel next to a strip club.)  When the real truth was that I had a real website – I was just too lazy to actually update it.
So.  Convention in five weeks, website from 2005 – time to get serious.  So this weekend, I completely revamped theferrett.com to be more fitting with my stature as an author.
No, seriously, go take a look.  It’s all pretty and professional now!  And there’s an added bonus:
Every since I became a writer, people have been asking me, “So where can I read your stories?” Even when I pointed them to my WriterTopia page, they always came back disappointed, since only a few of those links pointed to actual, y’know, stories.  A lot of my tales have been published in print-only and paywall magazines, which means that really, you have no idea what I write like unless you’re willing to shell out $4.50 – and in this economy, it’s always a little scary taking a risk on some unknown entertainment value.
The good news, however, is that for most magazines, after a time period has passed, rights revert to the author.
Which means I can reprint them on my site.
So behold!  Here is a page with all of my stories.  And many of these stories have never been available for free reading before, including:

I’ll put the newer stories up as they become available.  But for now, have some happy Monday reading.
As for my posts, I’ll cross-post to LiveJournal for as long as possible – but like a lot of authors, my “primary” blogging will be at that site.  I don’t know how much longer LJ will be an entity (I mean, I’d like it to be forever), so this is not only moving traffic to my site, but also hedging my bets.  You know, just in case.

4 Comments

  1. Miranda Suri
    Aug 1, 2011

    Shiny, Ferrett! The website looks great.

  2. D2
    Aug 1, 2011

    Well balanced and easy to read. I like it, Ferrett-sensei.

  3. Sage
    Aug 1, 2011

    I think it looks great! And it loaded at a decent time for me… on dialup (I know, I know) that’s a big deal. 🙂

  4. Ariel
    Aug 1, 2011

    This is awesome looking!

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