For example, today I put an email contact on it. You can now reach me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. I still have the old email address, which I’m not publicizing on the website, but people have rightly pointed out that the website had no way to contact me. Now you do! I’ll look forward to hearing from you. (Of course with the usual caveats about being flamed or spammed or solicited for money or anything else.)
This website has been 4.5 months in the making because I have an ulterior purpose in doing it. As I wrote in the last post, I wanted to learn the new technology that makes writing enhanced ebooks possible. I’ve done that, to a large degree, and I feel empowered. Now I can experiment with a type of fiction that I glimpsed 15 years ago with hypertext. What a feeling! I’ve proved to myself that I can learn this stuff. (Sir Richard has been an amazing help with his knowledge of video and audio technology.)
To celebrate, I’ve put a new short story on Kindle. Well, new to Kindle anyway. “Fear of Horses” won an award for the best short story in the very first short story contest sponsored by Women Writing the West. Of course, Gus the Wonder Horse posed for the cover of “Fear of Horses” on Kindle.
Starting tomorrow, “Fear of Horses” will be free on Kindle. Celebrate with me by downloading the story. It’s about a woman named Claire who fights her equinophobia to save a terrified horse from the slaughterers. And yes, it’s a little autobiographical, because I have had to overcome some fear to reach the point I am now with Gus, although I would never call my own fear of horses equinophobia.
As a final note, building the website has helped me grieve for Marilyn, who died about 2 months ago. Whether I say anything or not, I shall miss her the rest of my life. God rest her beautiful soul.