This site exists in order to promote the works and views of its proprietor (that’d be me), Mathew Reuther. It was established in November 2012 when I decided to move from a pen name (Harper Jayne) for my work and listen to veteran magic realism author Bruce B. Taylor’s (a.k.a. Mr. Magic Realism) advice to stick with my real name. (His theory was that I happen to have a name that is uncommon enough to stand out already, so why use a nom de plume in the first place?)
My original reasons for choosing a pen name were in part trying to find one to stand out, but also to hide away from criticism. I came to realize that it’s impossible for a writer to hide from criticism, and also that no matter how much someone loves your writing, there will be others who don’t. So, Harper Jayne bowed out, and Mathew Reuther stepped from the shadows.
On this site you will find my thoughts on writing (craft), publishing, motivation, and the like. You’ll also be exposed to my thoughts on the world we live in at times. From pop culture and games to law and politics, I’ve got opinions, and I may very well share. I also regularly host entries from other authors on my site in support of their careers.
In the end, if any of the things I (or my guests) talk about on this site bother you deeply, I encourage you to step away. There are a lot of places to browse on the internet. This is merely one of them.
I like well-considered, intelligent commentary. I’m an author, so if you’re on my site you should be a reader. If you’re capable of reading with any facility, you are likely capable of writing…at least to some extent. I expect a higher quality of comment here than I would on a site dedicated to motorcycles, surfboards, or funny cat pictures. Aim high and you should have no trouble.
While I generally attempt to avoid removing comments, it is simply better to do so at certain points. I may very well remove any comments which:
- I suspect of being spam-oriented. (If you are a human and this happens to you, my suggestion is to act less like a marketing bot.)
- Are so hideously unintelligible and lowbrow that I have difficulty comprehending them. (Words should be spelled out. You’re not character limited. Even if you’re mobile, phones have excellent autocomplete features now.)
- Serve no other purpose than to insult. (Including tearing down well-reasoned comments critical of me, my guests, or regular readers. If you don’t like someone’s position regarding my latest post, it’s ok to explain why you think they are wrong, and not just resort to hurling ad hominem attacks.)
- Anything else which I find detrimental to the tone of a given conversation. This can mean off topic comments, humor gone awry, or other such missteps. It notably does not include profanity. (That would be fucking hypocritical.)
As a final note: yes, you do have to register to comment. On the up side you can use the same Disqus account on thousands of sites across the web, many of which are extremely popular. It takes just a minute to register, and then you’ll be able to comment to your heart’s content.
I utilize a number of fonts on the site. The Open Sans family serves with distinction as the body font. Oswald Light is used in the menus and title elements. The site title is Oswald Stencil. The heading font is Yanone Kaffeesatz Light. (Again, Parabola does some heavy lifting here in suggesting fonts which go together, though some have been moved about.)
Many additional pieces of the puzzle have been provided by talented WordPress community developers. Without the large, (usually) helpful community this site would be much less functional than it is.
All my sites are hosted by A Small Orange, who provide me with 99+% uptime (in 2014: 99.88%), multi-network connectivity to provide quick response times, and a level of service I’ve been satisfied with for years. They’re backed up by Cloudflare in order to make the site more robust on those rare occasions when all hell does break loose on the hosting front.