Okay, I suck.
Well, I don’t really suck. I’m actually quirky and kind of charming. But I suck as a faithful blogger. I can say this with some certainty, seeing that it’s been almost a year to the day since my last post. I see that I’d started a set of webisodes here but not seen them through to a conclusion. Sorry about that. Spoiler alert: Tristan foils the bad guys. A bit of an abrupt ending, but closure nonetheless.
I could sit here and make excuses about why I haven’t blogged in twelve months. Life got kinda lifey, which ate up a lot of my time. But that’s an excuse. The truth of the matter, which I’m embarrassed to admit, is that I thought my blog would be a wonder drug. I thought that sharing my thoughts in a public forum would open up a vast world of new fans and followers, who would express their boundless admiration for my writing by—I don’t know—sending me their underwear or something. [Please do not send me your underwear. Really, I wouldn’t know what to do with it.]
It’s funny. People always say “Writing is hard!” For me, writing my novels is the easy part. I start with characters I love, put them in terrible jeopardy, and then find ways of getting them out of it. Easy, I daresay, peasy. It’s the writing about the writing that I find so challenging. Facebook; Twitter; the blog-o-verse. Alien worlds that somehow get people interested in things. Would it help to post my titles on Facebook with such dicey clickbait headlines as: “Six Novels that Will Make You Rethink EVERYTHING! (Number three will up-end your worldview!)”? People like lists, right?
But I don’t want to trick people into liking my novels. I think they’re fun reads, and the people who have read them and communicated with me agree. If this blog can help convince folks to give one a try, then that’s a good thing. I want to be like Pretzel Boy. You’ve seen him—he stands outside the pretzel shop in the mall, handing out little samples of pretzels, to convince passersby to buy a whole one. I have a free sample on my website, www.joelpierson.com, a whole pretzel, in fact. Anyone can download a PDF of the whole of book one.
And there’s more good news: I’m writing again! I’ve begun outlining a new novel, spun off from the original trilogy, with characters new and old. (I won’t say too much, in deference to those who haven’t read the first trilogy yet.) But I can say this: I’m trying my hand at young adult fiction this time. As this is my first foray into YA, I’m looking for an advisory committee of fans of the genre. Those in Bloomington will meet with me once a month; those too far away to attend will share their thoughts by e-mail. We’ll go over each new chapter together as it’s written, and I’ll solicit your honest feedback on the progress of the novel. Committee members will get an autographed copy of the finished book and my sincere thanks in the acknowledgments section, plus digital copies of the books of the Messenger Series you haven’t yet read. If you’re interested, please let me know via my website or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re reading this, thank you for your patience. I will make a new year’s resolution to write here more often. Happy 2015, everyone!