Yay! The official JohnCBrewer.com website is now up and running.
And now the hard part: what do you do for a first blog post? I’ve thought a lot about that question. In fact, I’ve started and stopped this post a dozen times, writing about writing, or my hopes and dreams, or world peace. But I’ve never had a website called JohnCBrewer before and I want to get it right.
So after wasting an hour keying in vapid drivel only to do the select-delete dance, I finally just asked myself a simple question: Why am I doing this in the first place? What is the point of JohnCBrewer.com and why should you spend even one second of your valuable life reading anything I have to say?
To be perfectly blunt, I think the world is a really screwed up place, and you might think so too. People are so mean to one another. There is such beauty in humanity and yet so much of our collective existence is bent on destroying. Nation wars on nation. Corporations crush one another. Man kills his fellow man. And everyone thinks they are justified. There are huge issues that just don’t seem to have a resolution. Religion. Science. Culture. Race. Class. Climate change. Overpopulation. And it seems to me that man’s worst moments stem from an inability to understand one another. Snuggled carefully in our ivory towers, we suffer from a pathological inability to see things from the other person’s perspective, and most of us never realize this.
This is why I write fiction, to take you out of your comfort zone so that you can see the world through someone else’s eyes. Be it a teenager who has turned to video games as an outlet for his grief over the loss of a loved one, or an abducted scientist forced to work for the enemy, or even a kid going with his dad to a concert at an interstellar space station, the stories I write are supposed to make you consider your worldview. Not question it. Just consider it. Make you aware of it. Make you aware that you have a worldview. Because unless you know that you have one, and what it is, there’s no way you can properly interpret the world around you. It would be like using a ruler with inches that are too long. Or having a thermometer with no markings on it. Like Einstein said, you got to define your frame of reference. At least I think he said it. Bet, he definitely thought it, or maybe something more along the lines of “Sie müssen definieren Sie Ihre Bezugsrahmen.”
Expect more books. The Silla Project will be coming out in the next month or so. It’s an extensively researched novel about an American nuclear scientist abducted by North Koreans and coerced into helping them finish their atom bomb. So, if you always wondered what North Korea was like, here’s your chance. I’m working on the second installment in The Multiplayer Saga, Non-Player Character. And I’m trying to decide if I want to serialize Viridis, my ground breaking dystopian, as novellas, or release it as a monolithic novel. There are a lot of other ideas coming out of PlotForge including my writing partner’s incredible and revolutionary contemporary science fiction thriller, Foreseen. Look for Foreseen in March.
Since this is my first blog post on JohnCBrewer.com, I’m going to use this opportunity at closing to make you a promise: when you pick up a book I wrote, you’re going to have a good time. And I apologize in advance if I make you late to somewhere because you can’t put it down. That’s my job.