Random Thoughts on Reading and the New Year

Here we are at the start of a new year, and I have a new book, Summer on Earth, being traditionally published later this year. This is obviously a big deal to me. A new book isn’t the same as it used to be, though. Looking forward, our whole society is changing so that reading, or at least reading books, doesn’t matter as much any more. At least not the way it used to. There will always be hungry readers, and stories will always matter, but with so many new technologies competing for our mind space, and instant gratification the name of the game, books are becoming an afterthought.

People in general, and I include myself here, are constantly on their screens. We check our phones constantly for anything new coming in. Facebook and social media give us a connection buzz, emails are coming in constantly, ads for everything beep and buzz to get our attention, there are games we can play on our phones that are more realistic and life-like than the movies were when I was younger, and we are bombarded with information constantly. We have become a short attention span society. People still read of course, but they want everything in bite sized chunks, so they can move on to the next thing without investing much time in any one thing.

Books on the other hand, are immersive, but they need time to cast their spell. Once someone gets hooked into a great story, it is a form of hypnotism and they stay in the world of the characters as long as they can. A good story is always appreciated, but most people don’t read long form at all. These aren’t new thoughts, and there are still plenty of people who love books, but just some random thoughts.

 

Author Peter Thompson website is on the Air!

It is now official, I have joined the great ranks of authors who are trying to help find their audiences by putting up a website, and starting a blog. This being my first post, I know that no one is listening so it really doesn’t matter what I say. Hopefully this won’t be the case a few months from now. The act of writing is in a sense narcissistic, and putting it out there on the internet is even more so. There are over 7 billion souls on this planet. There are now, or soon will be, just as many internet sites. What makes me think that my words are so important that others should read them, and seek them out when there are so many other choices for directing their eyeballs? I think I have something to say, and an interesting way of saying it. I know I’m not the first person with that sentiment. We all have something to say, but not everyone is going to be listened to. The good news is that with this many souls on the planet, a fair number of them are readers, and those readers are always looking for something new to entertain them, excite them, make them laugh and generally feel  like their lives are a little bigger then they were before from what they read. My goal is to find those readers who resonate with what I write.

A few notes on who I am, and what I will be writing about on this website. The stated purpose of this is to promote my books, so I will of course talk about what I have written, what will be published in one form or another, and what I am writing now. I am more of a storyteller than a commercial writer. I write when a story tells me it has to get out and I feel compelled to write it. I have written thrillers, I am writing a comic detective story, and later this year will put out a book that is aimed at middle school readers (I didn’t know that was who it was for at first, because the story works for older readers too). I will write about all of this.
My book Summer on Earth is coming out in hardcover and as an e-book in the Fall of 2017. One of my goals with this blog is to get people to find out about this book, and maybe they will be curious enough to pick it up. The story is more complicated of course, but the elevator speech for the book would say: Eleven-year-old Grady is dealing with the pain and grief of his father’s death the summer that extraterrestrial Ralwil comes into his life. When disaster strikes, Grady must find the courage to help his family, and save the life of his new friend. This book co-stars an extraterrestrial, a being from another planet, so I will probably have some posts about UFOs, the possibility of alien life on other planets and maybe the possibility that they are here already, living among us. I’ll also talk about other things relating to other books I will be putting out in the near future, writing in general, some other book reviews, and maybe some things relating to my experiences while bringing these fictions out in the world. I might also put out some short stories for readers amusement. We’ll see.

But that is enough for now. As of now, this blank slate has its first chisel mark, and there will be many more to come. If you are reading this, you either got a lucky hit from google in some way, or you’ve read something you like and have now traced your way back to the beginning. Either way, Thank You, and stick around. We’re only getting started.