Sunday, March 30, 2014

[OOG] Big News!

Hello, everyone! I'm Andrew A. Koerner, the primary author of Don't Shoot The Messenger!

It's been a long time since DSTM, hasn't it? In less than a month, it will have been three years since the blog began, and a month after that, it will have been two years since it's ended. It's been that long, but it feels like far less than a year. It almost feels like I'm still writing it. Maybe that's because, in some sense, I still am. More on that in a bit.

Before I get into things, I'd like to take a moment to thank all of you. All the readers, all the followers, all the commenters...every single one of your responses kept me going through this. Being able to see your immediate feedback was great, and many of you were able to influence the story in one way or another. If nothing else, you kept me going. Much of the blog was written during a particularly stressful part of my life, and your responses to it were what helped me see it through to the end. So thank you. You made it a form of release rather than a job.

Anyway as I'm sure you're aware, I attempted to continue with the universe started in DSTM, or at least pass on the title of Messenger. The character, after all, began as a tool to help out all those people who hadn't planned far enough in advance, needed a way to end the blog, decided to kill the protagonist, and then went "oh, shit" when they realized they had no good way to let people know that the protagonist had been killed. My plan was to step back and let a team continue working within that particular continuity, working only as a coordinator to allow me to work on other projects.

Those attempts...did not work out particularly well, as I'm sure you've noticed. The first person I passed the title to stopped updating, went AWOL and cut off communication with the team, and then for some reason got angry and blocked me when I was forced to go through other people in order to make contact. The second Messenger and the rest of the team fell behind or had their plots thrown off by this occurrence, and those things, along with life getting in the way (always an issue), ended up pretty much killing that continuity entirely.

However, I still wasn't done with DSTM. While I was fairly satisfied with how the story turned out, there were a few things I felt I could have done better. A restructuring of the plot to keep certain characters from being introduced last-minute. More emphasis on Poe's storyline to add a bit more understanding to her character. The ability to restructure the plot to fill in the holes left by my stream-of-consciousness make-it-up-as-I-go method of writing.

That's why I ultimately decided to work on a rewrite. This rewrite will tell the story of the New York Division as a stand-alone novel set within the mythos rather than a blog within the Slender Man Blogverse. I plan on eventually releasing the finished work as an ebook for purchase, but in the meantime, it's being published as a serial novel through my school's web paper. Check it out if you're interested! And feel free to check out some more work in the Trojan Times if you'd like. I'm sure you're not particularly interested in the local or school-specific events, but there's still plenty of enjoyable material.

Anyway, that's the status of Don't Shoot The Messenger right now! I hope you'll keep an eye on this "definitive edition" of the story!