Category: Self Publishing

NYC and Environs—Recent Finds in Brooklyn, Chinatown and Little Italy (Winter, 2019)

A tantalizing promise: beer is free. Tomorrow.
A false Window sign with a Cardinal Thought for Today: Free Beer Tomorrow

Free Beer Tomorrow, the eternal torture of Tantalus—or the promise you never have to keep.  #streetart #sign #Brooklyn

Sticker found on the Streets of Brooklyn: ! Warning above the stencil image of Trump's face
Trump faced Warning from the Streets of Brooklyn

Wisdom from the Streets of Brooklyn: A weathered Warning featureing a Trump-face from the Streets of Brooklyn  #streetart #stickers #brooklyn #williamsburg

A sticker from neighborland.com: "I Want Godzilla in my neighborhood." WIth a child's block letters.
A Child’s Wish: Godzilla as a Neighbor

A sticker from neighborland.com: “I Want Godzilla in my neighborhood.” What child wouldn’t? #sticker #brooklyn #streetart

Sidewalk chalk drawings: Wolf's head and full moon, blinking eye, and the artist's statement
Art by Angelina

Sidewalk chalk drawings: Wolf’s head and full moon, blinking eye, and the artist’s statement—By: Angelina #streetart #grafitti #brooklyn

Sticker on Restaurant door "CLOSED by order of the Commissioner of Health and Mental Hygiene"
Sticker on Restaurant door “CLOSED by order of the Commissioner of Health and Mental Hygiene”

“Permits? We don’t need no stinking permit!” Sticker on Mexican Restaurant’s door “CLOSED by order of the Commissioner of Health and Mental Hygiene” Been closed since October of 2018. Five Months now.

Shot of "You Go Borehod" Grifitto as flock of pigeons fly by
Shot of “You Go Borehod” Grifitto as flock of pigeons fly by #grafitto #NYC #streetart
Entrance to LIttle Italy on Mulberry Street, with ANIMALS graffito
Animals in Little Italy

The Mulberry Street Entrance to NYC’s Little Italy, with “ANIMALS” graffito overhead and sliver of Yellow cab. #grafitto #NYC #streetart #littleitaly

Street scene of Chinatown Pegasus flying over Pell Street
Pegasus on Pell Street

Pell Street Pegasus flying overhead in the rain, Chinatown Manhattan #sculpture #NYC #streetart #chinatown

Wall mural on Doyers Street: Chinatown Warriors Dancing with Swords
Chinatown Warriors Dancing with Swords

A bit of drama on the corner of a small street in the warren of Manhattan’s Chinatown: Wall mural on Doyers Street: Chinatown Warriors Dancing with Swords #Mural #NYC #streetart #Chinatown

First of a Pair of Pink People Peeking around imaginary corners
A stencil of a face, peeking around a coner, from the left
Second of a Pair of Pink People Peeking around imaginary corners
A stencil of a face, peeking around a corner, from the right.

A Pair of Pink People Peeking around imaginary corners in NYC’s Chinatown. #stencil #NYC #streetart #chinatown

Four story tall mural of Lady Liberty in stripes, revealing deeper symbols
Lady Liberty in Stripes
Mural of a burst of green seed shapes and red highlights at the base of a larger mural in a rare abandoned lot in Manhattan
Burst of green seeds

A pair of shots of a four story mural in two parts: Lady Liberty in stripes, revealing deeper symbols and Ms. Liberty’s foundation: a mural of a burst of green seed shapes and red highlights in a rare abandoned lot in Manhattan

Face and hands in an expression of apprehension, with roses and oversized alien eyes: mixed media, sticker, pain and coloring
Looking Left in Apprehension: the Eyes of a Connection Box

Physical Clipart on a Connection Box —Face and hands in an expression of apprehension, with oversized alien eyes looking left and roses. Mixed media: stickers, paint, and coloring

A lamp post with several layers of artwork, a painting of a woman revealing earlier work, A big eyed hoodie boy and a line drawing of a hatted man ordering you away, all over remnants of still earlier work.
Layers of art—part of a pair of ladies on a lamppost base: turquoise
A lamp post with layers of artwork, a painting of a woman over an orange background, revealing earlier work: a decayed beauty, like much of NYC
Layers of art—part of a pair of ladies on a lamppost base: orange

These two multi-layered portraits are on opposite sides of the bottom of a single lamppost. (One can match the purple and greens on the lamp post itself as well as the black car: the fender on the turquoise lady, and the front corner on the orange lady’s left. I wonder who the lady was to the artist even if only an idealization.

Another Wine Romp

Fortnightly Wine Romp Number Two

So, what’s this scale appearing here, some number of glasses 🍷out of 5. What does mean in real life? Don’t other scales use 100 points? This isn’t Robert Parker, or Wine Spectator. This Wine Romp is about real people drinking wine in actual life, specifically a husband and wife in Brooklyn, sorting out what wines to definitely get again, what wines might be okay again, and what wines to avoid. A rough and ready to the good, the bad and the indifferent, with “Wow” and “Hideous” as end pieces. So, we’ll start with the middle, number 3 🍷 and work up and then down from there. A 3 🍷 denotes a wine that simply matches what’s on the label: the varietal, the AOC, DOC—the style of wine. It does the job; might be called “Good” with out being very good nor does it have anything particularly wrong with it. Not something to go out of the way for, but neither something to turn nose up at.

So then, what’s a 3.5 🍷: it’s a better example of that style, has something a little something special or attractive. A wine to spend a another minute or two trying to find it in a shop should it pop up in mind. Might even go on a mental list of wines to keep an eye out for. Especially good for bring to a party if it will get some attention. “Solid” is a work one might use for it.

A 4🍷? Means it’s good bottle of wine. A 4🍷bottle has something special going on, something extra. Those are wines to know whence they were found, and might warrant a short detour to snag a bottle. This shows off more of what a style can really be and can be shown off—to an appreciative crowd. I.e. not people who prefer sangria. Might elicit spontaneous compliments sort of sip.

A 4.5 🍷 denotes a really special bottle. One to remember and hunt for, even if it means a longer drive/subway trip and could well mean paying a bit more to get. This excels at showing off what the style could be. A wine to show off to the right crowd. Not usually an everyday wine: likely price prohibitive—more of a special wine.

The 5🍷 means WOW. A wine that exemplifies everything to like in that style. It’s really that damned good. Probably more expensive. Probably only going to have once in a while. For special occasions, even if that is only a particularly good meal with close friends or lovers.

The other direction are disappointments in varying degrees of seriousness. The 2.5 🍷is something off for the style. Just doesn’t cut it. Nothing specifically wrong, or obvious flaws, just not right. A weak example of a style. “Feh” is the right word. A bottle to pass on in the store unless there is nothing better: that is if it’s even remembered at all.

A 2 🍷though, there’s something obviously wrong, and probably something specific: out of balance, lacking acidity or tannins, or fruit—the label does not reveal what’s really in the bottle, unless it’s one of these new clever marketing labels, which tend to indicate something styled after a cola vs a wine. A wine to remember and avoid. Or bring to a party you don’t care about: the obligation bottle to the indifferent party. Not actually gross, but not good.

The 1.5 🍷is a seriously flawed wine: the completely out of balance “boozy Kool Aide” style now so popular, many blushes and white Zins. Or it’s cooked. Oxidized. Well past it’s prime and probably beyond being acceptable for cooking. One to avoid. And remember to avoid. ††disclaimer: I dislike sweet wines EXCEPT for dessert wines, which I love—Pedro Ximenez Sherries, Tawny Ports, Cadillacs, Banyuls, a Vin Santo, bring ‘hem on. The semi-sweet or sweet wines so popular in the Soviet Union, or blush, or Kool Aide style wines—Blech. Depending on what’s wrong, might work for cooking. Or not.

A 1 🍷means Hideous: undrinkable. Plonk, junk, going down the drain—could be corked, burned, aged to the point it’s next step is vinegar. Less likely to be a style problem than a storage or age problem. Could be corked. Maybe it’s only this bottle; maybe a whole lot; maybe just whatever this store has. If it’s this bad, some stores will replace it or refund it.

So with those scores in mind, it’s off to this fortnightly’s wines. All of them drank in the normal course of living and eating in Brooklyn by me and my wife.

Label from Starborough Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2016
Starborough Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2016

Sharp, citrusy Sauvignon Blanc, as expected. Very pale parchment—nearly clear, Long distinct, slow legs, and fairly viscous. Bright citrusy nose, with some plump fruit on the backend. Classic Marlborough grapefruit notes—from the attack to the end, mostly white, with a touch of pith. Saliva inducing acidity mid-palate through the long dry finish. Zippy—wants food. 4 of 5 🍷#Whitewine#SauvignonBlanc#Marlborough#NewZealand

label on bottle of Kris Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie 2017
Kris Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie 2017

Kris Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie 2017 Very light, practically clear with a touch of parchment—mostly sheeting with some occasional legs, low viscosity. Light, bright nose with a bit of citrus and pinch of custard late. The attack follows bright some firm acidity, light body—fresh with floral and almond notes and a citrus-lime finish—a touch of honey late in the finish. Solid wine without being wow. Likes its food well. 3.5 of 5 🍷#whitewine #pinotgrigio #dellevenezie #italianwine 🇮🇹

Label on bottle of Mussel Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Label on bottle of Mussel Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Mussel Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017: A slick, lean Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Very pale parchment—nearly Lear with a hit of parchment tan. Numerous legs around the glass. Low viscosity. Green apple and grapefruit pith on the notes. Very bright. The attack follows with grapefruit and zippy acidity, tip to tail. The fruitiness helps balance the acidity and light bitterness. The Acidity lingers into the a long finish. Refreshing quaff. 4 of 5 🍷#whitewine#sauvingnonblanc#marlborough#newzealand 🇳🇿

Bottle of Korbel California Sparkling Wine
Korbel California Sparkling Wine

Korbel California Sparkling Wine: A pleasant, lively sparkler from California. Pale, but distinct parchment in color, with a firm head and steady bead—many long, slow legs around the glass. Bright bubbles, with white fruit tart (noticeable crust notes). Round, yet prickly bubbles/effervescence with baked crust, subtle pear, green apple moving into a long, bright finish with a drizzle of honey, and a prickly sensation that lasts several minutes. 3 of 5 🥂#whitewine#sparkling#california

Flattened table from The Pinot Project's Rosé a Pinot Noir from Veneto Italy
The Pinot Project Rosé

The Pinot Project Rosé Unexpectedly pleasant wine from Italy. Very pale salmon—mostly sheeting, with a few legs, and moderate viscosity. Delicate red raspberry note, with perhaps a touch of rose scent. A mild attack, medium-full body—mouth coating—with red berries (including strawberries) over firm acidity, lasting into the long, dry finish. Reminiscent of a sweet-tart. Loves food. 3.5 of 5🍷#RoseWine #pinotnoir #Veneto #Italy🇮🇹

Label from a bottle of Loosen Brother's Mosel Riesling 2016
Label from a bottle of Loosen Brother’s Mosel Riesling 2016

Loosen Brother’s Mosel Riesling 2016: A lean Mosel Riesling. Very pale parchment, a fair number of low, long legs and moderately viscous. Nose has a bit of machine oil and minerals. A dry wine that nonetheless gives an impression of sweetness over a firm backbone of acidity with a bit of unctuousness—after a gush of fruitiness, the tartness takes over, and both balance late into the long finish. 3.5 of 5 🍷#whitewine #mosel Riesling 🇩🇪

Label from bottle of La Forêt Pay D'Oc 2016 Pinot Noir
Label from bottle of La Forêt Pay D’Oc 2016 Pinot Noir

La Forêt Pay D’Oc Pinot Noir 2016: Better than expected Pay D’Oc Pinot Noir: Lighter plumb with a touch of browning on the meniscus—a few long, branching legs, and somewhat viscous. Slightly hot nose, with a bit of forest floor w/brambly berries. A hint of barnyard. It has an acidic attack that opens up into earthy notes and dark berry fruit, moving into fine tannins and an umami yum, lasting into the long, saliva extracting finish. Medium body. As much as it has going on, it feels a tad thin—more interesting when thought about than sipped. 3 of 5🍷#RedWine#PinotNoir#PayD‘oc🇫🇷

Quick thoughts about *On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft* by Stephen King

Devoured this book.
Part one—CV—would be a good read for anyone, fans and the curious included. Shows of a strong sense of humor, and a real groundedness.

Part two “What Writing Is” leans towards the writer, but there is good stuff for Fans too. I don’t agree with at least one of his foundational points, but that matters less than one would imagine. Another idea I strongly resisted for a while, until what he meant became clearer, then I cottoned up to it. It’s an interesting view of writing, and there is much that one can take away from this. Plenty to leave, but that’s true of any book.

 

Another book read

Write and Grow Rich: Secrets of Successful Authors and PublishersWrite and Grow Rich: Secrets of Successful Authors and Publishers by Alinka Rutkowska
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Solid advice from a variety of authors, including fiction, which is not exceptionally common. Slightly sales pitchy at times, but that is part of the performance of the book: this book and what people do in it (selling services) is how you make money as a writer. Some of the non-fiction advice isn’t especially useful, but definitely worth the time.

View all my reviews

 

Rather a provocative title, but with some solid advice from a variety of people.

 

Been Busy Doing Things That Aren’t Especially Exciting to Talk About

Popping up here, again, to show that I haven’t died. And to excuse myself by revealing the several irons I have in the fire. And playing with fire is what’s been keeping me quiet, hypnotize by the jumping flames. (Anyone who remembers me from Boy Scouts would know I’m a bit of a pyro.)

Okay so, I have been getting some things done, simply nothing that warrants an announcement—yet.

Such as?

Such as recoding A Perfect Blindness as an HTML file, by hand, while learning how to use CSS in various formats from Guido Henkles’ excellent book The Zen of eBook Formatting and simultaneously teaching myself all the new software required to do that.

But why would you want to recode all 129,000 words of a perfectly acceptable eBook already in multiple marketplaces? I hear rattling around inside various heads.

Actually, several reasons, including a certain masochistic streak painted down the middle of my life.

Mostly though, it boils down to flexibility, control, and not wanting to shell out yet more money for every small change in the text (mostly in the end matter after the story is over) and experiment in promotions, all of which is critical for success in digital marketplaces. That and creating a more eBook friendly version of the book which includes links and invitations in the very back of the book. Ebooks are based on HTML after all, and what better place to ask people to visit my site and join the mailing list then right after they finish a book they enjoyed. (People put down books they don’t enjoy.)

With this new version, I’ll also be able to take much greater advantage of Amazon’s huge marketplace by publishing the eBook myself through KDP: Kindle Direct Publishing. (iUniverse will continue publishing the soft cover version as needed.) Apple Books, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, etc. won’t be forgotten. But Amazon is the biggest market, so there first.

Ultimately, I’m looking to relaunch it while laying the groundwork for a Fantasy series I’m also currently writing and bolstering me as a Writer. See, that was a capital-W.

(More on the specifics on these reasons later when I have the time for a broader survey of my delusion/brilliance.)

Just a couple of days ago, I wrapped up making sure all the single quotes and apostrophes go the right direction. As I said, hardly anything one announces. Currently, I’m tweaking the Table of Contents and inserting my author’s photo as well as figuring out what premium someone will get for forking over an email address through a new link in the back.

By the by, if anyone has a suggestion or three, I’m all ears.

Oh, and I’ve also written 54,000 + words of a fantasy novel, which will be the first in that series, with a working title of “The Book of Visions”.

An ordinary man lost in a world of magic. He holds the key to stopping a fabled book from engulfing two worlds in war: If he survives long enough to use it.

(I’m closing in on the end of act I now, with about 100K as the final word count.)

So, stay tuned for more, and seriously, if you have something you’d like to get from an author, specifically me, in exchange for giving up your email address, let me know.

Talk to you again in November. I’m hoping with a big announcement and perhaps more explanation about why I’m recoding a book from scratch. I’ve a few facts to look up, and I do hope they line up with my beliefs. Else, you’ll see someone change his mind in almost real time.

 

Words of Wisdom
(some found, some used, perhaps even a discarded illusion or other.)

 

“If you ever wonder why you are where you are in your life, go to a mirror. The answer is staring back at you.”

News Extras

Good News for Fans of Wax Trax! Records and their music, which does play a large role in A Perfect Blindness, being the label signing Mercurial Visions, the band the fortunes of which the books follows. It’s just been announced that the movie and soundtrack will both be available in April of next year. Read all about it:

Wax Trax! documentary ‘Industrial Accident’ due out on DVD in April — plus a soundtrack

 

 

Groovie Mann and What’s in the Wings

Hey there,
It has been a while.
Not because I’ve been hiding, or running about entertaining myself to death.
I’ve been working and will have announcements on that work soon.
(Two hints:
  • when the text gets prepared for uploading to Kindle Direct Publishing, the entire text must be reworked even if it’s already been published?
  • A tagline I’ve been playing with: An ordinary man lost in a world of magic. A fabled book. Legends will be forged.)
I also met one of the musicians whose band appears in A Perfect Blindness: Groovie Mann from My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult (America’s most dangerous cult). At a screening of Industrial Accident, the story of Wax Trax Records, which also plays a huge part in the novel. A must see.
Here’s a photo of me autographing the novel for Groovie Mann:
Signing APB for Groovie Mann
The Smile on Groovie Mann’s face says it all.
      You can get your own autographed copy of A Perfect Blindness too, you know.
Available on Amazon right here for $14.37 (plus shipping). Just pick W. L. Hunt as the seller (me you know). (Or if you have a copy, let me know, we’ll get you one too: ldarley4@gmail.com)
As always
Soon, I’m going to be going after more reviews, that includes by you, the readers. So, if you haven’t left a review on Amazon, Goodreads or Barnes and Noble, please go—it’s the most important thing after a good cover, and readers check that before they ever make it to the description.
If you happen to be any of those places, click helpful on the reviews you find helpful. It’s a quick, easy, free way to help A Perfect Blindness rise in the search results at Amazon. (You might need to click “see all 5 reviews” to get to them all.)
Thanks for reading,
W. Lance Hunt
And let me know what you think. Much obliged.
As for other tales of the way things might have been or could yet be: several pokers in the fire. Will be asking for your thoughts and input soon.

Took Long Enough, pt 1: People Want the Familiar

Or: The Difference Between Being Told Something and Experiencing it. A note to myself.

Something clicked while I watched Ready Player One with my son. Finally.

A bit past midway of the movie, I caught myself thinking, “yeah, here’s the moment when she thinks he’s betrayed her, and it looks like it’s the end and that things are going to fall apart. Wonder how they’ll resolve this.”

Then, I recalled that I thought just about the same thing in Black Panther. And in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.

The movie took me back into its world then, but on the walk home, I realized I could find examples of this from many other movies and books as well:

  • Hero and heroine who start off not liking each other (two heroes or heroines)
  • Eventually, they overcome this dislike
  • They join forces, many times with a dollop of the romantic
  • Then something happens. Many times it’s a misunderstanding, sometimes something beyond the characters’ control leaps between the pair, seemingly putting an end to the new team
  • Now all appears lost

But, this isn’t the Marquise de Sade or Baudrillard, so somehow, someway, something, almost always foreshadowed, will happen, and things will turn out positive. Not necessarily happy. But the bad guys will get defeated, and the pair with newly repaired differences head off to some future or another.

  • Separate, but with mutual respect.
  • Together as firm partners.
  • Or good friends.
  • Or lovers.
  • Or some combo.

If only in memory—heroes do die at the end sometimes. All depends on the flick or book. And the genre.

Fleshing out this truism as I walked home was an idea from an intensive copywriting course I recently completed. In the class, Bryan Cohen beat into us is that people crave the familiar. Therefore, you give it to them.

You write copy that fits genre expectations so someone reading that little bit of text will think, “Oh. This is the kind of book I’d like”, meaning the book will have the expected problems, solutions, etc. that the person likes to read about.

For example, in romance: Each person has an issue, and the question is can they overcome these to find love. It’s what Romance readers read romances for. The same in for any genre. Even literary fiction, which appears not genre by definition, but it always has someone whose life/livelihood is in jeopardy, and if only they find something in themselves will s/he save the day. †

Then these ideas jelled. What I’d superficially known became obvious. To me. At long last.

This is why people watch movies.  Or read books. Consume anything with a story in it:

To find what they crave, something satisfying to them. The kind of story they want to see or read.

Sure, different characters, places, plots, circumstances—different in the details, but fundamentally recognizable.

  • Will Joe and Sally finally find love?
  • Will Joe or Sally finally find it in his- or herself to do the right, the good thing, regardless of personal cost?

That doesn’t mean all heroes or heroines find or do the same thing, in the same way of course. If one is even passingly acquainted with Campbell’s Hero with A Thousand Faces,  the monomyth is familiar: the one great story, in which the details are merely costumes various functions dress in while describing this one basic story.

So, while the details and specifics of the plot of a story are (or should be) unique, it will have the expected, craved, problems and solutions/resolutions of its genre. If it doesn’t, it has little chance of being popular. A cult hit, perhaps, but generally not popular.

I’d known this intellectually. I’d read about it. I’d seen lists of what sells and what doesn’t. I know romance/erotica is the best selling genre.

But only when I was sitting in a movie and heard myself thinking in genre tropes did I actually understand what I knew. That romance/erotica is a best-selling genre because it delivers the needed fix to the reader.

Bottom line:

If it’s genre or sub-genre lit, it will have X, Y, and Z. If not, most readers/viewers won’t like it. And one thing people want, logical or not, is a positive ending *. Life is hard, mysterious, full of disappointments: Why would I spend my free time reading about unremitting misery and failure?

* Notice, not Happy, but positive. Even the hero dying in the end can be positive if they’ve accomplished something imporatnt with his or her life. Unrelenting dark fiction is out there I’m sure, but mostly with a small, cultish following.

Sure new genres do appear. Ones that actually work are freakishly rare.

And if you look at the numbers, take the outside view, books in established genres sell. Literary fiction as a “non-genre” continues to sell less and less. (Especially when the target audience is the author, or “people like me.”)

Now, about what writing what one wants to write vs. writing something to sell—I’m going to follow Jonathan’s lead, from A Perfect Blindness:

            “I don’t want to play between shifts,” Jonathan says. “I want playing to be my shifts. How I make my living. To be what I do. All the time. I don’t give a rat’s ass about art. Purity, selling out—those are just excuses masquerading as virtue for people who can’t make it. I’m done with ramen noodles.”

Back here in Brooklyn, the answer to the question I recently posed—what should I write next? Is that I’m going to write genre fiction. Fantasy. It’s what lit the fire in me to write in the first place. And genre fiction sells. (Fantasy and Scifi are the second best selling genre, it turns out.)

And frankly, I can’t stand answering questions about how a relatively expensive book of literary fiction by a first-time author is selling.

’cause it’s not. Not really.And understandably. For many reasons.

So, I lift my glass to Jonathan who saw this before I did. Art, purity or selling out be damned. (Kills me that I created him and WROTE THAT LINE—YEARS AGO!!!)

Next up from the writing studios of W. Lance Hunt: portal/high fantasy, with a dose of sci-fi. About a middle-aged man (shocking like me) who stumbles on a reality that exists just beyond our own. Magic. Physics. Adventure. It asks the question: what if you could live out your childhood dreams as a middle-aged man. Of being a hero. Saving the world. Being more than a number, a job title, a marital status and an address.

(†I’m explicitly excluding experimental fiction, the sole purpose of which is to defy expectations, which is in itself an expectation, but so very protean. And extra hard to sell for that very reason.)

Know someone who might like one of these stories? Post it or Forward this email to let them in on it.

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What to Work on Next

I need some help. Yours.

Because I keep finding myself saying “I hate everything” or “I’m sooooo unhappy right now,” as I sit at my computer or walk the empty hall of my apartment.

Why? I’m not writing anymore.

Yeah, sure, copywriting is writing. So are writing proposals, and this blog, and emails, and updates, and Tweets and FB posts. But this kind of writing merely needs to be done.

None of it is the kind of writing I want to do.

The kind that made me want to write in the first place, that I’m increasingly desperate to write: fiction. Telling tales of made up people living in alternate worlds, or sometimes alternate lives in our world. I want—no need—to be a guide in the Interzone—excursions to The Way Thing Might Have Been or Could Yet Be.

So an effort to right a foundering ship I’m asking for help.

Yours.

Right now.

Continue reading “What to Work on Next”

An Interview and Refining a Description

On a recent trip to Chicago, I was interviewed by Moresby Press writer Greg Beaubien. He asked several great questions, which lead to the following conversation:

The Cost of Ambition and Deceiving Ourselves: Author W. Lance Hunt Discusses His Novel A Perfect Blindness

As part of the never-ending campaign to help readers who would enjoy reading A Perfect Blindness find it,  I’ve spent a lot of time over the past 3 weeks working on headlines, hooks and one-liners: those bits of short copy that entice someone with far too little time to spend a bit of it, reading a little more. Such like as the first line in a book description, or the bit of text in an advert, that little string of words that a reader glances at before deciding—”oh, that sounds promising” and then clicks on whatever to find out more.

In the case of A Perfect Blindness, this is the copy that will be found in the book (product) description on Amazon, iBook, & Barnes and Noble.

Not long ago, I updated what can be found online after realized that even I wasn’t excited reading it. What’s up now was that baby step to repair a wrecked launch. What will be up next week will be a leap forward.

So I ask you, would you read or recommend this book:

Jonathan has the talent. Scott has the drive. They’ve put it all on the line for their band. Now they discover the true price of everything they’ve had to sacrifice.

At the beginning of this striking novel, two longtime friends face the crushing realization that the fame and freedom they’ve been chasing for years might be nothing but a fantasy. Then on an unplanned trip to Chicago with its vibrant music scene, they abruptly abandon everything for that city and one last shot at making it.

In Hunt’s hands, this “sharply atmospheric” tale of struggling to matter and escape anonymity becomes something far greater: a dazzling dive into our deeply human need to connect with another person. The story first swings between Jonathan’s voice, whose world is full of passion, opportunity—and near impossible choices—and Scott’s voice, whose world turns on power, control—and avoiding his role in a close friend’s death. Soon joining this duet, Jennifer’s voice brings a world steeped in the imagery of TV, films and magazine advertising.

No other writer working today moves as effortlessly between such startlingly different points of view. Harnessing their contradictions, Hunt is finally able to demand answers to the questions of how it’s possible to create anything of beauty or even love when we are all just the misunderstood characters in the stories other people tell themselves.

As Jonathan, Scott, and Jennifer each struggle to find a personal answer to these questions, late 80s Chicago is resurrected in “masterful detail” and a band that readers will wish had existed comes vividly to life. In the end, it’s hopeful, tragic, and triumphant in turn, ultimately claiming its place as “a worthy […] addition to the literature of rock n’ roll’s agony and ecstasy”.

If you liked Ellis’s Rules of Attraction or Rushdie’s The Ground Beneath Her Feet or just always wanted to play “live on stage, ” you’ll love this passionate ode to friendship, love, and the need to create.

Get A Perfect Blindness today and experience the madness and joy of rock’n’roll dreams.

This strikes much closer to what the book is really about: being a human trying to find some sort of connection, when who we really are hangs someplace between the stories, suspended in the contradictions.

 

 

 

Interview First Broadcast Today 4/5

It will be rebroadcast later this week, and then available as a podcast right here on Wlancehunt.com and aperfectblindness.com.

 

Listen, enjoy and let me know what thoughts it provokes.