Tag: #MercurialVisions

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.

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.

Truth to Power Interview airs 4/5 @ 9 am

An interview with me, talking about A Perfect Blindness, how and why I wrote it, Chicago back in the day, and other assorted ideas related to writing, novels, and the nature of truth will air on Radio Free Brooklyn, Thursday, April 5th.

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Vijay Ramanathan is with W Lance Hunt at Radio Free Brooklyn.

Author of A Perfect Blindness W Lance Hunt sat down with me and the result airs April 5 @ 9am on Radio Free Brooklynrfb.nyc/ttp

 

Now, my interview on WGNtv got bumped off because of Baseball. You see, Chicago has two teams with opening weeks: the Cub and White Socks, and well, an obscure chronicler of Chicago three decades ago isn’t quite the draw. BUT, and here is I told him I was planning on making a video of the same points, he asked me to let him know when it’s up and running. So, I might sneak past the baseball bump after all.

 

Thanks for reading, and hope to hear from you. Keep your eyes peeled for more.

 

—Lance

Mercurial Visions Memorabilia

When Scott and Jonathan founded Mercurial Visions with AnnMarie and Nancy, they had little more than hope and energy. Below is a collection of CD artwork, articles and the like from the four years they were together 1988-92, starting with:

the official home of Mercurial Visions, right through this link. 

Discography

From 1988, their Self-Titled EP “Mercurial Visions” (self-recorded and published)

From 1989, their breakout CD, Joie de Vivre, on Wax Trax! Records

PRESS

Their first review, from the Chicago Reader 7/20/1988

See Them Before They Vanish

A Review of Joie de Vivre Chicago Tribune 1/18/1989

Joys of Love, Loss, and Clubs

More stuff in the offing.

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Any thoughts or comments. I’d love to hear them

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Some of the Venues, Pt. 1

As more than one reviewer has commented that the level of description and attention to detail in A Perfect  Blindness makes it stand apart.

 

[…] Hunt successfully conjures the story’s time and a place in masterful detail.

An expansive historical novel that ably evokes its time and place.

—Kirkus Reviews

[…] packed with references to the streets of Chicago, popular and underground music, and an insider’s knowledge of the technical side of the life of a musician.

—Forward Clarion Reviews

The links below offer a sampling of scenes—all pre-smartphone and full of smoke—in which

     “[…] Hunt’s tireless, Jagermeister-fueled nightcrawlers give us a complete tour of North Side rock clubs in the ’80s—and of their own failings.”

—Blue Ink

 

The Sounds of A Perfect Blindness

In A Perfect Blindness, it’s always the late 1980s-early 90s

In Chicago with short trips to Columbus, Ohio, including visits to a mix of bars long gone, invented clubs, and a few establishments that have survived the decades.

The music is synthpop and industrial, usually danceable, a blend of bands you’ll remember, other maybe not, and glimpses of Mercurial Visions, the band that never was, but you might wish had been.

Listen to all the songs, or cuts from CD or albums, listened or danced to, or whose lyrics were spoken, thought of or bent into the shape of descriptions, including the ones that inspired Mercurial Vision songs in the novel. Roughly in order. Sixty-two songs from Depeche Mode, Joy Division, the Sisters of Mercy and Wax Trax Records’ artist RevCo, A Split Second, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, Mistry, plus the Boomtown Rats, the Eurythmics, Terminal White and more.

 

For the sights of the sounds of what was on the air and in the clubs in Chicago, back in 88 to 91, indulge in the YouTube list here.

 

If you like what you hear, Join the Adventure.

Click on “Adventures in the Interzone” right below
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Join the Adventures in the Interzone today for exclusive outings to the way things might have been or might yet be, walking alongside people as they strive after dreams, fight back at disaster, struggle with demons in both themselves and othersOnce on board, you’ll get first class tickets for every agon and tempting glimpse, including more playlists built around the clubs and time of  A Perfect Blindness.

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Relentlessly Helping People Who Would Enjoy *A Perfect Blindness* Find It

There is a lot of advice for new authors. Books. Blogs. Newsletters. All overflowing with advice. A riot of tips, strategies, and essential to-dos. One of the most common is to blog. To be relentlessly helpful. To offer tips, strategies, and best practice to-dos for the potential audience for your book. To give it away as honey to attract the reader-bees to buy your book (or service).

Examples abound.

It makes sense.

I did it.

One thing most advice givers give is that a writer must watch the numbers: the likes, follows, people signing up for your mailing list, and ultimately, people buying your book to know what works, and what doesn’t.

I did this too.

A handful of likes, here and there, scattered followers on this or that post. Nary a book sold.

I dutifully put onto one side of a balance scale all the hours per week spent creating and distributing the content and on the other side the number of book sales (the end reason for doing this), as well as followers and likes on the other.

The scale immediately fell over to one side: it’s been a waste of time.

What gives?

After probing the nagging suspicion that most of this advice is given with non-fiction in mind, using nonfiction authors as the primary examples, with fiction as an afterthought at best, I was forced to reexamine this whole idea.

  • How can a fiction writer be relentlessly helpful?
  • What can fiction writers blog about to create content to give away, to stir up excitement for a book?
  • To get people interested in their fictional world?
  • To get people interested the author as the teller of tales?

After far many months of fruitless labor, I finally googled it.

(Don’t laugh that it took this long. Failure is a far greater motivator than success and an infinitely better teacher.)

To sum up the general thinking: unless you’re a literary star, or are a true expert in the same field as your fiction is, blogging is wasting time better spent on getting the rest of your platform in order, perfecting your sales copy, and working on outreach, especially with influencers and reviewers.

Huh, damn.

Sifting through further advice for fiction writers, I sought examples specifically for creators of things that don’t exist.

Only then did I come to realize that being helpful for a fiction writer is very different than for a non-fiction writer.

Some advice tries to twist the meaning of expertise into dealing with philosophical problems or life issues, but these contortions miss the real point.

Fiction writers don’t (typically) write to help people solve specific problems. The whole idea of being helpful needs to be flipped. [Social activist fiction is unique in this regard, and blogging about the issues in the book could help sell it, but still…]

What a fiction writer needs to do is be relentless in helping people who would in enjoy the book find it, and in helping those people who are reading it enjoy it more.

So my blog will cease being a blog in a traditional sense.

It will become a sandbox, a place for experimenting with ways to help people find the worlds I’ve build and once in that world, helping people get the most out of being there. Perhaps even enjoying it long after it’s finished.

And so that is what “One Candle in the Darkness” will shift to—a place to invite readers. Both those initiated into A Perfect Blindness’s world of the late 80s Chicago music scene, where we are all just misunderstood characters in the stories other people tell themselves, and those who haven’t yet discovered how much they would like it.

Welcome to The Interzone a space where I host jaunts to the way things could have been and offering glimpses at the way things still might be, places where people strive after dreams, fight back at disaster, struggle with demons in both themselves and others. Enjoy.

 

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Any thoughts or comments. I’d love to hear them

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The lastest review of A Perfect Blindness (1/16/18)

Excerpts from Fran Lewis’s review in  Just reviews/MJ magazine

Sometimes your eyes see what they want and there is a veil of darkness covering them as both Scott and Jon hear what they want but often get blindsided by their own fears and the need to not be alone. Ron’s photographic skills are very graphic and the rest of the crew seems centered and ready to perform but there are many scenes in bars, late nights, shifts that interfere with their lives, sleeping and the awkward morning situations that are related.

Jennifer seems bent on her own agenda and each time things go against her she reminds Jon of all that she claims she has done for him but both he and Scott seem bent on total destruction.

“We all need something to live for—a mirror in which to look and see ourselves reflected in a way that matters, to somehow matter, to someone.”

What killed Charlene? What ruled Jennifer’s imagination and what deaden the eyes of anyone who looks in them too long? A story tragic with an ending that just might be a beginning if the person who’s getting a final chance moves away from the past and rides ahead into the future.

Author W. Lance Hunt takes us deep inside the music scene allowing us to see the struggles, the ups, downs, and the hardships many face before any success is found.

The read the full review here— Title: “A Perfect Blindness – A Sensual Novel of Music, Passion, Secrets and Self-Deception”Author: W. Lance Hunt

Self-Publishing Part 11: the Book Hunt/a Quick Note

Going it Mostly Alone: the Publishing Path of A Perfect Blindness

A quick note to everyone who has been following Going it Mostly Alone; owing to a couple of coinciding health issues, neither serious on their own, but seriously unpleasant together, I’ve spent much of the past 5 days in bed, recovering, occasionally pushing my fingers over to Twitter to retweet a thing or four.

Only today have I been able to get back to 80%, and that means lots of busy work.

As a preview of the next post—finally taking a good look at your own good advice, which for some reason, you haven’t followed well.