I am very fond of Lance for several reasons. He’s an incredible writer, a family man, and he has impeccable taste in music. We bonded while visiting each other’s blogs, and I became hooked on his regular instalments for a story called: “The Ballad of Helene Troy.” Now he’s published his serial and it’s become his debut novel!
In addition to an active blog, aptly named: My Blog Can Beat Up Your Blog, Lance also writes for the online magazine Sprocket Ink, and conducts a fantastic weekly meme called 100 Word Song, which I’ve written for several times.
Lance’s writing is humorous, crisp, and raw. He covers topics from depression to music to the four beautiful women in his life. His honesty is one of the things that draws me to his work over and over again.
Read him, and you’ll know what I mean. And pick up The Ballad of Helene Troy, well worth your time.
Please welcome a man who could never be boring because he’s much too cool—Mr. Lance Burson.
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The Ballad of Helene Troy
In the hot, sticky summer of 2008, New York City saw the rebirth of rock and roll. Her form is female and her style was relentless. Twenty-four-year-old singer-songwriter-guitarist, Helene Troy, had a dream to matter with her talent in music. In a grungy apartment in the rotten core of The Big Apple, Helene worked, sweated, bled, drank, fought, loved, and rocked harder than her peers in hopes of becoming the next great thing. The rise and fall of her band, Slipper Socks Medium, highlighted her dramatic, gritty road to possible stardom.
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Inside Lance’s Mind
[eden] So great to finally have you here, Lance, and despite a slight technicality, you are just in time. Yay! Let’s start with an easy question, shall we?
What is your idea of perfect happiness? Is there such a thing as perfect happiness? I feel like I should break into a Smiths song now. Happiness? I guess when my wife and 3 daughters are pleased. Most of the time I achieve perfect misery for myself.
What turns you on creatively? Spontaneity, honesty, brutal truth, and an open mind. Also, music turns me on.
[eden] Music turns me on too. It’s great to meet another music snob.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Perfect, awesome, and best come out of my mouth too often. Those words should be used only a few times in a life not a day. Also, I say “dude” a lot and I’m neither a professional surfer nor a cast member of the film The Big Lebowski.
[eden] You’ve even called me dude!
What quality do you most admire in a man? Courageous honesty and being in tune with their feelings. Cry when you’re supposed to, laugh when you should, and express your love as much as possible.
[eden] I love love love this answer.
What quality do you most admire in a woman? Confidence. That’s what women admire in men right? Well I like it when women love their bodies, express their minds, and make themselves forces of nature.
What is your greatest regret? Letting the wrong people inside my heart.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I wish I were patient. I have no patience, at all.
[eden] Somehow I don’t totally believe this. There is a huge amount of patience required to write a book, and you did it.
What is your greatest fear? Something happening to people I love like my wife, kids and close friends. I wish I could guarantee their health and happiness forever.
Which living person do you most admire? My grandfather. He’s 85, lived through the depression, dirt poor, and help win a World War as a teenager in the Navy. I’ve never heard anyone say a bad word about him. He’s kind, strong, sweet, fair, and cares deeply about everything and everyone.
[eden] Grandfathers are special. Your grandfather sounds amazing.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? My dream job is to teach schoolchildren creative writing. Also, I’d like to be a guitar player in a dirty, sleazy punk blues band on the weekends.
If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? My 17-year-old daughter. She’s so “together” for a teenager. She’s accomplished, interesting, smart, entertaining, and carefree.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Other than my wife and 3 girls? Writing The Ballad of Helene Troy while maintaining a real job, being a father, being a husband, and finding extra work as an online journalist.
[eden] I truly admire all the balls you juggle and keep up in the air, Lance. And each is a wonderful accomplishment.
What is the trait you most deplore in others? Lack of conviction mixed with indecisiveness.
What is your greatest extravagance? I’m a cheap date. I “overspend” on # 2 Ticonderoga pencils, used rock CDs, and Target brand t-shirts. I do drink good beer and have 8 tattoos, so there’s that.
What is one thing you want to do before you die? Travel. I want to write a book in Spain like Hemingway and surf in Australia, dude.
[eden] Okay, dude. 😉
Who is your favorite writer/musician/film director? Ernest Hemingway, Joe Strummer, Martin Scorsese.
What are some of your favorite curse words? You will get a kick out of this but I don’t curse much. By reading my book, The Ballad of Helene Troy, you wouldn’t believe that. But I get my quirks from my dad. Bad words sound weird and creepy from mine and his mouths. Like my dad I make up words around my kids like goshamickey, bunchahockey, dadgumit, etc.
[eden] Funny…I’m not all that surprised you don’t curse much.
What is your motto? Above all, endure.
Ace, Lance! And endure you have. I’m thrilled to finally have you here AND to see your novel released. The Ballad of Helene Troy will occupy a place of distinction on my bookshelf, right next to Hemingway’s The Garden of Eden.
Readers, please say “hi” to this lovely man and connect to him. Read his work. He is a fantastic writer to know.
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Connect to Lance
Husband, father, writer, blogger, music snob, word nerd, sports fan, fitness weekend warrior, red velvet cake enthusiast, and pumpkin pie expert. I like long walks on the beach, music, the color green, football, robots, sarcasm, sci fi, disaster movies, fighting and dresses as metaphors and not talking about Fight Club.
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