Guest Post from J.C. Geiger (Wildman)!
Today we're spotlighting J.C. Geiger's Wildman!
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Meet J.C. Geiger!
J.C. GEIGER has eaten the beating heart of a snake, been deported from a full-moon party, and spent a short time locked in a Bolivian prison. He also writes fiction. His short works have appeared in the pages of Murky Depths and Horror Garage, and on stage at The Second City in Chicago. J.C. now writes, teaches, directs, and performs in the Pacific Northwest, where he can often be spotted behind the wheel of a 1993 Buick Century. It still runs like a dream. Visit him online at www.jcgeiger.com and on Twitter @jcgeiger.
When Lance’s ’93 Buick breaks down in the middle of nowhere, he tells himself Don’t panic. After all, he’s valedictorian of his class. First-chair trumpet player. Scholarship winner. Nothing can stop Lance Hendricks.
But the locals don’t know that. They don’t even know his name. Stuck in a small town, Lance could be anyone: a delinquent, a traveler, a maniac. One of the townies calls him Wildman, and a new world opens up.
He’s ordering drinks at a roadhouse. Jumping a train. Talking to an intriguing older girl who is asking about his future. And what he really wants. As one day blurs into the next, Lance finds himself drifting farther from home and closer to a girl who makes him feel a way he’s never felt before—like himself.
~ Guest Post ~
TOP SEVEN SURPRISES ON THE WILDMAN ROAD TRIP
To promote WILDMAN, I attempted to drive from Eugene, Oregon to New York City in a ‘93 Buick Century – the same car that broke down, stranded me in rural Washington, and inspired me to write the book in the first place. I pledged to travel 5 miles for every copy of WILDMAN sold, and 1 mile for every $5 donation to the American Library Association. No donations, no driving. My publisher was worried I’d never make it out of Oregon.
In the end, the trip netted around $4,000 dollars for libraries from over 100 new donors – and support continued to pour in after the trip ended. To date, around 400 book lovers have contributed to libraries and the Wildman Road Trip.
The entire journey was live-streamed from the Buick: 10-days, 4300-miles. No one knew what to expect. Here are the top seven surprises:
1) The Empty Seat Phenomenon
After a few days of live-streaming, I noticed a pattern. If I put my camera on the empty seat of my Buick, I’d attract YouTube viewers. The longer I recorded the seat, the more people showed up. As soon as I climbed in the car, I’d lose up to 50% of my audience. One viewer said: “The empty seat just gave us this great sense of anticipation.” There is now a movie deal in the works for “Empty Seat.” I have yet to be contacted.
2) The car concert of a lifetime
Sometimes you get lucky and one of your musical idols (David Wimbish of The Collection) happens to be in town. You somehow convince him to climb into your ’93 Buick. With his guitar. And that’s when the magic happens.
3) Nowhere, everywhere
There’s a lot of nowhere out there. Eastern Oregon, West Texas, and a big chunk of New Mexico offered up plenty of tumbleweed, armadillos, road kill, abandoned vehicles -- and no cell phone service. A good incentive to JUST. KEEP. DRIVING.
4) The Mannequin Problem
As a joke, some friends on the road put a mannequin in the Buick to keep me company. Viewers quickly dubbed her “Silent Barb,” and she became the hottest internet sensation since “Empty Seat.” After I noticed the second police car tailing me in Texas, I took off her wig and shoved Silent Barb farther down in back. Which made things even creepier. At toll booths, drive-throughs, and stop lights, it became evident: There’s no easy way to explain a mannequin.
5) The Lightsaber Ambush of Kindness
I expected people to like my Facebook posts. Maybe retweet some pictures. I did not expect friends to arrange places for me to stay, make me a road trip mixtape on Spotify, keep me awake on midnight drives, print flyers for their schools and neighborhoods, and – at one point – ambush me in North Carolina with lightsabers, costumes, and beer. The Wildman Road Trip reminded there’s a lot of love out there, folks. A lot of love.
6) Fitting a Treehouse into a Buick
It turns out Danny Joe’s Treehouse, a live-action children’s show, is broadcast from Baltimore, MD -- and Danny Joe, himself, invited me to be a guest. He planned to entertain his loyal audience of kiddos with an original road trip song. Until he got a surprise of his own.
7) The mind-blowing, finish-line-crossing climax in New York City
I wasn’t 100% sure what the team at Disney thought of this trip -- or if they expected me to make it. So when they greeted me with a checkered flag, road snacks, and a trophy, I thought maybe I’d died somewhere on the New Jersey Turnpike and ended up in Debut Author Heaven. This video, like all of them, was recorded and broadcast live.
Surprise number eight? The ’93 Buick is still alive. And now I have to get it back to Oregon. I’m thinking late July, with a long stop in Telluride. Wish us luck!
By: J.C. Geiger
Release Date: June 6th, 2017