Monday, October 19, 2015

Let's Get Ready To Lucha!

I'm very excited to announce that I will be a staff writer for Rudo Can't Fail. RCF is a new monthly English lucha libre magazine, published in conjunction with Masked Republic and LuchaDubs. The first issue ships in November.

With the success of El Rey network's Lucha Underground and the recent English presentations of AAA PPVs, interest in Mexican wrestling is at a fever pitch.

It is no secret that I am a huge fan of lucha libre. RCF gives me the opportunity to combine my love of lucha and writing. I'll be able to point fans in the direction of the best Mexican wrestling on the internet and share information about the best promotions from around the world.

You can find RCF on Facebook or on Twitter @RudoCantFail.

Stay tuned for more information and details on how to get your copy of Rudo Can't Fail!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

I Do

As many of you know, I got married. The things leading up to the wedding monopolized the majority of my time. It was a lot of work, but it was all worth it.  

Here are just a few pictures from our perfect day:

...and they lived happily ever after! 


Sunday, July 26, 2015

Change Is Good

I have done nearly everything in my writing career my way. I ignored the advice of good friends and more successful writers. I thought that I could carve my own way. I wasn't interested in learning the rules, only how to break them.

I was dumb enough to think that I could count on stupid luck to bring a well known agent, or publisher, knocking on my door. It never happened. I had some success doing things my way, but it had a lot to do with the people I worked with.

My short stories were published in lit mags, horror zines, and several collections, but the first major success came with Forrest J Ackerman's Anthology of the Living Dead. I was lucky enough to work with some very cool people, including the legendary Forrest J Ackerman. Ackerman's attachment to the book brought talent and attention to the book. The zombie anthology would go on be published through Nicholas Grabowski's Black Bed Sheet Books. The book did incredible at bookstore signings and conventions, but most of the contributing authors were unhappy about the way the publisher handled the book and royalties.

The next book I worked on was my own collection, Eclectic Collection. This book did very well for me, and is still touted by many of my readers as the best thing I've done. Eclectic Collection was mostly horror, flash fiction, and noir mashups. The book had an eye catching Joel Robinson cover and it sold hundreds of copies.

I didn't have anywhere near the same sales with my next collection, Happy Hour Blues. It sold just over one hundred copies, allowing me the time to work on other anthologies. Like the zombie anthology, I served as an editor and contributing author on Fracas: A Collection of Short Friction and Quixotic: Not Everyday Love Stories, but after working on these books I was ready to focus on screenwriting.

I wrote several shorts films that were never made, and one feature film, TERMS, that may never see screen life. My TERMS script was rewritten, and the project slowed to a painful halt, leaving me feeling bored and unfulfilled.

After the lackluster TERMS experience, I turned my attention to my novel, Mr. Bad Example. I had written the book I wanted to read, and the people I trust most told me that it was my best work yet. I was very happy with the early sales, but interest in the book died off quickly.

Mr. Bad Example never even sold one hundred copies online. I moved a lot of copies at the release party, and a few signings, but I wasn't able to take it on the road the way I had my previous books. This made the sales for my novel the worst of anything I had worked on.

The poor sales of Mr. Bad Example lead to me turning my attention to TV screenwriting full time. I poured everything I had into landing a TV writing job. My main focus was Nickelodeon, with dreams of writing for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I thought that my script was a sure thing. It is still something I'm very proud of, but it wasn't cool enough to get my foot in the door at Nick.

I took the Nickelodeon rejection very hard. I stopped writing for a while. I messed with short stories here and there, but I didn't feel the fire I had before the disappointments of my first novel and the TV script situation.

Nothing clicked for me until I started working on the book that would become Hell Awaits. I worked on it for a long time, but I wasn't putting my best work on the pages. I was only writing a story that amused me. It wasn't uncommon for me to work on Hell Awaits and a bottle of wine at the same time. It was all fun and games, until I went to get the book ready to print. I quickly learned that it was an incoherent train wreck.

Currently, my plans to release Hell Awaits have hit a wall. I am not happy with it in any capacity. I find the story to be a brutal clash of two separate stories, and many of the ideas have already been done before.

This makes 2015 the second year in a row that I will not be releasing a book.

Where do I go from here?

I'm going back to square one. I have been submitting short stories to various publications, and adding to my collection of rejections. The goal is to figure out what I'm doing wrong and get back on track. I'm even taking an online writing class.

This might mean nothing to everyone else, but to me it's a chance to start over. I have always had an interest in crime fiction. I've written several mystery and crime stories, even being named as a runner up in an Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine contest. Many people closest to me have told me that I should focus on this, and write the crime novel I want to read.

I don't know if that is going to happen. All I know is that I am taking my time to read, learn, hone my skills as a storyteller, and as a writer. We will see what happens from there, but it's time for a change.

The only thing I can promise is that when I sort it all out, I'm coming back in a big way.

- Travis 

Monday, June 8, 2015

Open Mic @ The Open Gallery 3

Open Mic @ The Open Gallery 3 is coming. Make plans to be there!!!

This event is an uncensored forum to present poetry, spoken-word, stories, songs, and more. Bring anything you want to share. A sign up sheet will be available when doors open. 
It's FREE to the public and refreshments will be provided.

* All ages are welcome, but this is an uncensored event.

The Open Gallery 

329 Main St. 
Vincennes, IN. 47591

View this event on Facebook here.

Sunday, April 19, 2015


Surf's Up By J. Travis Grundon

Mystery Photo story contest Runner Up
Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, June 2015

My partner was already on the scene when I sobered up enough to join him.

“The victim is a white female, blond, with light freckling,” Bowers said. “She's approximately 20 to 30 years of age.”
“Who found her?”

“Some kid, having a picnic with his family. He's pretty shaken up.”

“A dead body would make anyone lose their appetite,” I replied. “Did forensics find anything?”

“Nothing out of the ordinary. She obviously drowned.”

“You know who this is?”

“I figured it was just some chick working on her breaststroke.”

“Not hardly. This 'chick' was a Cascais Pro surfing champion.”

“It's too bad she wasn't a championship swimmer,” Bowers chuckled.

“Surfers are generally very good swimmers.”

“What are you suggesting?”

“Beautiful championship surfers don't wash up on the beach every day, Bowers.”

“You think she was murdered?”

“I wouldn't rule it out just yet. Something smells fishy.”

“Who do you think did it?”

“Professor Plum in the library with the candle stick,” I replied. “How should I know? This might take some real detective work.”

“I've heard drowning is a peaceful way to die.”

“Tell her family that. I'm sure it'll help,” I said. “And while you're at it, have the lab check for salt water in her lungs.”

“She drowned in the ocean.”

“She was found on the beach. Maybe somebody wants us to think that's what happened.”

“You really suspect foul play here, huh?”

“Call the lab. I need another cup of coffee.”

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Split Tales Press Release

Blue Flamingo Press is pleased to present our inaugural release. Split Tales is a collection of short stories by Jean DeSanto Campbell and J. Travis Grundon. An honest representation of both authors' works, it has a range of unforgettable characters and storytelling.

Jean has been writing since she could hold a pencil. Words fill her head and must find release. She is a poet and a short story writer. She has had stories published in the anthologies Quixotic and Hotel Stories. She was also an editor on Hotel Stories.

J. Travis Grundon has an academic background in English. He is the author of one novel, Mr. Bad Example, and two short story collections. Travis served as an editor and contributing author of Forrest J Ackerman's Anthology of the Living Dead. He lives in Indiana.
Blue Flamingo Press is a small press based in the Seattle area, dedicated to publishing a select group of authors. Blue Flamingo Press will offer a catalog of literary fiction, poetry, and erotica. And the occasional fine mystery story.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Guess Who's Coming To POP!CON

I can officially announce that I will be a guest at POP!CON.

I'll have copies of Mr. Bad Example, Happy Hour Blues, and the Vincennes Writers Group anthology, Hotel Stories. HELL AWAITS will not be available, but I hope to be able to reveal the cover art, and a few more details about it, exclusively at POP!CON. Get your tickets, and be the first to get the details.

POP!CON has something for everyone. This year I'll be joining  Jerry "The King Lawler (WWE Hall of Famer), Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story), Artist Philo Barnhart  (Disney's Little Mermaid, Secret of NIMH), "Supersat" Bill Dundee (WCW), and many more. Check out the rest of the guest list here.


Don't miss the most family friendly convention in the land. Tickets are on sale now. I hope to see you there!