Wednesday, December 30, 2009

1000 Words


1,000 Words is based on the idea that a picture is worth 1,000 words. The Picture has been selected by photographer Michael Mullen, and it will be used as the cover of the book too.

The idea is to see how different types of writers create a story with so few words and from using the same image. It will also be hard to write a story that isn't like anyone else would write, but that is the challenge.

This concept will cause many headaches, but it should result in a one of a kind short story collection for the masses.

There is still talk with a lot of other authors and several strong names that might serve as anchors for this book, but if an member of this group knows of anyone let me know. This collection will take a large amount of writers to fill a book, based on the limited word count.

We are looking for hungry writers, who want to continue into the publishing world and well established scribes, to bring notability to the collection, but the main idea is to have fun and bring in more writers that can meet the challenge.

It should also be noted that not every story will be selected for this book. To avoid publishing two similar pieces, the editors will chose the best of any two stories that are alike. We will also not print a thoughtless stream of 1000 words, or boring submission, that would want to make reader put the book down.

Please make these stories as twisted and interesting, as the image will let your mind create. Are you up to the task?

Send all submissions to j_travis_grundon@yahoo.com

-Travis

Sunday, December 27, 2009

2009 A Life Odyssey

As 2009 comes to an end, I'm reflecting on the good and the bad. There has been a lot of both, but I'd like to think the great things make us happy and adversity builds character. The idea is to learn and become better people.

This past year I have discover amazing books, movies and music. I do my best to share what I love with the people I care about, but since I love to make list I've included my High Fidelity style top5 movies, albums and books (I discovered) of 2009

Top 5 Movies of 2009

1.Precious
2.(500) Days of Summer
3.The Proposal
4. The Informers
5.Watchmen and Gigantic

Top 5 Albums I Discovered In 2009

1. Jay Farrar and Ben Gibbard-One Fast Move or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur 2009
2.Norah Jones-The Fall 2009
3. The New Moon Soundtrack 2009 and (500) Days of Summer 2009
4. Man Man-Rabbit Habbits 2008
5.Peeping Tom-Peeping Tom 2006

Top 5 book I Read In 2009

1.the perks of being a wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
2.The Bus Driver Who Wanted To Be God by Etgar Keret
3.Speaking With The Angels collected by Nick Hornby
4.IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas by Chuck Klosterman
5.Breathers by S.G. Brown

As a whole this was not a bad year. The major events include a good trip to L.A., moving to St. Louis, the release of Forrest J Ackerman's Anthology of the Living Dead, a pretty successful NaNoWriMo, meeting my girlfriend, and starting a new collection of short fiction.

I am looking forward to a very busy, and productive 2010. I am always thinking and dreaming, but I've learned, that it's never good idea to write a bunch of big plans or goals that may, or may not work out. I will say that in 2010 I am looking forward to finally releasing Eclectic Collection and finishing my 2009 NaNoWri novel.

The best is yet to come!!!

- Travis

Monday, December 21, 2009

What's NEWs?!

Thanks to my good friend, Brandon Bennett, there is a new J. Travis Grundon fan page on Facebook. I'm not really sure if I warrant a fan page, but I would hope that everyone who checks out this website would join. Brandon has committed his time to this, and I would like to see it be successful.

In other news, there has been a little progress on the new (NaNoWriMo) book. I have deconstructed a great deal of it, but I think it is coming along well, after the addition of a some new content. It is still untitled, but I look forward to that changing as soon as it's finished. I have few names rolling around in my head. Something has to click soon.

The funniest thing about the new book, Eclectic Collection and this website, is my lack of quality time each of these projects require. It seems like a lack of free time has been the plague that has impacted writing and editing time. I have been told more time than I can count that I need to stop taking on so much, but I can't stop the flux of creativity or drive to produce all of my ideas. One day soon they will all three be available, and I'll fill my plate with more ideas.

The one thing I keep getting emails and messages about the most is, the next anthology. People are already asking if there will be an Anthology of the Living Dead 2, or another great horror collection, coming out soon. I have to admit that I had a long hard road on Forrest J Ackerman's Anthology of the Living Dead, but I also made some great friends and a quality book. So is there another collection coming down the pipe?

Yes..there are 4.

Things are coming together with a new publisher, to produce 4 short story collections in 2010. The catch is that only 2 of them will be horror. I will be working with Joe Moe, John Taff and a few new authors to build these new books. I would like to offer another great cast of writers that were not featured in the Anthology of the Living Dead, but I'm open to submissions from anyone, once I post the guidelines. I would never ignore a brilliant author or a great offering.

As I've said numerous time, I have cut my teeth on horror, but I'm looking forward to biting into other genres. Other than the few non-horror tales in Eclectic Collection, my next attempt will be the next anthology. Each author will be asked to look at the selected Michael Mullen photo and write a 1000 word short inspired by the picture. The book will be called 1000 Words and it will be a collection of short stories of all genres from romance and mystery to horror and general fiction. Stay tuned for more details.

For more information please email me at j_travis_grundon@yahoo.com



- Travis

Saturday, December 5, 2009

A Quick Update

National Novel Writers Month is over and I ended it with 38597 words. That puts me 11403 behind the NaNoWriMo goal, and 21403 behind my personal goal.

I would like to congratulate all of the winners this year, and wish them the greatest success with their books. I love the motivational idea behind NaNoWriMo, and I look forward being a part of it next year. I accomplished a hell of a lot more than the 2500 words, I contributed last year.

This year I started a good book, but I am feeling a wave of defeat. The book is coming along very well, and I owe it to myself, and everyone who has supported me to finish this it. I have the entire thing mapped out. The only bad thing is that I kept getting distracted by everything from mindless television and Facebook to other work and life in general. It's kind of funny how life gets in the way of living.

As soon as I have a title and a organized synopsis, I'll post them here first. I will also keep plugging away at this book, as I work on rewrites for Eclectic Collection and Cloud 8. I hope to have more information on these books, a new publishers, anthologies and other projects coming soon.

- Travis

Sunday, November 1, 2009

NaNoWriMo

Due to Nation Novel Writers Month, there will not be any updates until December. See you then with all kinds of good news and fun stuff!!!

- Travis

Friday, October 23, 2009

Time Well Spent

I would have to say Nashville Comic and Horror Fest 2009 was a success. Several people picked up a copy of Forrest J Ackerman's Anthology of the Living Dead, I had a chance to watch roller derby and see old friends.

The show kicked off Saturday morning with a good vibe and good people. It didn't seem like a lot of folks were there to buy stuff, as much as they were to look around and see what was going on. This gave many of the guest a chance to do the same. Many of us talk (or bought stuff we didn't need) and even made a few new friends.

Saturday night included Nashville Rollergirls action. This was my first live derby bout experience. I have watched a lot of stuff on the internet and I loved the old Roller Jam show, but now I have a better understanding and maybe even a new obsession. I'm very excited to see more live derby and the Ellen Page, Drew Berrymore movie, Whip It. I wanted to see the movie based on the people involved, but now I can't wait. I may even find a way to work my love of derby into a story or two.

Another great part of this trip was that I got to see good friends like Justin Brock Jones, Joel Robinson, Brian O'Halloran, Jason Craig, and Robert Freese. I have posted several new picture of the trip on my MySpace page, including several folks with their copy of Forrest J Ackerman's Anthology of the Living Dead.

I also had the chance to meet Bryan Smith and have him sign my copy of Depraved. He was a very nice guy and I look forward to reading more of his work. I just hope he enjoys his copy of the Anthology he got.

I'm sure I'm forgetting something awesome that happened, but I will do my best to keep everyone posted on future signings and events. For now, it is time to get ready for Nation Novel Writers Month.

NaNoWriMo is where authors and writers from all over the globe agree to try to finish one novel during the month of November. All authors have from the 1st to the 30th of the month to write as much as possible, and hopefully finish a book. I am already signed up and almost ready to go...wish me luck!!!


- Travis

Monday, October 12, 2009

Season of the Witch

As we fall into the Halloween season many people are watching a lot of horror films. I have added a list of my top ten Halloween/Horror movies, but I had to drop one to make room for Trick r' Treat. I'm sure this movie will move up my list with each time I watch it.

Writer/Director Michael Daugherty has created a timeless film, about the traditions of my favorite holiday. This movie flows much like reading a stack of old Tales from the Crypt comics, with a few modern twists. There is zero doubt in my mind that Trick r' Treat will become a staple Halloween movie for most people who watch it. I know it will for me.

Fear comes in more than one package. Aside from costumes, candy, jack o lanterns, candles and scary movies spooktacular terror also includes reading a nightmare inducing novel or story. Some of these stories as are old as campfire tales, but others are an innovation of fright. No matter what ghouls or bad guys get your ghost, this is the perfect time of year for a dark and twisted tale.

Here is another top ten list. It may come as a surprise to some folks, but I don't really read a lot of horror fiction. I don't really want other people's ideas running around on my head and I find life to be more scary than monsters in a book, but there are still a few I consider great ghastly reads. This is just ten of them.

My Top Ten Hollowreads!!!

1 Forrest J Ackerman's Anthology of the Living Dead
2 Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
3 Call of Cthulhu and other stories by H.P. Lovecraft
4 The Silence of The Lambs by Thomas Harris
5 American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
6 The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks
7 Exquisite Corpse by Poppy Z. Brite
8 Beasts by Joyce Carol Oates
9 Dark Delicacies Edited by Del Howison and Jeff Gelb
10 Voice of the Night by Dean Koontz

Enjoy!

- Travis

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Nashville Comic and Horror Fest 2009

I will be a guest at the Nashville Comic and Horror Festival, with other Anthology of the Living Dead contributors Robert Freese, Justin Brock-Jones and Joe Moe. This show also features guest like Joel Robinson(Vincent Price Presents, Eclectic Collection Cover Artist), Jason Craig (Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash), Brian O'Halleron(cLeRks), Chris Claremont (Wolverine, X-Men) and Eric Powell (The Goon).

The show will take place on October 17th and 18th. Admission is only $10 a day, but you can save $2 admission by bringing three canned goods for the Nashville Rescue Mission. This is a great chance to have fun and help a good cause.

There will also be a silent auction on Sunday that will feature a copy of Forrest J Ackerman's Anthology of the Living Dead signed by several of the contributors.

While you are at the show, stop by the my table and pick up your copy of the book (have it signed), then go to the Anthology of the Living Dead Facebook fan page to post your picture with it. For every fan the post their picture with the book, we are donating $1 to the Childrens Miracle Network.

Buy a great zombie collection, post your picture and help a Monster Kid!

See you in Nashville!!!

- Travis

Monday, September 28, 2009

More Anthology of the Living Dead News

If you are looking for a great book to get you ready for Halloween, may we suggest Forrest J Ackerman's Anthology of the Living Dead. This is a
great collection that has been a long time coming and it includes some of the best zombie fiction, from very imaginative and dedicated authors.

The Anthology includes great zombie tales by: Axelle Carolyn, Del Howison, Joe Moe, Eric Enck, Joe Knetter, Cassandra Lee, Justin Brock-Jones, Dave Lounsbury, LB Goddard, Sean Douglas, Andrea Dead Van Scoyoc, Scott Lefebvre, Jeremy Boland, Robert Freese, and J. Travis Grundon...if you have not heard of some of these authors you are missing out!

I finally had the chance to re-read this awesome collection and I can say that I love it even more than I ever thought I could. I would encourage everyone who picks up the book to email or message me with your reviews and opinions.

Now, Forrest J Ackerman's Anthology of the Living Dead will donate a dollar to The Children's Miracle Network for every picture posted of a fan with their copy of Forrest J Ackerman's Anthology of the Living Dead. Buy the book. Post your picture. Help a good cause. Help future “Monster Kids and grand kids” and we all win!


Forrest J Ackerman will now die!!!


-Travis

Sunday, September 27, 2009

It's Here!!!

Forrest J Ackerman's Anthology of the Living Dead is now available on Amazon and through any Barnes and Noble book store!!!

The incredible collection features many great authors including: Stoker award winner Del Howison, Axelle Carolyn, Cassandra Lee, Joe Knetter, Eric Enck, Joe Moe and many, many more.Don't miss out on the best zombie collection of it's kind. Get your copy today and come see me and other anthology contributors in Nashville, for the Nashville Comic and Horror Fest.

-Travis