Friday, June 25, 2010

Your Vote Counts!

I am very excited to announce that I have been nominated for the Goodreads’ New Author to Watch!

Goodreads is a fun social networking site, much like Facebook, for books nerds. This site gives you a chance to learn about new book, inventory books you have read, books you own and books you want to read, as well as swap books with people from around the world. Some authors even run their own profile page to connect with friends and fans.

This poll is for authors that have been recently published who write good books that have yet to be noticed. Voters will be given the chance to pick 5 book/authors they want to vote for. I am asking everyone to please sign up for Goodreads and vote.

Please go on and vote for me and if you have any trouble picking your other 4, I suggest Markus Zusak (The Book Thief), B.B. Walter (Sister Light), Brian Barnett (Toe Tags) and P.M. Russell (The Wormhole Adventures)…just to name a few.

Vote here:

At this time I am up to #6!!!

- Travis

Monday, June 21, 2010

What’s Tom Reading?

The July 2010 issue of MOJO Magazine features one of my all time favorite singers, songwriters and actors, Tom Waits, as guest editor. Waits is all over the place with 3 Tom’s picks lists, a wild Hank III interview, and two of Tom’s Buried Treasures pieces. This magazine is a must have for any Waits fan, or anyone that loves great music.

The following is a list of Tom Waits’ current favorite reading matter according to the July 2010 issue of MOJO Magazine. Tom’s Picks: Books

1.) Breece D’J Pancake - The Stories Of Breece D’J Pancake (Little Brown and Company, 1983)
2.) Frank Stanford – The Light the Dead See: Selected poems of Frank Stanford (University Of Arkansas Press, 1991)
3.) Robert Frank – the Americans (Grove Press, 1959)
4.) Paul Trachtman - The Old West: The Gun Slingers (Time/Life, 1974)
5.) Charles Wolfe and Kip Lornell – The Life and Legacy of Leadbelly (Da Capo, 1992)
6.) Jack Kerouac – Pic (Grove Press, 1971)
7.) Charles Bukowski – The Last Night On Earth Poems (Black Sparrow Press, 1992)
8.) Tennessee Williams – Hard Candy (New Directions, 1954)
9.) J. D. Salinger – Nine Stories (Little, Brown and Company, 1953)

10.) Michael Ondaat Je – The Collected Works of Billy the Kid: Left Handed Poems (Anansi, 1970)

11.) Charles Bukowski – It Catches my Heart in Its Hands: New and Selected Poems 1955- 1963 (Loujon Press, 1963)

Monday, June 14, 2010

To answer a few MORE questions: A Rant

A lot of people ask what the J stands for in J. Travis Grundon.

The J has nothing to do Forrest J Ackerman, though I did consider dropping the period after my J in tribute to him. I’ve since decided to stay the way I’ve already been published. With my work straying away from horror and Sci Fi the nod to Uncle Forry would be lost on my target audience.

Some people thought the J was “uncanny syllabic coincidence” with J. Elvis Weinstein, but I hadn’t even heard of the man until the name thing was pointed out. If anyone gets credit for putting the idea in my head, it isn’t a writer; it would be artist J. Scott Campbell. I had been a fan of Campbell’s comics for a long time and when I decided not to write as just Travis, J. Travis Grundon just popped in there…like the Stay Puff Marshmallow Man.*

So, what does the J stand for? It stands for John.

I have gone by Travis my whole life since my dad is named John it was less confusing. When I started writing I kept the J in my name, because many of my professors knew me as John. I knew my last name was not common, but I wanted everyone to know I was the same person. J. Travis Grundon also had, and still has, a good sound to it.

The next question I want to tackle is: Why is the 5 year old wearing a diaper in my Anthology of the Living Dead story Committed.

I have even been told that this is something that has pulled a reader completely out of the story.

I can understand how it would be had for some parents to wrap their head around, if their child mastered potty training, but not every kid gets it as fast as others. Some kids take to walking, talking, counting and other thing much easier. Many parenting books and magazine say it is natural and that most children who have problems potty training learn mental things faster than what is going on with their body.

The child that knows that they are wearing a diaper will keep playing and not feel the need to get up from playing to try to use the potty. It’s actually smart. Why get up to use the bathroom if you don’t have to. I know a lot of people who would love to just as soon mess their pants than have to find a bathroom and stop what they are doing.

I didn’t think the age of the child through very well. I just went with the age my daughter was when I wrote the story. I know she’ll love me sharing, but she was a late potty trainee, but she had it by five. She is also quick as a whip, with wicked smarts and talent to charm to beat the band!

Speaking of smart…I have a problem with people who continue to degenerate the English language with “text talk.” Allow me to rant about it.

It’s called “text talk” because it makes texting easier. It is not designed or even cool when used in a REAL conversation. We are grown ups, I hope. Let’s use our big boy and girl words. I mean, we didn’t spend all of the time in grammar/ grade school to stifle our words by turning them into cute little acronyms, which not everyone understands.

If you are one of the fortunate few people on Earth who has no idea what I’m talking about, lucky you!

What I’m referring to is crap like LOL, OMG, OMFG, BRB, WTF, BFF, ROTFLMAO, BF, GF, YMCA and M&Ms. OK, I just threw those last two in, and I don’t claim to be a master of language, but I think we are doing a major disservice to ourselves and our kids if we keep this valley girl, baby talk, bullshit up.

The same could be said for my potty mouth and the use of curse words. It has been said, and I agree, that people who use dirty words are not smart enough to express themselves in an intellectual way. The catch to that IS that there is no such thing as a “dirty word” or a “bad word.” The only thing that gives words any stigma is the intent of the person speaking them.

With all of that said, if I use a “bad word” the intent is very clear. If something makes me mad or excited enough to pull out the Book of DILLIGAF*, I’m not trying to sound intelligent. Sometime we need to forget ourselves and let it go, but it’s the every day, every word nonsense that makes us seem uneducated.

More “Text talk” slag. There is so much of this virus that it has its own dictionary. What is next?

End rant.

That’s all, for now.

- Travis

* Do I Look Like I Give A F@%#

*If you don’t get this, or find it funny, it’s time to watch Ghostbusters again.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Today's Horoscope

LIBRA September 24 ~ October

You need to make sure that you're keeping track of all your current tasks and projects -- don't let anyone pin you down to taking anything else on! It's a good idea to shut your door, if possible.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Up Close and Personal with B.C. Brown

*looks left, looks right* Psssssst, we’re alone now, I think. Time for a little self exposure.
Not like THAT, you perv!
I was talking about an in depth and personal glimpse into the mind of B.C. Brown - um, me. My buddy here, J.Travis Grundon, has offered us the platform to get, personally, acquainted, and I plan to seize the opportunity in a very hands-on way.
Again with the perviness? Cut it out, will ya?
In actuality, there isn’t a whole lot to get to know about me. Other than the fact that I have a whole slew of super talented friends ( like J.Trav, Molly Daniels, P.M. Russell, Cindy Bauer, and Brandon Bennett, to name a few) who are faaaaar better at marketing and promotion than I am. What is she good at? you ask. (Or, at least, you ask inside of my head.)
Don’t look at me like that. I’m not some squeamish, simpering little chick who can’t tell you that I know I look good, I know I can dance, and I know I’m a good writer. It’s not conceit; it’s called self esteem. If I have two things in my arsenal, they are: self esteem and a pen.
Um, keyboard.
Ok, keyboard.
The great thing about both of the items I’m good at is that I can inspire with both.
Short stroll down Memory Lane...
There once was a woman, Kenzie*, who had this great romance/women’s lit. novel. A random occurrence that, um, Kenzie* was scheduled to share a book signing with moi, master of chat and awesome fantasy author. The lighting was optimal; our tables artfully displayed; and the positioning ideal to score peoples’ attentions as they came through the doors of one large Barnes N Noble store a beautiful March afternoon. I, not knowing, um, Kenzie* well, decided to feel out her approach to shoving her novel down people’s throats - you know, my approach. To my dismay, I learned that, um, Kenzie* was considerably more-
What word do I want to use? Considerate, tactful....nah...
-timid than I.
Shall we say door mouse to lioness approach, folks.
Never being shy on self esteem, I zeroed in on everyone who strolled through the front door by nearly getting in their business as soon as they passed the threshold. And, once I’d caught the perspective buyer’s attention, I artfully manuevered them back to both mine and, um, Kenzie’s* table, segueing an opportunity for her to talk about her novel. The pitch of my novel always wound down with...”And, if you’re not into kings, queens, wizards, and war, my friend, um, Kenzie*, offers something completely different you’ll love!”
How does this inspire? you ask inside my head. Well, with a little prompting on my end and a heaping dose of being shown how some serious self esteem works, um, Kenzie* is far more-
What works here? Blatant, artful...nah...
-domineering in her approach to the perspective reader/consumer.
Slightly longer stroll down Memory Lane here...
There once was a man, John* who lived for art - sketching, painting, inking, etc. And, um, John* was a good artist and fancied himself happy with that particular career choice. Enter one dashing, stylish, and creative writer-
-who called her good buddy of long standing to tell him her awesome news: She’d been published! Such was her exuberance that, um, John*, who had been secretly writing and squirreling away stories for some time, decided to lay down his art pencils-
And the graphic comic and tattooing worlds wept!
and pick up a writer’s pen.
While this intrusion (although unbeknownst to me) and diversion from his previous path was completely unintentional, um, John* has published three books and countless short stories and has set himself on a successful (if fledgling for now) career in the publishing industry.
Both of these jogs down Memory Lane are shining example of the two things B.C. Brown-
-does well. I’m not going to say that these are the only two things I do well-
Hey, watch that gutter mind there, all right. This is a PG rated blog.
-but, as far as talents that inspire others and are used for the good of mankind, they are the most noteworthy for the purpose of this article.
And, while I don’t need the justification of knowing I’m a good writer, I can understand that many people are on a “Judge as I see fit” basis. So, if you would like to see for yourself that I am what I say I am - a good writer - feel free to visit my blog where I’ve posted articles pertaining to writing/being a writer or visit my website for some examples of my writing . Oh, and in case you are wondering what I might have “in the works”, so to speak, as an author, I am polishing a full length paranormal/mystery novel, A Touch of Darkness, for submission to Papercut Books, and I am busy working on adding to my inventory of short fiction, and working on my fantasy masterpiece, Of Shadows. I have several more projects in the works, also, but, since I am a multi-tasker, they are too many to enumerate.
Hope you’ve enjoy this forray into the mind of B.C. Brown - um, me. Won’t you stop by again?

(All names included with an * have been changed - and changed poorly - to be used without permission of the owner. Mainly, I’m covering covering my happy behind should these individuals not wish to be named outright!)