Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Goodbye NaNoWriMo, it's the December to Deliver!

It’s finally December a lot has happened over the month of November. As you might have guessed…I didn’t finish NaNoWriMo. I was busy on the road and working on other projects. It just wasn’t in the cards this year and I’m 99% sure I won’t even sign up for next year. Some people sign up for NaNo as a tool to motivate themselves to write. I don’t need that. I’m sure I wrote well over 50,000 words during the month of November.

During November I had a couple book signings, one in St. Louis, Missouri and the other in Bloomington, Indiana. Both had small, but attentive crowds. I’d personally rather have a small crowd of good people than a big crowd of people who don’t really care to be there. Of course the main goal is to get a large crowd of loyal fans that really want to be there, but as time goes on and I continue to get my work and my name out there, good things will happen.

Something I think that will help me achieve my goals is signing a new deal with an agent. I know I’ve always said I don’t need an agent to do the foot and mouth work I can do myself, but I have spread myself very thin and was given a very interesting offer at the same time. After turning down two agents, one has found me (thanks impart by the recommendation of two good friends) and it was too good of an offer to pass up.

A bad/good thing about the whole deal is that my book, Between The Lines, I was going to attempt to self publish in Febuary, won’t be out until it finds a publisher or the year contract runs out.

One of the many reasons I agreed to work with an agent is because it will allow me more time to work on my many film projects. My friend Brandon Bennett and I have recently worked on a bit for James Hawley’s film Jesus of Nebula. Brandon and I have also joined forces to create a production company called Well Hung Pictures. I have finished to first script we plan to shoot, which is an adaptation of Ernest Hemmingway’s A Clean, Well-Lighted Place. The next project we are already putting together is a mockumentary about the cult following of Scooby Doo, called Where are You? Both films should be out by the end of 2011.

I will also be working with Brandon Bennett and James Hawley in some capacity on a film project called Tales from the Tomb of Terror. So far everything I’ve heard about this project sounds awesome. I’ll have more details on this soon.

In other film related news. Darkrider Studios have optioned my story Contravention, from Eclectic Collection, for a short film that will be a part of a 10 production company horror anthology DVD. I have been asked to write the first draft of the script and I should have that finished and out to them by the end of this week. I hope to have more details on this project as it develops.

I was also lucky enough to get to hang out with some of my film making friends and meet a few new ones, this past November at The Dark Carnival Film Festival. It was great to see the monsters from Atomic Age Cinema, the good people of Clockwerk Picture, Muscle Wolf Productions, and Darkrider Studios. It was also cool to see my friend Tiffany Shepis, as well as new friends Deneen Melody, Jessica Cameron and the amazing Patrick Rea.

It was a great time and I saw some really awesome movies like: El Mostro Del Mar, Get off My Porch, Do Not Disturb, Now That You’re Dead, Slices of Life, Roses, House of Hope, Hypochondriac, Cyrus: Mind of a Serial Killer and more. I can’t wait for next year!!!

I think that is enough of an update for now. I need to get back to work on the scripts, a couple more short stories I have in my head and work on edits for Foreign Objects.

Check back often. This guy is busy and I’ll have more stuff to post very, very soon!!!

- Travis