Wednesday, October 26, 2011

30 Days To Write: Redemption

After much deliberation, I have decided to give National Novel Writers Month one more chance. I have decided that since I have never finished a NaNoWriMo book in 30 days, I have something to prove to myself, but I plan to do it my way.

I've asked several of my nearest and dearest, and it seems like the majority of them would like to see another collection of short stories, instead of a full novel. I have people asking for a novel also, but to those people I say "just wait."

I have finished my first NaNoWriMo book and it only took two years of the event. The problem is that it was being handled by a horrible agent and I would like to change a few more things before I release it.

The new NaNoWriMo project will be called: Guy Drinking Coffee #3, and it will be another short story collection.

This new book takes its title from my aspiring role in films, as a credited "Guy Drinking Coffee #3," in as many movies as possible. I have worked on and appeared in a few independent films, but I have yet to be cast in his dream role. Guy Drinking Coffee #3 will be my third collection of short stories, and I plan to do something with it I haven't done with the other two collections.Most if not all of the stories might just tie together somehow.

This title also ties the "3" from this role to the fact that this is my "3rd" collection of stories.

I hope by the time Guy Drinking Coffee #3 is finished, we will be moving forward and releasing my second collection, Cloud 8 and Other Stories. I don't like to make projections of what will happen, but the plan is to have #2 out by Christmas or New Years and have the 3rd ready by spring.

Fingers crossed people, and best of luck to my fellow NaNoWriMo authors!

- Travis

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Devil Is In The Rejection

I only really started writing and trying to be an author in 2005. In the past six years I've had several published articles, interviews, and short stories. I have also been the driving force behind two very well received anthologies and had my first collection of short fiction published. I have also been fortunate enough to travel all over the United States and do several signings. I've been able to sell my books and see amazing places. These signings have also allowed me to meet some great people and make wonderful friends, I will have for the rest of my life. Over all I would say I've been pretty lucky.

Over the years I've also dealt with backstabbers, plagiarist, liars and bullshit publishers, but none of that pulls on my heart strings like a good old fashion rejection letter.

Almost every writer or author gets rejections. I've received my share of rejection letters in the last few years. I've been told that rejections make us better at what we do. I've also been told it's not always because the story is bad. It's sometimes because it just isn't what the publisher or publication is looking for, but it could be that it's just not good enough.

After some rejection letters I stopped submitting stories for a while. I even took a year off from submitting things. It was a combination of working on Fracas and frustration with rejection. I'm not afraid of the rejection. If I was I'd never send anything out in the first place. I just take every rejection hard and tend to spend a little time feeling like I'm wasting my time and maybe I'd be better served spending my time cross stitching or watching sports, but that's just not who I am. I have to eventually remind myself, or have a friend remind me, that I write because I have to. I write because the stories come to me. I write the stories I want to read and I don't write to be published or for any publication.

Sometimes bringing myself out of this rejection funk is easier than other.

In recent history I have had stories accepted into books I'm really excited about. I've also have stories rejected by a nifty online lit journal, an interesting online magazine, and the Esquire Short Fiction Contest. I didn't get upset about being rejected by the online magazine or the lit journal, but not making the cut on the short fiction contest stings a bunch.

I went into the contest with a great deal of confidence. I thought I had submitted a very strong story. I'm even sure I will find a publishing outlet for the story I submitted to Esquire, but it doesn't change the fact that something I thought was good wasn't good enough. That is a hard pill to swallow.

People who know me know that I admire Chuck Palahniuk and Charles Bukowski. Both of these guys have seen their share of rejections. They have been criticized and rejected, but they have also developed a ravenous fan base of people that devour everything published by them.

Palahniuk even had Fight Club rejected by a publisher and we all know the success that book has seen now. I try to keep this in mind every time I get a rejection letter. I'll keep writing but tonight I'll pour a glass of wine and decide if and where I will submit next.


- Travis

Thursday, October 6, 2011

A Neon Sign Of Things To Come

Here is a sneak peek at cover art for my next book,by Mr. Alexander Hamilton.

The new book is coming together well. I won't say too much about it. I will only say that is will be another collection. It may include a novella focusing on a heavy drinker who aspires to be an author.

The collection will not have any traditional horror stories, but it will have a couple very personal pieces, and one of my stories that can be found in Fracas: A Collection of Short Friction.

I'm not going to announce the official title yet. I also don't want to mention a release date until the book is ready and the proof has been approved. I'm very proud of the stories in this book and I want it to be the very best that it can be out of the gate.

I hope you like the sneak preview and you all pick up Fracas and Eclectic Collection to wet your appetite.

- Travis

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Update on a Fuck-bag

A while back I posted about some jerk, David Boyer, stealing stories from myself and several friends for a book that has since been pulled from Amazon. I was professional and handle it like an adult, as much as I didn't want to.

The jerk has struck again and again and it doesn't look like he plans on stopping soon.

I would like to direct everyone to the page of one Brian Keene, Boyer's latest victim. While Boyer not only stole Keene's story, but he blatantly plagiarized it.Plagiary is Boyer's usual game, but Mr. Keene puts it all out there on his website in a piece called David Boyer is a Bag of Fuck.

For more on David "I'm the biggest dumb-ass to ever claim to have written a book" Boyer check out the link below.

It really makes me sick.