Monday, December 31, 2012

Top 15 albums I enjoyed the most in 2012

                                                                   #5 The Broderick

Music is a big part of my writing and day to day life. I listen to music constantly. I also still get excited when my favorite artists come out with a new album and I love finding new music. That is why every year I post list of my favorite albums from the preceding year.

Here is my list for 2012:

15. A Fine Frenzy – Pines
14. San Cisco – Awkward E.P.
13. The Drowning Men – All Of The Unknown
12. Paper Lions- At Long Creek
11. Memory House – The Slideshow Effect
10. Sufjan Stevens – Silver & Gold
9. Deerhoof – Breakup Song
8. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
7. Jay Farrar – New Multitudes
6.  Murder By Death – Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon
5. The Broderick – The Broderick
4. Jack White – Blunderbuss
3. Leonard Cohen – Old Ideas
2. Benjamin Gibbard – Former Lives
1. Bob Dylan – Tempest

Sufjan Stevens - Mr. FROSTY MAN  

My goals for 2013 is to make more time to listen to music and read. I have a lot of albums and books that I've neglected. I look forward to diving into them and finding more things I love. I think 2012 was a pretty good year but I think 2013 will be even more incredible.

Happy New Year!

- Travis

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Read A Book! Spotlight: James M. Bowers

James is a great friend of mine and I wish him all of the success in the world. I read an early version of this book and it was dark and emotional. I'm not a big fan of fantasy fiction. I would rather read something set in modern times. The fantasy fans I know have really enjoyed it.  

Not all of the reviews for The Dark Path have been good. Some people expect too much and others just want more. Everyone has an opinion but opinions are like assholes. If you are a fan of fantasy, decide for yourself.

Check out The Dark Path by James M. Bowers. Decide for yourself if this book is worth the ebook price of 99 cents. There are not many 304 page books for such a reasonable price. Take a chance and see if you get lost in it. 

James M. Bowers is a dabbler in many things. He was first published in Fracas: A Collection of Short Friction and soon followed that release book with the release of his first fantasy novel, The Dark Path. Find James on Twitter @jaities and

Monday, December 17, 2012

What's Next?

UPDATE: Due to circumstances beyond my control LURID ME will not be moving forward. The story must stay under wraps, until an adjoined project is finished. We will be changing the title back to the original title and there is no official word on when the book will actually be released. 

Original post:

I'm honored to be in the Word Weavers spotlight this week and I've decided that would make it the perfect week to start talking about my next book, LURID ME.

LURID ME tells the story of a group of young people living in a medical facility who make a pact to take control of their lives and deaths. This book will break away from my comfort zone of short story collections but it will keep the same unrelenting, character driven storytelling style. It is something very different.

We hope to have a release date and cover art available soon!

I'm also happy to announce that Jack Acid will be creating a score album  for LURID ME. The score will offer a haunting accompaniment  to your reading experience or just a dark, ambient soundtrack for you to listen to whenever you want. I'm excited to have a score to one of my books and I hope everyone will enjoy this collaboration.

You can check out Jack Acid's new  E.P. here.

Jack's Dead Tube Dead Kore is not the style we can expect for the LURID ME score but it is great, if you enjoy techno or electronica music. I look forward to having more details on the score album and possible samples very soon too!

- Travis

Monday, December 3, 2012

I'm A Word Weaver!

My Word Weavers trading card by Jennifer L. Miller

Learn more about Word Weavers. I'm happy to be a part of this group. It's about writers helping and encouraging other writer. Check out the other authors and don't miss my author spotlight on December 17th!

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