Tuesday, December 24, 2013

TREPIDATION

As a gift, you can watch the first short film from Well Hung Pictures for free! It's only up for the rest of December. Enjoy!










Starring Nathan Erdel and Paisley Blackburn

Directed by Brandon Bennett
Written by J. Travis Grundon



Happy Holidays!


- Travis

Monday, December 16, 2013

Books, Booze, and Beyond

I'm teaming with Books & Booze to give away a FREE copy of Mr. Bad Example. Check out the new episode for all of the details and an incredible interview with Chuck Wendig.



I'm also happy to announce that I'll be a guest on the Books and Booze podcast. I have been an avid listen to B & B for a while. They have had some incredible guest and I'm proud to be invited to be on the show.

Check out the Books and Booze website. Listen to previous episodes and check out the ad for Mr. Bad Example. I've posted a link below and I'll be sure to post the link to my episode when it's available.

http://www.books-booze.com/

In other news, I have decided that I will not be doing any more horror conventions. I love my convention friends and family, but these shows are not good for books sales. I hope to still hang out with these great people. I just won't be there in a professional capacity.

Mr. Bad Example is not a horror book. I don't have any plans to release a horror book, until I'm able to release TERMS. TERMS is not a straight horror book though. It is more of a drama/ slasher.

I am going to focus on book stores and other book events. I would like to set up some signings in the same towns and nights of some horror conventions. This would give my con friends a chance to attend and give me a chance to party with my convention family.

I've added an Appearances tab at the top of this page. Check back for more events and signing dates. I hope to have more to announce in early 2014!



- Travis

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Recommended Reading



I was asked to list 10 books that I have read that have "stayed with me" through the years and then tag ten friends to do the same. I'm not going to tag anyone on this blog, but I thought I should share the list here. 

Here it is: 

1. On The Road by Jack Kerouac
2. the perks of being a wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
3. Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk 
4. Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
5. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
6. Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut 
7. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
8. Savages by Don Winslow
9.The Bus Driver Who Wanted to Be God & Other Stories by Etgar Keret
10. IV A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas by Chuck Klosterman


 I already had a few listed on my book recommendations list, but I've edited the list. I had to add a few. I also removed some that haven't stuck with me. Check these books out if you haven't read them already.

- Travis 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Dates & Places

We have already made a few stops on the Mr. Bad Example tour. The Halloween Arts Harvest was a lot of fun, and I can't wait to do it again next year. We also had a blast at Days of the Dead: Chicago, but there are still few to look forward to in 2014.

Feb. 7th - 9th, 2014 Days of the Dead - Atlanta, GA.
http://www.daysofthedead.net

Mar. 1st, 2014 River City Festival of Films - Owensboro, KY. https://www.facebook.com/TRCFF

I want to set up more dates in 2014.  I'm still interested in setting something up for the Nashville and St. Louis ares. A few dates and events have been talked about, but nothing is confirmed.

Here are some pictures from my recent trip to Chicago for my Days of the Dead signing:

Meeting Twiggy (Goon Moon, Marilyn Manson, NIN, A Perfect Circle)

A picture with Author Kevin Strange!


Mr. Bad Example at Days of the Dead: Chicago.





Visiting Lake Michigan with my beautiful fiance. 

I hope to be able to have more pictures and announce more dates soon!

- Travis

Thursday, November 7, 2013

I Guess I'll Do NaNoWriMo Again

Here is my quick note on NaNoWriMo 2013:
There are a few reason I didn't want to do NaNoWriMo this year. 

1.) I write all year. I don't need NaNoWriMo to motivate me.
2.) I've already done it and I've already won.
3.) I don't have a lot of free time.

I had to make time. I made that time to do some work on my next book. I didn't count the words, but I made serious progress. I eventually noticed the word count, and I'm almost half way there. I might as well keep going. 

I support NaNoWriMo. I like what it is all about. I don't need it, but it helps me get my stories out, and I'm happy to take part in it again. 

Chroniclebooks.com had a good thing to say about not having enough time to write. I've posted it below, with a link to the full article. Enjoy! 
“I’m too busy.”
This is good. You want to be busy when you write the first draft of a novel. Having a limited amount of time helps you be less critical of your prose, which in turn helps you get more writing done and have a better time doing it. Also, when you’re slammed, your novel becomes a refuge from the chaos of the rest of your life—a secret world you get to escape to at the end of a long day.
- Read more here.

If you are doing NaNoWriMo, good luck! If it's not for you, I understand. I just hope this year produces some very cool books!

- Travis



Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Harloween!




Celebrate Harloween with Harlow Kingston! 

Harlow Kingston is the wine loving social misfit who fell in love with the girl next door. He tried to be the man she wanted, but he fell for (and into bed with) many women along the way. He does his best to ignore his short comings by staying drunk, but it doesn't take long before his bad choices start catching up to him. He becomes a magnet for pointless sex, crazy people, and death.

                                              You can meet Harlow here.

                          I hope everyone has a blessed Samhain and a safe and Happy Halloween!

- Travis

Monday, October 28, 2013

R.I.P. Lou Reed

"There's only X amount of time. You can do whatever you want with that time. It's your time." - Lou Reed

On October 27, 2013 Lou Reed died, at the age of 71. The cause of death was liver disease. The news of his death spread fast and the shock waves were felt by everyone who loved him. Family, friends and fans poured their heavy hearts out. The heartbreaking news rocked the music world. Music masters the caliber of Iggy Pop, Lenny Kravitz, Ryan Adam, and David Bowie posted their tributes to a legend. Even Elijah Wood and Miley Cyrus took to Twitter to pay their respects. 

Given enough time, everyone leaves this world. Some people pass and nobody notices, or cares, but certain people die and it is felt all around the world. I think it's all about how you live. It's also about the mark you leave on the world and the people in it. Lou Reed inspired and influenced millions of people.

 I could go on forever about Lou and the Velvet Underground, but it's really on each person to come to them on their own. Everything I can say is how their music has impacted me. There are facts to support how incredible Lou Reed was. There are also a million reason to explore the Velvet Underground, and his solo work. I can't list them all. All I can do is explain how Lou Reed influenced me and how upset I am about his death.

The first time that I hear "Take A Walk On The Wild Side," I became a fan of Lou Reed. I was just a kid, but I loved it. I wanted to hear more. I have always been very into music, and devoting the time to learn everything I could about the bands I liked was just a part of it. I wanted to hear every song and play every album to pieces.

Being confined to the Midwest, and stuck in a vacuum of awful music, I didn't have the chance to really get into Lou Reed the way I wanted to. My opportunity didn't come until after I was in college. I had picked up a love for the Velvet Underground from their music being a part of films, but once I made the connection between Reed and the Velvet Underground, nothing could stop me from diving headfirst into their great music. 

As a tribute to the Velvet Underground, my first published short story was about a cocky bartender doing battle with a vampire vixen. The story had nothing to do with the band or the style of their music, but the bartender's name was Jackson Reed.  If you want to read this story, it's available in my book, Eclectic Collection. It's called Femme Fatale, a title taken from a track on Velvet Underground's debut album.

Their debut album was the soundtrack to my time as a journalism major, at Vincennes University. The rest of the Velvet Underground albums followed, and I had found my favorite band. As I left the journalism program and turned my attention to English, I gravitated more to Lou Reed's solo work. I found a lot of amazing music, while I was in college, but I found myself engulfed in Lou Reed's music again, when I moved to St. Louis.

In St. Louis, I took a job as a manager in a record store. I was able to get my hands on all kinds of music. I got my hands on Lou Reed's New York. it was the right album at the right time. I wanted to write character like I heard about in Velvet Underground and Lou Reed songs. It was dark and gritty without being lame and fake. I realized that Lou Reed captured real life in his songs. It was transgressive. just the way I liked it. It was the wake up call to write the stories and characters I wanted. 

In 1982, Brian Eno made the often repeated statement that while the first Velvet Underground album may have sold only 30,000 copies in its early years, "everyone who bought those 30,000 copies started a band." I wasn't one of the people who bought one of those 30,000 copies. I didn't form a band, but I became an author. Reference to the Velvet underground, and Lou Reed's influence can be found all over my work. I have grown so much as a writer, because of my love for this music. Other artist have inspired me. I would be a liar if I gave all of the credit to Reed. Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, and others have been influential, but Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground will always be favorites of mine. 

The death of Lou Reed is hard for me. It's a loss to the entire world. I was never able to see him perform, but I am forever changed because of what his music means to me. 

Read more about Lou Reed.

Explore the Velvet Underground and Lou Reed's solo work.


Lou Reed - New York


R.I.P. Lou Reed

- Travis

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

A few dates with Mr. Bad Example


Mr. Bad Example is going on the road. I want to meet my readers and get more people interested in what I'm doing. I only have a few dates set, but I'll be announcing more soon!

Oct. 19th Halloween Arts Harvest - Washington, IN.
Click here for more details.

Nov. 15th-17th Days of the Dead - Chicago, IL. (I'll be at the JABB pictures booth.)
http://www.daysofthedead.net/chicago/

Mar. 1st River City Festival of Films - Owensboro, KY. https://www.facebook.com/TRCFF

Check back often. I think I'm forgetting something. There are also a few more dates that are not confirmed. I plan to make it to Nashville, Cincinnati, St. Louis, & and more!

- Travis

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

On The Road To Midian

I was a guest on The Road To Midian with Cameron Scott. It was a really good time. I've posted it below for everyone to enjoy!

The monsters of Midian dig into my brain and see what so intrigues my many readers out there. Join us here at the Red Flag Nation where no subject is taboo and censorship has no dominion. 



#MrBadExample 


- Travis

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Release Party In Pictures

Here are a few pictures from the Mr. Bad Example Release Party, at the Open Gallery -Vincennes, IN.
The Open Gallery



Table ready

Jean DeSanto reading one of her poems
Signing books
Reading from Mr. Bad Example




















































Thanks to everyone who came out and made this party a success! - Travis

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Presenting: Jean DeSanto



Scene:
Church basement. Circle of chairs, people with coffee and cigarettes. There is a middle-aged woman with dark salt and pepper hair at a podium. Her glasses are down the bridge of her nose, and her brown eyes crinkle at the corners as she looks up at her audience. She twists her lips into a wry smile and speaks:
“Hello. My Name is Jean Michelle, and I am a writer.”
“Hello, Jean,” they all chorus back at her.
Audience smiles encouragingly. They are all writers here. There is no shame in admitting it.
Jean looks at the papers in her hand, resting on the podium, and begins to read her poetry. It is the first of the 9 steps of making amends. Every writer in the program must follow it…
Sometimes, the addiction of writing is uncomfortable is it not?
___________________________________________________________
J. Trav has given me this opportunity to be a guest on his blog. So here I am. Did I say opportunity? What I meant was, -- he harassed me. Ah, I said that out loud. Oops. (she smiles.)
Okay, enough with being clever. Please see following this nonsense, two poems I share with you, followed by a slight author bio.
Visitor
9-16-09
Once you came to visit, my thoughts
wandered down the hall to
where you were.
My soup burned on the stove,
and so did I, blue hot at the core—
I kept my distance from you
because the heat you gave off
scorched deep,
black marks in my heart—
I can’t imagine the inferno
If we ever really touched.

Untitled
10-28-09

In 1st grade,
It’s the good boys who
throw things at you from across the room.
In 3rd grade,
The good boys punch your arm
and steal your science book from your desk.
In 5th grade,
The good boys have those feelings they can’t
explain and can’t contain.


Then in high school,
The bad boys are the ones
who whisper obscenities you don’t understand, but
make you faint and thrill with threatening promises.
The bad boys open their car doors for you,
invite you in
and never let on
all the handles have been removed
and there is no escape from your fate.
So here is who I am today: I write and breathe in Southern Indiana for the moment. I fell in with a group of writers. We have recently discovered we are a ‘pod’.
I write poetry and short stories, and I attempted a novel during last November’s NaNoWriMo, but it turned out I was writing three different things disguised as one. I haven’t sorted them out yet.

My latest publication was a short story in Quixotic: Not EverydayLove Stories, available from Amazon.
One may access my blogs at:
Currently, I am working on a book of my poetry. 
I Twitter @jean_desanto.
You may contact me at jeandesanto@gmail.com if so inclined.
Thank you for letting me share your space, J. Trav!
Namaste.

Jean

Saturday, August 17, 2013

It's Party Time!

Everything is set for the Mr. Bad Example book release party. There will be food, drinks, and door prizes. I'm really proud of this book and I'm looking forward to sharing it with my readers.

The Mr. Bad Example Release Party
Sept. 7th,  3:00 pm in CDT
@ The Open Gallery
329 Main Street
Vincennes, IN. 47591

My special guest for this release party will be Quixotic: Not Everyday Love Stories Author/ Poet 
Jean DeSanto Campbell

You can find more information about the event on the Facebook event page.


 WARNING: I should stress that there will be a reading and that this event is not for all ages.




Readers are calling Mr. Bad Example "Relatable" and Sexy!"











One Amazon review had this to say about Mr. Bad Example:

"As an avid reader and fan of his work, Mr. Bad Example does not disappoint. I read this book in one day and plan to read it again several more times. Harlow Kingston is a very unforgettable character and his shenanigans are well worth the read..." 







Sunday, August 11, 2013

MR. BAD EXAMPLE IS HERE!



 Mr. Bad Example is here! 

People who have already read or previewed this book are calling it "Relatable" and "Sexy!"

The wait is finally over. Mr. Bad Example is finally available on Amazon.  You can get your copy here.

Don't forget to leave a review online and spread the word. Most books find their audience through word of mouth. If you like the book make sure to tell everyone who will listen!


Thursday, August 8, 2013

Quixotic Release & Mr. Bad Example Update




Quixotic: Not Everyday Love Stories 



UPDATE: Sadly, Mr. Bad Example was pushed back due to the need for additional edits. Insomnious Press. also decided not to release Quixotic: Not Everyday Love Stories and Mr. Bad Example simultaneously, in an effort to give both books the attention they deserve. This book is worth the wait and it will be available very soon!

Quixotic: Not Everyday Love Stories is available now. It features my story, Mercy. This is a great collection and I encourage everyone to pick it up. This is the perfect foreplay to Mr. Bad Example! 


You can get your copy of Quixotic: Not Everyday Love Stories here.


If that doesn't get you wet enough, you need to make sure you have a copy of Happy Hour Blues. These stories and drink recipes are worth it. The cool kids already have their copy. 


If you don't have a copy of Happy Hour Blues, you can get it here.


It's time to get excited about reading. Mr. Bad Example will be here before you know it. I'll keep everyone posted on the release. I plan to make sure nobody will be able to avoid hearing about this book!


J. Travis Grundon








Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Bad Blog



Mr. Bad Example is almost here!

I wanted to take this opportunity to tell people a little about this book. I don't want anyone to have the wrong idea about what this book is about. I want everyone to be excited for the in your face novel Mr. Bad Example is!

This is not a horror novel. I have written a lot of horror stories and things that are very horrific, but this is not one of them. It is only scary in the same way that everyday life can be terrifying. It falls more under the general fiction umbrella. There are no monsters here, but it is rich with sex, drugs, rock n roll and other fine family values!

This book is influenced heavily by Charles Bukowski's Women, Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis, My Horizontal Life by Chelsea Handler and the Showtime original series Californication. I also took inspiration from a couple Chuck Klosterman books.

Sadly, Mr. Bad Example shares similarities with Tucker Max's I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell and Average American Male by Chad Kultgen. I don't care for either of these books, but there is something about them that is raw and honest. I wanted to capture the raw honesty, but I wanted my book to have unforgettable characters and a deeper story. I also tried to make the women in Mr. Bad Example strong and more independent.

Another difference between my new book and the books it could be compared to is that Mr. Bad Example is straight fiction. Nothing in this book draws from my real life. This is a work of fiction. There may be a few characters that are loosely based on people in my life, but that is where it ends.

Music was also a big inspiration on this story. A lot of bands could play like a soundtrack to Mr. Bad Example including: Bob Dylan, The Modern Lovers, Tom Waits, The Animals, The Rolling Stones, My Morning Jacket, The Velvet Underground, Violent Femmes, The Ramones and obviously Warren Zevon. These are just a few of the artist I listened to while I was writing this book. They are all some of my favorites and their influences are all over this book.

It took me a few years to focus on this project and produce the book I wanted to read. I think that everyone who enjoyed Happy Hours Blues will like this. It maintains the same character driven storytelling. It's also my hope that the people who enjoy my influences will enjoy this book.

I have been lucky to have had the support of a great editor on this project. I'm also lucky to have a publisher that was willing to let me run with my wild ideas. I'm very thankful for them.

I am proud of this book and I'm happy to release it as my first official novel.

For those about to read, I salute you!


J. Travis Grundon

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

It's An Update!


The MR. BAD EXAMPLE stickers are here! 

These stickers make great bookmarks and you can get one by backing the Indiegogo campaign. Time is running out to get these limited edition perks. I'm not asking for much, but I need your help to bring my new book to a bookstore, convention or bar near you! 

Now that the MR. BAD EXAMPLE campaign is rolling it is time for a few updates on my other projects. 

1.)Things are also coming together on TERMS. The first table read went VERY well and filming will begin this October! 

2.) The Well Hung Pictures film TREPIDATION (Directed by Brandon Bennett & Written by J. Travis Grundon) will be a part of The Collective Vol. 6! It will premiere in Indy, as a part of the DAYS OF THE DEAD film festival. You can check out the full film schedule here.



3.) Quixotic: Not Everyday Love Stories is finished and ready to go to print. This is a great collection that reunited several Anthology of the Living Dead and Fracas: A Collection of Short Friction authors. I'm happy to serve as an editor and contributing author on this book. 

I'm excited to share pages with many of my friends in this book. We have some very good stories here. People are really going to like this book and I look forward to what my readers think of my story, MERCY. 

4.) The CLV limited edition VHS editions of MEATEATER are all sold out. If you missed your chance to get a copy, it is too late. You can still see the Darkrider Studios adaptation of my story, Contravention, on The Collective Vol. 1 DVD, available from JABB Pictures


Make sure you follow me on Twitter @JTravisGrundon for updates on all of these projects and don't forget to back the MR. BAD EXAMPLE campaign and get some great perks! 


- Travis

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Enter The Meateater!


It's here! 

The inaugural release from CLV brings you the anthology short The Meateater: The Collective Vol.1.This features a short film based on my story, Contravention. It's only available for a limited time. Get it now!

Friday, May 10, 2013

The Next Bad Thing


This is not the final cover art.

My new book is called Mr. Bad Example.

"A drunken love story, full of sex, drugs, rock n roll, and other family values."

Harlow Kingston is the wine loving social misfit who fell in love with the girl next door. He tried to be the man she wanted, but he fell for (and into bed with) many women along the way. He does his best to ignore his short comings by staying drunk, but it doesn't take long before his bad choices start catching up to him. He becomes a magnet for pointless sex, crazy people, and death.

He drinks his way into the hearts of three women he can't get enough of. One wants to help him be happy. One wants him all the time and doesn't care about anything else. The third wants him to grow up, stop drinking his life away, and do something with himself. Then there are the other ladies he has gotten carnal with.

Harlow finds himself in a series of alcohol fueled bad situations before he's forced to make a choice. He has to stop his foolish, fleshy ways and settle on one of the amazing women in his life. A good woman won't wait around forever, but even if he makes the wrong decision, it changes everything. Someone has to get hurt.

Sometimes you love someone so much, all you can do is #@$% it up.



You can help us spread the word and bring this book to readers everywhere by backing the Mr. Bad Example Project indiegogo page!

Crowd funding has been very successful for bands, indie filmmakers, and many other creative projects. There isn't any reason fans can't support a book related venture in the same way and collect some super swell perks too!

I will have more details about the book, the final cover and an official release date very soon!

- Travis





Sunday, April 14, 2013

Getting Ready For Record Store Day


Music is a very big part of my writing process. I love it. I listen to music when I do everything and Record Store Day is a big part of music. 

We need to support record stores. Music is going digital as much as books are, and we need to try to save these stores.  I don't want to lose the touch and smell of a new record, as much as I don't want to lose the feel and scent of a new book.

Anyone who loves music has a great memory of walking into a record store. There is some album, or certain song, they heard that changed their lives. I know Record Cellar (Vincennes, Indiana) gave me a lot of great memories. I hope to keep building those memories, and share them with my daughter. She has some great taste in music.I want her generation to have music stores. 

I think we need to celebrate these record stores. I know we will be. I hope we see you out there!



















- Travis

Thursday, April 11, 2013

[expletive deleted]




Are you ready for a new J. Travis Grundon book?

It has been a long time since I've made a real post, but I've been busy reworking my novel, tentatively titled Cloud 8. The book has had this title for a long time, but I think we can come up with something better. I have changed a lot of things about the book from when I first wrote it in 2010. I've toned down some things and added some new material, but it didn't feel right.

I hope to be able to announce the official title and cover art details soon.

This is my third pass of rewrites. I am happy with how the changes are coming along now. I have changed some things back to the way I wrote it originally and deleted a lot of the toned down crap. This is not going to be a happily ever after tale. I am writing the book I want to read and it will be full of sex, violence, drugs, and rock n roll, all the things my readers have come to expect from me. It is all in there because I like it and I want this to be a book I can be proud to say I wrote. I want it to have my voice and I want it to be unforgettable.

It seems like I want a lot of things but I'm not going to even send this book to the editors until I'm happy with it.

I've also submitted a story to The First Line Literary Journal. This is one of my favorite lit journals. It would be a big deal for me if they take my story. I should know if they want in May. Until then, I'll keep my fingers crossed.

If they accept my story, it will be in the next issue, due out in the Spring.







Joe Schwartz has a new book out. I've just started reading it and I'm really enjoying it. It is exactly what I want from a Joe Schwartz book.

If you are a fan of my stuff you will like Joe. He has been a big influence of mine. Check out his new book, The Veiled Prophet of Saint Louis!






- Travis

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

She said yes! Yes! YES!

I'm happy to announce that I am engaged!




 The amazing Stormi Gilliatt has agreed to marry me. We are both very excited and thankful for all of the support we have received thus far. We have not set a date yet but I wanted to post this for my few friends who are not on Facebook. 



I'm a Lucky guy!



- Travis

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

A Trip To The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library


Sitting in a recreation of Kurt Vonnegut's writing space.

My friends and I recently visited the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, in Indianapolis. I would suggest that anyone who calls themselves a Vonnegut fan or a lover of fiction would enjoy seeing this place. It was a very fun and educational trip.

I was joined by Authors B.C. Brown (The Abigail St.Michael Series) and James M. Bowers (The Dark Path) as well as Quixotic: Not Everyday Love Stories cover artist, Lydia Bargielski and the notorious Bunny Liebowitz.

We were given a tour by a very knowledgeable man, named Max. He told us all about the history of the library and all of the displays. It was smaller than I expected but it is clear that they will soon outgrow their current location. They have only recently celebrated their second anniversary but the support and success they have seen is incredible. 

Mr. Vonnegut's family is very involved and have done a lot to make the library a fantastic place for fans to visit. They have donated many personal items. Some of these items include the typewriter Kurt Vonnegut wrote Slapslick and part of Slaughterhouse Five on and an unopened letter Kurt Vonnegut's father sent to him while he was missing, during the time Kurt was a P.O.W. The letter was returned to his father. Kurt's dad later gave the letter to Kurt but he never opened it. Kurt eventually gave the letter to his own son, who also never opened it. The letter was donated to the library with the strict orders that it could never be opened.

I think the letter and the story around it, is one of the most interesting things at the library but I loved the whole thing. It would be hard to pick one thing I liked the most but some of my favorite were Kurt's original artwork and the recreation of Vonnegut's writing space. I had to have a picture in the chair.

I hope my friends and readrs will check this place out. I know I look forward to going back. They have special guests and events all the time, including A Night With Vonnegut and readings. It would be great to be there for some of the events and guests I've heard about.

- Travis

Here is more information about the KVML:

The Emelie Building
340 N. Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46204
info@vonnegutlibrary.org
Open Daily except Wednesdays
Hours: 12-5pm

CLOSED FOR SPECIAL EVENT ON FRIDAY, MARCH 22

http://www.vonnegutlibrary.org/





A very special collection of people at the KVML

Monday, February 25, 2013

True Terror

The only thing my high school class is running are tractors. Some of them my run children to daycare and a few may run from the cops but I don't think any of them will make it to Washington. I worry about the next generation though.

My generation was bad but I see the next generation as a cluster-fuck of kids who think it's cool to be dumb.

We need to teach our children.

I try to help my daughter. She is smart, kind and beautiful but she is also thrust into a world of Adventure Time, Lady Gaga, and Jersey Shore. Even if I keep her away from these ignorant things, she still attends a school full of kids that love it. They will still act and talk like idiots. They will still be the cool kids.

It is our job as parents to encourage our children, introduce them to the arts, teach them the importance of knowledge, institute manners, and promote kindness.

I am not the best person I could be but I'm trying. I think I will leave something more to the world than negativity and sarcasm. I will leave those things too. It's what I write but I'll  also leave an incredible daughter.

She gives me hope for the future.

Other people have kids that give me a little hope too. There are better parents than me but there are also parents that are just too lazy to better themselves or their children. That's sad. I think the art and children we leave to the world makes us who we are. These things symbolize us when we become worm food or crumbs in a box.

I would be nice to think that my generation wasn't a complete failure.

We need to create.

Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu on Vimeo.



Rant finished.

We will be going to the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, in Indianapolis. I hope to have some pictures from this trip, when I post my next blog. I hope it inspires me to finally finish these words I'm ready to get out.

It has been over a year since Happy Hour Blues came out. I'm ready to release one of my next books but it's not as easy as all of that. I still have work to do on them.

- Travis