Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Take That Fabio

This guy has nothing on me ...

Neither does this fellow ...

Or even this chap ...Sure, they and their well defined bodies are featured in calenders, but you know what?

So am I soon to be. That's right, your truly has been selected to be a calendar boy.

Okay, so I wasn't chosen on the basis of my chiseled good looks and rock hard abs. I was selected for something even better.

My ability to string words together.

I submitted an essay on the craft of writing to Bylines Calendar, a weekly desk calendar for writers, and this week I found out they had accepted my essay. So now I have to send them a picture to include along with the essay and my bio. Here is a description of the 2008 edition. I will be in the 2009 version.

Bylines 2008 Writer's Desk Calendar:


Each week features an author sharing his/her insights on the writing life.


Ample space for jotting notes, and highlighting upcoming events on the calendar


Weekly calendar; also a "month at a glance" view for planning longer projects

Extra Features:


Daily listings of famous writers' birthdays


Handy resource list of our favorite books and writing-related websites.


Page to designate writing goals for the year; also pages for writing monthly goals


Listings of "literary" holidays


Pages to write down conference notes


An expanded resources section

Even MORE features in the 2008 edition:


Handy submission tracker, that can be copied as needed


pages for recording phone numbers and email addresses


pages for keeping track of travel/business expenses

And you know what? The essay is an abbreviated version of one of my older blog posts. So now I can officially say this blog has helped my writing career.


spyscribbler said...

There you go! Wow, that's cool. Are you going to tell us which post, or did you have to remove it?

Or are you teasing us so we'll buy it? But 2009 is SOoooooo far away ...

Phats said...

This is AWESOME!! CONGRATS Travis that's really cool. And now we can all call you calendar boy

WordVixen said...

How cool is that! Both the concept and that you're in it.

And, as an aside, you've got it all over Fabio. Maybe not picture #1, but definitely over Fabio. (That oughta give you bragging rights after you've told everyone you know about the calendar)

pneumoniaBoy said...

Sweet deal. Congratulations.

Jason said...

Very cool! I'll have to get me one.

Terrie Farley Moran said...


Hooray! Hooray!

I am not a calendar person. The only one I own is a tiny pocket size with barely enough room for my doctor's appointments, but in 2009 that's going to change!

Let us know the minute it goes on sale.

I am so happy for you! Terrie

Charles Gramlich said...

Hey, that's cool. Congrats. I once had a snippet of writing advice published in Writer's Digest lo many years ago. Mine was for defeating writer's block. "I get drunk and stare at the ceiling."

I'm sure your's will be much more profound.

Melissa Marsh said...

AWESOME! Congratulations, Travis! I will definitely be buying this.

Anonymous said...

Congrats! I think it is way cooler to be a writer than a body builder any day.

Bina said...

Woo Hoo! Way to go! You should be so proud, and I can't wait to see the calendar! You have to let us know when it comes and where we can buy it! Do you get paid? (No, I'm not nosey, just curious!)

Lana Gramlich said...

Tremendously awesome! I just knew you rock! Congratulations, Travis. :)

March to the Sea said...

Wow..very cool! I was a part time underwear model once..hahahah..that just kills me.

Monnik said...

wow - eye candy and a great moment to read about. Woo hoo!

Congrats, Travis. You totally deserve it.

deborah elliott-upton said...

VERY proud of you! I know you're not surprised about that though.

The Anti-Wife said...

Wow, and to think I knew you way before you were so famous! Will you still blog with us?

Clare2e said...

Cool is the word!

ChristineEldin said...

Many congratulations!!!!
You don't need six-pack abs when you have a manly sea-faring photo!

Bina said...

You found a CHEETO lodged in a keyboard? That could NOT have been accidental, right?

Do you remember those kits that kids used to use that made plastic bugs? My boys had made a plastic spider, black. I HATED my boss so I took one and stuck it under her keyboard so just the legs were sticking out. She got to work (late as always) and I was beside myself waiting for her to see. When she did, she said, "What's this?" and pulled on the legs. When that spider came out she screamed and jumped up and I swear I thought I would have a heart attack laughing so hard!

B.E. Sanderson said...

Way to go, Travis! I haven't had a desk calendar (Dilbert, btw) since I stopped working for other people, but next year might be the year to go back to them. =o)

Jenster said...

That's fabulous!!! Congratulations!

Patti said...

oooo, very nice. do we have to call you beefcake now?

Shauna Roberts said...

That's wonderful news! Just think, next time you get tagged with one of those "Seven Facts" memes, you'll have something new and really cool to list.

SUV MAMA said...

Fantastic! Congrats on being a calendar dude.

Shauna said...

WHOO-HOOO! Congrats, Travis! That is awesome! I'll be watching for the 2009 edition on Amazon!

Richard said...

Congratulations! Getting "officially" published is great and inspirational.

Bubblewench said...

I'm JUST catching up with you Travis! This is awesome I am so going to buy one! Congrats.