Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Odd Is The End

I have good news to share. My friend Ray, the father who made the video in the last post has found his daughter after police in Carlsbad, California pulled her over. As I type this he is en route in his flight to go out and talk to her. Thanks to all of you who helped spread the word and I hope they are able to have a productive talk and come away with a  healthy resolve for their entire family.


My publisher is pleased with sales of THE FEEDSTORE CHRONICLES and discussion of a second book for them have began. Possibly based upon my days as a second rate mall Santa. I'll keep y'all posted.


I too am pleased by THE FEEDSTORE CHRONICLES sales but even more so by the reviews. Thanks to those of you who have left me a review at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, and anywhere else you may have left one. Word of mouth is about all I have to help spread the word so thanks to those who have recommended my book to others. I've started to get emails and comments on twitter from people I have not had previous contact with and it is great to hear they too are enjoying the book.


My beloved New Orleans Saints have me excited for the NFL playoffs just in time to ease the pain of Nebraska's disappointing first season of Big 10 football. And in an era of highly publicized bad behaving athletes i gotta say is there a better team player and all around decent human out there than Drew Brees? I think not.


Despite being only a  few day into 2012 I've already finished reading two books. 

NUMB by Sean Ferrell

The beauty of this book is in the prose. Mr. Ferrell tackled a difficult task, writing a first person narrative of a man who is unable to feel physical pain, and gave us a book that a reader feels with every word. Numb, the title character, is a troubled man and while his flesh is incapable of feeling, both his soul and psyche ache with alarming clarity. A great read worthy of your time and money.

The second book i read was written by longtime friend and commenter of this blog Charles Gramlich.

Days of Beer: A Memoir of a Beer Drinkin' Man -- 

Days of Beer is a humorous look at one young man’s adventures with beer drinking as he grows up in the south. Good beers, bad beers, the worst of beers. They’re all here. Includes such episodes as “Postholes and Pilsner,” “The Tuborg Sanction,” “The Watermelon Incident,” and “Possum Night.”

Here is the official review I left Charles ...

A quick, enjoyable read as tasty as a cold one on a hot summer day. Reading this book is like sitting down with great friends on a Friday night. The stories will make you smile, reminisce, and forget all about the hangovers that went along with them.

And last but not least I will be placing the porder for the Feedstore shirts a week from today. Shirts have printing on front and back. You can pay via paypal no later than January 9th to order yours. $22 for sizes up to XL and $24 for XXL and XXXL. Send payments to travis@traviserwin.com


I hope all of you have a blessed 2012 and thanks for making my 2011 a whole lot brighter by visiting this past year.


alex keto said...

That's great about Ray.
And that's great about the second book, Geoff.

Cloudia said...

Such great things happening, Travis.

So glad-

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Miriam Forster said...

That's awesome about Ray! I'm so glad!

And I'm so happy that the Feedstore Chronicles is doing well! *throws celebratory chicken feed*

B.E. Sanderson said...

I'm so glad your friend found his daughter and that she's safe. That video tore my heart out.

Way to go on new of a potential second book. You go, Travis. Here's to an awesome 2012. =o)

Deanna said...

Just wanted to pop in and wish you and yours a very Happy New Year.
It looks like things are definitely off to a great start!


Hilary said...

So glad to hear this update, Travis.

grace said...

I'm so glad she's been found. His video was heartwrenching.

Charles Gramlich said...

Thanks for the kind words on "Days of Beer." I had high hopes of getting to the feedstore chronicles over Christmas break but I ended up having to use a new text in one of my classes and spent much of time reading that book, with time off to do a couple easy peeezy graphic novels. I will read it soon, though.

Akum said...

Sounds like a good start.

happy New Year!

A Beer for the Shower said...

I'm a friend of Debra She Who Seeks, and so I had to stop by, as a fellow humor writer, after hearing about the book. What I've read so far is great (Amazon preview). Looking forward to reading the rest when it gets here.