Friday, January 13, 2012

Racing Ahead

Those of you who follow me on Facebook or twitter have already know some of this but I know some of you don't so I want to share some potentially exciting news with y'all.

But I wouldn't be a very good writer if I hopped straight to the exciting part so let me give you the whole story.

Three or four weeks back, I got wind of a casting call for a new reality television show. The producers of this show were looking for 12 unique romance writers and 12 avid romance readers. The casting call had a list of 5 or 6 questions so I answered them and emailed in my response.

A few days later I hear from the producer. She wants me to expound upon a few of my original answers.

A couple of emails followed. Then a phone conversation.

A phone conversation that was went very well and has me very excited about my chances. I wish I could share more but I can't at this point but man am I stoked about the possibilities before me.


In other news I recently read a fantastic YA book called The Scorpio Races. I'd heard plenty about the talents of the author, Maggie Stiefvater but still I was surprised by the quality of the prose. Here is the blurb as it appears on Amazon.

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Shiver and Linger comes a brand new, heartstopping novel.

Some race to win. Others race to survive.

It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. 

Some riders live.

Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.
Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn't given her much of a choice. So she enters the competition - the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

As she did in her bestselling Shiver trilogy, author Maggie Stiefvater takes us to the breaking point, where both love and life meet their greatest obstacles, and only the strong of heart can survive. The Scorpio Races is an unforgettable reading experience.



And for you poetry fans out there please take a moment and check out this blog written by my good friend Adam. Adam is an extraordinary young man of 23 that is wise beyond his years. He is a seminarian from my church and I can't wait until he is a full-fledged priest because he will writing some spectacular homilies.

Truth be told I'm not a huge poetry guy. I do not always connect with the words of poets but there are few whose prose speaks to me. And as I write this I think the quality that make me connect with these few is TRUTH. The Walking Man who often frequents this blog and Adam write is such a way that it makes me feel as if I am peering into their soul seeing not what they want to show me but he truth hidden in the shadows. I like that as the that often leads to me discovering something about myself I'd never thought of or at least never admitted.


Debra She Who Seeks said...

Woo hoo! Keeping my fingers crossed for you! You know, the very first thing that made me take notice of your blog as being truly unique was your bio blurb about being a big ol' Texas guy who likes to fish, eat meat and drink beer but who hankered to be a women's romance writer. That just knocked my socks off!

Old Kitty said...

You're gonna be on the telly?!?!!? Oh exciting!! Wow!! They'd be crazy not to have you!! Good luck Travis!! Take care

alex keto said...

The Scorpio Races sound a bit like The Hunger Games but I'm probably wrong

Cloudia said...

run Forrest, er Travis. . . RUN!

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Deanna said...

That is exciting! Lots of luck at casting call!

I'll be checking the book out for sure.


Charles Gramlich said...

I've only known one other person who actually tried out for a reality TV show. she had fun for sure.

Miriam Forster said...

Dude. I would totally watch you in a reality tv show for romance writers. That would be AMAZING. Good luck!

Jerry said...

That is good news from the Reality Show world. I normally shun reality shows, but I would certainly make an exception to see you on the screen.