Thursday, January 8, 2015

Open Mic @The Open Gallery




The Open Gallery and The Vincennes Writers Group are joining forces to host an Open Mic Night. It's FREE to the public and refreshments will be provided. 

This event is an uncensored forum to present poetry, spoken-word, stories, songs, and more. Bring anything you want to share. A sign up sheet will be available when doors open.

The Vincennes Writers Group will also have copies of their new anthology, Hotel Stories, available for sale. Pricing and other details will be posted as they become available. Don't miss out!

* All ages are welcome, but this is an uncensored event. 

“Censorship is telling a man he can't have a steak just because a baby can't chew it.” - Mark Twain





The Open Gallery
329 Main Street
Vincennes, Indiana 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

#‎JeSuisCharlie‬





We can debate about what people should, and should not say, but violence isn't the answer. Nobody deserves to die for expressing their right to free speech and freedom of the press. 




My thoughts are with the Charlie Hebdo victims and their families. Long live freedom of speech and freedom of the press! 

#‎JeSuisCharlie‬




Thursday, December 18, 2014

Goodbye 2014



It's impossible to keep up with every new album that comes out. I know that I missed some really good stuff, and I look forward to catching up. I've heard great stuff about FKA twigs, Swans, War on Drugs, White Lung, and the new Beck record.

I feel like I'm always trying to catch up on amazing new music. I just recently got into Deap Valley and Cage The Elephant's 2013 albums. I dig them a lot. I just missed them last year.

The following is my annual Top 10 Albums list. The list is based on what I bought and listened to the most. Enjoy!

My Top 10 Albums of 2014

1. Spoon – They Want My Soul
2. Alvvays – Alvvays
3. Jack White - Lazaretto
4. The Black Keys – Turn Blue
5. Leonard Cohen – Popular Problems
6. Chuck E. Weiss – Red Bean and Weiss
7. Nikki Lane – All or Nothin'
8. Pixies - Indie Cindy
9. Tom Petty – Hypnotic Eyes
10. Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams

Honorable Mentions: Ty Segall – Manipulator
&
Perfect Pussy – Say Yes To Love

As an added bonus I've decided to do my Top 5 Movies of 2014 list

1. Only Lovers Left Alive
2. Guardians of the Galaxy
3. The Fault In Our Stars
4. Big Hero 6
5. The Grand Budapest Hotel

Honorable Mention: Dom Hemmingway

I didn't get to see many movies this year, but all of these make my list of all-time favorites.

Boyhood, St. Vincent, Stranger by the Lake, Nightcrawler, and Birdman might have made this a Top 10 list, if I had seen them. They all look very good, and I can't wait to see Inherent Vice.

I'm going to see the new Hobbit movie this weekend. We all know it'll be good. It doesn't even need to be on a list.

Writing News: I'm still waiting on an official release date for the Vincennes Writers Group anthology. There isn't much else to report. It has been an off year, but I look to have a few announcements early next year.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season!

Thanks for reading!


- Travis

Friday, December 12, 2014

Coming January 2015




Here are the front and back covers for the Vincennes Writers Group anthology, Hotel Stories. 




Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!




I hope you all have a blessed Samhain and safe and Happy Halloween!

- Travis


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Nothing New



It has been too long since I've posted anything here. I've been busy working on several things. My focus was on trying to get a job writing for television, but that didn't work out. 

I took the bad news pretty hard. It was very disappointing. It even made me avoid writing for a little bit, but I bounced back and start working on my next novel. 

The novel was planned to have an October release date, but after I put so much time into my TV specs and feeling down after that fell through, I pushed the book back to December. I could have hit the deadline to release it at the end of the year. I just didn't want to rush it. I also didn't want to put something out that my heart wasn't into. 

I've decided NOT to release a book in 2014.

This is the first year, since I started writing, that I will not be putting something out. It's upsetting, but I need more time. I also need more focus. 

I need to completely change my focus. This means taking things back to square one. The only way to do that is to work on new short stories, and by submitting my writing to some lit journals, magazines, and contests again.

This isn't really news to anyone who follows me on social media, but I wanted to post it here too. I'm excited about this change of focus. It should be good for me.

-Travis

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Artist Reception: Julia Wright










Memories, Back Roads and Tangents: The Mixed Media Artwork of Julia Wright.


Now exhibiting at The Open Gallery (Vincennes, IN.) through July 20.

Artist's Reception: First Friday event, June 6 from 5-8 pm