About Travail Journal

Travail Journal is a writing, audio, and video source dedicated to the exploration of news, insights, and creative work, regarding a wide range of subjects including, music, writing, film, theater, culture, sciences,lifestyle concepts, sports, and entertainment.

There are three notable atypical characteristics of Travail Journal:

1. The primary function of Travail Journal is exploration. Whereas most publications emphasize single, specific agendas, such as journalistic news, satire, academic articles, etc. Travail Journal has the broad purpose of simply “shining light” on “what is out there.” The Journal addresses an ambitiously wide range of subjects, because they often have conceptual overlap, and such overlap can be the most fruitful source of pure exploration.

2. Travail Journal’s content is not only delivered in multiple mediums, but multiple styles. Most publications emphasize a specific and recognizable style. Travail Journal avoids limitations on the range of creative and intellectual expression available to its creators. Some of its pieces are heavily researched and factual, some are general and conversational, some are opinion based, some are for humor, some are interview based, and some are creative works. To mitigate confusion, content style is identified on every post.

3. Travail Journal addresses an ambitiously wide range of topics relevant locally, nationally, or globally. The Journal is currently based out of Las Cruces, New Mexico, an area rich in culture and arts, therefore some content is New Mexico focused. However, it is not a local journal. Much of the content deals with topics of wider geographical relevance.

Why Travail “Journal” rather than Travail “Blog”?

The term blog tends to carry connotations of informality and casual standards. While some contents of Travail Journal are casual, conversational, or opinion based, much of it is researched, composed, and revised with more formal standards. The founder and primary content generator, Spencer Taylor, holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, the studies for which incorporated academic composition in script-writing, literature, and nonfiction. Taylor also holds a self designed Bachelor of Arts entitled Medium Fusion, emphasizing studies of the interaction between communication mediums including writing, film, and music. Additionally, contributing writers have notable expertise in their content area in terms of education, experience, or professional success.

About the Travail Journal logo and name:

Just as Travail Journal emphasizes the exploration of overlapping subjects, presentation styles, mediums, and cultures, the logo represents the overlapping cultures that influence the founder and primary content generator, Spencer Taylor. The T at the center of the logo standing for Travail Journal is stylized in Celtic knotting and encircled by a Celtic knotted ring. The text encircling the entire logo that reads “Travail Journal” is a visually exaggerated version of a traditional Celtic font. Taylor’s ancestry can be traced back to the Rooney family from Taum, in County Galway, Ireland.

The Circle is embedded in the Zia symbol, representing the location of the journal’s founding, Las Cruces, New Mexico. The Zia is a symbol of the sun, the source of illumination on earth, and Sun-rays have been added to the Zia to represent the journal’s primary mission of “shining light” on “what is out there.”

The logo is printed in green, a color inextricably linked with life. It is a color that comes from the chlorophyll in plants, the steady, patient, originating point of Earth’s symbiotic ecology, that has no greater purpose than to aid in the process of survival, growth, and flourishing. Metaphorically speaking, exploration, the journal’s primary purpose, serves the same function for humans that chlorophyll serves for plants. Such a purpose is the essence of what it means to Travail. From Webser.com:

Travail definition – b :  a physical or mental exertion or piece of work :  task, effort