Give a man a car, he'll drive to work. Give a man a motorcycle, he'll have adventures. A 365-day writing / riding project and book.
Hello, and welcome to my Kickstarter campaign for The TwoFifty Project!
The TwoFifty Project is a writing project that will take place over the web for the next year and culminate in the form of a published book (both print and electronic). Writing the project out on the web and on an ongoing basis allows for an immediate payback to investors, while a published book at the end creates a goal to keep the project on track.
As you may have guessed by now, the project is about motorcycles. Specifically, it's about the changes that occur in a person's life when they leave their car behind and ride their motorcycle every day for a year. Some of it will concern the nuts & bolts of motorcycle ownership: maintenance, care & feeding, safety, etc. Some of it will detail rides, both the day to day trips to work as well as the weekend excursions out into the rainforest's windy roads. (I live in Washington and we do have lovely rainforests here.) Since I'm a bit obsessive, other parts will concern the history of motorcycling and background information about interesting bikes, riders, and events in motorcycle history.
For the most part, though, the motorcycle will be a lens through which one year of my life will be viewed and examined. A lot happens in a year, and while I won't bore you with minutiae, a motorcycle is an interesting vehicle (pardon the pun) through which I can focus the stories that occur in the rest of my life. I'm thinking of something like Julie and Julia on a motorcycle, but with less vodka and more swearing.
I've been writing on the web since 2004, and writing in general since 1994 or so (yes, I was 14, and no I don't think any of it was any good). My writing focus has mainly been on personal story-telling, short stories and micro-fiction, and poetry. The tone of The TwoFifty Project will be humorous autobiography in the vein of Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence, or anything by David Sedaris. This is ambitious, sure, but everyone's got to start somewhere, and you can help make it happen.
If you're interested in motorcycles and want to help bring them into the spotlight (especially smaller bikes like the 250 I plan on getting) then this is the project for you. The TwoFifty Project will cover motorcycling in a way that has not been seen before and will be of interest to anyone who rides a motorcycle or who dreams of motorcycles in their spare time.
The website is up and ready to go at twofiftyproject.com. There's more information there, a prologue of sorts, and some writing samples. Check it out, then come back here and offer your support. Every little bit helps, and I'll be glad to have you along for the ride.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $5,000 goal
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on May 7, 2012.
Apr 6, 2012 - May 7, 2012
Pledge $1 or more
A penny saved! Every little bit helps. Enjoy the ongoing saga on the site and receive special updates through Kickstarter as the project gets started.Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $10 or more
Fame and notoriety! For the price of a couple fancy coffee beverages, you get the above, plus you get your name in lights as a "Project Backer" on the website.Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $25 or more
Now we're talking! All of the above, plus you get a digital copy of the eBook when it releases next year. This is where the real rewards start! eBooks will work on Kindle, Nook, and other popular eReader devices, as well as all tablets and computer screens.Estimated delivery: Jul 2013
Pledge $45 or more
Print! Not only do you get everything above, including the eBook, but you get a print copy of the book as well! Unless things go remarkably well and I'm picked up by a publisher en route, print books will be self-published at lulu.com in trade paperback format. All books will be signed by the author.Estimated delivery: Aug 2013
Pledge $65 or more
Hardtail! Need something that won't bend in your saddlebags? Support at this level and I'll upgrade you to an autographed hardcover version of the book, including a bookstore quality hardcover binding and dust jacket.Estimated delivery: Aug 2013
Pledge $100 or more
Get the hardcover, paperback, and eBook versions of the book. In addition, you will be acknowledged by name in the front of the book as a supporting patron, and on the website as a "Patron of the Ride."Estimated delivery: Aug 2013
Pledge $250 or more
Ridealong! Everything above, plus I will arrange with you an opportunity to meet up and go for a ride together. I'll write about our experience, which will then be included on the site and in the book. MUST have your own motorcycle and live within 200 miles of Olympia (or be willing to meet me within that distance).Estimated delivery: Aug 2013
Pledge $500 or more
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Sponsor! Everything above and your site / product will be advertised on the website in ad space #2, 3, 4, or 5 (see the website for a preview of where these spaces are located). These will go on a first-come, first-served basis, with a limit of four slots available. You / your company will also be listed as a "Sponsor" in all versions of the book in your own place of prominence. Ads will remain through June of 2013.Estimated delivery: Aug 2013
Pledge $2,000 or more
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Super-sponsor! Everything above, and you / your company get the top ad spot in ad space #1 (see site for placement). This ad will be clearly visible to everyone visiting the site, on every page they view.Estimated delivery: Aug 2013
Pledge $10,000 or more
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Read it then do it! At the conclusion of the project and the release of the book (planned July/August 2013), I will sign the motorcycle that you've read so much about over to you, and you can have your own adventures. In addition to the motorcycle (as if that isn't enough), you'll get 10 autographed, hardcover copies of the book to do with as you like. Restricted to supporters within the continental U.S. only.Estimated delivery: Aug 2013