Wake up. Roll over. Grab the iPad.
The brightness of the screen sends an overwhelming surge of electricity to the brain.
After a few seconds, eyes finally adjust.
The red badge reading "23" on the email app warns of a busy day.
Junk. Junk. Needs follow-up when I'm more coherent. Junk.
"You have a new Kickstarter contributor!"
"You've now reached $725 of your $25,000 goal!"
Ten days to go.
Two sides of the bed. Two ways to start the day. Hopefully I get out on the right side. The sun begins to creep through the curtains.
Reluctantly, blankets are thrown off. Feet feel the stinging cold of a wood floor. It's the same familiar place they've fallen every morning since this passion project began nearly a year ago.
A drunken-like stagger to a hot shower commences.
As steam thickens, the clouds within dissipate. In their place, fear begins to creep in.
A year. Twelve months. 52-weeks. The various forms of measurement roll around in my head.
The first steps of this journey are seemingly long past.
As it often does, my mind begins to wander even further. Usually to an idealistic future. This time to that day, one year ago.
"Let's create a magazine," I said.
With those naive words, Miles Magazine was born.
A change in water pressure shocks me back into the present.
The cascade of water is shut off, but the weight on my shoulders is still there.
It’s time to get to work. If you can call a year-long, unpaid, passion project work.
One year ago, as I began to share my vision of a magazine, more and more people got excited about just what Miles could be.
It turns out, I’m not the only one passionate about my Pacific Northwest roots.
Now, creative writers, photographers, designers and other contributors have lined up to be a part of this thing that started with a simple idea.
Even advertisers seem excited at the possibility of partnering with us.
Yet, when I finally sit down at my computer to start the work-day, the Kickstarter campaign is stuck at $725 in an all-or-nothing quest for $25,000.
If we don’t reach our goal, it’s not the end of Miles. It is however, a large set-back.
For a year, we’ve planned on launching with an issue about Eugene — our home city — during the Olympic Trials.
We didn’t want to just write about where to go and what to do. We want to make an effort to show people why travel — as a whole — needs to be a fully immersive experience. We want to showcase the community's passion for track. For food. For wine. For beer. For the mountains. The coast.
Our goal is to make a magazine that gets of out of the mindset of being a reporter and into that of a lover.
We’d love it if you’d come along.
If you’d like to join us, visit our Kickstarter campaign before May 8th and click the big-green “Back this project” button.
As our thanks to you, rewards begin with a $5 contribution.
If you share our passion and our vision, please let your friends know how they too can be a part of Miles Magazine.