Philosophical Ramblings of a 20-Something Insomniac
A philosophy book with backer-guided topics. Hypotheses on our obsessions & passions. ARTISTS-your art in this book. For free.
Why do people love cats so much? What are the racial implications of our obsession with zombies? Why are robots so popular? This book will answer all of these questions and more.
For artists: I want to use your art in the full-color pages of my book! Contact me for more details.
Since the book isn't completely written yet, there are no reviews or quotes from anyone, but here are some examples of what people might say:
"The best book ever thought of"
-Would be something a really delusional person would say
"I'd pay $25 for a couple of copies"
-Would be a really cool thing to say
"Send me 10"
-I'm probably the delusional one
I decided to create this project in order to bring my ideas to a broader audience. While my ideas and opinions can be interpreted as satirical, they can also be interpreted as philosophical, and many of them can be both humorous and horrifying. Rough, incomplete introductions to two topics from this book are located below, and then a Q&A section. All copies of the book will be signed by me (the author).
I am knowingly risking the opinion of all “dog people” by saying that cats are just as popular as dogs, if not more so. It should be noted that I once considered myself a “dog person”, but at present, I am neutral. Being neutral on anything is the way a cat would do it, so perhaps I am a cat person after all. I am about to generalize, so if the following sentences do not apply to your dog or cat, humor me. Dogs are needy, cats don't care. If you play with a dog for ten seconds, he follows you for the next thirty minutes. If you try to play with a cat for ten seconds, he is unlikely respond. It takes some effort to even get the cat interested. The second you stop playing with the cat, the interest is lost.
This brings us to a question: Why do we love these seemingly indifferent creatures so much? While almost every cat can be very loving at times, at other times they couldn't care less. (I will post the remainder of this paragraph and the next paragraph if the project reaches its goal)
You can hardly browse the internet or even a newspaper without coming across some mention of zombies. People have zombie walks, there are movies, novels, and even songs about zombies. Why the obsession? Do people actually want to experience a zombie apocalypse? I would wager that the answer to these questions is twofold.
First, the obsession can be interpreted as a social commentary of life in the 21st century in the developed world. (I have the body of this portion written, but I am not going to divulge the details of it at the present moment. I will consider posting more of the first point if the project reaches its goal).
Second, people being zombies gives us additional justification of homicide. I'm not saying that zombie lovers are homicidal maniacs. I'm simply saying that many of us know people we wish weren't alive, for whatever reason. Surely if this person were a bloodthirsty, flesh-eating zombie, we would have just cause in terminating their existence. (much more written here, as well. I will likely not give any more details about this part until after the funding period ends)
Why should I back this project?
Because I want to talk about what you want me to talk about. EVERY backer gets to vote on topics at the end of funding (more on voting later). Domestic backers who pledge $25 or more (International $37+) will have a 160-character quote attributed to them in the back of the book. Backers who pledge $200 or more will automatically qualify to get their topic included in the book. Topics I will cover regardless of votes: Art, Cats, Zombies, Robots, Social Networking, Soccer vs American Football, the Apocalypse (non-zombie apocalypse), and Higher Education. There are reasons for everything. Why are we obsessed with Zombies? Because a lot of people are zombies. I'm just giving my opinions on these things, but they usually make sense to others.
Will there be a digital version?
I haven't really decided yet. If you are interested in a digital version, send me a message. In my honest opinion, though, $15 isn't too terribly bad to have a book shipped to your door, especially one that you won't be able to find in stores.
Where will my money go?
I have calculated what it would cost to print 100 softcover books, 250 pages, black and white. The price per book is $6.17 (book will measure 5.5”x8.5”). Shipping per book will be $5.95 (nothing really qualifies for media mail, unfortunately). That is a little more than $12 per book. Adding in 10% in fees (Kickstarter+Amazon), and taxes that I will have to pay, it is pretty safe to assume that $15 per book is close to cost. I sincerely wish it was cheaper, but it is what it is. In addition, I have some of my own money set aside for colored pages. The artwork That kickstarter users submit to me will go on these.. And it will be awesome.
How did you calculate your goal?
I want to have at least 100 books made, using the $15 per book above, that is $1,500. Add to that the $125 for ISBN registration for the softcover, $125 for ISBN registration for the digital version (if there is enough demand for it), and $750 for miscellaneous costs, that is $2500.
What are miscellaneous costs?
Miscellaneous costs include the 10% that Kickstarter and Amazon will charge, and I'm assuming that I will incur some costs that I haven't foreseen. In addition, Kickstarter applies the extra charge for shipping for international backers to the goal total (and it really shouldn't be counted if you think about it.. if it costs me an extra $15 to ship to them, and I charge them an extra $15, that doesn't get two more books published, it just covers shipping for that backer), and this kind of skews the goal amount. That is what the extra $750 is for.
Will my name be in the book as a supporter?
Yes. All backers will have their name, pseudonym, or other alias listed alphabetically (in list form) in the back. Backers pledging $100 or more will have one full page towards the back of the book devoted to them or whatever they want it devoted to (within reason). So if you are a poet, we can put your poem in the book, etc. The more creative of these pages will be on an earlier page than the more commercial. If you do not want your name listed, you will be able to opt out when I send out surveys.
March 2014 seems like it is a long way away, why the delay?
The book isn't complete. I have to get a lot of information from backers before I can write some sections of the book, and then comes writing everything and publishing it. I want to have it done and in the publisher's hands before the end of October. Then they will print it, which takes time, and send all of the copies to me. Then I will sign each copy and send them to my backers. Estimated delivery of March 2014 gives me time to do all of that. I hope to ship the books out earlier than that, but I won't guarantee anything short of March 2014 for the final copy of the book.
What will the cover look like?
I am more than capable of creating my own artwork for the front and back cover, but I have decided to allow other artists to be seen by whoever decides to back this project. The cover will be full color. If you want me to use your art, contact me, we will work it out!
Don't you have a painting Kickstarter?
Yes, but I write, too.
Can I still get one of your paintings?
My painting project will be open until 4/12/13. If you are reading this after that date, send me a message, and I will consider adding a reward for paintings.
Are you more devoted to writing or painting?
Both are forms of art, forms of expression. I am devoted to expressing myself.
Which project are you more devoted to?
I am (as of the pre-launch phase of this project) more devoted to the painting project. I will work on the painting one while this project is funding, and hope to be most of the way done with the painting project by the time this one reaches its funding date.After this project's funding date, I will perform a balancing act. All of my backers from my previous project will receive their rewards before or during the expected delivery month.
Are you really an insomniac?
I suffer from bouts of insomnia, and I also dabble in polyphasic sleep (aka DaVinci sleep, aka Kramer sleep). I don't mind insomnia all that much, so saying that I “suffer” from it is a bit harsh. I can get a lot done in 24 hours, so that is handy.
How does voting work?
When you back the project, I will send you a message asking what topics you would like me to discuss (maximum of five topics per backer, except for $200+ backers, who get five topic nominations, plus the number of automatic topics). I will document your response. When the funding period ends, I will calculate the number of requests for each topic. The five most popular topics will be automatically discussed in the book, and five more will be chosen by votes. $1 and $5 backers get 1 vote, $10 backers get 2 votes, $15 backers get 3 votes, $25 and up get 5 votes (all of these votes count towards one topic). The ten most popular topics (after the five automatically selected) will be voted on in surveys that I will send to backers. To be more fair to $200+ backers, if the topic they choose is also one of the ten chosen by voting, I will either make the discussion about that topic extra long or ask for another topic (it is entirely up to that backer).
What if multiple $200+ backers ask for the same topic?
I really hope I have this problem. This will likely be brought to my attention before funding ends. I will message both backers, and ask them both what they would like to do about the situation. I would likely allow the two backers to pick another topic (in other words, if Bob and Sue both want me to discuss vampires, I will definitely discuss vampires, and I will open a line of communication between Bob and Sue so they can come up with a second topic. Both of their names would be listed on the first page of both topics. My main goal is to keep all of my backers happy, so I am certain that I will be able to find an amicable solution.
What are the rules for the devoted pages for $100+ backers?
These pages are black and white, just like the rest of the book. They can include your name, a picture or two, websites, e-mail addresses, or pretty much anything else. It is your space, use your imagination. No nudity, profanity, or anything else that would give a movie an “R” rating.
Will there be profanity in your
Nothing that would give a movie an “R” rating. That means I can use a certain “F” word once, but I probably won't.
How much will you discuss each topic, and how many topics will there be?
Right now I think there will be about 25 topics in the 250 page book. Depending on how this project goes, there might be more pages and topics. Each topic will likely get 7-9 pages, this will allow room for the introduction (a couple of pages), that usual “title page” filler that goes into the front of the book, the single pages devoted to $100+ backers, and the “Special thanks” section in the back where all backers' names will be listed.
Have you considered any stretch goals?
The project isn't live yet. If it reaches its goal, I will consider some stretch goals.
That wasn't necessarily a “no”, care to elaborate?
It wasn't a “no”, but it wasn't a “yes” either. Okay, it's a yes. Of course I want my project to do well. Of course I think about these sorts of things. You'll know my stretch goals if the project reaches its initial goal.
Risks and challenges
Many risks and challenges are addressed in the Q&A, but one of the biggest ones is the fact that I'm planning on launching this project while another project is still active. I will, however, be able to balance these, and my work on the other project will not be any less awesome than it would if I didn't launch this project. I've seen where some people have projects on different crowdfunding sites running simultaneously, at least this way I'm being up front about it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (60 days)