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By Nick Meador
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About

For the last five years or so, I've been on a "search for truth." The "real world" didn't turn out to be how I expected, and I wanted an explanation. Now that I've found some answers, I'm writing a book. But I need your help! I'd like to self-publish a special first edition with this Kickstarter project.

The nonfiction book will look at the place where mankind is stuck, examined through topics such as creative evolution, consciousness, madness, and the autobiographical fiction of Jack Kerouac. The thesis of this book, to state it briefly, is that life, existence, and the universe are all, in a way, extensions of the subjective individual experience. So fixing society's problems and improving our world all depend on the development of the individual mind. The working title for the book is All These Serious Faces Will Only Drive You Mad.

Update: I wrote a public update to further explain the inspiration behind this project. Please click here to read.

My "official" background is in science and online media, but in my writing I also draw from psychology, philosophy, and literature. This won't be a very "academic" book, but it also won't be geared towards the mainstream market. In other words, I think it's time for a new kind of nonfiction book, and this will be an experiment with that goal in mind.

The project was conceived in July 2010, I started writing in September, and as of November 17 I am about 12% done with the first draft of the manuscript. By pledging, you'll give me the necessary motivation to keep working at this pace. I expect to have the book ready for distribution by late 2011, and it'll likely end up being 250-300 pages long.

If you're unfamiliar with my writing, feel free to check out some of my essays, stories, and other work on the Writing page of my personal website. The tone and subject matter will likely be similar to my essays published on Reality Sandwich this year. I also recently self-published the e-book Seeking the Upward Spiral, a collection of early works (essays, stories and poems) which is available as a free PDF download.

Pledges including a book have U.S. shipping costs built in. For shipments to Canada, please add $3 USD; for international, please add $8 USD.

I've listed the project as located in my hometown even though I currently live abroad. Basically the gifts will ship from Michigan. I created the artwork and video, but the song is by Jeff's Holiday (used with permission): myspace.com/jeffsholiday

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