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Girl meets Girl. Girl travels across country by train to be with Girl. Girl creates beautiful multimedia book along the way.
Girl meets Girl. Girl travels across country by train to be with Girl. Girl creates beautiful multimedia book along the way.
Girl meets Girl. Girl travels across country by train to be with Girl. Girl creates beautiful multimedia book along the way.
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America. Adventure. Love.

The cross-country quest is a classic theme in America's literary and cultural history. The rail system was the first mode of transit to reliably link east to west. And, if you've ever been in it, you probably know that love conquers all.

In January, I will be riding Amtrak cross country from NYC to California. As I travel, I'll be documenting my journey, which will reunite me with my fiance, in a variety of ways.

First and foremost, I'll be writing. I'll keep a detailed diary of the places I see, people I meet and adventures I have on the rails. I'll scribble notes. I'll tell stories. I'll write postcards to friends and family, new and old.

I'll also be taking pictures. Hundreds and hundreds of pictures. Mountains. Cities. Friends. Strangers. You'll have a chance to see it all.

Finally, I'll write songs about travel and love and maybe even trains.

To document this massive journey, I need your help! Your support will help me produce prints, recordings and one big printed multimedia book that will house all the writing, songs and photos in one glorious place.

The country's expansive and inspiring. My goal is to use a wide array of creative formats to document this journey the way it deserves to be documented, with range and breadth. I hope you'll come along with me in whatever way you can. Your presence will make the journey less lonely and I hope that what I create will make you feel like you’re traveling beside me, learning new things, seeing new faces and watching all that big, beautiful scenery pass before your eyes.

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VIDEO CREDITS: Animation by Sharon Shattuck (http://vimeo.com/sharonshattuck). Music by Lispector (http://www.lispector.com/).

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    THE COMMUTER: A postcard from the rails.

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    THE DAYTRIPPER: A 5x7 print of a photo from the journey.

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    THE WEEKENDER: An 8x10 print of a photo from the journey.

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    THE ROAD WARRIOR: An 8x10 print of a photo from the journey AND a postcard from the rails.

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    THE CARTOGRAPHER: A customized annotated map of the journey.

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    THE SEASONED TRAVELER: A digital download of the songs written on the trip AND a postcard from the rails

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    THE NAVIGATOR: A digital download of the songs written on the trip AND a customized annotated map of the journey AND a postcard from the rails.

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    THE RED EYE SPECIAL: A copy of the book (including photos, writing, postcards, map and a digital download of songs).

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    THE HAPPY NOMAD: Have a drink with me in NYC (1/7-1/9), CHICAGO (1/13), SF (1/18) or LA (1/22) AND a copy of the book (including photos, writing, postcards, map and a digital download of songs).

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    THE WESTWARD PIONEER: The book, an 8x10, a map, a postcard AND have a drink with me in NYC (1/7-1/9), CHICAGO (1/13), SF (1/18) or LA (1/22).

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    THE ULTIMATE TRAVEL CZAR: The book, an 8x10, a map, a postcard AND I'll play a show of the songs/do a reading from the book anywhere in a 100 mile radius of IRVINE, CA or NYC.

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