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An autobiographical novel based on my 16 month bicycle journey from Oregon to Patagonia, and also based on my whole life.
An autobiographical novel based on my 16 month bicycle journey from Oregon to Patagonia, and also based on my whole life.
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"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing." - Benjamin Franklin.

This is my attempt to do both. 

What I'm doing:

11 months ago I set out on a 10,000 mile bike ride from Oregon to Patagonia (the southern tip of South America). I am now 5 months away from finishing.

The main reason for doing the trip: to write a book. To provide the framework and personal revelation that a long voyage brings to a story of self discovery, adventure, loss, culture, and wisdom. I am going to write the autobiographical novel I've been developing for a decade.

It's equal parts John Steinbeck, Into the Wild, Anne Lammott, On the Road, and Donald Miller. But written for a new time, a transformative and transitioning generation. My hope is to write a story that grabs you like these authors and stories have grabbed me.

What I need: 

Here's my predicament: I can't finish this trip without your help.

I thought maybe I could reach out to my friends, family, and community to help finish these ten thousand miles and then get my feet on the ground to write this thing. 

There's something perfect in needing my community to help me finish. I can't do it alone. It's not just for me or about me. It's a group of friends coming together to make a long held dream come true. A book that will hopefully entertain and inspire us all.

I have my Kickstarter set up to be simple. You can get your name forever printed in the book or even a handwritten poem and a hand drawn picture from my trip.  

Every dollar that you give helps me finish this journey and move home to start writing the book that has weighed on my heart for years. If, God willing and the creek don't rise, we raise above my goal.. every bonus dollar that comes in will allow me to stand on my own two feet and spend the next year writing the book itself. 

If you're curious about my journey so far: check out my Instagram @jedidiahjenkins or my blog http://www.oregontopatagonia.tumblr.com

 *the name of my novel might not be Oregon to Patagonia. So.... just throwing that out there. 

*and I don't know the artist who made the cover image for my mocked-up book cover. If you do, please tell me!

*thanks for reading this whole dang thing. 

Risks and challenges

This is my first novel so it's certainly a risk to write, find a publisher, etc. But both of my parents are writers and I've already received interest from several publishers. So I'm confident it's going to happen. I just beg your patience as the perfectionist in me works his fingers and imagination to the bone.

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    Your name will be physically printed in the back of the book, forever telling the world that you made it happen.

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    An exclusive e-book of the best entries from my journal: stories and poems from my trip that will not be released with the novel. It'll also have all my drawings in it.
    Your name will be included in the e-book as well as printed in the back of the novel.

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    I will hand write you a story or poem from the road, to you and for you, and draw you a picture. You will forever have a physical piece of my journey.

    You'll also get the e-book of my journal and your name in the novel.

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    You get to name one of the characters in my novel. It can be your name, or a name we choose together. It'll be a good character, and you'll know that character is yours forever. I love this prize, I hope someone does it!

    You obviously get all the other prizes too. :)

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