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I wrote a book. It's a collection of short stories titled, Broad Language. I'm also roadtripping across America to write the next one.
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In the last 12 hours of funding, I wanted to share one of the stories from the book. This is amongst the shortest of the stories. 

What Saves Us

A cigarette dangles from her lower lip painted ‘Fire-Apple Red’. The ash is getting far too long, and it adds to my anxiety as I watch the embers surging towards her mouth. It makes me squirm in my seat. Fire. Apples.

I down a shot of tequila as she swivels on the barstool. “Jonathan, I want you to look up my dress and tell me what you see.” I drop to my knees. I tell her that from that angle, it looks to me like she’s got something up there. She nods, grinning as cigarette ash falls softly above me like snowflakes. Her thighs are sweaty and they smell like the booze I spilled on her earlier. I put my face under her dress again, real close to her, and I see it.

I stand up, smiling, and she plants a big kiss on my forehead. Fire-Apple Red.

Imagine: me in this downtown motel bar at three-thirty in the afternoon, on a Monday, shoving bill after bill from my girlfriend’s crotch into my pockets.

I call my mother that evening to tell her that we can afford the house.

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I really wanted to write something long winded here but was advised against it. "Save it for the book instead!" 

I've worked for the last 12 years with musicians and artists, behind the scenes, helping them to fulfill their dreams. I've written e-mails, haikus, grants, biographies, press releases and encouraging words. 

Many readers of my various writings have said, "You're good at this. You should be a writer." 

As an adult, I've learned that you can only put something off for so long before you have to get around to doing it, otherwise it starts to keep you up at night. 

So, I left my job and now I stay up nights writing. When I go to bed, I sleep soundly and I dream. Publishing a collection of stories has been one of those dreams, and this Kick Starter campaign is going to help it come true.  

Here's some background about me and this book, Broad Language:

  • In December 2016, after more than 12 years working in music, I quit my job to write full-time. 
  • For as long as I can remember, I have been writing. I went to school for journalism. I wrote for my town's local paper in high school and in university, for the student paper there. 
  • Since leaving my job, I've been able to read, edit, write and re-write enough short stories to fill a book. 
  • It's called Broad Language. The stories are fictitious but are largely about people and special places; they explore the different kinds of fears that we have in life (loss, change, death, love). They are funny, sad and reflective.
  • You can read some examples of my writing on my website, broadlanguage.com
  • This campaign is to help pay for the printing and shipping costs of this book. This is my new job! I'm immensely proud of all the work I've done and am excited to share them with you. And I'm equally as excited for all the stories I have left to write out on the road. 
  • After four years of living in Los Angeles, I am moving to Montreal. 
  • I'm going to road trip across the US and write about it. Stories will range from Los Angeles, traveling alone, evangelical radio hosts, UFOs, diners and truckstops, hitchikers, home, solitude, what you think about on open stretches of desert highways, strangers, truckers and middle-America. 
  • The road trip will be turned into another collection of short stories, All The Days Blur to One. 

Sidebar: I intend on campaigning for Bill Murray to Meet Me In St. Louis.  

Risks and challenges

We all have challenges in life. Many of us fear the question, "What next?" This is one question I have worked hard to answer, and its outcome is my love, excitement and dedication to the craft.

I believe in the strength of my writing; I'm simply asking for the resources necessary to show others my strength.

As a supporter/funder, you will stand on the ground floor of my career as a writer. You'll get a book of short stories and a sneak peak into the next collection.

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    I Like E-Books

    Four out of four writers agree: this option is cheaper than a pack of e-cigarettes and better for your health.

    Ten dollars gets you a digital copy of the book for your screen of choice. And I'll include your name under the Thank You section in the book itself.

    Plus, you'll get frequent updates from the road in digital form, too. And my gratitude.

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    Don't Wanna Leave My House for a Book

    Do you enjoy reading physical books but there aren't any bookstores near you? Consider spending $20 and I'll mail you a copy, right to your door (like Amazon but with all of the profits going to the writer).

    What you get:
    - Printed copy of the book
    - digital e-book version
    - your name under the Thank You section in the book itself
    - updates from the road
    - shout outs on social media (so that people will know you are a patron of the arts)

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    Jack Kerouac Special

    I'll mail you a postcard from each city I stop in on my roadtrip, like letters from a dusty traveler.

    What you'll get:
    - Postcards mailed to you from each city I stop in
    - Printed copy of the book
    - E-book version
    - your name under the Thank You section in the book itself
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    Pre-order All The Days Blur to One

    If you're already excited about the writing yet to be writ, spend $100 to pre-order your copy of the next collection of short stories, "All The Days Blur to One" (expected delivery in January 2018).

    With this pledge you'll receive:
    - All of the items in Reward #4
    - Pre-order of “All The Days Blue To One”
    - a Thank You in the first pressing of "All the Days Blur to One" (the forthcoming collection of short stories, due 2018)

    **Please Note** that you will get the current collection of short stories in May 2017. January 2018 is the expected delivery date for the second book.

    ***Shipping costs reflect the mailing of "Broad Language" and the mailing of "All the Days" (in 2018).

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    Custom Book + Souvenirs

    I will hand-draw/paint you a special dust jacket to go with the book, which I will sign over to you with love AND also send you postcards/trinkets from each city I stop in.

    What you'll get:
    - The satisfaction of having trinkets from strange places in North America mailed to your door!
    - Printed copy of the book
    - E-book version
    - postcards from the road
    - your name under the Thank You section in the book itself
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