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Be Normal is an off-beat, humorous, satirical look at what society not only accepts, but also expects as social norms.
Be Normal is an off-beat, humorous, satirical look at what society not only accepts, but also expects as social norms.
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I began writing this book in the summer of 2010 (or "2KX" if ya nasty). If you want me to be completely honest, I was looking at a cow and began to wonder, "why is it considered normal for us to drink the milk we squeeze out of that animal's nip-sack? Why don't humans collectively think that's weird?"

Hey, I'm just being honest here.

The resulting string of thoughts was the rough outline of this book, which takes a humorous and often satirical look at what our culture has come to not only accept, but also expect–and also, I sometimes just spiral into absurdity.

What People Are Saying About Be Normal

I would only work on the book when I felt "in my prime" of humorous thoughts or when I was inspired by other comedians or artists around me. The result was a three-year process yielding what I consider to be a solid 150(ish) pages with no fluff and constant side-splitting laughs. At least that's what I pay my friends to say. But you don't have to take their word for it, here are some other rave reviews from un-biased individuals whom I have allowed to read an advanced copy:

"Not really my sense of humor, but I'm sure someone will think it's funny."
-My Mom

"Do I have to finish this?"
-Jessica Taylor, My Wife

"I read the whole thing!"
-My Editor

Where Your Money Will Go

I am really excited to get this book in peoples' hands. All I need now is a small push to get it printed! While I will be personally footing part of the bill myself, this $1,500 will vital for covering these costs:

$1,200 - Printing the first run and buying an ISBN number
$200 - Paying an illustrator for some images that will round out the book
$100 - Fulfilling rewards & campaign fees

It's all or nothing. If we fund this together, the world gets to read this book (which I've heard is pretty good). If not, if goes back into the Disney vault next to Bambi and the computer containing Walt Disney's consciousness. 

Thank you for all your support so far! We are in our final week and have already met the goal! So... here are some upgraded rewards if we hit a stretch goal of $2,000!

$10 Pledge - Choice of physical copy instead of the digital copy.

$15 Pledge - 2 postcards with color versions of the book's illustrations

$25 Pledge - 2 postcards with color versions of the book's illustrations + your name featured in the acknowledgements in the book

$50 Pledge - 2 postcards with color versions of the book's illustrations + book cover poster

$80 Pledge - 2 postcards with color versions of the book's illustrations + book cover poster

Risks and challenges

While the expected delivery date is between April - May, these dates depend on the illustrator finishing the art for the book and the printer getting them back to me in time. So those are possible delays.

It's also possible that The Blood Moon of 2014 will wipe away life as we know it on this planet before the book is published. But we all take this risk every day of our lives, so...

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    Every bit helps! As a thanks, I'll send you a postcard featuring one of the full-color illustrations from the book!

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    Movin on up! For your pledge of $10 or more you will get a digital download of the book (PDF, ePub, or mobi formats).

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    You get a physical copy of the book to adorn your shelves (signature optional). Which is great if you, like me, both distrust "the cloud" and have a fancy for the finer, more classic things in life. As a reward for being this type of person, the printed version includes an extra chapter not available in digital formats.

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    A physical copy of the book (signature optional) and immediate PDF download. And a handwritten thank you note from myself. Because not enough gentlemen do that sort of thing nowadays.

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    A physical copy of the book (signature optional) and immediate PDF download. I'll also record a personal thank-you video for all of the Internet to behold your greatness and your name in the acknowledgements of the book.

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    Everything from the previous reward. As well as a full-color, poster-sized print of one of the illustrations from the book (only 2 of each will be made).

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