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True stories for grown-ups about family bicycling and childhood cycling memories.
True stories for grown-ups about family bicycling and childhood cycling memories. Copies are still available.
True stories for grown-ups about family bicycling and childhood cycling memories. Copies are still available.
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Hello everyone,

"Childhood" is the theme of the latest in my series of pocket-sized, beautifully designed, ferociously curated, impeccably edited, feminist-minded, bicycle-oriented nonfiction publications. I call them zines -- you might call them small books or magazines, pamphlets with high production values, chapbooks without the poetry, or just plain good reading.

The stories in these 40-some pages are true. And they cover all sorts of ground, from the memory of running away from home by bike at age 7 to parents' stories of how they manage bicycling with kids of all ages. Some are funny, some are visionary, some are sad. 

This volume is inspired by the family biking revolution that's becoming impossible to ignore on the streets of Portland and other cities. After a few decades during which kids have been actively discouraged from cycling, two wheeled youngsters are back with a vengeance, riding on their parents' bikes or at large under their own steam. It's a hopeful sign. 

These zines owe much of their mojo to their contributors, who I'm looking forward to introducing to you in more depth once I've read through the stack of submissions and made the hard choices about what goes in. Also, I'm excited to have another talented illustrator on board for this issue, Portland-based bike advocate and artist Britt Appleton. This issue promises to read great and look great, and I can't wait to show you the finished product.

Quick note: If you're a parent, this volume is for you to enjoy, rather than for your kids. Though it's probably suitable for sharp teenagers, who will be totally nonplused to discover that you read zines -- a reason to subscribe if there ever was one. 

Thanks for checking out this project and pitching in -- your participation is essential to making this happen. All the money raised here will just about cover printing and postage. If the project doesn't succeed, it won't go to print. I'll be adding more fun one-off rewards as I think of them, so check back often.... you're free to switch around between them once you've pledged. 

Rock on, and thanks again,

Elly

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    One copy of TTL8: Childhood mailed to your door. *Please add $3 for International shipping ($2 for Canadians)*

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    A copies of TTL8: Childhood, mailed to you plus your choice of one other title that I've published that's still in print (can totally be a second copy of Childhood). *Please add $5 for International shipping ($3 for Canadians)*

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    A one-year subscription to my Taking the Lane series, including TTL8: Childhood and issues #9 through #11. *International backers, please add $12 ($8 for Canadians).

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    A copy of TTL8: Childhood, plus all in-print issues of Taking the Lane (#3-7). *International backers, please add $8 ($5 for Canadians).

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    A copy of TTL8: Childhood, mailed to you. I'll use my favorite pen to write one of my childhood memories about bicycling on the inside cover. I have three memories, so there are three of this reward.

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    A copy of TTL8: Childhood mailed to you, plus you send me a photo of your kid (or you as a kid) on a bike and I'll make up a silly story about it and write it on the inside covers of your copy.

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    A copy of TTL8: Childhood mailed to you, and if you send me a bike-themed drawing by your kid I'll pin it above my desk for inspiration for a year (and send you a picture).

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    TWO copies of TTL8: Childhood, one mailed to you and one mailed to someone you love. You tell me what you love about them and I'll tell them about it in my own words in a letter on the inside covers of their copy.

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    A copy of TTL8: Childhood, mailed to your door, plus I'll send you a postcard from every town where we do an event on our Spring 2013 Dinner & Bikes tour and tell you about the bike scene there

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    Two copies of TTL8: Childhood. One will be mailed to you and the other one left in a doctor's or dental office waiting room with a message of your choice written on the inside cover.

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    A copy of TTL8: Childhood, and a giant selection of bikey stickers! They're from advocacy organizations, events, funny phrases, charming pictures. You'll get least twelve unique, awesome stickers but I'll shoot for over 25. Perfect for decorating your beater bike or disguising your fancy steed.

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    A copy of TTL8: Childhood, mailed to you; and on the inside cover I'll hand write an awesome excerpt from one of the submitted essays that should have made the editorial cut but sadly did not for reasons related to the production logistics of this archaic and obscure practice of publishing in "print."

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    Two copies of TTL8: Childhood, one mailed to you. The other one will be mailed to the politician of your choice and I'll write a letter on the inside cover urging them to or thanking them for supporting bicycle transportation

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    A copy of TTL8: Childhood, mailed to you, and I'll send you an encouraging email every day for a work week (seven days, seven emails!). You choose the week. Could be good for finals, big projects, job searches, breakups, nanowrimo, cleaning sprees, or any other occasion for which you'd like a little extra motivation.

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    A copy of TTL8: Childhood, mailed to your door, and I'll spend a day tweeting about you, your project, or your work. Ten or more tweets over the course of a day that we agree on. (Warning, your topic/project/thing should probably be something I like or this reward could backfire.)

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    One copy of TTL8: Childhood. Before I mail it to you, I'll carry it around for a week and ask everyone I run into autograph and personalize it for you. If it gets really messy (ie, awesome) I'll include a second unmarked copy for actual reading purposes.

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    Two copies of TTL8: Childhood. One will be mailed to you and the other one will have your mailing address written on the inside cover and will be sent on an adventure around the world with instructions for everyone who finds it to write you a short note, pass it along to someone new, and mail it to you when all the white space is full.

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    All the zines! TTL8: Childhood, plus everything I have in print: issues #3-7 of Taking the Lane, plus Bikenomics: How Bicycling Will Save the Economy (If We Let It), and Pedal, Stretch, Breathe: The Yoga of Bicycling. *International backers, please add $10 ($7 for Canadians).

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    All the zines and more! Everything in the "All the zines" category plus a one-year subscription (issues #9 through #11). *International backers, please add $20 ($15 for Canadians).

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    Share the love! Everything in the "All the zines and more" level for you ... and the same for a friend. (Or, if you're already a steady subscriber to TTL, maybe you'd like to give your set to another friend.) I'll package it up nicely and write your friend a funny letter. *If you or your friend lives outside the US, please add $20 extra for postage ($15 in Canada); your friend's postage is on me.

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    Lifetime subscription. Includes everything I've published so far (including out-of-print titles). Going forward, whatever I publish, ever, you get a copy. Books, zines, e-books, stickers, cards, cycling caps, t-shirts, records, movies, and whatever else might spring from the creative depths of the Taking the Lane Omnimedia Empire. I've got big ideas, so this could potentially be a great bargain over the years. Or I might quit next month and go into day trading, in which case you'll be out about $320 in value. Sorry. Fine print: Does *not* include other peoples' publications that I distribute; also, when I write a book and someone else publishes it, you'll very likely get one, but there are a few cases where you might not.

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