At some point in the last decade, catastrophe has become the new normal. Earthquakes, epidemics, and economic crises rattle communities. Meanwhile, harder to pin down but no less devastating, we have the widespread disintegration of personal health and happiness. And people are finding amazing and interesting ways to rise to the occasion, seeking self-sufficiency, sanity, and community solutions.
This often includes turning to bicycling -- both as a means of rebuilding and recovery after a disaster (be it flood, tornado, or hurricane), and as a way to take positive action in our everyday lives in non-emergent but increasingly difficult times.
"Disaster!" is the topic of the latest issue of Taking the Lane's quarterly journal of empowering nonfiction about bicycling. This pocket-sized, brightly colored book tackles its theme with breadth and depth, and always with a feminist perspective.
One contributor happened on the scene of a small disaster and found she was able to help. Another navigated a health crisis in her carfree family by bike. Others report on the aftermaths of floods and storms that have affected entire regions. Another examines her family's response to the economic crisis in Greece.
Other potential contributions are more instructional: How do you make an emergency preparedness plan when your primary vehicle is a bicycle? What do you pack in your go-bag when it's a bike pannier? Can a bike be a viable farm vehicle? Where do bikes fit into the dismal math of climate science?
Many of the rewards include other pocket-sized books I've published in the last couple years. Other reward levels are designed to make everything more awesome for everyone when people band together, as tends to happen whenever the going gets tough.
Thank you! I'm excited to work with you all to make this happen.
Risks and challenges
Predicting the budget for these books is a bit like predicting exactly what they'll look like when they come back from the printer -- accuracy improves with experience and planning, but it's always a surprise in the end. Lots of variables factor into the final cost, from design (each added color is so enticing, but so expensive) to page count (the cost of paper is rising quickly) to shipping (ditto, for the same reasons -- which are all too relevant to the theme of this issue).
In the past I've erred on the low side while budgeting, and sometimes come up short, making up the difference via sales and subscriptions once the book comes out. This time, emboldened by all your support over the last two and a half years, I'm shooting a bit higher ... for an amount that will probably turn out to be just about on target. Thanks for being part of this! I'm excited to see what happens this time around, and to share it with you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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