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For most of 2014 I wandered across North America in search of stories, life, and home. In 2015 I'd like to finish and tell the tale.
For most of 2014 I wandered across North America in search of stories, life, and home. In 2015 I'd like to finish and tell the tale.
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THE WHY

Earlier this year I envisioned a road trip of epic proportions. "Running To," I'd call it: a chance not to run away from my old life and problems in southern California, but a chance to run to a new life full of new stories -- perhaps even some to be found along the way.

I'm a writer, and in the years preceding I'd been inspired by other writers taking similar journeys. I selfishly wanted one for myself, so this past June I jumped at the chance. What I soon realized after hiking the Grand Canyon and Couchsurfing with strangers in Utah was that such a journey wasn't at all a selfish one meant solely for me. Sure, the places have been awe-inspiring; the people, however, have inspired me all the more from coast to coast.

I've collected many stories after six months and 18,000 miles; it's time I finish my road trip and share them with the world.

THE HOW

I made it six months on the road without having to beg, borrow, or steal a dime. I saved up and benefited from numerous gifts and open couches along the way, but to cross my intended February finish line I'll need my funds replenished. That's where this Kickstarter comes into play.

Approximately $1000-$1500 will be used on final trip expenses along the East Coast: gas, food, phone, insurance, etc. The remainder will go toward self-publication, shipping costs, and Amazon/Kickstarter's cut.

I'll be using a self-publication company to print and distribute my book (ideally with color photographs). Standard self-publication costs can range around several hundred dollars depending on the length and quality. The more I raise, the higher quality book I can put out!

THE WHEN

While I hesitate to nail a definitive date to the door of distribution, the goal is set for October 2015. That will give me a few months beyond February's finish line to write, edit, review, agonize, edit some more, and ultimately release these stories to the world.

I'll be updating my newsletter subscribers on the book's progress each month. They'll be among the first to know what's happening and what's next on the horizon!

Risks and challenges

Upon successfully funding this project, I'll be faced with two primary challenges: when/where to stop this massive "Running To" journey and sticking to a regular writing regimen once I halt there. Though I'm not yet decided on when/where this finish line leads, I'm confident this long awaited homeland will have revealed itself once I've traversed and painted the entire canvas of North America.

I'd like to stop wandering by February. Once settled, it will be more feasible to look back on the journey that was and write about it, connecting stories and themes, and ultimately releasing this long anticipated book.

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    BUYS ME A COUPLE COFFEES!

    You'll get the audiobook version of my FIRST book "Struggle Central" (never before released). All other gift amounts will also get this perk in early 2015!

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    BUYS ME A DECENT MEAL!

    You'll get a special thanks shout-out in the acknowledgements section of my book. I'll use your first name, last name, and/or whatever you'd like me to call you!

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    COVERS MY MONTHLY PHONE BILL!

    You'll get a complimentary PDF copy of my book along with a special thanks to you in the acknowledgements section.

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    BUYS ME A TANK OF GAS = 350 MILES!

    You'll get a paperback copy of my book along with the PDF, and a special thanks to you in the acknowledgements section.

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    COVERS MY MONTHLY COFFEE & MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES!

    You'll get a signed/messaged paperback copy of my book along with the PDF, and a special thanks to you in the acknowledgements section.

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    BUYS ME TWO TANKS OF GAS = 700 MILES!

    You'll get a personalized thank you video from the road, a signed/messaged paperback copy, the PDF, and a special thanks to you in the acknowledgements section.

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    BUYS ME FOOD FOR THE MONTH!

    You'll get the audiobook version of this book, a personalized thank you video from the road, a signed/messaged paperback copy, the PDF, and a special thanks to you in the acknowledgements section.

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    COVERS BASIC SELF-PUBLICATION COSTS!

    You'll get the audiobook version of my FIRST book "Struggle Central" (never before released), the audiobook version of this next book, a personalized thank you video from the road, a signed/messaged paperback copy, the PDF, and a special thanks to you in the acknowledgements section.

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    COVERS THE REST OF MY GAS FOR THIS ROAD TRIP!

    You'll get a chicken named after you at a homestead near Rochester New York, the audiobook versions of "Struggle Central" and this next book, a personalized thank you video from the road, a signed/messaged paperback copy, the PDF, and a special thanks to you in the acknowledgements section.

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    COVERS MY SELF-PUBLICATION AND SHIPPING COSTS!

    You'll get a special dedication at the front of my book, a chicken named after you at a homestead near Rochester New York, the audiobook versions of "Struggle Central" and this next book, a personalized thank you video from the road, a signed/messaged paperback copy, the PDF, and a special thanks to you in the acknowledgements section.

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    SECURES THE FINAL LEGS OF MY ROAD TRIP!

    You'll get an hour-long Skype/phone call with me, a special dedication to you at the front of my book, a chicken named after you at a homestead near Rochester New York, the audiobook versions of "Struggle Central" and this next book, a personalized thank you video from the road, a signed/messaged paperback copy, the PDF, and a special thanks to you in the acknowledgements section.

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