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.
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!
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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