The Vague Direction book is here.
My biggest ever creative labour of love is coming to an end, and I’d be so grateful for your involvement to get over the final hurdle, and to help publish it in the best way possible.
For the last year, I’ve been working on the Vague Direction book, and just yesterday locked everything down, so the writing is now officially done.
What's inside the book?
"A wake-up call to anyone sleepwalking through life." Boneshaker Magazine
This is a book based around a 12,000 mile bicycle journey that I went on at the end of 2012, which lasted just over a year and covered many states and provinces in the US and Canada, but it is more than a travel book.
Between the lines it’s a book about humanity and personal philosophy. It's about the tension between ambition and contentment, confidence and shyness. The book explores some of the questions that we all experience, and in doing so, it offers relatable, actionable and entertaining takeaways.
The book is about people.
Throughout the journey, I had an opportunity to meet a bunch of cool folks, and they chatted to me about their lives and the lessons they’ve picked up by living. From Yodelling Cowgirls and Texas Hunters, to Hollywood Movie Directors and Former Drug Dealers, to Musicians and many, many more. This is a unique look into people's minds.
And, it’s also crammed with stories of unusual, tense, funny, dangerous or embarrassing moments from the road. And that gives it the drive and pace of a thriller. Stories include:
- Getting kicked out of the US into “the most dangerous city on the planet that’s not technically a war zone.”
- Pulse-raising bear encounters
- Battling inner-demons
- Being uplifted by insane levels of generosity
- Meeting the love of my life and then meeting her Harley-driving boyfriend (Isn't it ironic, don't you think?)
- Dodging flying apples
- Sprinklers gone rogue
- Firing guns and eating bacon (no pigs were killed in the making of this book, just in case you were wondering!)
- Escaping a preacher through the air vents
- Figuring out what the difference between short-term and long-term travel really is
- Coming close to getting murdered
- Battling my mind (and the mosquitos) to go Into The Wild
- Having the worst night ever with Burt Reynolds
And tons more.
The story is told with speed. It doesn't beat around the bush. It's just a light-hearted, fun, easy to read book about people, about moments, about travel, and about life questions.
What will you get out of reading this book?
I hope, more than anything, that by reading this book, you'll:
- laugh out loud
- relate to, and find applicable takeaways from the lessons of the bicycle journey and of the people who feature in the story
- get inspired
- question the status quo
- amusingly squirm with uncomfortableness in parts
- find it heartwarming, entertaining and enjoyable
- be encouraged to think about weighty life questions
Writing this book has taken way, way longer than I thought it would. It’s demanded way more energy than I thought it would. Somehow, unexpectedly, it turned into it’s own beast. But because of that, it’s by far the most personal and honest work I’ve ever written.
The heavy-lifting is done and the book is written, but there's still a few bits to finish off which I'd love your help to get done. Your backing will help me get over the final hurdle and bring this book into the world, by getting a professional cover design, interior formatting, and a paperback print-run.
Just think of your contribution to this Kickstarter campaign as a fancy way to pre-order a copy (or several copies!) of the book.
+ Plus! Exclusive to this Kickstarter campaign are some rewards and incentives that won’t be available after the campaign is over. I’d love to use this campaign as an excuse to chat to Vague Direction readers, so there’s a variety of reward packages to make that happen.
+ And one final Plus! Backing the project will mean you’ll get copies of the book for a tad cheaper than when the book hits Amazon. Everyone loves a bargain!
What's the word on the street?
"A natural storyteller, Dave's ambition is bigger than a mere bicycle tour: it is to grapple with the heft of human existence, to explore notions of contentment and doubt, regret and hope with the many fascinating people he encounters along the way." Boneshaker Magazine
“You don’t even need to be a cyclist to be enthralled in Dave’s experiences & reflections. Told with pace and charm, a wonderful account of a grand adventure.” Mark Beaumont - RTW world record holder & BBC presenter
"Dave's book is different from most cycling epics in the best way. It's more personal, often hilarious, and sometimes heartwarming, and it'll make you want to start your own adventure." Molly Hurford - Bicycling Magazine
Thank you so, so much for your support in helping this book make it out into the world.
Risks and challenges
[Not many!] I've left creating a Kickstarter until the book was written. Now it is, the heavy-lifting of this project is already done. Risks at this stage are very limited (design / formatting /print / postage delays), but I've built enough leeway into the delivery schedule to feel confident in delivering everything on time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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