Damnit, Banovsky.

I need another epic idea like I need another student loan.

Earlier this week, I shared my April Fool’s plans, announcing we’re putting printed issues of Gearbox Magazine back in the crates a while longer. It’s just not feasible with all we’ve got going on.

Over on Facebook, Andrew Pascarella asked:

“What about a single yearly anthology issue?”

And then Michael Banovsky chimed in.

“Gearbox Yearbook (Yearbox Gearbook?) where clubs / events bring Brian out to events and he publishes everything once a year in time for the holidays.”

Damnit, guys. These are REALLY good ideas.

And you KNOW how badly I want to go back to real, actual print.

I told them these are both excellent ideas. In fact—just between us?—if I can get my shit together with the podcast, find a couple more next level gearheads to join the team, and maybe land a sponsor or two, I miiiiiight be able to make something like this happen.

But in that moment, I discovered a new, parallel opportunity. What if I went all-in and spent 2018 researching and piecing together an actual book on the automotive enthusiast zeitgeist?

Like, what if I said, “2018 is the year we finally get our shit together, and I’m going to spend the year interviewing gearheads like us to document what that success looks like, the various ways we chase it, and what it takes to realize it—so I can pull all the pieces together into the book I’ve been wanting to write for at least five years now.”

Shit.

I’ve still got Targa Florida notes in here somewhere from 2013!

And it doesn’t help this interaction takes place the day I see Andreaelbee mentioning she’s flying off to Wyoming to research locations for her novel.

I’m not saying I’m going to do this, but you better believe I’ll be thinking about it all the time.

This is parallel. Sometimes the hits come hard and fast.

idea | write a book over the course of a year

A bit of foreshadowing with this one.

I started publishing these dailies on 15 February 2017. Being two weeks away from hitting my anniversary, I thought I’d run some numbers.

48,352 words.

That’s the total word count for all the dailies I ran in 2017. Add the 3,940 published last month, and I’m up to 52,292. That’s easily half the word count of a book. And I did it averaging just 143 words per day (averaged over 365 days, not the days I actually wrote something, which is still only 151).

Which is to say, if you committed to writing just 300 words a day, you could potentially have a book written by the end of the year. And wouldn’t that be a fun little project?

This could be fun. Anyone want to play? Der Cribbens?

A Triumph of Brevity!

Took a look at the outline for my first book. It’s nearly 700 words long. Here’s the kicker–I’m still missing most of the details for the second act.

Act I, borrowing from the classic and oft discussed “Hero’s Journey” framework* covers everything from The Ordinary World through Crossing the Threshold. That is to say it covers everything from “As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gearhead,” to achieving work life parallel at LeadMD, shutting down Gearbox Magazine, and launching this site.

A TRIUMPH OF BREVITY!

By now, you know how wordy I am, and how I’m trying to get my message across with fewer words. So I’m pretty excited to see I just summarized what could be 60,000+ words with a single sentence.

Get it anyway you can, right?

Now I need to figure out when and where I’m going to write this thing. Maybe here? Would you want to come along on this (scary, yet) fantastic voyage?

*Not that I consider myself a hero. But it seems a worthwhile pursuit. I mean, what if this story changes someone’s life? True success comes from helping others achieve success themselves.

#5ks