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.”
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.