It turns out that it’s kind of impossible to write as much as I’d like to while living in a van.
At least in a van that’s parked on a beautiful BLM road way up in the hills, looking out over everything. It’s winter still, and cold; I don’t have much of a kitchen; I spend a good amount of time just getting my basic needs met; there isn’t anywhere to charge my computer. I sleep amazing, but it’s very difficult to write. And then it rains, and the water leaks in the back doors, and my bed platform molds in a fantastic way.
It turns out I need a comfortable chair, a heat source, and my basic needs met, in order to write.
A friend has a nice, new RV on his land (we use it for camping, he says) and he agrees to rent it to me for two months. The place is in the manzanita forest at the end of a long, rutted dirt drive; my job is only twenty minutes away. I move in, astounded at my clean bright house with all its fancy, new amenities. (I have an oven! A shower! And hot running water for the first time in years!) So now, instead of living for free, I’m paying rent AND I have the most inefficient commuter vehicle imaginable. But at least I can crank the heat, make a cup of tea, and work on my book.
So my plan was to save enough for my thru-hike this year by living for free in a my van, and that plan has failed. But! It is the future and amazing things are possible, for example selling advance copies of my book via indiegogo. I haven’t yet found a literary agent, or a publisher, or begun to publish it myself as I am waiting on the literary agent or publisher who may or may not be interested in it, but the book DOES exist and it IS amazing and I’m totally selling signed copies for less than the cover price will be! And the e-book version is only a dollar, which is basically free! So I get to hike and you get a discount on the book. Win/win/win. The campaign, if funded, will pay for my flight to San Diego and for my food on the trail.
You love my thru-hiking posts, yes? Me too! If everyone who follows this blog buys a copy of the book, the campaign will be funded instantly, and I will be able to continue to do what I love to do- have adventures in the nature and document them for you. Win/win/win/win/win!
Or, if you’d like to contribute to my work directly without going through indiegogo, you can always donate-
Also! I have a piece in the spring issue of the Pacific Crest Trail Communicator, if you can get your hands on a copy. And I’m training for the PCT via training for an ultramarathon…. kind of. I ran eighteen miles yesterday! More on that in another post.
And thank you for reading my blog! And for your awesome, unending support. And all your nice comments!! There are no words for how satisfying it is to share my adventures with my readers. To not only have the adventure but to share it too- there are few better feelings than that.