by Steve Bivans
I love roller-coasters.
I love the ups, downs, the upside-downs, the twists and turns. All of it.
Preparing and running this campaign for Be a Hobbit, Save the Earth, has been one hell of a ride, to beat any coaster I’ve ever been on. And the outcome is still uncertain.
There were days writing the book that I wondered if I was wasting my time. Can average, ordinary people actually change the world? Then the next day I would see a story online, usually posted by a friend on Facebook, of some ordinary person, sometimes a child, who had found a way to make the world a better place, even if in just some small way, and my confidence would return, and I’d be able to keep plodding through the book.
Then I would run into some wall, or some negative person, usually on Facebook, and I would go through the bottom of the coaster curve again, again questioning the efficacy of my efforts. And on and on.
Once the campaign went live on Kickstarter though, it has only ramped up the intensity of those moments, since the clock was ticking: tick tock, tick tock. The pressure was on, and is still on, since there is now, as I write this, about 8 HOURS left, and about $1200 to go. The stress and emotions are just barely kept at bay, by my legendary, steely will power. I refuse to give up the dream without fighting to the last minute. And here’s why.
Most of my life, I’ve been a negative person. I saw the world falling apart, and I despaired that anyone could ever make a difference, or be able to stop ole Humpty Dumpty from crashing to pieces.
But I’m fucking sick and tired of despair. FUCK despair! Despair sucks ass. And it accomplishes NOTHING. Well, nothing good anyway.
I want to do something POSITIVE with my life, to make a positive difference. This book is my best attempt. It’s what I’ve got people. Those of you who know me well, know that I’ve been carrying around a shitload of information in my skull my entire adult life, continually adding to it. I’ve been watching the world. I’ve been paying attention to what’s going on. I know what’s wrong with it, and I think I know how we can fix it.
Don’t get me wrong. This book isn’t about me. I don’t matter, not one iota. But my children, my friends, my family and the future generations on this spinning rock DO matter. If I could have written this book anonymously and managed to launch it that way, I would have. But I have friends. And I needed them to know I was writing this so that they could help me get it off the ground. And you have done an amazing job so far.
I love you all. I do. And I’m not just saying it. It’s true.
So, to keep this short…
If you too, are tired of despair. If you ever wondered if there was anything you could do to save the Earth, or change the world. If you love Hobbits and Middle Earth. If you love Nature and all it’s creatures, and wonders and waters, and mountains and forests and trees. If you want to help a friend do something small, something positive. If you are one of my friends–and if you’re following this blog I consider you to be one–then please consider taking a few moments out of your day to support the book on Kickstarter before 5 PM CST/6PM EST when the deadline will arrive, and the project will either be funded, or it won’t.
I have done just about all I can do at this point to promote it, or at least all I know to do. It is up to you now. I think I might just watch The Lord of the Rings and chill.
Thank you for your support so far. Tell your friends and neighbors. Call them up. Carry the book to the top of Mt. Doom.
love you all, Steve Bivans