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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-09-07 05:44
Subject: [personal] Conceiving audacity, antipodeal edition
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Tags:antarctica, cancer, health, personal, travel

So I’m thinking about setting a very big pin in my life for 2012 or 2013. I want to do something interesting and audacious once I emerge from cancer.

The current more-or-less insane idea is to open up a Kickstarter account to fund me on a blogging and photography trip to Antarctica. This would also qualify as a research trip for an as-yet-unspecified future novel. If I did this, I would document every step of the preparation and travel.

I figure I’d need about $15,000 for travel and equipment, assuming a charter or cruise trip to the Antarctic peninsula, and possibly stops at a few other places including Tierra del Fuego or South Georgia. (That doesn’t actually include the cost of a better camera and lens kits, which would probably be to the point, but that’s several thousand more dollars right there most likely.) My social media footprint reaches about 10,000 people these days, so if I could get 10% participation and few generous anchor donors or sponsors, this could spread pretty widely.

It would give me something to aim for on the far side of the cancer fog, and it would be an unspeakably cool trip to make. I think I’d get some damned fine images and blogging out of it, maybe some nonfiction articles or other pieces, and a hell of an on-the-ground basis for a future book.

Question is, is there enough support for this? And do I really want to do it?

Your thoughts?

Originally published at jlake.com. You can comment here or there.

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User: cathshaffer
Date: 2011-09-07 13:34 (UTC)
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Do it, do it, do it! If you don't raise $15,000, you can always scale down the trip. Make into a half-day excursion to Tacoma or something. But seriously, this is possibly the most worthy kickstarter idea I've seen, and I would be happy to contribute and support it to the extent I'm able.
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scarlettina: Airplane
User: scarlettina
Date: 2011-09-07 13:58 (UTC)
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I think it could be awesome, Jay. I'd kick in a bit. But I suspect you already knew that.
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User: twilight2000
Date: 2011-09-07 14:02 (UTC)
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I'm with scarlettina ;>
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User: klwilliams
Date: 2011-09-07 15:19 (UTC)
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It's a brilliant idea. Having something that cool to aim for will help you get through chemo more easily, and the trip itself will bring amazing rewards.
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User: danjite
Date: 2011-09-07 16:46 (UTC)
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I think you are optimistic on that 15k number, based on trip description.

Also, I suspect you will want to bring the kid, which is out of scope.

Finally, knowing what I know about your scheduling, are you going to be able to take, oh 2-3 months off for travel?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-09-07 17:29 (UTC)
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If I do this, going to include the kid in the scope.

Need to do budget work shortly. General advice seems to be "$10,000, 2-3 weeks". Have to dig into that.
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User: history_monk
Date: 2011-09-07 18:01 (UTC)
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Go for it!
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User: copperwise
Date: 2011-09-07 18:16 (UTC)
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I think it's an amazing idea. I'd contribute.
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User: swan_tower
Date: 2011-09-07 20:26 (UTC)
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I'd definitely support it.
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User: e_bourne
Date: 2011-09-08 05:29 (UTC)
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I'm a big fan of making a grand gesture. So, yes, absolutely. I suspect it's more doable than you think. You may be able to pre-sell some work also. Good luck!
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User: mectech
Date: 2011-09-08 06:23 (UTC)
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What a fabulous project. Is the NSF(??) still doing the Writers & Artists Program at McMurdo? Not sure if what they're doing there is relevant to your interests, but I wanted to be sure it was on your radar.
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