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Somebody on the Hooniverse staff endorses you, so I have to assume you're a pretty alright guy. If we got together, we might really get along. (You're a Marine, and I was Army, but I won't hold against you.) But work and family commitments are a fact of life. My mom dreamed of getting to Europe her whole life, and she finally did it at 56. My dad got his first play produced at 58, his first book published at 71. At 51, I'm still working (slowly) to fulfill a lifelong dream of building a custom motorcycle. So when you tell me you must do do it now because you're 40, I must ask why. You chose other priorities, good priorities like raising your kids serving your country. At what point are you trying to have your cake and eat it, too? Having to defer your dream for a few years is not a tragedy that tugs on my heartstrings.
And claiming he should get to do this because his "uniqueness" and neediness somehow makes him more deserving than anyone else does not help my impression.
And get off my lawn.
My point is, why should I pre-order his book? Has he completed a book? If so, is it any good? Lots of people think they can write a book, most (like me) don't finish, and of those who do finish one, few are worth publishing. Or reading, for that matter. This guy says, "I have several years of experience working in all aspects of magazine production, including writing, editing, photography, and digital production." Yet he can't get to a publishing house to give him an advance on his book? I would guess that's because he doesn't have a track record as an author. Since professionals who make a living knowing this stuff wouldn't bet their cash on this guy, why should I? His reward-before-effort approach makes me highly suspicious whether he has the fortitude and discipline to see things through.
How about another idea: go earn your own money like the rest of us, buy yourself a scooter and go do your adventure thing, and after you've managed to write a book worth buying, I will be glad to reward you then. M'mkay?