Write a short book in a month together with a young person.
Seems so straightforward, doesn't it?
Idea --> write --> publish. Done.
The crazy part? It IS that simple. (see note about The Gym below)
OK, the real crazy part? I don't care so much about the book. Yes, we're going to write a book. But what I care about most is the experience you have together with that young person.
We're going to create Something from Nothing. We're going to bounce ideas off each other, eat tortilla chips, get frustrated, want to quit, have a breakthrough, and wonder why we didn't do all of this sooner.
We could also delay it some more and do it later. Or never. The never option is free--you never have to do anything.
Or you could create a "time capsule" of your experience together with someone else as experiences and memories are the building blocks of friendship, of family, of relationships.
That's it. That's what we're doing with Spark Campfire.
I Can't Not Do This
You know those things that you Just Have To Do? This is one of them.
I've written 14 books. It's easy for me. I want it to become easy for you.
I wrote 5 of those books together with my two young boys (then 8- and 10-years old).
The experience was magical, awful, a disaster, a sparkly magical wonderland and in the past.
In the past? Yes, because we did it. We're done. We're onto the next thing.
But you. You haven't done it yet. I want you to experience what I experienced together with my kids.
That's it. That's my goal.
Oh yeah, we're going to write a book while doing it. You may have noticed that "The Book" is almost secondary. What I really want is the experience with a kid--for them but also for you.
I rarely had gym memberships because I thought to myself, "Ach, I could do all of that stuff on my own." "What does the trainer know that I don't?" "I can just do pushups and jog in the woods." I'll be fine.
All true statements.
But that trainer dude knows more than I do about lifting weights. Being around all of those "other people" who are sweating and working out is oddly inspiring. Plus, and this is the biggie: I didn't do the workouts on my own. I just didn't do it at all.
That's why I'm here.
I don't have a PhD in child psychology (nor do I want one). I haven't won awards for children's literature. I basically want to gather a group of people who want to improve their relationship with a young person while at the same time showing that young person what we can accomplish if we give it a month.
Oh, and have fun. In fact, I could put that first.