Very Elaborate Gift Card

At a loss for what to buy for the man who buys what he wants all year, and knowing that one of his favorite things is shopping for records, I decided to just give Wirehed his gift in cash. Part of the present would be my cheerful participation in a full day of shopping for records, as normally that’s not something I’m fond of.

I wasn’t really sure exactly what Wire would prefer; a day in San Francisco? Berkeley? Or would he rather not spend money on gas and shop locally? Or maybe he had an Amazon cart full of records he’s been waiting to purchase? Crap, how do I make a coupon so he gets that he has choices, but that the idea is for him to have a fun adventure?

I’m not exactly sure how the idea came about, perhaps I thought that exact sentence with the words “choices” and “adventures” and recalled the Choose Your Own Adventure books I so loved as a kid. I’ll create Wirehed’s very own Choose Your Own Adventure book for his adventure day.

So, I created an outline of endings, some general story thread ideas and set about writing. I stalled here for a little over a week. I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t even write the intro that I wanted. I knew what I wanted, but I just didn’t have the skills to execute it.
I needed help. I emailed a writer friend and asked if he could help me out by at least writing the intro or helping me out with a story line or two. Well damn if he didn’t take it and run with it and make it even better than what I had envisioned. He had me rolling on the floor with laughter when he sent over the intro, then he sent over the other sections, and they were just as awesome, if not even better. I was DYING to share it with Wirehed.

With a crazy tight deadline to get this printed, I had to research and buy the font, illustrate the cover and do the inside illustrations in about a week. Pirate wrote it in just a couple of days. I researched printing it and binding it myself, but it was cost-prohibitive. I found Blurb and about crapped my pants at how freaking cheap it was to print a couple of copies of books. I was beyond pleased at the final printed product.

So, without further ado – here is a digital page-flipping version for you to view. Sorry, I can’t do hyperlinks to the pages, but you at least get the book experience. I do recommend going full screen for reading it. (flash required)

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