New Book! “100 Things I Learned as an Everyday Adventurer”
Post from October 30, 2013 (↻ March 6, 2022), filed under Adventure.
I wrote a new book! Not about web development, again, not about philosophy or social sciences, yet, but about all the different activities I’ve been doing over the last few years, in all my infinite free time. And what I learned in one hundred of them.
Terrific piece of self-introspection and adventure.
…say readers on Amazon.com.
|Format and Price||Ebook (EPUB, MOBI, PDF), $7.99 (minimum $4.99)|
|Kindle ebook (free app for Android and iOS), $7.99|
|Preview||Select chapters (PDF, 312 KB)|
|Length||146 pages (PDF)|
|Google Play Books|
This is the book that the most boring person would write when they discovered life’s possibilities. Meet Jens, a hectic, neurotic self-proclaimed adventurer, and his very individual account of one hundred different activities he tried over the course of three years (2010–2013). From rafting to security guard certifications to crocheting, everything had a lesson, and these lessons are shared in this book. Look forward to the German answer to Winston Wolfe explaining one way to live life.
→ This is the book if you decide to break out of your routines and discover the abundance of what you can do in your free time.
- 100 Things I Learned as an Everyday Adventurer
- Flying Helicopters
- Manicure and Pedicure
- Visiting a Psychic
- Learning to Ride a Motorcycle
- Go Kart Racing
- Shooting Handguns
- First Aid Training
- Doing Improv
- Welding (TIG)
- Chocolate Baking
- Machine Sewing
- Speed Dating
- Riding a Hot Air Balloon
- Open Water Diving
- Rock Climbing and Bouldering
- Salsa Dancing
- Bungee Jumping
- Horseback Riding
- Hunting Education
- Learning Bear Identification Basics (Online)
- Cocktail Mixing
- Security Guard Training
- Learning Photography Basics
- Pepper-Spraying and Handcuffing
- Stock Car Racing
- High Performance Driving Training
- Shooting Rifles and Shotguns
- Aerial Conditioning
- Doing Acrobatics
- Kiteboarding, Sort Of
- Flying in a 3-Axis Flight Simulator
- Mastering Batons
- Electronic Measuring
- Tactical Shooting
- Driving in Left-Hand Traffic
- Learning How to Work with Kitchen Knives
- Airsoft Shooting
- Candle Making
- Vacuum Forming
- Ice Skating
- Soap Making
- Glass Blowing
- Trike Gliding
- Visiting Choirs, Ballets, and Poetry Readings
- Flying an Airplane
- Arranging and Binding Flowers
- Perfume Making
- Getting a Straight Razor Shave
- Camel Riding
- Letterpress Printing
- Stand Up Paddle Boarding
- Krav Maga
- Indoor Skydiving
- Playing Laser Tag
- Doing Ikebana
- Learning How to Operate a Taser
- Body Butter Making
- Learning How to Operate Radar
- Doing Pilates
- Photopolymer Platemaking
- Watching a Film in a Drive-In Theater
- Facial Expressions Identification Training (Online)
- Jewelry Making
- Brush Lettering and Sign Painting
- Sand Blasting
- Powder Coating
- Learning About Edible and Medicinal Weeds
- Learning to Play the Ukulele
- Segway Riding
- Singing and Voice Training
- Filipino Martial Arts
- How to Become an Everyday Adventurer
- About the Author
- About 100 Things I Learned as an Everyday Adventurer
Behind the Scenes
All ebook formats, with updates, at Leanpub.
The idea for the book came when I noticed that not only had I tried a ton of different activities (I’ve been meticulously maintaining a very comprehensive list), but that I had truly learned a lot of things in the process. So I figured I might get those things on paper, and be it as a reminder for myself.
I’m not just sharing lessons alongside heart-wrenching stories and gorgeous pictures and extra-tough grades but also how everything came about and how I got a bit loco in my head—and how one generally can become a bit of an “everyday adventurer.”
I wrote one half of the book on Google shuttle buses and the other half in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Everything else kept me in irons then in Quito, Ecuador.
I had three awesome helpers. Sarah M. Tyrrell, my editor, Julia W. Tang, cover design inspiration and reviewer, and J. Felix Desroches, also reviewer. ♥
I wrote 20 more chapters just to kick 20 out after I read the first draft. I wanted to have some choice. Alas, the 20 chapters that didn’t make it already form a skeleton manuscript for part 2! But I’m not Hollywood, and we’re not going to talk about a sequel just yet.
Writing the book using Google Docs and publishing it through Kindle Direct Publishing has been quite an experiment. And an experience.
❧ But, that’s it for now! I’m seriously exhausted. And excited! Please check it out! 100 Things I Learned as an Everyday Adventurer. Be gentle. Thank you!
I’m Jens Oliver Meiert, and I’m an engineering manager and author. I’ve worked as a technical lead for Google, I’m close to the W3C and the WHATWG, and I write and review books for O’Reilly. Other than that, I love trying things, sometimes including philosophy, art, and adventure. Here on meiert.com I share some of my views and experiences.
If you have questions or suggestions about what I write, please leave a comment (if available) or a message.
On October 30, 2013, 19:17 CET, David said:
Congrats Jens! Purchased! Looking forward to reading this!
On November 1, 2013, 1:07 CET, Simon Y. said:
Jens, congrats to this! Excited to learn more….!!
On November 2, 2013, 1:58 CET, jason warrett said:
I love it! Wish we had managed to do paragliding together. Kudos from Santa Rosa!
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Perhaps my most interesting book: 100 Things I Learned as an Everyday Adventurer (2013). During my time in the States I started trying everything. Everything. Then I noticed that wasn’t only fun, it was also useful. Available at Amazon, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play Books, and Leanpub.