6 months ago I wrote a post: "Finished Traveling the World … on 1 Bitcoin."
Well, the comments and questions motivated me to write a book about the journey.
I tried to get it up by today — in honor of World Book Day.
The title is a bit cheeky:
Stolen Wallets: And Where to Buy Them.
I've always been a fan of Harry Potter, right. The titles J.K. Rowling would give. Especially "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them." That's the title's inspiration — though the content is much less P.G. haha.
I experienced far too many R-rated scenarios for "Stolen Wallets" to be anything but HBO material.
If you enjoy Breaking Bad, it's like that — with a bit of Terry Pratchett's humor mixed in.
Here's the back cover blurb:
What's in your wallet? You okay with a stranger poking through it? I'm not. Never in a million. My wallet is my private little hell. Receipts for things I can't afford and a picture of an ex I still miss. But there I was, standing in a grubby back alley in Bangkok. Wallets scattered on a table in front of me. Crocodile skin Gucci, scuffed generic brown leather, even a DIY duct-tape wallet. Each and every one of them hot. The product of sneaky little fingers. The karma of drunk tourists distracted by scorpions on sticks. Curiosity killed my ethics. I picked one up. It was full. Not with money, of course, but with …
These are the stories of my travels.
20 countries, 12 months, 1 Bitcoin.
From China to Europe. From late 2017 to late 2018. A historic year. The year of The Crypto Bubble. The big ride up.
At the start of the year I was just another desk jockey. Putting in my 9-to-5. Binge-watching Netflix alone. Then I bought that bitcoin for $ 4,700. Little did I know it would soon skyrocket to $ 20,000. Little did I know it was my golden ticket. My red carpet to a world of fast money, greed, hype, hope and corruption. Suddenly I was cruising with the crypto rich. Counting stacks of counterfeit money. Buying stolen wallets…
Until the bubble popped — and the world of the newly rich began burning down around me.
That's back cover. I've ran it by a few people. One said it was too edgy. Another said it was too much. A third didn't say anything because he's too busy.
If you have suggestions, lay em down.
The book is an unvarnished, uncensored log of my travels. It's intense and raw. I don't sugarcoat the scams and shilling I saw. But at the same time — the crypto communities I met around the world — they changed my perspective and opened my mind so much that, well, all I can say is bitcoin and blockchain are freedom, truth, and our future. It's just a fact.
I'll try my damnedest to get on Youtube once a week and read a bit from the book. I'll ready up until 80% of it, I think. After that I'll stop so I don't spoil the end for the readers.
Here's my previous reddit post: https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/9j2pq7/finished_traveling_around_the_world_on_1_bitcoin/
Here's the Amazon link to pre-order for anyone interested:
Youtube trailer for the book (audio's not that great, I apologize):
Also, since I'm trying to become a writer and all that jazz, I'm trying a promotion tactic. You ever hear about Marguerite deCourcelle? The lady who painted a BTC prize into one of her paintings? There's also Pascal Boyart who hid a BTC prize in his mural of a modern French Revolution.
Well, I'd like to continue their tradition. It's a fun one. Hide a BTC prize and challenge people of intellect. To that effect I've loaded up a wallet with a bit of BTC. It's a standard wallet. The seed phrase is composed of 12 random words. I've hidden the 12 random words in my book. But since hiding them in a whole book would make finding them impossible — I'll give out clues. 12 months, 12 clues.
And since I didn't have enough money to put a whole bitcoin in the wallet as a prize (I just put in 0.1 BTC) — I'll instead dedicate 30% of my monthly sales to the wallet until it's swept. Who knows, with BTC's fresh bull run — I hope whoever wins will have enough BTC to go travel around the world on it — just like I did.