We were told we could be anything we wanted if we just put our minds to it. That if we did what we loved, the money would follow.
So what happened?
Only Everything was the name of my successful Kickstarter Campaign and the name of my newest book. I am currently seeking the right publisher for this work. You can contact me for a complete book proposal if you're interested.
Logan Downing set out on the artist’s path in New York in 1995, in a city that was dirty and daring. We follow him through the streets of New York as an idealistic young man writing his first novel. Logan believes he can have it all — happiness, wealth, success — and that he only needs to work hard and have a little luck. And he succeeds wildly, getting his first novel published with Random House all while falling in love with his college sweetheart. We get to know his older brother Franklin and his brother’s best friend Alejandro, both fine artists working their way towards success.
Yet we encounter Logan in 2017, now in his early 40’s, living on the Front Range of Colorado in a different and dying relationship, working a job he hates, and battling alcoholism, insomnia, and a decade-long creative rut. He is writing about that magical time in New York while revealing what’s happened to him — and Franklin and Alejandro — in the 20-odd years since. He's working for a tech startup and gives us a view into the tech culture taking over so much of the country. He sees greed and short-sightedness wrapped in a hipster culture and Millennial disdain. Logan is sarcastic and cynical, self-deprecating and witty, but as his keen observations turn inward his life begins to come apart.
He is struggling how to metabolize an unspeakable tragedy that occurred at the same time of his greatest personal triumph. The harder he has worked to avoid his past the more it has leached into his present, impacted every part of his life for more than two decades.
Only Everything is about art and ambition, intimacy and love, hopelessness and redemption, and the ruthlessness with which life can crush even the most beautiful of dreams. It is an inside view into the accelerating disintegration of the cultural promise that we can have it all.