Sylvia Spruck Wrigley is creating international incidents
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patrons

$119
per month
Hi! I'm Sylvia Spruck Wrigley and I want to share my adventures with you. I'm a published fiction and aviation author but my biggest love is narrative non-fiction. This is a passion project, which is why I'm using Patreon to find readers. I want to tell you stories about people and places and goats.

I live in Tallinn and of course a lot of my work right now is about my exploration of Estonia, a country I wouldn't have been able to find on a map if you'd asked me five years ago. I write about culture and Google Translate and day-drinking and Russian butchery techniques. Working out whether I should take my clothes off for the sauna or not has fed my social anxiety for the past year. Public transport is its own challenge and nothing makes me as nervous as getting on a bus with a driver that I can't understand on a route that heads straight to Russia.

I want to share these things with you but I also want to interact with you. The Patreon platform allows me to present myself and my writing to you in an easy-to-access format but it also allows for comments, live chat and even video. In this way, I think it's a particularly interesting option for narrative non-fiction and memoir writing, as it offers a level of inter-creativity missing from the broadcast model of traditional publishing.

If you sign up, you'll receive at least one new essay every month, sometimes more, along with comments and photographs. I'll publish many of my older essays and photo-journals, creating series for the higher tiers as a combination of old and new work. And throughout, I will be here, taking part in the comments and sharing things I've seen and, depending on the level of support, hanging out in live chat when I should be writing.

The Back Story
Thirty years ago, I was working for an international software corporation when I spent the weekend hanging out in Paris with a guy who sang pop songs on the steps of the Sacré-Cœur. This was the year that Seal released Crazy and it was his most requested song, you know the one: In a world full of people, only some want to fly. Isn't that crazy? I wanted to fly but back then I just didn't know how. I went back to my corporate job...and then a year later I gave it up to become a tour guide in the Scottish highlands.

Twenty years ago, I had the opportunity to travel across Europe for three months with my then-husband and my four-year-old child. I emailed long missives about the places we saw and the things that we did. At the time, I wrote, "I wonder if I could do this forever, experiencing the world and writing about it, sharing everything." It was fascinating and amazing to connect with people like this, but it also made me very vulnerable. These essays showed more of me to the world than the other way around.

Anyway, I couldn't keep it up. I had a husband, a job, and a young child who needed to go to school. A million responsibilities to go home to. I couldn't afford to write.

This year I turned 51. My life is different in every way. The marriage ended, not long after that trip. My child is grown, with an apartment and a job and a whole new set of responsibilities. My now-boyfriend and I sold our house a few years ago and went on a trip, but this time we had nothing to return to. My income, such that it is, comes from freelance writing and can be done from anywhere. We decided to take a risk and stop in the beautiful city of Tallinn, in Estonia.

Soon, I found myself starting to write again about my experiences; the country that I lived in, the new places I was discovering in Eastern Europe, the people and the complications and the culture and the history. But this time, things were different. I didn’t have to go home. I didn’t have to work double-time in order to afford to live.

This time I can fly.

Disclaimer

There's a time and a place for everything and as I stumble into middle age, I think my time is now.

But the truth is, if you are looking for high risk stories of sky diving and car races and extreme sports, then I'm not your girl. I'm over 50 years old and under five foot tall and my knee aches when it rains. I write about embarrassment and passion and anger. I write about conflict. Sometimes that conflict is not wanting to overpay for garlic, other times it's trying to enter a foreign country without any paperwork. It's unlikely to involve breaking bones or laws (at least not intentionally).

But if you want to share the laughter and horror of navigating a marketplace with me, then come and take a look. I've left a few public posts so you can see what we're talking about. I'd love to have you along for the ride.

PS: I might do the skydiving thing, actually

Tiers
Supporter
$1 or more per month

You want to support me but you don't want to have to read all this stuff. That's fine. I'm grateful for your support and I'll even show you how to unsubscribe from the public posts.

Hear the whole story...
$5 or more per month

You are awesome. You'll be reading all about my adventures and incidents and able to discuss in the comments. I hope we both experience, enjoy and learn lots in the process.


You'll have access to: 

  • At least one essay every month published to Patreon
  • Random ramblings and travel info
Let's get started...
$7 or more per month only 18 left

You are a true friend. This is a limited 50% off offer to thank my friends who are helping me get this off the ground. Initial supporters will get the essays and the collections at a discount for as long as they stay subscribed. This tier is equivalent to the "Follow along live..." level, in all but name and price.

With this early-bird special you'll have access to:

  • Essays published here on Patreon
  • Collections distributed via email
  •  E-books distributed via email
  •  A special private chat server (Discord)
Includes Discord rewards
Even more essays...
$10 or more per month

You are amazing! Supporting me at this level allows me to do more and write more. Much of my travel writings and thoughts are multi-part series, or collections of thoughts on a topic or location. At this level, you'll have access to all the regular essays posted here, and you'll receive collections combining past and present, along with updates as the collections grow. Current collections ranging from island retreats to market mishaps to sauna exploration to language accidents.


You'll be receiving:

  • Access to essays
  • Collections distributed via email
Follow along live...
$15 or more per month

You are fantastic! Pledging at this level grants you access to all the words, plus access to an exclusive chat system where I'll be popping in and posting live updates and photos. When I find something new, you'll be the first to know. When I get lost, you can follow my route in realtime. And if I get arrested, you can call my lawyer for me. Discord is the chat system of choice on Patreon and also allows you to chat with fellow fans and post pictures of your own adventures!

You'll be receiving:

  • Access to essays
  • Collections distributed via email
  • Ebooks distributed via email
  • A special private chat server (Discord)
Includes Discord rewards
Postcards from the edge
$17 or more per month only 20 left

You are special and I'd like to send you something! You'll have access to essays and collections, your choice of ebook and access to the live chat, plus I'll post you six postcards a year (real ones, not virtual). This is limited to the first twenty supporters at this level.


You'll be receiving:

  • Access to essays
  • Collections distributed via email
  • Ebooks distributed via email
  • A special private chat server (Discord)
  • 6 postcards a year
Includes Discord rewards
You can't live on words alone
$20 or more per month

You already know I'm obsessed about food. This tier offers the essays, collections, ebooks and live chat but also a monthly collection of recipes and menus from a wide range of cuisines, including my Perfect Lamb Curry (takes all day but worth it) and a Georgian feast you can mostly prepare in advance.


You'll be receiving:

  • Access to essays
  • Collections distributed via email
  • Ebooks distributed via email
  • A special private chat server (Discord)
  • Monthly recipe recommendations and interesting ideas for meal plans from around the world
Includes Discord rewards
Sweet tooth
$50 or more per month only 10 left

You are my sweetest supporter! You'll get essays, collections, ebooks, postcards *and* once a year I'll send you a special sweet collection from an interesting place! This might be something very foreign or from a small producer. Available around the world; I just need to make sure I won't get your postman in trouble for delivering.


You'll be receiving:

  • Access to essays
  • Collections distributed via email
  • Ebooks distributed via email
  • A special private chat server (Discord)
  • 6 postcards a year
  • Monthly recipes and menu collections
  • A specially curated sweets box
Includes Discord rewards
My Personal Patron
$100 or more per month only 9 left

You are supporting my dream. This is an unbelievably kind offer and to be honest, I'm kind of speechless at the thought that someone might offer a level of monthly support that would free me to follow my heart and write all about it. You will receive everything above as well as a monthly check-in in the format of your choice: email, audio or video. I will also send you at least one handwritten letter a year. Optional: I will refer to you as Boss.

You'll be receiving:

  • Access to essays
  • Collections distributed via email
  • Ebooks distributed via email
  • A special private chat server (Discord)
  • 6 postcards a year
  • Monthly recipes and menu collections
  • Your choice of a specially curated sweets box or a crochet Cthulhu made just for you
  • 1 handwritten letter / year
  • Monthly check-in via email, VoIP call or video
Includes Discord rewards
Goals
$119 of $150 per month
You can choose where I end up next! When we reach this level, I'll post a poll for all supporters to choose what my next adventure should be. If you all don't get me killed, I'll do more of them.
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Hi! I'm Sylvia Spruck Wrigley and I want to share my adventures with you. I'm a published fiction and aviation author but my biggest love is narrative non-fiction. This is a passion project, which is why I'm using Patreon to find readers. I want to tell you stories about people and places and goats.

I live in Tallinn and of course a lot of my work right now is about my exploration of Estonia, a country I wouldn't have been able to find on a map if you'd asked me five years ago. I write about culture and Google Translate and day-drinking and Russian butchery techniques. Working out whether I should take my clothes off for the sauna or not has fed my social anxiety for the past year. Public transport is its own challenge and nothing makes me as nervous as getting on a bus with a driver that I can't understand on a route that heads straight to Russia.

I want to share these things with you but I also want to interact with you. The Patreon platform allows me to present myself and my writing to you in an easy-to-access format but it also allows for comments, live chat and even video. In this way, I think it's a particularly interesting option for narrative non-fiction and memoir writing, as it offers a level of inter-creativity missing from the broadcast model of traditional publishing.

If you sign up, you'll receive at least one new essay every month, sometimes more, along with comments and photographs. I'll publish many of my older essays and photo-journals, creating series for the higher tiers as a combination of old and new work. And throughout, I will be here, taking part in the comments and sharing things I've seen and, depending on the level of support, hanging out in live chat when I should be writing.

The Back Story
Thirty years ago, I was working for an international software corporation when I spent the weekend hanging out in Paris with a guy who sang pop songs on the steps of the Sacré-Cœur. This was the year that Seal released Crazy and it was his most requested song, you know the one: In a world full of people, only some want to fly. Isn't that crazy? I wanted to fly but back then I just didn't know how. I went back to my corporate job...and then a year later I gave it up to become a tour guide in the Scottish highlands.

Twenty years ago, I had the opportunity to travel across Europe for three months with my then-husband and my four-year-old child. I emailed long missives about the places we saw and the things that we did. At the time, I wrote, "I wonder if I could do this forever, experiencing the world and writing about it, sharing everything." It was fascinating and amazing to connect with people like this, but it also made me very vulnerable. These essays showed more of me to the world than the other way around.

Anyway, I couldn't keep it up. I had a husband, a job, and a young child who needed to go to school. A million responsibilities to go home to. I couldn't afford to write.

This year I turned 51. My life is different in every way. The marriage ended, not long after that trip. My child is grown, with an apartment and a job and a whole new set of responsibilities. My now-boyfriend and I sold our house a few years ago and went on a trip, but this time we had nothing to return to. My income, such that it is, comes from freelance writing and can be done from anywhere. We decided to take a risk and stop in the beautiful city of Tallinn, in Estonia.

Soon, I found myself starting to write again about my experiences; the country that I lived in, the new places I was discovering in Eastern Europe, the people and the complications and the culture and the history. But this time, things were different. I didn’t have to go home. I didn’t have to work double-time in order to afford to live.

This time I can fly.

Disclaimer

There's a time and a place for everything and as I stumble into middle age, I think my time is now.

But the truth is, if you are looking for high risk stories of sky diving and car races and extreme sports, then I'm not your girl. I'm over 50 years old and under five foot tall and my knee aches when it rains. I write about embarrassment and passion and anger. I write about conflict. Sometimes that conflict is not wanting to overpay for garlic, other times it's trying to enter a foreign country without any paperwork. It's unlikely to involve breaking bones or laws (at least not intentionally).

But if you want to share the laughter and horror of navigating a marketplace with me, then come and take a look. I've left a few public posts so you can see what we're talking about. I'd love to have you along for the ride.

PS: I might do the skydiving thing, actually

Recent posts by Sylvia Spruck Wrigley

Tiers
Supporter
$1 or more per month

You want to support me but you don't want to have to read all this stuff. That's fine. I'm grateful for your support and I'll even show you how to unsubscribe from the public posts.

Hear the whole story...
$5 or more per month

You are awesome. You'll be reading all about my adventures and incidents and able to discuss in the comments. I hope we both experience, enjoy and learn lots in the process.


You'll have access to: 

  • At least one essay every month published to Patreon
  • Random ramblings and travel info
Let's get started...
$7 or more per month only 18 left

You are a true friend. This is a limited 50% off offer to thank my friends who are helping me get this off the ground. Initial supporters will get the essays and the collections at a discount for as long as they stay subscribed. This tier is equivalent to the "Follow along live..." level, in all but name and price.

With this early-bird special you'll have access to:

  • Essays published here on Patreon
  • Collections distributed via email
  •  E-books distributed via email
  •  A special private chat server (Discord)
Includes Discord rewards
Even more essays...
$10 or more per month

You are amazing! Supporting me at this level allows me to do more and write more. Much of my travel writings and thoughts are multi-part series, or collections of thoughts on a topic or location. At this level, you'll have access to all the regular essays posted here, and you'll receive collections combining past and present, along with updates as the collections grow. Current collections ranging from island retreats to market mishaps to sauna exploration to language accidents.


You'll be receiving:

  • Access to essays
  • Collections distributed via email
Follow along live...
$15 or more per month

You are fantastic! Pledging at this level grants you access to all the words, plus access to an exclusive chat system where I'll be popping in and posting live updates and photos. When I find something new, you'll be the first to know. When I get lost, you can follow my route in realtime. And if I get arrested, you can call my lawyer for me. Discord is the chat system of choice on Patreon and also allows you to chat with fellow fans and post pictures of your own adventures!

You'll be receiving:

  • Access to essays
  • Collections distributed via email
  • Ebooks distributed via email
  • A special private chat server (Discord)
Includes Discord rewards
Postcards from the edge
$17 or more per month only 20 left

You are special and I'd like to send you something! You'll have access to essays and collections, your choice of ebook and access to the live chat, plus I'll post you six postcards a year (real ones, not virtual). This is limited to the first twenty supporters at this level.


You'll be receiving:

  • Access to essays
  • Collections distributed via email
  • Ebooks distributed via email
  • A special private chat server (Discord)
  • 6 postcards a year
Includes Discord rewards
You can't live on words alone
$20 or more per month

You already know I'm obsessed about food. This tier offers the essays, collections, ebooks and live chat but also a monthly collection of recipes and menus from a wide range of cuisines, including my Perfect Lamb Curry (takes all day but worth it) and a Georgian feast you can mostly prepare in advance.


You'll be receiving:

  • Access to essays
  • Collections distributed via email
  • Ebooks distributed via email
  • A special private chat server (Discord)
  • Monthly recipe recommendations and interesting ideas for meal plans from around the world
Includes Discord rewards
Sweet tooth
$50 or more per month only 10 left

You are my sweetest supporter! You'll get essays, collections, ebooks, postcards *and* once a year I'll send you a special sweet collection from an interesting place! This might be something very foreign or from a small producer. Available around the world; I just need to make sure I won't get your postman in trouble for delivering.


You'll be receiving:

  • Access to essays
  • Collections distributed via email
  • Ebooks distributed via email
  • A special private chat server (Discord)
  • 6 postcards a year
  • Monthly recipes and menu collections
  • A specially curated sweets box
Includes Discord rewards
My Personal Patron
$100 or more per month only 9 left

You are supporting my dream. This is an unbelievably kind offer and to be honest, I'm kind of speechless at the thought that someone might offer a level of monthly support that would free me to follow my heart and write all about it. You will receive everything above as well as a monthly check-in in the format of your choice: email, audio or video. I will also send you at least one handwritten letter a year. Optional: I will refer to you as Boss.

You'll be receiving:

  • Access to essays
  • Collections distributed via email
  • Ebooks distributed via email
  • A special private chat server (Discord)
  • 6 postcards a year
  • Monthly recipes and menu collections
  • Your choice of a specially curated sweets box or a crochet Cthulhu made just for you
  • 1 handwritten letter / year
  • Monthly check-in via email, VoIP call or video
Includes Discord rewards