Sylvia Spruck Wrigley is creating an adventure
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On the first of June, I'm going to Skokholm.  It's a tiny little island 2.5 miles off the coast of Wales but it may as well be 200.  I'm sleeping in a renovated cow shed. There's a shared toilet, no shower. Communal kitchen in the farm house. Well water. Solar power only. Limited phone coverage, no wifi. Seals. Puffins. Gale-force winds.

Anyway, I'm packed and almost ready.  It's already clear that my suitcase is too heavy and I have too many things and I'm not sure what to do.

Things I could leave behind:
Ritz crackers
Second pair of boots
Extra torch
17 layers of clothes

I keep looking at the food dubiously and then I look at my list again and it is literally, three meals a day plus a couple of snacks. The Ritz crackers with cheese count as a lunch and they really aren't heavy, so I don't think I'm being stupid. Nevertheless, they say to pack light because you have to get it on and off the boat etc and my suitcase weights 15 kilos and my shoulder bag has 5 litres of wine in it (NECESSITY) and then I have the camera bag and tripod and oh my god, what am I doing.

Not to mention the fact that the wind and weather are against me. The Skomer boats were cancelled today, which means the Skokholm boat, if there was one, would have been cancelled too. The wind is dropping but the weather itself doesn't look like it is going to improve.

And if I get on the island and the weather turns, I would be trapped there for another week. But I just can NOT pack two weeks worth of meals (I do have a 500g bag of dried beans so I won't starve) and still get my own suitcase on and off the rocking boat. 

I make it sound like I'm all camping and stuff, and I do have to bring my own sheets and towels and pillow cases and duvet covers, but I will have a bed and a roof over me. One of the weight issues is almost certainly the fact that I have seven camera batteries, two phone battery packs, plus a (240 gram) brick which can charge the iPad twice and a solar power charging device, not that it looks like there will be any sun but if there is I'M HARVESTING IT!

OK, I've got it down to one suitcase, one shoulder bag, one backpack. That's not crazy, is it? The stupid boat probably won't even take me there and here I am worrying about the weight of my dried ramen.

Is it time to go yet?
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You'll be my correspondent. I'll send you my emails straight off the island with my rawest thoughts (not available to my mother nor my son). These will be delivered as soon as I can achieve connectivity. 
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I'll write to you to thank you. You'll receive a hand-written postcard made from a photograph taken by me on the island.
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I'll write to you repeatedly. I'll send you a handwritten post-card of a photo taken by me on the island and all the emails.
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Ebook!  I'll send you all the emails from the island and a copy of the final ebook in the format of your choice. This will be a revised and edited "novella" all about the week on the island. Also included is an e-copy of You Fly Like a Woman, my memoir of learning to fly in Southern Spain.


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I will make things for you! I'll post you a cuddly cthulhu crocheted by me, along with an e-book and you'll receive all the emails from the island.
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A real book! I'll send you a printed copy of the adventure accompanied by photographs taken by me on the island, a copy of both e-books, a hand-written postcard and the emails from the island. You'll also be mentioned by name in the acknowledgements.
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You'll have all the things! I will send you:
  • a printed copy of the adventure accompanied by photographs taken by me on the island,
  • a copy of both e-books,
  • all the emails from the island,
  • a hand-written personalised postcard created from a photograph on the island,
  • a mention in the acknowledgements
  • AND a cuddly cthulhu crocheted by me.
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On the first of June, I'm going to Skokholm.  It's a tiny little island 2.5 miles off the coast of Wales but it may as well be 200.  I'm sleeping in a renovated cow shed. There's a shared toilet, no shower. Communal kitchen in the farm house. Well water. Solar power only. Limited phone coverage, no wifi. Seals. Puffins. Gale-force winds.

Anyway, I'm packed and almost ready.  It's already clear that my suitcase is too heavy and I have too many things and I'm not sure what to do.

Things I could leave behind:
Ritz crackers
Second pair of boots
Extra torch
17 layers of clothes

I keep looking at the food dubiously and then I look at my list again and it is literally, three meals a day plus a couple of snacks. The Ritz crackers with cheese count as a lunch and they really aren't heavy, so I don't think I'm being stupid. Nevertheless, they say to pack light because you have to get it on and off the boat etc and my suitcase weights 15 kilos and my shoulder bag has 5 litres of wine in it (NECESSITY) and then I have the camera bag and tripod and oh my god, what am I doing.

Not to mention the fact that the wind and weather are against me. The Skomer boats were cancelled today, which means the Skokholm boat, if there was one, would have been cancelled too. The wind is dropping but the weather itself doesn't look like it is going to improve.

And if I get on the island and the weather turns, I would be trapped there for another week. But I just can NOT pack two weeks worth of meals (I do have a 500g bag of dried beans so I won't starve) and still get my own suitcase on and off the rocking boat. 

I make it sound like I'm all camping and stuff, and I do have to bring my own sheets and towels and pillow cases and duvet covers, but I will have a bed and a roof over me. One of the weight issues is almost certainly the fact that I have seven camera batteries, two phone battery packs, plus a (240 gram) brick which can charge the iPad twice and a solar power charging device, not that it looks like there will be any sun but if there is I'M HARVESTING IT!

OK, I've got it down to one suitcase, one shoulder bag, one backpack. That's not crazy, is it? The stupid boat probably won't even take me there and here I am worrying about the weight of my dried ramen.

Is it time to go yet?

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You'll be my correspondent. I'll send you my emails straight off the island with my rawest thoughts (not available to my mother nor my son). These will be delivered as soon as I can achieve connectivity. 
Pledge $10 or more per novella-length memoir (assuming that Sylvia survives)
0 patrons
I'll write to you to thank you. You'll receive a hand-written postcard made from a photograph taken by me on the island.
Pledge $15 or more per novella-length memoir (assuming that Sylvia survives)
0 patrons
I'll write to you repeatedly. I'll send you a handwritten post-card of a photo taken by me on the island and all the emails.
Pledge $20 or more per novella-length memoir (assuming that Sylvia survives)
0 patrons
Ebook!  I'll send you all the emails from the island and a copy of the final ebook in the format of your choice. This will be a revised and edited "novella" all about the week on the island. Also included is an e-copy of You Fly Like a Woman, my memoir of learning to fly in Southern Spain.


Pledge $50 or more per novella-length memoir (assuming that Sylvia survives)
0 of 5 patrons
I will make things for you! I'll post you a cuddly cthulhu crocheted by me, along with an e-book and you'll receive all the emails from the island.
Pledge $75 or more per novella-length memoir (assuming that Sylvia survives)
0 patrons
A real book! I'll send you a printed copy of the adventure accompanied by photographs taken by me on the island, a copy of both e-books, a hand-written postcard and the emails from the island. You'll also be mentioned by name in the acknowledgements.
Pledge $100 or more per novella-length memoir (assuming that Sylvia survives)
0 patrons
You'll have all the things! I will send you:
  • a printed copy of the adventure accompanied by photographs taken by me on the island,
  • a copy of both e-books,
  • all the emails from the island,
  • a hand-written personalised postcard created from a photograph on the island,
  • a mention in the acknowledgements
  • AND a cuddly cthulhu crocheted by me.