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The world is a bit scary at the moment. 

I get it. There’s a lot to be worried about!

Climate change, killer robots, those sinkholes that keep popping open in the Russian permafrost like champagne corks celebrating the end of mankind, global politics – otherwise known as The Animal Farm finally coming together with Brave New World in real life.

It sucks. It’s scary. But there is hope.

It might all feel horrendously messy, but we do have power over our own inner spaces – even if it doesn’t feel that way. That’s what this series is all about: How to bring calm to our inner spaces. Elizabeth Gilbert once described this blog as being "Right on the money, you guys, and very inspiring.” I hope we can inspire you, even if just a little. 

Welcome to The Illustrated Guide to Calming the [email protected]#! Down.

In this series, illustrated by Sarah Steenland, we're inviting you to travel with us on a different kind of travel adventure: a journey inwards. 



We'll be guided by an illustrated map of fear and anxiety, which spans our inner-most world inside the body, through to the environment we live in, right out to our outer most world of the universe.

Each week or two, a new part of the illustration below will become animated on the Fearful Adventurer website. Through personal narrative, gathered ideas, art, research and absurdism, this is going to be an eclectic journey through all things worry – from cell right through to star. 



Our goal is to make warriors out of worriers.

We believe it's the more sensitive, anxious types who have the greatest power to make positive change, because they are often equipped with the superpowers of heightened empathy, perception and generosity. But fear can be clouding. Anxiety can quickly overwhelm. Terror cripples. Before we can become powerful warriors, we need to get a grip on the worrying. 

Your subscription will help make this work out.

Anything from $1 a month upwards will help us to make this effort bigger, longer, wider, taller and louder. These blog posts are lovingly created over countless hours of effort by several people, and we'd love to make it financially sustainable. 

This is how the funds will be used:

Paying my side-kick. Many of the concepts of this series only come to life only after Sarah Steenland ‘toons them up. She’s super talented and works deep into the night to make these illustrations amazing. 

Paying my team. I have a researcher that helps me to bring wisdom nuggets to these posts in the areas of science, psychology and philosophy, and a storytelling expert, Mike Sowden, who chimes in with his briilaince now and then.

Paying my web dude. My digital wingman helps me with all things technical, like regular tweaks and maintenance to keep the website functional. 

Paying myself. The longer I can stretch this out financially, the longer I can keep this effort going. 

And then there are the back-end costs, which aren't as sexy, but just as necessary.

  • Hosting: We need a quality host that can support our growing traffic without crashing.
  • MailChimp: In order to send emails to our subscribers, we need to pay these chimps.
  • Facebook "boosts”: These help us to get the word out about what we’re doing.

A huge thank you


Thank you for reading. Thank you for considering a paid subscription to this project. We hope you enjoy the series either way, but if you have decided to become a subscriber, your support is deeply appreciated.

xo
Torre and Sarah

Tiers
VIP + Exclusive Content
$1 or more per month
  • VIP subscriber: We will put you on a special subscriber list and you will get all the latest news and offers first. 
Maggot stickers
$3 or more per month
  • Stickers: We will post you some self-love maggot stickers illustrated by Sarah Steenland, to remind you to nurture and defend your inner grotesque self. (You'll be seeing the maggot a lot around here. He's our special little guy.
  • Plus the earlier benefits.



Behind the Scenes + Booty
$12 or more per month
  • Behind the scenes access: You will get access to some behind-the-scenes content: illustrations that didn’t make the cut (like the one of Hitler deemed to crude for the public), factoids, interesting links, scrapped scenes or ideas, plans we're scheming, nonsensical scribbles and other curiosities for your VIP entertainment and amusement. 
  • Postcard: A hand-written postcard, illustrated by the fabulous Sarah Steenland, posted to anywhere in the world.
  • Plus all the earlier benefits. 


Existential Crisis Tote
$25 or more per month
  • Tote bag: The world might be ending but at least you can go out looking cool. We will send you a Tyrannosaurus-rex tote bag ("Dammit, I wasted so much time worrying about my tiny arms!"), so that you can rock your existential panic.
  • Personalised toons: Sarah will send you a personalised toon every month, made specifically for YOU!
  • Plus all the earlier benefits.

Mentoring With the Creators
$160 or more per month
  • Two one hour sessions: What do you most need help with? Your storytelling? A book you're writing? Ideas? Motivation? Self-publishing? Blogging? Personal branding? Website design? Author platform? Pick the brains of Torre DeRoche and Sarah Steenland! So long as you're a Patron at this level, you'll get TWO mentoring sessions per month with the creators, via text chat. To best understand your work we will read up to 5,000 words of your writing per month. Limited places. Offers screened first for suitability.
  • Plus all the earlier benefits. 
Official Worrier-to-Warrior Sponsor
$320 or more per month
  • Official sponsor: Your high-end subscription will help us make the world a calmer place – one mildly offensive blog post at a time. For as long as you’re a Patreon at this level, your company logo + a link to your site will be added to the bottom of every post under 'Sponsors' for the entire duration of the series. We will send you a logo if you want to let your customers know you support this project.
  • Thank you + book: We will send you a hand-written thank you plus a signed book. 
Offers screened first for suitability. Limited quantity. 
Article Writing and Illustration
$2,650 or more per month
  • Writing: If you'd like to commission us to write and illustrate a unique story for your publication, you can! This subscription level includes an 800 - 1,200 word story plus illustrations in the collaborative style of Torre DeRoche and Sarah Steenland. We will produce one piece for you per month at this subscription level. 
Cancel any time if you only want one. Offers screened first for suitability. Only two available due to time restrictions.
Goals
2 of 25 patrons
Hire an editor
With this much support, it will be a good idea to get extra eyes on our creations to clean up all errors. 
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The world is a bit scary at the moment. 

I get it. There’s a lot to be worried about!

Climate change, killer robots, those sinkholes that keep popping open in the Russian permafrost like champagne corks celebrating the end of mankind, global politics – otherwise known as The Animal Farm finally coming together with Brave New World in real life.

It sucks. It’s scary. But there is hope.

It might all feel horrendously messy, but we do have power over our own inner spaces – even if it doesn’t feel that way. That’s what this series is all about: How to bring calm to our inner spaces. Elizabeth Gilbert once described this blog as being "Right on the money, you guys, and very inspiring.” I hope we can inspire you, even if just a little. 

Welcome to The Illustrated Guide to Calming the [email protected]#! Down.

In this series, illustrated by Sarah Steenland, we're inviting you to travel with us on a different kind of travel adventure: a journey inwards. 



We'll be guided by an illustrated map of fear and anxiety, which spans our inner-most world inside the body, through to the environment we live in, right out to our outer most world of the universe.

Each week or two, a new part of the illustration below will become animated on the Fearful Adventurer website. Through personal narrative, gathered ideas, art, research and absurdism, this is going to be an eclectic journey through all things worry – from cell right through to star. 



Our goal is to make warriors out of worriers.

We believe it's the more sensitive, anxious types who have the greatest power to make positive change, because they are often equipped with the superpowers of heightened empathy, perception and generosity. But fear can be clouding. Anxiety can quickly overwhelm. Terror cripples. Before we can become powerful warriors, we need to get a grip on the worrying. 

Your subscription will help make this work out.

Anything from $1 a month upwards will help us to make this effort bigger, longer, wider, taller and louder. These blog posts are lovingly created over countless hours of effort by several people, and we'd love to make it financially sustainable. 

This is how the funds will be used:

Paying my side-kick. Many of the concepts of this series only come to life only after Sarah Steenland ‘toons them up. She’s super talented and works deep into the night to make these illustrations amazing. 

Paying my team. I have a researcher that helps me to bring wisdom nuggets to these posts in the areas of science, psychology and philosophy, and a storytelling expert, Mike Sowden, who chimes in with his briilaince now and then.

Paying my web dude. My digital wingman helps me with all things technical, like regular tweaks and maintenance to keep the website functional. 

Paying myself. The longer I can stretch this out financially, the longer I can keep this effort going. 

And then there are the back-end costs, which aren't as sexy, but just as necessary.

  • Hosting: We need a quality host that can support our growing traffic without crashing.
  • MailChimp: In order to send emails to our subscribers, we need to pay these chimps.
  • Facebook "boosts”: These help us to get the word out about what we’re doing.

A huge thank you


Thank you for reading. Thank you for considering a paid subscription to this project. We hope you enjoy the series either way, but if you have decided to become a subscriber, your support is deeply appreciated.

xo
Torre and Sarah

Recent posts by Torre DeRoche

Tiers
VIP + Exclusive Content
$1 or more per month
  • VIP subscriber: We will put you on a special subscriber list and you will get all the latest news and offers first. 
Maggot stickers
$3 or more per month
  • Stickers: We will post you some self-love maggot stickers illustrated by Sarah Steenland, to remind you to nurture and defend your inner grotesque self. (You'll be seeing the maggot a lot around here. He's our special little guy.
  • Plus the earlier benefits.



Behind the Scenes + Booty
$12 or more per month
  • Behind the scenes access: You will get access to some behind-the-scenes content: illustrations that didn’t make the cut (like the one of Hitler deemed to crude for the public), factoids, interesting links, scrapped scenes or ideas, plans we're scheming, nonsensical scribbles and other curiosities for your VIP entertainment and amusement. 
  • Postcard: A hand-written postcard, illustrated by the fabulous Sarah Steenland, posted to anywhere in the world.
  • Plus all the earlier benefits. 


Existential Crisis Tote
$25 or more per month
  • Tote bag: The world might be ending but at least you can go out looking cool. We will send you a Tyrannosaurus-rex tote bag ("Dammit, I wasted so much time worrying about my tiny arms!"), so that you can rock your existential panic.
  • Personalised toons: Sarah will send you a personalised toon every month, made specifically for YOU!
  • Plus all the earlier benefits.

Mentoring With the Creators
$160 or more per month
  • Two one hour sessions: What do you most need help with? Your storytelling? A book you're writing? Ideas? Motivation? Self-publishing? Blogging? Personal branding? Website design? Author platform? Pick the brains of Torre DeRoche and Sarah Steenland! So long as you're a Patron at this level, you'll get TWO mentoring sessions per month with the creators, via text chat. To best understand your work we will read up to 5,000 words of your writing per month. Limited places. Offers screened first for suitability.
  • Plus all the earlier benefits. 
Official Worrier-to-Warrior Sponsor
$320 or more per month
  • Official sponsor: Your high-end subscription will help us make the world a calmer place – one mildly offensive blog post at a time. For as long as you’re a Patreon at this level, your company logo + a link to your site will be added to the bottom of every post under 'Sponsors' for the entire duration of the series. We will send you a logo if you want to let your customers know you support this project.
  • Thank you + book: We will send you a hand-written thank you plus a signed book. 
Offers screened first for suitability. Limited quantity. 
Article Writing and Illustration
$2,650 or more per month
  • Writing: If you'd like to commission us to write and illustrate a unique story for your publication, you can! This subscription level includes an 800 - 1,200 word story plus illustrations in the collaborative style of Torre DeRoche and Sarah Steenland. We will produce one piece for you per month at this subscription level. 
Cancel any time if you only want one. Offers screened first for suitability. Only two available due to time restrictions.