Jeffrey Erkelens is creating a book on his life, loves, and existential tumult.
22

patrons

$336
per month
On my 55th birthday:

  • I realized I no longer enjoyed, nor believed in the story I was in, so decided to write my own.
  • I left my job, and walked away from a promise of a generous lifetime pension in exchange for my freedom.
  • I surrendered my possessions to rid myself of distractions.
  • I embarked on a creative journey.

Why?

Because I share Dianne Ackerman’s sentiment that: “The great affair, the love affair with life, is to live it as variously as possible, to groom one’s curiosity like a high-spirited thoroughbred, climb aboard, and gallop.”

And William Blake’s: “He who desires but acts not breeds pestilence.”

Unencumbered, with a glimpse of immaculate sand awaiting my footprints, I now begin my blissful walk on the edge of uncertainty doing exactly what I feel I was meant to do all my life: to write.

I walk with gratitude for those that have brought me to this point, and to you, patrons, who I now invite to journey with me.

Tiers
Letters to My Crew
$3 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Exclusive access to the monthly letters I write to my crew, as I journey across the Fourth Saros. These letters deal with the thorniest dilemmas of human existence: Love, Relationships, Friendship. Purpose, Meaning, Self-Awareness, and Fulfillment.
  • You earn my gratitude. I get a cup of coffee.
THE BUCCANEER
$9 or more per month 13 patrons
  • You join our adventurous crew, and get a New Chapter of my Memoir every other week.
  • Exclusive access to Patron-only posts.
  • You receive my monthly letter in the mail.
  • You become awesome. I get a Latte and a Muffin.
THE TREASURE CHEST
$19 or more per month 8 of 25 patrons

  • A New Chapter of my Memoir every other week.
  • A beautifully-crafted wooden Treasure Chest delivered (U.S. patrons) to your doorstep, and then a monthly quote from my extensive compilation with my prompt for you to digest and incorporate its wisdom into your own life. READ MY LETTER HERE. 
  • My monthly letter and keepsakes of the journey (photos, postcards, etc.) by mail, to store in your treasure box.
  • Patron-only posts.
  • You become magnificent. I get a good meal.
THE GOLDEN BOUNTY
$49 or more per month 1 of 10 patrons
Everything in the 'Treasure Chest' tier, plus:


  • A monthly copy of a Book I've read, along with my notes and insights.
  • Guided Book Discussion and Analysis.
  • You become Godlike. I get to write for you full time.
AT THE CAPTAIN'S TABLE
$100 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
Everything in the 'Golden Bounty' tier, plus:


  • A monthly E-mail conversation with me, where you get to grapple with your own Spiritual Journey.
  • My Gold: my ten year collection of quotes and poetry indexed by theme, and bound in a book (recipients must be at the Captain's Table for six months before receiving this treasure. Allow 3-6 months thereafter for delivery).
  •  For Aspiring Writers: tips on the craft, writing exercises, setting a routine, how to beat writer's block, guidance, creative inspiration, and much more.
  • You earn a friend for life. I become ecstatic with joy and gratitude.
Goals
$336 of $1,500 per month
Reaching the monthly goal, will allow me to keep my focus on completing the first book on the Love and Existential Tumult of a Man called Theo. With your help, I will complete the first draft by end 2017, re-write it, and publish it in 2018.

Your support will also help cover the web-hosting costs, the occasional meal and cup of coffee, and - most importantly - will keep me from fracking, stripping mountainsides for coal (clean or not), or other such deleterious occupations.

With unbounded gratitude.



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On my 55th birthday:

  • I realized I no longer enjoyed, nor believed in the story I was in, so decided to write my own.
  • I left my job, and walked away from a promise of a generous lifetime pension in exchange for my freedom.
  • I surrendered my possessions to rid myself of distractions.
  • I embarked on a creative journey.

Why?

Because I share Dianne Ackerman’s sentiment that: “The great affair, the love affair with life, is to live it as variously as possible, to groom one’s curiosity like a high-spirited thoroughbred, climb aboard, and gallop.”

And William Blake’s: “He who desires but acts not breeds pestilence.”

Unencumbered, with a glimpse of immaculate sand awaiting my footprints, I now begin my blissful walk on the edge of uncertainty doing exactly what I feel I was meant to do all my life: to write.

I walk with gratitude for those that have brought me to this point, and to you, patrons, who I now invite to journey with me.

Recent posts by Jeffrey Erkelens

Tiers
Letters to My Crew
$3 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Exclusive access to the monthly letters I write to my crew, as I journey across the Fourth Saros. These letters deal with the thorniest dilemmas of human existence: Love, Relationships, Friendship. Purpose, Meaning, Self-Awareness, and Fulfillment.
  • You earn my gratitude. I get a cup of coffee.
THE BUCCANEER
$9 or more per month 13 patrons
  • You join our adventurous crew, and get a New Chapter of my Memoir every other week.
  • Exclusive access to Patron-only posts.
  • You receive my monthly letter in the mail.
  • You become awesome. I get a Latte and a Muffin.
THE TREASURE CHEST
$19 or more per month 8 of 25 patrons

  • A New Chapter of my Memoir every other week.
  • A beautifully-crafted wooden Treasure Chest delivered (U.S. patrons) to your doorstep, and then a monthly quote from my extensive compilation with my prompt for you to digest and incorporate its wisdom into your own life. READ MY LETTER HERE. 
  • My monthly letter and keepsakes of the journey (photos, postcards, etc.) by mail, to store in your treasure box.
  • Patron-only posts.
  • You become magnificent. I get a good meal.
THE GOLDEN BOUNTY
$49 or more per month 1 of 10 patrons
Everything in the 'Treasure Chest' tier, plus:


  • A monthly copy of a Book I've read, along with my notes and insights.
  • Guided Book Discussion and Analysis.
  • You become Godlike. I get to write for you full time.
AT THE CAPTAIN'S TABLE
$100 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
Everything in the 'Golden Bounty' tier, plus:


  • A monthly E-mail conversation with me, where you get to grapple with your own Spiritual Journey.
  • My Gold: my ten year collection of quotes and poetry indexed by theme, and bound in a book (recipients must be at the Captain's Table for six months before receiving this treasure. Allow 3-6 months thereafter for delivery).
  •  For Aspiring Writers: tips on the craft, writing exercises, setting a routine, how to beat writer's block, guidance, creative inspiration, and much more.
  • You earn a friend for life. I become ecstatic with joy and gratitude.