Guess what? I’m running a competition and I’m giving away a round-trip ticket to anywhere, worth up to $1000!
Next week my book launches in North America. Holy shit.
This crazy writing and publishing journey has brought on the lowest of lows and the highest of highs. Overall, it has perhaps been a little bit like putting my hand up for a temporary mood disorder. “Bipolar anyone?” / “Yes please, I’ll take it!”
Worth it? Absolutely.
And now the fun part begins: Launch time!
I need you.
I’m putting together a team of people to participate in some book launch-related shenanigans to help with spreading the word. There will be fun. There will be prizes. There may even be cask wine hangovers. But first, there will be writing…
Here’s what’s involved:
Is there something scary that you want to do, but haven’t done because of fear? Do you want to, say, jump out of a plane? Start writing a novel? Quit your job? Run a marathon? Ask your boss for a raise? Sell all your stuff and set off traveling the world? Don women’s underwear on the outside of your pants? Hmm, okay…
Whatever it is, I want you to take one of your fears and stare it in the face and yell “I DENY YOU, YOU BASTARD”. You know which fear I’m talking about. That special one that keeps getting in the way of what you want to be doing. Yes, that one. Got that ugly thing in your sights? Holding it in your mind, kicking and struggling? Okay, good.
Tell me your story
Write a post on your blog outlining your fearful adventure. It could be something ridiculously ambitious, like an epic journey around the world on a unicycle, or something sweet and simple, like going to a nursing home to read books to the elderly. It can be anything at all. It’s your fearful adventure. Use as many or as few words as you like to express it. It can be a 1000-word outpouring, or one eloquent statement: “I want to fly around the world but I’m scared of airplane toilets.” Up to you.
There are only three conditions:
- It inspires you.
- It scares you.
- On some level, big or small, it will change your world.
To help get you feeling a little more inspired to ‘fess up, there’s a reward involved:
The best story wins a round-trip ticket worth up to $1000!
There’s nothing like a free round-trip ticket to help you give you a push. With a boarding ticket in hand, you’ll have no excuse not to do a running leap towards your adventure.
Where you go is up to you. Paris, New York, Hawaii? Palm trees, piña coladas, fromageries? How about a trip to Hooker, Oklahoma? (Hey—I’m not here to judge, I’m here to support you.) Pack whatever you like, but leave your fears behind.
I’ll also send the first 50 participants a paperback copy of Love with a Chance of Drowning, as well as a signed postcard from me to you featuring a reproduction of my illustration mapping out my very own fearful adventure of sailing across the Pacific (on a leaky boat) with a morbid fear of deep water.
- Share this post on your Facebook page. Tag my Facebook fanpage to let me know you’re participating.
- Write a post about your fearful adventure. Once your piece is up, I’ll link to your post in my sidebar alongside all the other fearful adventures.
- Mention the launch of Love with a Chance of Drowning by posting this code somewhere in your piece, and post the book trailer on your Facebook or Twitter page.
- Publish it on your blog
before May 31, 2013*, and Tweet it with the hashtag #myfearfuladventure. *I’m going to extend the deadline until June 17 because several people are running late with submissions, and because I’m also running late with reading submissions! I realize I probably didn’t give enough time on this.
Optional: Since other people will be facing their fearful adventures at the same time as you, report into the group with the highs and lows of your journey by Tweeting with the hashtag: #myfearfuladventure
I’m going to have the fabulous Srinivas Rao of BlogcastFM pick a winner based on the entry that manages to move, shake, or inspire him, or make him laugh or cry. So make it good, people!
A few more things…
The round-trip ticket (valued up to $1000), the postcards, and book prizes will go out to US addresses only. While I’d love to open it up to the whole world, we have to put limitations on location due to the cost of shipping and giveaway legalities. But feel free to participate anyway if you’d like—it should be fun.
If you don’t have a blog…
Don’t worry—you can still play. Take a picture or make a piece of artwork that captures your fearful adventure, and upload it to Instagram or Facebook. Hashtag your entry with #myfearfuladventure and post a Facebook post about my book (post the book trailer if you like). Don’t forget to tag my Fanpage so I know you’re playing.
If you’re not afraid of anything…
You’re my hero. Can I have some of what you’re on? Do you have some wisdom to share on how you cope with fear? A special technique you use to kick fear in the pants? A personal story of overcoming? Tell me. Follow the steps (1 – 4) above with your advice piece, and your entry will be considered for the giveaway.
So, fearful adventurers…
Let’s hold hands and do daring activities together, and then we can sit around the campfire and sing Kumbaya and form a hug circle, and then wake up the next day with a shocking cask wine hangover and an inability to look each other in the eye.
How about we skip the whole regretful singing/hug circle scenario and just shoot rounds of ammo into the sky. That works for me too. Yee-haw!
My fearful adventure:
A city girl with a morbid fear of deep water, I’m not someone you would ordinarily find adrift in the middle of the stormy Pacific aboard a leaky sailboat – total crew of two – struggling to keep an old boat, a new relationship and my floundering sanity afloat.
But when I met Ivan, a handsome Argentinean man with a humble sailboat and a dream to set off exploring the world, I had to face a hard decision: watch the man I was in love with sail away forever, or head off on the watery journey with him. After much nail-chewing, I decided to give up my city life, face my fear of water (and tendency towards seasickness) and join him on a two-year-long voyage across the Pacific.
“Wow, what a book. Exciting. Dramatic. Honest. Torre DeRoche is an author to follow.” Australian Associated Press
“A funny, irresistibly offbeat tale about the risks and rewards of living, and loving, with an open heart.” —Kirkus Reviews
“In her debut, DeRoche has penned such a beautiful, thrilling story you’ll have to remind yourself it’s not fiction. Her language is effortless.” —Courier Mail
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Here are the submissions so far:
The Middle-Aged Adventurer by Married with Luggage
Overcoming fear at Laguna Dudú by Turf to Surf
Travelling on a container ship, from Athens to Hong Kong by Leaving Cairo
My most fearful adventure is a reality check by Domestiphobia
This is my declaration of freedom by Fels Got Swag
I’m not scared of flying, but… by Chicks Travel Flicks
Relenquishing My Inner Chicken-Shit by The Vagabond Studio
Fear – Quitting it all to move to Costa Rica by Samba to the Sea
Why I’m leaving my life as I know it and moving 10,000 miles for love. by Nancy Da Costa
Torre DeRoche is the author of two travel memoirs, Love with a Chance of Drowning (2013) and The Worrier’s Guide to the End of the World (due out September 2017). She has written for The Atlantic, The Guardian Travel, The Sydney Morning Herald, Emirates, and two Lonely Planet anthologies.