Pants on Fire Tour

"If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story." -Orson Welles
Jennifer Casale
Nashville, Tennessee
United States
1 Team Member

What is Pants on Fire?

Four years ago on Valentine's Day my life turned upside down when I found out that the man I was planning to marry was a completely different person...down to the fake accent he used. (Yes, really.) To find out more about that, check out the video posted on this campaign or my blog

Four years later, I am sitting in New Zealand, at the very start of this journey in which I am following the path of this story around the world. Pants on Fire is the name of the blog I am keeping along the way & the working title of the book I am writing. 

Only half of this story has happened. You are watching details of the rest of the story unfold on the blog, and supporting the writing process of the book manuscript. 

Who am I?

My name is Jennifer Casale. I have an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. I am an optimist. I am a poet. I am an entrepreneur and an environmentalist. I am a hard worker & for the next seven and a half months, writing this story is my job. 

What will you be using this money for? 

I have been working two and three full time jobs for most of the past year. I have purchased the plane tickets, visas and immunizations. It was important to me to get this far before asking for any help. I knew the odds of me being able to pull this off were not great. But here I am. Day 3 into this journey. I woke up in a tent on a sheep farm in New Zealand this morning. One backpack filled with everything I will need for almost 8 months. I have already written more in the past two days than I have in the past three years. Now I just need to buy time. I need to be able to get a cup of coffee and sit and write all day. I need to buy bus and train tickets in each city. I need to sleep in safe hostels. This is a low budget project. 

Best and Worst Case Scenarios:

If I don't meet the goal, I will still figure out some way to survive. I will work odd jobs. I will find a way. I am determined to write this book and send this story out into the world. 

If I meet the goal, I will be able to focus on my job....and I will happy cry. A lot. 

If I exceed the goal, I will first pass out, and then upon waking, make sure any money I don't absolutely need goes towards doing things along the way to make people smile....and those stories will end up on the blog and some of them will surely end up in the book....and you will have been responsible for making all of that happen. I believe we each have a tremendous power to influence and change each other's lives with the smallest gestures. It could be buying toys for an orphanage, paying for a child's schooling, buying groceries for someone, buying medicine, returning a small kindness to someone who showed me kindness without ever expecting a thing in return...whatever is needed, and whatever will make someone smile and feel hope. 

The Impact

I believe it is my job to tell this story and write this book. Even though the details of what happened and why I am here are unique and strange, I believe there is a universal message of love, hope, survival and truth that can be understood and felt by everyone. 

If Harper Collins emailed me tomorrow and offered me a book deal, that would be great, but the chances of that happening are about as good as me winning the Tennessee Jackpot all the way from the other side of the world. It is so difficult for new musicians and writers to get deals. In a way, that is sad, but the most determined artists still find a way to produce their work. I love sites like Indie Gogo that allow art to be nurtured and supported by individuals who believe in the project during the creation stage. I believe there is something so much more authentic about that beginning. 

Other Ways You Can Help

I know that not everyone reading this has money to contribute. I understand. Totally. You can still support this project by sharing this page and the blog ( with friends and family members. Thank you!

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  • $10USD
    My Gratitude & Name in Book

    Everyone who donates at any level will be named on the acknowledgement page of the book when it is published. At this level, you also get my gratitude & a lot of free hugs whenever I see you.

    24 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2013
  • $15USD
    Limited Edition Map

    This is a 9"x15" screen printed "Pants on Fire" map/poster. These are numbered & a limited edition print. Put it on the fridge. Let the kids mark off countries as I go along. Frame it. Save it and sell it on eBay for 20x what you paid when the book gets turned into a screen play and they get Natalie Portman to play me in a feature film that then goes on to win an Oscar (hey, anything can happen, right?). (Local Nashville folks, please pick up at The Green Wagon to save on shipping charges.)

    9 out of 175 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2013
  • $20USD
    Skype Session

    15 minute Skype session. I can give you a sneak peek and read part of a chapter from the book I am writing. We can just chat. We can have a staring contest. Sing songs. It is up to you.

    1 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $20USD
    Three Personalized Postcards

    These can be written to you, your mom, your class at school, your kids, your co-workers, your Aunt Myrtle. Over the course of the next eight months, you will receive three postcards from three different countries.

    29 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $35USD

    Come to an invitation only "Welcome Home" Party. There will be delicious food and wine. There will be music. There will be a slideshow from the trip. (Tentative date Oct 5th. Nashville. Exact location and time TBA.)

    9 out of 150 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $75USD
    Reading from POF Manuscript

    Have a dinner party. Host a book club. Use me as a guest speaker for your classroom. Invite 2,000 of your closest friends. Invite your best friend over for wine and I'll read to you in your living room. You choose the setting and the audience. I'll do a 45 minute reading from the manuscript and then a Q&A. (Nashville area only.)

    2 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $125USD
    The Optimist's Special

    I will use a portion of this contribution to do something kind for someone in need. I am sure I will meet many along the way who could use help and kindness. I will email you a photo and an explanation of the good deed I did. This perk earns you double good karma points! You're helping me write this book and helping a stranger on the other side of the world!

    5 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $300USD
    The Kitchen Sink

    Get all of the perks above! I might even give you my actual kitchen sink when I get back. If you want it.

    4 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
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