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Meet Anthony and get your books signed at upcoming readings, signings, and events! See below for Anthony’s current schedule of events.

Book Anthony for Your Event

Anthony is available for virtual and real-world events including book fairs, workshops, conventions, panel discussions, video chats, and more. Please contact me: with your specific requirements, as I would love to help with your next event.

Bring Anthony’s “Faddah Rucksack’s Roadsong” to You

No, you don’t have to dress like this.

Can’t make it to an event? Bring Anthony to you!

Email Anthony and ask about his Living Room Tour Performance, “Faddah Rucksack’s Roadsong”


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Lunch with an Author, May 21, 2015

The Book NestThe Book Nest is a lovely wee bookstore in Springfield, Oregon. Each week from 12 to 2 p.m., they offer the public an opportunity to have lunch with an area author. Admission is free, but please make a purchase from the lunch venue.

On Thurs., May 21, you can have lunch with a certain Anthony St. Clair, a freelance writer and author of the Rucksack Universe books, a series of travel fantasy novels. (You probably haven’t heard of him, but you never know.)

Below is the full current schedule for Lunch with an Author, so you can check out lunch with lots of other cool area authors. There’s also directions and contact details if you need more information.

February Lunch with an Author

Thurs., Feb. 5: William Senyard, pastor, lecturer, and author of Fair Forgiveness: Finding the Power to Forgive Where You Least Expect It. https://www.facebook.com/cantforgivecom

Thurs., Feb. 12: Robert Young, teacher, writing consultant, and author of multiple books for young people, including The Magic of A.C. Gilbert and Chomp: A Chewer’s Guide to Gum. http://realwriting.us/home/

Thurs., Feb. 19: Johnny Sundstrom, author of Dawn’s Early Light and For Spacious Skies, historical fiction about the American West.

Fri., Feb. 27: Gina Oschner, Corban College professor and author of award-winning short stories and the novel The Russian Dreambook of Colour and Flight. http://www.ginaochsner.com/

March Lunch with an Author

Thurs., March 5: Dave Imus, award-winning cartographer and masterful creator of state, local, and art maps. https://imusgeographics.com/

Fri., March 13: Theo Czuk, musician, poet, songwriter, and author of the western novel Heartscarred. http://tedczuk.com/

Thurs., March 19: Annette Cone, author of With God … on a Tanzanian Safari, a collection of photography and meditations, and Shelley Houston, author of several works of fiction and owner of Just Dust Publishers. http://justdustpublishers.com/books.html

April Lunch with an Author

Thurs., April 2: Carola Dunn, author of more than fifty works of fiction, including the popular Daisy Dalrymple mysteries. http://caroladunn.weebly.com

Thurs., April 9: Sharon Munson, local poet whose work has appeared in numerous publications and several collections. http://www.oregonpoeticvoices.org/poet/111/

Thurs., April 16: Mary E. Lowd, science fiction author, with more than fifty short stories and two novels in print. http://marylowd.com/

April 23 or 24, time TBA: Birthday party for Shakespeare, featuring Shakespearean monologues by Springfield High School drama students.

Thurs., April 30: Steve Hunt, Vice President for Marketing at Corban University and author of the children’s book Alex and the Airplane and the novel Love and Deception: One Family’s Encounter with Dementia.

May Lunch with an Author

Thurs., May 7: Donna McFarland, author of multiple chapter books for young people, including the Purple Elephant series, the Duck and Friends series, and the Sam and the Dragon series. http://duckandfriends.com/

Thurs., May 14: Judy Cox, popular, award-winning author of numerous children’s books, including The Secret Chicken Society and the Tails of Frederick and Ishbu series. http://www.judycox.net/works.htm

Thurs., May 21: Anthony St. Clair, freelance writer, editor, and author of the Rucksack Universe books, a series of travel fantasy novels. http://www.anthonystclair.com/rucksack-universe

Thurs., May 28: Terri Kelley, former elementary and middle school teacher and author of numerous books for children. http://www.terrikelleybooks.com/

June Lunch with an Author

Thurs., June 4: Terry Glaspey, Harvest House editor and author of the Book Lover’s Guide to Great Reading, Not a Tame Lion: The Spiritual Legacy of C.S. Lewis., and his newest volume, The Prayers of Jane Austen. http://harvesthousepublishers.com/authors/terry-glaspey/

Directions to Indulge! Antiques

From Highway 126, take the Mohawk exit. Pass Bi-mart and Dutch Bros. and turn left at the next light. In the parking lot, turn left then go straight back (away from Mohawk), between the two large buildings. Indulge is on the back side of the building on the left, with the entrance facing 18th Street.

Questions and more info?

Contact Amanda Bird
The Book Nest: Fine books, good reading
At: Indulge! Antiques and Fine Interiors
1461 Mohawk Blvd.
Springfield, OR 97477
541-357-6862

(And remember, schedules are subject to change.)

http://Birdsbooks.wordpress.com/


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Author Panel: Kids, Career & Chaos: How Writers Get Writing Done, May 7, 2015

Mid-Valley Willamette WritersTrying to figure out how to get writing done in the midst of career, family, life, and other priorities?

The Mid-Valley Chapter of Willamette Writers is hosting an author panel on May 7, 2015. I’ll be one of the authors discussing how we balance our life responsibilities while also managing to make time for writing, editing, publishing, and marketing.

Details below. The discussion will be the main part of the agenda for the monthly meeting of the Mid-Valley Chapter, but the evening is open the public as well as members of Willamette Writers. You can also learn more at the chapter website.

Thurs., May 7, 2015
Tsunami Books
2585 Willamette St.
Eugene, OR 97405
Schedule for the Evening
6:30-7:00 p.m., Social Time and Refreshments
7:00-7:15 p.m., News, Upcoming Events and Member Announcements
7:15-8:30 p.m., Speaker
8:30 p.m., Drawing for Free Gift
8:30-9:00 p.m., Questions and Book Signing
Cost: Chapter meetings are free to members of Willamette Writers and full-time college students. Suggested $10 donation for non-members.

See you there!


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2,800 Posts

Wow. I hadn’t even noticed until this morning. But it turns that since 2004, I’ve published 2,800 posts for the 8 readers of this wee blog.

Onwards to 3,000!


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Baby St. Clair, Author Fair & A Freshened Up Martini

Welcome to Baby St. Clair

Yeah, I’ve been pretty quiet the last couple weeks. Here’s why:

baby

Aster Madigan St. Clair was born Nov. 22. She and Mama are doing great, and big brother Connor is adapting well to having a wee sister.

As for me, I am straining my grinning muscles and babywearing her every chance I get, including when working. So far Aster isn’t very fond of the sound of my fingers on the keyboard, but I’m sure she’ll get used to it in time. Maybe even find it soothing. Here’s a recent shot of me wearing Aster:

dad

Asters are a type of flower, but there’s more to our daughter’s name than that. “Aster” derives from the Latin and Greek word for stars. I like to think about the interconnectedness there: there are no flowers without stars.

Between Aster, the holidays, and continuing work on Lotus, December will be a lighter month for me ’round these parts. I hope you have wonderful holidays. I’m going to go snuggle my kids some more now.

See You at the Authors & Artists Fair This Saturday

Authors Artists Fair 2014

Looking for your next great read, or some gifts for the holidays? Meet me, dozens of other Oregon authors, and 12 Oregon artists during the 15th Annual 2014 Authors & Artists Fair, hosted by the Lane Library League as a benefit for the countywide Summer Reading Program.

The event is held in the glass-roofed Atrium at the Lane County Fairgrounds, next door to the popular Holiday Market in downtown Eugene. Parking is easy.

FREE admission, suggested $1-5 donation.

Signed and numbered copies of all 3 books currently in the Rucksack Universe series will be available: The Martini of Destiny, Home Sweet Road, and the newest, released in September, Forever the Road. I’ll also be offering my special 3-book Universe Bundle for $28.99, $5 off the combined cover prices.

A portion of the proceeds of all sales goes to benefit the non-profit Lane Library League.

See you Saturday!

Freshening Up Martini

When I released The Martini of Destiny in 2013, I thought the cover was pretty cool. My designer did a sweet job. But over time, as we worked on more books together we came up with a more cohesive and evocative look for the Rucksack Universe books.

In short, it was time to freshen up my Martini. So here it is! All editions of The Martini of Destiny are now available with a new cover:
New cover for The Martini of Destiny

Get it now at your favorite online or real-world bookstore. Or snag it from a certain author—signed copies are available only from me, and just in time for the holidays!

(If you want the original cover edition, limited copies are still available. Contact me to get one before they run out.)

Happy Holidays to you and yours, and may every book you read be amazing!


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Teaser Tuesday: What is the secret?

pelletstove

You know what sucks? When it’s 20ºF on a Sunday evening—and your heat goes kaput.

We heat our home with a pellet stove. It’s awesome and pumps out a lot of heat. That is, until it makes clunky noises and stops working. Also sucky? When your service guys are so swamped they can’t even get back to you till Tuesday morning—and that’s after playing the “my wife is about to go into labor” card.

But they rang first thing this morning, and it turned out the problem at hand was one I could actually fix. After a couple hours, a lost wingnut, some sawdust vacuuming, attempts not to swear with the toddler in the room, and realigning a chain that had come off its gears, we have fire again!

All that to say, even with cold hands, a busted stove, and a wife soon not to be pregnant, I’m still cranking along on Lotus, the fourth Rucksack Universe travel fantasy book. As I write this post, I am one scene away from the end of Act I! So far I’ve written 20,851 words, or about 80 pages. Here’s a wee teasery snippet from the past week’s rough drafts:

“Now, Feckniss,” said Blanders, “what is your assessment of this morning’s chatter?”

Feckniss began outlining his analysis. Together they conferred on the likely fallout from the announcement, and various ways the company could respond.

At ten minutes to ten, Blanders nodded. “We’re ready,” he said. “But Feckniss, you must remember something crucial. This is the end. But it’s only the beginning.”

“Of what?”

“Of everything. Of nothing.” Blanders smiled. “Guru knows.”

“Is that the secret, sir?”

Blanders shook his head.

“What is the secret?”

With a smile, Blanders leaned forward until his mouth was next to Feckniss’s ear. “It’s simple, my dear boy.” Feckniss felt the smile grow wider. “The secret is that there is no secret.”

Feckniss tried to understand or think of a reply. Blanders rose and stepped out of the cubicle. “I’ll come back after the announcement, and then we’ll debrief.” Alone, Feckniss tried to think of what his manager meant. He thought and thought, and almost had it, but then the clock struck ten. On the radio, in the office, all over the world, the voice of Guru Deep began to speak.

Lotus is the codename for the fourth Rucksack Universe travel fantasy book, coming 2015. Join the adventure with the first 3 books, available now »


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2 Homebrew Clubs & More Craft Beer Stories

Image: Oregon Beer Growler

Image: Oregon Beer Growler

Here in Oregon, the cities of Eugene and Corvallis are known for their football-driven rivalry. During November, that comes to a head in the Civil War game. And when it comes to beer and homebrew, there’s lots going on in both cities too.

In the November 2014 edition of the Oregon Beer Growler, I’ve written the cover story of 2 homebrew clubs, one in Eugene and one in Corvallis. There’s also a big round-up of everything craft beer in both cities. So if you want to know how to get your beer (or brew) on in these areas, you are all set!

Read the Oregon Beer Growler online or find a print copy »

See more of my Craft Beer Writing & Homebrew Articles


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November News: Baby Marvelous, Lotus, Quality, Ethics & New Author Interview

November! Autumnal temperatures. Dark beer. And lots and lots of writing. It is chilly in Eugene today, but thanks to my wife’s incredible knitting skills, I am cozy warm in one of my hand-knit man sweaters. Here’s a man sweater selfie, plus news of the latest in my wee world:

#mansweaterselfie

#mansweaterselfie

Lotus

Drafting continues on the fourth Rucksack Universe travel fantasy book, codenamed Lotus. I only have a few scenes left to draft in Act 1. Everything I’ve drafted so far is with my Chief Reader. As of this post, I’ve written about 60 pages, not bad for a book I only started writing at the end of October.

Baby Marvelous St. Clair

ultrasound

Our due date for Baby Marvelous St. Clair was Nov. 13. No baby yet, but all is well. Jodie and I are enjoying some one-on-one time with our son, and are just overall keeping things moving toward meeting our new child. Once baby arrives, there will be posts. Oh my will there. Thank you for all your good thoughts and support.

Book Quality & Author Ethics

I Adhere to ALLi’s New Code of Author Ethics

I'm an Ethical Author

Pro authors care about quality & ethics. Here are my commitments to both: anthonystclair.com/quality & anthonystclair.com/ethics.

Given all the paid-review, plagiarism, and various other writer scandals out there, sometimes it’s easy to believe that authors are a bunch of scoundrels. Personally and professionally, I try not to be lying jackass. Quality and truth mean a lot to me; they’re part of why I love running my own business as an author, copywriter, and publisher.

As you may know, I’m obsessive about the process I bring to writing and producing my books. (If you don’t know that, here’s my 15-step process for story & publishing quality: http://www.anthonystclair.com/quality.) To that end, I’m elated that the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), of which I’m a proud member, has released its Ethical Author guidelines.

As a quality-minded, professional, ethical indie author-publisher, I am committed to upholding these standards in everything I do. That’s not just because it matters to me, but because ultimately, it means better books for you.

You can see my own Author Ethics page here: anthonystclair.com/ethics

New Author Interview at Highlighted Author

Highlighted Author features Anthony St. Clair

Over at Highlighted Author, the wonderful Jo and Charlene were kind enough to feature me and Forever the Road in a new book excerpt and author interview.

We are excited to welcome Anthony St. Clair to the Highlighted Author. From business writer to fiction writer, Anthony shares his rich experiences as a world traveler in each of his books. Hope you enjoy this feature on his newest release, FOREVER THE ROAD, A Rucksack Universe novel! –Jo Grafford, Highlighted Author Co-Hostess

Check out the full interview here: Highlighted Author » Welcome, Anthony St. Clair!

That’s the news from the Rucksack Universe, where the beer is always fresh, all the locals are friendly, and the food never makes you sick.


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Teaser Tuesday: How to Transform Sunshine into Joy

Chief Reader's purple folder

Just delivered the first half of Act I to my Chief Reader.

Yesterday I loaded pages into a purple folder and delivered the first half of Act I to my Chief Reader. Lotus is cranking along! As I dig in to the last few scenes of the first act, I’ll do my best to share things that aren’t too spoilery :)

Here’s a teaser from the past week’s rough drafts…

Arthur stared deep into Gabsir’s eyes, showing him a deep sadness—but something else Gabsir couldn’t yet recognize or understand. With a sigh and a shake of his head, Arthur replied, “Nothing could make this easier.”

As the brewmaster and his second walked through the brewery, a dry, thick, bitter sweetness took over the air. From Arthur’s office, you could still notice it, but the scent was weaker there, back near the accounting offices, the marketing and publicity folks, the sales offices. But through the hallways connecting the administration offices to the heart of the brewery, the scent grew stronger, becoming not so much an aroma but another state of matter: solid, liquid, gas, plasma—and brewing.

At its heart, Gabsir reflected, brewing was a practical alchemy that transformed sunshine into joy. The sun helped the barley grow, and the hearty grass could grow all over the world, in places where wheat withered, from the fields of the USA to the high valleys of Tibet. Once harvested and the grains separated out, the barley began a process called malting. First the barley was wet enough so that the seeds were tricked into germinating. Then the grains were dried, stopping the sprouting process and redirecting them from one destiny—more stalks of barley—to another: beer.

Some of the barley for GPS had an even different fate. Instead of being malted, it was roasted. Browned and blackened, the bitter notes and dark color made it the heart of GPS. But in the beer, what could have been astringent and harsh became something else: refreshing, strengthening, emboldening.

Roasted barley. It was part of the heart of GPS, Gabsir knew, but it wasn’t the secret.

The narrow hallway ended at a choice: left, right, or across. Opening on to an open space, the floor ended and down below, the heart of the brewery bustled. To either side, catwalks went around the space, gleaming white from the tile walls. But Gabsir followed his leader’s choice: the catwalk that crossed the dozens of meters between where Arthur and Gabsir now stood, and the opposite side of the space.

As they crossed, Arthur stared at the men and equipment below. Large gleaming tanks shone silver-gray and rose from the floor like mountains. The two-meter wide cylinders rose to a height of ten meters, then tapered to a point at the bottom. Flowing across, between, and all around, pipes connected the tanks and kettles like arteries and veins. Steam hissed from a pipe as a brewer adjusted a temperature setting on the mash tun, an open pot large enough to be a small swimming pot. Inside, malted and roasted barley was soaking in hot water like the world’s largest cup of tea, converting the barley’s starches into sugars that yeast could eventually eat and create alcohol. In another part of the room, Gabsir could see where the the thick, dark, sugary liquid from an earlier mash had been separated from the grains and transferred into a large pot for boiling. The transformation of barley to liquid wort, then wort to beer, was underway.

Lotus is the codename for the fourth Rucksack Universe travel fantasy book, coming 2015. Join the adventure with the first 3 books, available now »


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Teaser Tuesday: Always Timeless. Always London!

Image: Dale https://flic.kr/p/eFiX8U

What a week! Drafting is still off to a strong start, and I’m well underway on the latest Rucksack Universe travel fantasy story. Major characters are being introduced. We’re getting a sense of where we are. We seem on the cusp of major events… but there’s still much to find out about what’s going on.

Here’s a wee Tuesday teaser from this past week’s ROUGH drafting of Lotus, Book 4:

IT WOULD HAPPEN AT TEN, said the flat radio voice. As if we don’t know already, thought Branwen as she carried her purple bowl and Zara’s yellow bowl to the kitchen. Well, almost. The short stretch of counter gave a passable impression of being a kitchen, but only if you were good at juggling and didn’t mind moving the plug-in kettle, the dish drainer, and the messy meters of clear plastic tubing when you wanted to make a cup of tea. Or set down the breakfast dishes.

“Zara?” she called, balancing two bowls on one hand while she made room. “Weren’t you going to clear up the tubing and dishes?” Again. Branwen glanced at the narrow door on the wall past the counter. She smiled. At least it’s almost ready.

A horn blared. Outside the window over the sink, four floors below, Branwen stared down at London. Red buses, thick crowds, and the city’s distinctive white taxis bustled. They teemed around the diversions, detours, and delays of construction sites. “ALWAYS TIMELESS. ALWAYS LONDON!” beamed the bright, colorful signs all over the city. The traffic swarmed around the black too. The blackened rocks, the blackened patches of ground, the black moods that still could take the city when they stared too long at what was black. What was black had once been burning.

There was a long time when black had been all that was left of London.


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Hi.

Anthony St. Clair - Travel Fantasy Author / Craft Beer Writer / Business Copywriter

Author and copywriter Anthony St. Clair has specialized in online content since 2000, blogged since 2004 and is the author of the Rucksack Universe travel fantasy series.

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Rucksack Universe

Travel fantasy tales
of wit, adventure & beer

Forever the Road by Anthony St. Clair, a Rucksack Universe Fantasy Novel - learn more and buy now

Home Sweet Road by Anthony St. Clair, a Rucksack Universe Fantasy Novella - learn more and buy now

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