What Happens on Top of Mt. Everest, Stays on Top of Mt. Everest – 100 Days to Forever

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Day 60: Tales Travelers Tell

“I heard there was this guy, went to the top of Mount Everest and back in a night.”
Forever the Road

Travelers like to tell tales. The story could be about an adventure, or sex, or an impossible journey to an impossible place.

Sometimes there is more than a hint of truth to the tale. This is when you must be at your wariest.

Sometimes a story seems so outlandish it couldn’t possibly be true. This is when you may be in the presence of something really real.

When you’re on the road, you never really know how true a story is—even when it’s your own.

And as we’ll learn in Forever the Road, the outlandish is often just embellishment that distracts attention from the plain truth underneath. A story begins to spread… about a lone traveler, who one full moon night at Everest Base Camp in Tibet, went up to the summit of Mount Everest, Qomolungma, and back.

Is it true? What of it is true?

And if it is true, what does it mean?

From the Book

“How I am glad to have seen such a moment of magic on a moonlit night by the mountain of the world.”
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What to Do at the Middle of a Journey – 100 Days to Forever

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Day 50: Halfway to Forever

Halfway to forever. I can hardly believe I just wrote that. In 50 more days, my biggest, most complex, best-ride-yet book comes out.

But that isn’t what matters. It’s not why you’re here today. It’s not even why I’m here.

We’re here because we’re sharing a journey.

There was a starting point. Somewhere, still out of sight but not out of mind, is the destination.

And here, now, is the middle. We’ve already gone so far—and we still have so far to go.

The midpoint, that agony and ecstasy of halfway, is what’s on my mind today.

Starting out

You know that feeling, when you’ve committed to something? You’ve had all that excitement, all that raw power and pure, unshakeable, inexhaustible possibility course through you.

Then there’s the anxiety. The doubt. The sheer damn dread, that all this was a damn stupid idea.

Despite that, whatever you committed to, whatever you began, you’re underway.

This time is different

Maybe there was a time when you didn’t commit. Or maybe you committed, but fizzled out and didn’t follow through. But whatever was then, this is now. Whatever you gave up doing, this isn’t that. Whatever false-yet-convincing safe haven sheltered you before, you left it behind.

You committed then, and every day you’ve committed again. Today you’re still going.

Following through

You’re bare to the world, naked of soul and intent. There’s nothing scarier. Yet there’s nothing more potent, more powerful, more focused and exciting, than following through.

Your every nerve might be raw before the sandstorm of the world, but you’re still going.

The midpoint is heaven and hell. Everything you dreamed, everything you feared, and yet still beyond everything you ever could have imagined.

You’re so scared.

You’re so excited.

It’s like vomiting an orgasm.

And that, my friend, is where I am right now.

In 2003, on a trip to India, I knew I would write an amazing book.

In 2011, I quit my job to tell the stories I knew I had to tell, unless I went to my death bed broken and full of regret that I never tried.

And now, in 2014 and with 2 published books under my belt, I’m 50 days away from one of the biggest moments of my life. Some days I’m elated. Some days I feel like I want to puke. Some days I know I’m finding new fans. Some days the only thing I know is I’m shouting into an abyss.

Yet, no matter how hard and amazing this journey has been, you know what really makes me smile? The past 11 years, all these travels, quitting my job, all the work that’s gone into these last 3 years?

It’s a big step, but it’s still just a first step.

Forever the Road is only the beginning. There are so many more stories to tell, more roads to travel, more yeses and worlds to live.

We’re halfway through this particular journey, but there’s only one thing to do. No matter what, at the end of the day there’s always only one thing to do.

Take the next step.

And then the next and the next, until you get where you’re going. So you can see where you want to go after that.

Onward, friends.

No matter what.

From the Book

“Ever since I’ve been on the road, all I’ve learned is that there’s so much I’ll never know. One of the few things I know is that life is how we deal with the road in front of us. There’s always a choice. Even if it doesn’t seem like a good one, there’s a choice you can make.”
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55 Days Till Forever the Road – 100 Days to Forever

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Day 46: Forever So Far, a Recap

With 55 days left until Forever the Road comes out, here’s a recap of everything we’ve talked about so far. Need to catch up? Here you go:

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“I’d hate to be late. It could be our own funerals, after all.”
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Ask the Author – 100 Days to Forever

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Day 45: What Questions Do You Have About FOREVER THE ROAD and the Rucksack Universe?

The author is ready for your questions.

We are almost to the the halfway point of our 100 Days to Forever!

As we head to being only 50 days away from the release of the third Rucksack Universe book, what do you want to know about Forever the Road and the Rucksack Universe?

Ask your questions in the comments or drop me a line, and I’ll answer your questions in upcoming blog posts.

From the Book

His voice stopped her at the door. “Who were you before?”

Jade looked down at the cracked, somewhat-white pavement. Years and lifetimes coursed through her like blood. She opened the door and said, “Who were you?”

Neither answered.
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Who Is Jade Agamuskara Bluegold? – 100 Days to Forever

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Day 41: 60 Days Till Forever the Road

In The Martini of Destiny we met Jake Hongkong, and in Home Sweet Road we met Jake Connemara.

Now it’s time to meet our first Jade, a major player in Forever the Road: the more-than-a-bartender Jade Agamuskara Bluegold.

What’s in a name?

Jakes and Jades are the destiny-slinging bartenders who keep decision, destiny, and existence on a preferred course. (Who’s doing the preferring is another matter.)

And in Forever the Road, we meet not only one of the global group of Jades, we meet the one who is regarded as the best of the best:

The only person behind the bar was Jade, and she moved so quickly that Jay could hardly keep his eyes on her. He watched her as best he could, fascinated with how regally and gracefully she moved. No glass slipped from her hands. No miscounted change dropped to the bar. No patron even had to repeat a drink order. And Jade never stopped moving. Her every motion was efficient to the point of ruthless yet elegant as a bird in flight.

Jakes and Jades have full names. In the case of Jakes, their first name and title is Jake, followed by the placename of where they serve—e.g., Jake Hongkong. Jakes serve one place for the duration of their service. Sometimes they’re also referred to by their placename, such as “Connemara, another pint of stout, please.”

Jades are a little different. Like the queens in chess, Jades can be moved around more often, depending on where the need is greatest. Their names are a little different too.

Jade is a title and often used as a first name (though in this case it is also this woman’s original name).

Agamuskara A Jade’s middle name is based on where the Jade currently serves. This can change. In this case, Jade serves in Agamuskara, India. Jades may also be referred to based on where they serve, such as “the Jade of Agamuskara.”

Bluegold is a Jade’s last name, based on the Jade’s eye color. Jade has eyes of blue and gold, so Bluegold it is. Sometimes they are also called by their last name, as in, “Bluegold, thank you for all your years of faithful service.”

We will learn much about Jade… but it’s barely the beginning of all there is to her. While Forever the Road is when we first get introduced to Jade and share some of her journey, this is not actually the first time we’ve encountered her. Not that she’s one to let the past hang on too tightly…

She found no comfort in memory. She didn’t want to remind herself of people who couldn’t remember her. Mementos kept the past important, but the past could not matter to her.

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E-book Sale – 100 Days to Forever

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Day 40: 50% off at Smashwords thru 7/31

Quick break from our regularly scheduled programming…

The e-book site Smashwords has a cool sale going throughout the month of July! Get 50% off both The Martini of Destiny and Home Sweet Road:

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From the Book

“Special price, my friend.”
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65 Days Till Forever the Road – 100 Days to Forever

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Day 36: Forever So Far, a Recap

We know what the full cover looks like

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve gotten to see the full and final cover!

With 65 days left until Forever the Road comes out, here’s a recap of everything we’ve talked about so far. Need to catch up? Here you go:

From the Book

“There’s never a fear, as long as there’s beer, there’s only smiles and glee. Now that you’re here, let’s drink in good cheer. Hey, barkeep! How about a couple for free?”
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Day 35: Happy Independence Day to Hong Kong, Ireland, India & Scotland! – 100 Days to Forever

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Day 35: I know what you’re saying.

“Um, Anthony… India and Ireland are independent countries, yeah. But Hong Kong is part of China, and Scotland is part of the UK.”

That’s true. In our world.

From the Book

“Indians still raised many a glass to the nameless hero who had arisen after The Blast, united the country as it had never been united before, and dismantled the British Empire in India.”
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Today, July 4, 2014, is Independence Day in the USA.

I’d like to give a happy birthday shout-out to the country of my birth and home. But I also wanted to raise a toast to some of the other countries of the Rucksack Universe, where independence not only came, but also came in different ways at different times.

The Blast

During the chaos following The Blast, the world changed. Instead of becoming the world as we know it today, the US Civil War didn’t happen. The British Empire fell. And a lot of places under British colonial rule suddenly weren’t, such as Hong Kong, Ireland, India, and Scotland.

Hong Kong

As you may recall from The Martini of Destiny, Hong Kong is an independent city-nation.

Hong Kong is the World’s Greatest City. More renown than New York or Tokyo. More glamorous than Paris. And not on fire and rebuilding like London. Hong Kong built its way up intensively after The Blast. Using its commercial power to throw off British rule, it since has maintained an economic and political power that has helped it stay independent despite…

Oh, sorry. Nearly got spoilery there. Another story for another time.

Ireland

From Home Sweet Road we know of the Awen of Ireland, a protector. The Awen is not all-powerful; she could not prevent the British takeover of Ireland. Under British rule, the Irish suffered greatly.

In the aftermath of The Blast, a hero rose in Ireland who did far more than protect the island nation. The hero set Ireland free, far earlier than the twentieth century. Instead of years of warfare, a nearly bloodless revolution unified Ireland and cast off British rule.

Ireland is different in many ways from what we know in our world, and we’ll be exploring those differences in future stories…

India

As we’ll learn in Forever the Road, India had a similar experience to Ireland. A nameless hero arose, and with little bloodshed threw off colonial rule. The British, far from their decimated homeland, offered virtually no resistance and were treated with mercy and forgiveness by the new Indian government.

Scotland

This one is pretty dear to my heart. I lived in Edinburgh for about a year, and will always love Scotland greatly.

So I can’t help but love that in the Rucksack Universe, Scotland also gained independence after The Blast. Scotland is its own country, not that that’s ever simple. And being another country where worlds seem to meld and collide, well…

Oh, there I go nearly getting spoilery again.

I better stop now. Happy Independence Day, USA!

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Day 31: 70 Days Till Forever the Road

We know what the full cover looks like

Enter the new Goodreads Giveaway for your chance to win a free signed paperback of FOREVER THE ROAD!

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Where to Pre-Order – 100 Days to Forever

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Day 30: Pre-Order Now at Select Stores

We’ve come a long way on our journey to forever! Behind the scenes, I’m getting things ready to go for the Sept. 8 release of Forever the Road. BUT… the e-book edition is now available for pre-order at select stores for US$5.99. When you pre-order, your copy will be sent to you (and you’ll be charged) the day the book is released.

Pre-order Forever the Road at these stores:

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You can also download a free sample of the book here.

From the Book

“Some countries focus on the mind, the voice, or the appetite. But India is a country o’ the heart. It’s beautiful and bewildering. As long as I’ve been in and out o’ the place, I’ve yet to understand it. Indians aren’t perfect. They’re no better, no worse than anyone else. But they lead with their hearts. You can tell at a glance. The movies. The dreams. The look in the eye o’ people as they walk down the street. And I can tell it about you too. You’ve got years o’ travel on you and hardship from before you ever put on a pack. You’re armored in all the thick skin, old scars, and dusty layers that entails. But beneath all that, you’ve got heart.”
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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.

100 Days to Forever

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