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What I’m doing now, May 2016

The Lotus and the Barley, a Rucksack Universe travel fantasy novel by Anthony St. Clair

Recently released cover of my fourth book, out June 16

Me in a nutshell

I live in Eugene, Oregon, and have been a self-employed professional writer since 2011—nearly 5 years. I’m the author of 3 (going on 4) travel fantasy books in my Rucksack Universe series. I write about craft beer. I help other people with their online content and marketing. Outside of my home office, I spend lots of time with my wife, son, and daughter. And I love to cook.

This month I’m…

Getting ready for the June 16 launch of my fourth Rucksack Universe travel fantasy book, The Lotus and the Barley. (You can pre-order the e-book now at Amazon, iBooks, and Kobo).

A lot of work goes in to launching a book. In addition to setting up the e-book file, I’ve been setting up the paperback files (and paperback layout always means tweaks to the wording so text flows better, which then has to be matched in the main file for the e-books). I’m setting up ads and giveaways, getting in feedback from advance readers, and planning various readings and events. At least, that’s just a few of the things underway from my 27-page launch kit 🙂

Knuckling down for lots of May article deadlines. In addition to the book launch, I have lots of article assignments due throughout the month, about everything from wedding registries to craft beer to construction. Have I mentioned that it’s very, very hard for me to ever feel bored?

Planning summer trips. My wife and I are both self-employed (she teaches Suzuki violin lessons and music classes for infants and toddlers at our Eugene Suzuki Music Academy). We have friends in Portland and Seattle we are long overdue to see, so we are planning a summer road trip. In the works for summer are also some camping trips, and various book signings, readings, and other author events. If you’d like me to come to your town, let me know.

Yoga once a week and walking over 10,000 steps (about 5 miles) each day, aiming for 13,000-15,000 steps (up to about 7 miles) at least a couple of days each week.

Pondering something big, but I’m still working on the decision and am not ready to say anything else yet.

Reading 2 books:

Here are a couple of recent articles I’ve published:

Always intrigued by other people’s stories, so feel free to email me: writer@anthonystclair.com




Craft Beer Article: Collaboration is Key for Homebrewing Couple

 COLLABORATION IS KEY FOR HOMEBREWING COUPLE

Image: AJ McGarry

New in the February 2016 edition of the Oregon Beer Growler:

“Sometimes newlyweds return from their honeymoon and immediately prepare a room for a baby. But for Kiley and Michael Gwynn of Eugene, they returned from their 2008 honeymoon/first anniversary trip to Hawaii with a passion for a new hobby: homebrewing.”

Full story: Collaboration is Key for Homebrewing Couple




Lane Monthly: McKenzie Cider & Craft Beer Festival is Filling the Festival Void

Raise a glass at the McKenzie Cider and Craft Beer Festival

New article in Lane Monthly Magazine’s November 2015 edition:

On Nov. 13–14, over 5,000 people will enjoy 190 beers and ciders at the McKenzie Cider & Craft Beer Festival (MCCBF). Presented by the McKenzie After 5 and Springfield Rotary Clubs and held at Springfield’s Willamalane Center, MCCBF showcases regional beers and ciders to the benefit of local community organizations and Rotary Club projects…

Source: Lane Monthly | Filling the Festival Void




Homebrew Update

Last month I told you how, after nearly a 2-year hiatus, I finally brewed more beer! The homebrew amber is looking great and is ready to bottle.

In a few weeks I’ll tell you how it tastes…




September Craft Beer & Homebrew News

Oregon Beer Growler, September 2015

Oregon Beer Growler, September 2015




Back on the Homebrew Horse

Pint o' mild at the Brewers Union Local 180 in Oakridge, Oregon.

Pint o’ mild at the Brewers Union Local 180 in Oakridge, Oregon.

I have a confession to make: between babies and books, it’s been about 2 years since I last homebrewed.

But that’s about to change.

Last week I was telling my wife, Jodie, that I was going to get a haircut, and afterward I’d swing by the new location of the Falling Sky Fermentation Supply Shop.

“That’s great,” she replied. “Will you get a recipe?”

Hint, hint.

Our anniversary was also coming up (happy 6 years, sweetie!), and I remembered well the wise words a friend told me to ensure a good marriage:

“Happy wife, happy life.”

So I got a recipe. Later this week I’ll be brewing up an amber ale. My wife is excited, but so is our 3-year-old son. Every day since I got the recipe, Connor has said to me, “Daddy, are we brewing beer today?”

I’ll let you know how it turns out.




3 May Eugene Craft Beer Articles

May has been a fun month for craft beer writing! Here are 3 big features about the Eugene, Oregon craft beer scene:




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




Halloween Beer: McMenamins Black Widow Porter

McMenamins Black Widow Porter 2014

The other night, my wife and I settled down to watch Great Estates Scotland: Rosslyn Chapel on PBS. I popped a beer that had come my way recently: McMenamins Black Widow Porter.

It was a lovely companion for learning about one of the world’s most mysterious buildings.

Black Widow poured thick and dark. On the palate, a silky, rich texture gave a pillowy mouthfeel, while bringing on flavors of plum and a hint of licorice, with a nice balance of sweet and roasted malt plus a refreshing bitterness. Given the pleasant tang on the finish, I was all the happier to savor this beer.

McMenamins Black Widow Porter 2014

  • Malts: British Pale Malt, Munich, Flaked Barley, Wheat, 135/165 Crystal, Black, Roast
  • Hops: Horizon
  • Additional Ingredient: Licorice Root
  • OG: 1.074
  • TG: 1.017
  • ABV: 7.35
  • IBU: 40
  • SRM: 38

Black, roasty, smooth, and scary good, Black Widow Porter is available only during October at select McMenamins locations throughout Washington and Oregon.




Eugene Craft Beer Roundup: Slow Food & Bottle Caps

Mar. 6, 2014, Eugene Craft Beer Roundup

Agrarian Ales’ Ben Tilley Talks Slow Food

As part of an ongoing 2nd Tuesday Lecture Series about Slow Food in the Lane County region, Ben Tilley from Agrarian Ales will be at the 16 Tons Cafe on Mar. 11. The intent of the series is to help people learn about “local options for good, clean, ethical food.”

Tilley will talk about Agrarian Ales, his craft brewery located on a farm near Coburg.

The event is sponsored by Slow Food Eugene. Lecture starts at 7 p.m., with Happy Hour prices 6-7 p.m. Entry is free, though a donation to Slow Food Eugene is recommended.

More info at the event’s Facebook page »

Ninkasi Giving Away Crown Caps to Homebrewers

You know how it is, homebrewers, you can never have enough bottle caps. And you can top up your cap stash 3-5 p.m. on Fri., Mar. 7, at Ninkasi Brewing, 1061 West 2nd Ave., Eugene.

Ninkasi recently put out the word on their Facebook page that “We’ve got some crown caps in need of good beer and loving homes…. So drop on by with your boxes, bags, dogsleds, and red flyer wagons so we can share our stash of crowns with you!”

So get out there and do your part, homebrewers, and relieve Ninkasi of all those caps!




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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