What I’m doing now, September & October 2016

Me in a nutshell

I’ve been a full-time self-employed professional writer for 5 years. I’m the author of 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, in lovely Eugene, Oregon, in the US Pacific Northwest. And I love to cook.

This month I’m…

Glad to be home.

My 22mo daughter Aster was a flower girl at my sister-in-law's recent wedding. I've now walked my daughter down the aisle for the first time.
My 22mo daughter Aster was a flower girl at my sister-in-law’s recent wedding. I’ve now walked my daughter down the aisle for the first time.

September was a month of intense deadlines, story work, and travel here at Author World HQ:

  • Finished outlining the next Rucksack Universe book, a prequel called Roadsong.
  • Outlined 3 short stories that will be prequels for the prequel book—in other words, each short story ends right where Roadsong begins. Each prequel features one of the main characters in Roadsong. I’m going to be making these stories available for free as I finish each one.
  • Drafted the first of the stories, which focuses around Faddah Rucksack—and specifically an adventure he was on before The Blast
  • Wrote and filed 7 articles

All told, in September I wrote 33,117 words over 18 days, an average of 1,840 words per day. That’s my highest per-day average for the year and my second-highest number of words per month for the year. Not bad, given that then my family and I went out of town for 10 days.

The wedding

My in-laws live in Colorado, and my sister-in-law was getting married. My wife, two kids and I flew out to Colorado Springs for a few days of beer from Bristol Brewing, rides and spring water from Manitou Springs, and wedding prep. Lots of wedding prep.

From there we drove 4 hours west, into the mountains, to the wee town of Crested Butte, where the wedding was going to be. Fall is a beautiful time to be in western Colorado. The mountains may have some dustings of snow, and the aspens are golden—oh, the aspens—aspens in the fall are possibly the prettiest trees in the world:

Me and my wife in Gothic National Park near Mt. Crested Butte, Colorado
Me and my wife in Gothic National Park near Mt. Crested Butte, Colorado

It was a busy few days. My sister-in-law and now-brother-in-law had opted for a DIY wedding, and family and friends rallied to lend a hand. My main job was food prep—we had packed our kitchen knives, and I’m so glad I had my own steel on hand to thinly slice 16 English-style cucumbers, plus a few gallons of other vegetables.

The wedding was beautiful, and I’m so happy for my sister-in-law and brother-in-law. The kids did brilliantly at the wedding, and it was a bittersweet farewell when we packed up to head to Denver for the flight home.


Home from 11–3: Author’s Fair at Crescent Park Senior Living #Eugene #IndieAuthors #Bookfair

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In September I also did a couple of author events. I’m looking at my experiences there to figure out some more things I can do with online video. I get told over and over that I should be doing more video, and I’m figuring out how I want to get rolling. More on that soon.

In the meantime, I’m always down with events, and please get in touch with an event I should know about.

This month

October will have a few articles to write, and I’m nailing down some of those assignments. My main priorities will be drafting and editing the 3 Roadsong prequel stories, so I can get those out to you. Roadsong will be digging deeper into the Rucksack Universe than we’ve ever gone before, and these stories will give some exclusive perspective and adventure on the things that lead right up to the start of what’s going to be the most ambitious Rucksack Universe book so far.

From there, I’ll be working on Roadsong itself. The book is outlined and planned, and now it’s time to get on the writing. I’m looking to have Roadsong out in 2017.

Roadsong in one line

A wounded hero wakes. A wanderer falls between worlds. A growing shadow will cover all in darkness.

Ominous enough fer ya?

Current summary

Follow the black road.

From the west coast of Ireland to England’s Black Cliffs of Dover, the mile-wide line of ash is known as the black road. In the hundred years since The Blast scarred the world, none have traveled this road… until now. A wounded hero, a wanderer who fell between worlds, and a mysterious sage undertake a quest: for home, for purpose, for a light to stop the shadow covering the world. Pursued by a hunter of strange souls, the trio must overcome many trials—and their own mistakes—if they are to find answers to their questions… and if they are to survive the unwelcome surprise that also awaits at the end of the road.

Writing about beer and more

To-date for 2016, I’ve filed 53 articles, and just about all of those are already published (a few are over the next couple of months). Here are some recent published articles:

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. My 4yo son is also now really good at riding a big-kid bike, so I regularly put my daughter in a toddler seat on my bike so we can all 3 go riding around the neighborhood.

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

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