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Over 500 writing days! February 2019 writing report (plus an update on our busted little yellow car)

By the numbers, during February I wrote 40,040 words, at an average of 1,068 words per day. I wrote every day, which put my writing streak at…

Dum-dah-dah-dum…

501 days in a row as of Feb. 28!

I cracked the big 5-0-0! February’s scribbling puts me at 82,583 words for 2019—on track for 500,000 words for the year.

While February was a short month, it was an intense one. I’m building out some fiction ideas in tandem with my new websites (which are just about ready for you to see). I also had some usual suspects in the mix, of articles, exclusive posts to my patrons, and business writing for clients. But a lot of things have getting more and more focused on my fiction. Which I’m finding quite interesting.

Now to see what things look like at 1,000 writing days in a row…

A PS about our little yellow car

February’s recent snow, as you recall, did a number on the roof and back window of my and Jodie’s wee 2004 Toyota Matrix. Now, to be clear, this was our secondary vehicle; Jodie mainly drove it to and from her group teaching space. In a typical week, this car went 20, maybe 30 miles.

But.

The official word came recently from our insurance: The damage was so extensive, and the repair estimate so high, that the car had to be totaled.

So it’s bye-bye little yellow car. It was a wonderful car, and it did a lot of things for us, especially at a time when money was much tighter.

We are keeping positive though, and our insurance (Safeco, btw), has been great to work with.

What’s next?

Just to put this out there, we are interested in replacing the Matrix with a used Nissan Leaf. Especially since the car doesn’t get driven a lot, we’d like to have a wee electric.

Budget-wise we particularly like the 2015 Leaf, with 2013 as a close runner-up. 2011 and 2012 would be fine too.

If you know of anyone selling their Leaf, please feel free to send word my way 🙂

Here are some recent articles to check out

Reading: Shattered by Kevin Hearne. I will never, ever, ever think of the legends of yeti the same.

Watching: The Good Place. Jodie and I have been wanting to start on on this show for a while, and now we are just about through the first season. The dialogue is hilarious (especially the “fork” and “bullshirt” euphemisms, because as you know, I’m a feckin sucker for good swearing stand-ins). Ted Danson’s performance is brilliant, and I dig the diverse casting. It took a few episodes before I felt really invested in the characters, but now the plot is rolling beautifully. (Parks and Recreation’s Adam Scott as a cast as demon named Trevor is also well done.)

Listening: NPR’s Life Kit Podcasts. Update on these. Last mention I was about to start on them. Now I’ve listened to 4 of the 5 series, and I’m hooked. The money ones have validated choices Jodie and I have made, while also giving us some fresh ideas on further improving our business and family finances. The fitness and diet ones have been refreshing real talk, no-nonsense discussions about facts around fitness and diet. Next I’ll be listening to the parenting “tough questions” series, and am definitely looking forward to more Life Kits.

Asking: If I wrote an Instagram account as a Rucksack Universe character telling stories, would you be interested in following that?




Business article: How to Use Collaborative Email to Convert Your Pre-Sale Leads

Sales is all about working with leads in a timely manner. But how can you do that with a small team and lots of email? I’m always amazed at the insights I gain from the people I talk with for articles.

How to Use Collaborative Email to Convert Your Pre-Sale Leads | Outpost Blog




Business article: Gmail for Your Business Email: Is the Paid Option Worth It?

Starting a business brings so many choices—and costs. Sometimes a new business wants to save money by using a free Gmail address. Here’s why that’s not a great idea…

Gmail for Your Business Email: Is the Paid Option Worth It? | Outpost Blog




Business article: Clean Up Your Email: Whip Your Inbox Into Shape in an Hour

Try as a I do to stay on top of email, sometimes I have to block out some time and really dig in—and now, thanks to working on this piece, I can do that much more effectively now:

Full story: Clean Up Your Email: Whip Your Inbox Into Shape in an Hour




Business article: Sharing Passwords Hurts Your Business—Do This Instead

Working on this article really brought home to me why you unique logins are really critical:

Full story: Sharing Passwords Hurts Your Business—Do This Instead




Business article: Out of Office Email: How to Handle Email When You’re On Vacation

Heading out of the office for the holidays? Here’s what to do before you leave:

Full story: Out of Office Email: How to Handle Email When You’re On Vacation




Food article: It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Beer… Giving Beer and Chocolate for the Holidays

Food article: It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Beer... Giving Beer and Chocolate for the Holidays

Why does Valentine’s Day get all the chocolate fun? This holiday season, pair beer and chocolate for events and gifts! Out now in the December issue of the Oregon Beer Growler, and thanks to Bonnie from Euphoria Chocolate Company for the tasty insights!

Full story: It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Beer… Giving Beer and Chocolate for the Holidays




Business article: How Your Info@ Inbox Is Costing You Leads and Sales

General/team email inboxes aren’t just some vanilla business contact need. There’s a lot more they can be doing for sales, customer service, and business growth.

Full story: How Your Info@ Inbox Is Costing You Leads and Sales




Beer article: Urban Rebrewal: Eugene Breweries Find a Central Home on Willamette Street

Urban Rebrewal: Eugene Breweries Find a Central Home on Willamette Street

This is one of the most fun craft beer stories I’ve gotten to work on. I love how beer has become something that is bringing new life to downtown Eugene: Urban Rebrewal

Full story: Urban Rebrewal: Eugene Breweries Find a Central Home on Willamette Street




Food article: Get to Know These Regional Barbecue Sauce Styles

As a native Virginia, I’ve been acquainted with various North/South Carolina barbecue styles. So it was exciting to work on a piece about different BBQ styles from around the country. I’m ready to tuck in to some vinegar ‘Q now… what’s your favorite?

Full story: Get to Know These Regional Barbecue Sauce Styles




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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.

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