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October 2018 writing report

Anthony St. Clair's October 2018 Writing Report

By the numbers, during October I wrote 42,513 words, at an average of 1,371 words per day. I wrote every day, which put my writing streak at 381 days in a row as of Oct. 31. October’s scribbling puts me at 446,558 words for 2018—on track for 500,000 words for the year. Those 446,558 words include fiction, 8 article assignments, content work for clients, and things for my Wanderers, my patrons on Patreon.

Here are a few things that really stuck out to me from October’s writing, plus a few links to some previously submitted pieces that were recently published:

Rucksack Universe stories

Wander is out! I still can hardly believe it. Thank you for ordering books, sending congratulations, and telling others! If you haven’t gotten your copy yet, you can order Wander here in e-book and paperback.

Chief Reader is about to start reading Cloud Fortress, which will be the sixth Rucksack Universe book. All I will say at this point is that if you’ve read Forever the Road, Cloud Fortress will have you scratching your head wondering what the hell I’m playing at. Cloud Fortress also takes place in between The Martini of Destiny and Home Sweet Road. And… nope. That’s all for now.

After drafting part of Wet (which will be the seventh Rucksack Universe book), I did something I hadn’t felt a need to do in a long time: I started over. Between outline and drafting, something in the story had changed. My understanding changed. A character introduced themselves earlier. Action’s pace said it was going to be different. Instead of fighting it, I went with it. The resumed drafting is going so much better now.

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It’s here: WANDER, the next Rucksack Universe novel!

Wow oh wow oh wow. For years this idea was in my head. Now it’s here.

Follow the Black Road, yall.
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The things we might write home about

Every choice leads to another decision. So does not choosing.

We all come from somewhere. Are going somewhere.

We all look back sometimes and marvel at how far away it all is.

Where we came from. Where we might go back again.

What will it be like? What will we be like?

Or maybe it’s just better to keep going. Way leading to way.

Write home instead, but always wonder what to talk about.

At least there’s saying where you’ve been.

Follow the Black Road.

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The bridge from what we already know to what we don’t know yet

Stories are mirrors that show us who we are, have been, and might be.

Every decision is also an option turned away from.

What is one choice compared to the infinity of all possibilities?

What is the infinity of all possibilities compared to one choice?

Stories simulate what could be so we can make what will be.

Sometimes a story is all we have. One bearing on a stormy endless sea.

Sometimes that’s all we need.

Follow the Black Road.

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The things not explained

Life is a chance. A decision and a destiny.

Every moment and pause, every inhale and exhale.

Yes or no.

We go where we go. We follow who we follow.

Sometimes we ask why. Sometimes we just go.

Always there are questions. Sometimes there are answers.

Mostly, there are things not explained.

Yet on we go.

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The road none take

“There is a road that is flat, broad, and straight. It can take you all over Ireland, and it is a straight line to London. Yet it is a road that none dare travel. I tried once to set foot upon it. When I did, the sense of grief and sadness, the only vibrant thing amidst all the death there, made me resolve to never go near the Black Road again.” —Guru Deep, Ireland Through the Third Eye

There are roads we all follow.

There are crossroads we ponder.

And then there are the roads that none dare travel.

What if the road that no one will set foot on is the only road left to you?

Where will it take you? From those darkest shadows, will you find a light?

When you are so lost, will you find a way?

Follow the Black Road.

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Get WANDER, the next Rucksack Universe adventure

Wander book cover - two black trees on a white background

Things are trucking along well for Wander. Over the past few weeks, I’ve set up ISBNs, done some other behind-the-scenes things, and am about to set up and start getting print copies (squee!). Are you ready for the next Rucksack Universe adventure?

Wander will be released in e-book and paperback on Oct. 19, 2018.

However… patrons can get Wander 2 weeks earlier, on Oct. 5. If you’d like to get Wander early and get other special access, stories, and more, head to my Patreon and become a patron today.

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The key to Wander

Wander book cover - two black trees on a white backgroundYou would not believe some of the conversations that happen between editors and authors.

For a 264-page book, during the copy editing and proofing of Wander my editor and I went back and forth multiple times on about 250 words.

At question? The first couple of pages of the very first scene. I had edited it a fair bit, and he had also been working his editorial magic.

Now, though, we had realized something else. The text in question wasn’t just how the title character of Wander was being introduced. The text, said my editor, had to be just right—because it was the key to the entire book.

So we went back and forth. After, I believe, at least six iterations, we arrived at what we both considered just right. That passage is below.

Enjoy 🙂

Wander sat at the hostel’s computer. In the monitor’s reflection, dim and faint, as if staring out from another world, was a face that could be any face—male or female, young or old—with any shape, any skin shade, any hairstyle, anything whatsoever. The face of any traveler who has ever hit the road from any place that marked their first step. Wander had an anyoneness, an anywhereness that made Wander everyone in particular. An identity of all possibilities, as if the universe had split into infinite multiverses and anyone could set off on Wander’s journey.

Logging on, Wander wondered how many other people in the world had access to the internet but didn’t have a Facespace account. Or a Twitlinkpinstatoob+. Opening the daypack, Wander took out a small flip phone. A traveler on a nearby couch looked up from her bright-screened, too-big-for-the-hand Apsamgoo iGalixel and smirked.
“Trust me.” Wander’s not-too-high, not-too-low voice competed with the beeps and boops coming from the traveler’s phone. “Last thing I need is a data plan or unlimited messaging.”
The traveler shrugged. Instead of looking back at her phone, she stared at Wander. A wavy, wobbly silence passed between the two travelers. Wander could see the question forming in the traveler’s eyes. Are you a girl or a guy? A man or a woman?
Wander grinned and leaned forward, smoldering eyes narrow. “You’ll never know.”
The traveler’s gaze darted back down to her phone. Wander chuckled and returned to the computer.

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The time and place of Wander

Wander book cover - two black trees on a white background

“Do you have a phone on you that I can use?” asked Wander. “Or maybe wifi?”

“Phones have cords and wires and are in buildings,” said Awen, “and I’m nobody’s wife.”

“Not wife. Wifi. Wireless. It’s for the internet.”

“Enter what net? Are you supposed to be fishing?”

“No… look, it’s 2018,” said Wander. “How could you not have seen a phone? I mean, yeah, mine is pretty antiquated, but it’s still a cell phone.”

“Two thousand eighteen?” said Awen. “That’s not the year. It’s AB 100.”

“One hundred? What the hell is A-B?”

– An excerpt from Wander

Part of the evolution of a story world is that you figure out a few things in advance, but mostly you learn as you go. Over the years as the world of the Rucksack Universe has expanded in my mind, I’ve figured out more of the past and the world’s status as we see it in the stories and off-screen.

A lot of the stories happen in what we would consider the past… but much of it isn’t our past. Wander is set in Ireland, but it’s not the Ireland we know. The Blast changed the course of the world. The Blast also happened in 1834. The other books you may have encountered so far take place in what for us would be the 1900s.

But here’s the thing. I knew that if I kept to the years we use, that would also bring in the history we know. If I set a book in, say, the 1930s, readers would likely automatically expect something about the Great Depression or World War II. The 1950s or 60s? Mad Men.


Different world. Different history. Different stories.

So different years.

Just as we have different year counts for different eras (such as BC’s “Before Christ” or CE’s “Christian Era”), the world of the Rucksack Universe has AB—“After Blast.” 1835 in our world is year 0 AB in the world of my stories.

My hope in my stories is that we find new ways to look at the world and at each other. Tweaking time and place can help us get a new perspective. And in Wander, I’m doing that in ways beyond what I’ve done in any other Rucksack Universe story so far.

Wander comes out Oct. 19. You can become a patron and get it Oct. 5, reserve your signed and numbered paperback, or pre-order your e-book today.


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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