I dabbled in a few different things in the month of August, between getting ready for the start of the school year and then falling back into that routine. I spent most of the two weeks since school started reading, relaxing, recharging, and doing odd things around the house that I’ve been meaning to do since the pandemic fell on our heads. As for writing, I worked a little bit on STARCALLER’s worldbuilding, did a couple of Patreon posts, blogged at Cartridges & Catacombs, and even started working on edits for BLOOD OF SALT, TEARS OF PEARL.
Word Counts in August:
Cartridges & Catacombs: 1430
BLOOD OF SALT, TEARS OF PEARL: 799
Total Words Written in August: 9,187
Total Words Written in 2020: 84,376
Plans for August:
I started working on some character notes for revising BLOOD OF SALT, TEARS OF PEARL. I need to polish that up a little bit and write out any additional thoughts for revisions before I dive head-first into that monstrous thing. At this point, I realize I’ve been putting off revisions because 600+ pages to edit seems like such a daunting, soul-crushing task. I’ve been playing with the idea of finishing the revisions for REBEL ENGINEER (Chroniker City #4) first because it’s a 1/5th of the length and would be so much easier to complete, in theory. I don’t know if that’s just procrastination brain talking (probably) or if it would actually help to complete something else before diving into revising BLOOD OF SALT, TEARS OF PEARL (possibly also true), but the idea has a little bit of merit I think. It would be nice to have another completely finished book under my belt to remind me that I actually might know what I’m doing here.
I may take a look at REBEL ENGINEER this week and see what needs done, and if it’s worth the trouble at this point in time, or if I should just suck it up and dive into BLOOD OF SALT, TEARS OF PEARL… rip the Band-Aid off right here and now. I suppose we shall see.
Cartridges & Catacombs:
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Chroniker City #1
Seventeen-year-old Petra Wade, self-taught clockwork engineer, wants nothing more than to become a certified member of the Guild, an impossible dream for a lowly shop girl. But when Emmerich Goss—handsome, privileged, and newly recruited into the Guild—needs help designing a new clockwork system for a top-secret automaton, it seems Petra has finally found the opportunity she’s been waiting for…
Chroniker City #1.5
Petra Wade’s older brother, Solomon, has always dreamed of being an actor. Instead, he works grueling shifts in the clockwork city’s boiler rooms to help support his large adopted family. When Le Theatre Mecanique holds an open call for their upcoming performance, he decides to audition, but the only role he is suitable to fill is that of the theater’s custodian…
Chroniker City #2
It has been six months since clockwork engineer Petra Wade destroyed an automaton designed for battle, narrowly escaping with her life. But her troubles are far from over. Her partner on the project, Emmerich Goss, has been sent away to France, and his father, Julian, is still determined that a war machine will be built. Forced to create a new device, Petra subtly sabotages the design in the hopes of delaying the war, but sabotage like this isn’t just risky: it’s treason. And with a soldier, Braith, assigned to watch her every move, it may not be long before Julian finds out what she’s done…
Brooke Johnson is an avid tea drinker, nonprofit co-founder, amateur seamstress, tabletop RPG enthusiast, and dabbling artist, in addition to all her book writing. As the jack-of-all-trades bard of the family, she adventures through life with her fiercely bearded paladin of a husband, their warrior princess daughter, a cowardly wizard of a dog, and two roguish cats that somehow rolled high enough persuasion to join the party.
They currently reside in Northwest Arkansas, and once they earn enough loot and experience, they’ll build a proper castle somewhere and defend against all manner of dragons, goblins, and whatever else dares take them on.