A rather brief update this month as I just got home from vacation (Colorado) late last night, and tomorrow, I go in for surgery to have my gallbladder removed. I’ve been in and out of the doctor’s office nearly every week for scans and tests this month after a gallbladder attack in April that landed me in the ER, and that on the heels of a stomach ulcer in March. I’ve lost about 25 lbs as a result, as my diet is now primarily nonfat and low-fat protein and tons of fiber, and I can only eat a small amount of food at any given time in the hopes of avoiding triggering another gallbladder attack. Despite that, I have been sick a lot this month, as my gallbladder steadily worsens, but by this time tomorrow, that sucker will be gone-zo. A few nice things to come out of this experience: 1) I can eat dairy again, so long as its nonfat/low-fat; 2) I have something to blame for the 15+ years of gastrointestinal suffering I’ve endured; 3) once I’ve recovered, figuring out what the hell to eat or order at a restaurant should be a much easier affair.
Anyway, that’s been my month, so not a whole lot of writing got done between the doctor appointments and feeling ill, but I did manage something, so I’m proud of that.
Word Counts in May:
Cartridges & Catacombs: 2250
BLOOD OF SALT, TEARS OF PEARL: Finished rewriting Chapter 1
Total Words Written in May: 3,551
Total Words Written in 2021: 33,062
Plans for June:
With surgery tomorrow, most of the month will be dominated by recovery, so I don’t expect to get any writing done for at least a couple of weeks. Maybe if I’m feeling okay enough toward the end of the month, but I’m not counting on it. Maybe July will see some good progress.
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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…
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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 gamer, home baker, dabbling artist, tabletop roleplayer, amateur meadmaker, and published author. As the jack-of-all-trades bard of the family, she adventures through life with her fiercely bearded paladin of a husband, their rogue daughter, and three animal companions in the suburbs of Northwest Arkansas.