I finished my book! Woohoo!
Last month, I made one, final concentrated effort to finish my dang book, after taking at least six months longer (and 100,000 more words) than I expected, and I finally finished it (on March 20th, to be exact, which was the day I wanted to finish it so I could play Animal Crossing: New Horizons without regret).
BLOOD OF SALT, TEARS OF PEARL’s finished first draft clocks in at 271,330 words (11,330 more words than I anticipated at the start of the month). It’s too long by half, but I now have something book-shaped to work with in the next draft, where the real work—and fun—begins. I’m planning on taking the next two-ish months off to let the book rest, or however long this Coronavirus bs continues (stay home, wash your hands, wear a mask if you have to go out, wash your hands—yes, again), aka however long my primary occupation continues to be homeschooling. I’m glad to have been able to finish my book just as isolation hit, because I am not getting anything done now. The only reason I have time to write this is because kiddo is currently watching Magic School Bus, giving me some much-needed peace and quiet.
I’ve also been annoyingly sick for the last two weeks, with this, that, and whathaveyou, which has made doing anything more than the minimum even more difficult.
February was much busier than expected, so I didn’t get nearly as much writing done as I would have liked, only 6000 on BLOOD OF SALT, TEARS OF PEARL. I had wanted to finish the draft by the end of the month, but once again, non-profit event planning...
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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
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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.