July was move month, so most of my time was spent packing, moving, and unpacking, plus trying to clean up the old house to get it ready to sell. I did get a little writing done here and there, which surprised me. No progress on REBEL ENGINEER, unfortunately. I wanted to try to edit a chapter a week, but I wasn’t able to. However, I did write more material for THE MERMAID & THE BEAST (working title), which is still in the pre-drafting stage.
July Word Counts:
Blog posts: 250
THE MERMAID & THE BEAST: 2,753
Total Words for July: 3,003
Total Words for 2017: 89,067
Plans for August:
Kiddo goes back to school this month, which means I’ll have my primary writing time back. And nearly everything is moved and unpacked at the new house now, which means I can actually spend that time writing. I need to finish editing REBEL ENGINEER as soon as possible, so that’s going to be my primary focus for the next month. I would like to have it finished by the end of this month, but I suppose we’ll see how that goes. Once I finish editing REBEL ENGINEER and send that off to the publisher, I’m going to turn my attention toward THE MERMAID & THE BEAST and hash out a draft for that as quickly as possible. I desperately need to write something new, and I’m hoping that this project will reinvigorate my love for writing. As much as I love Chroniker City and all the characters that make it what it is, I’ve spent too much time there and the shine has worn off. I’m a little burned out on steampunk. I need a vacation from that part of my brain so that when it’s time to write the final book in the series, I can approach it with renewed vigor and tell it like it needs to be told. (DARK LORD IN TRAINING is still on my mind, but I’ve had a hard time putting myself in the right mind space to write that particular story, which requires a much more lighthearted tone than I can muster right now; AKA, American Politics suck.)
I will be at the Bella Vista Public Library, Wednesday, August 9th, at
I will be at the Rogers Public Library for their Geek the Library event, August 19th, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
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…
When Alden Millard steps before the Seeress of Erilea, waiting to learn his destined profession, he hopes for a future in a less-than-deadly career. Instead, he’s named to Master Phineas Elwyn Wright, the presiding Dark Lord of the Griffinwold, who is looking to train an apprentice before he retires from his life of evil. Bound to a seemingly inevitable fate, Alden must learn how to wrangle the forces of evil and help Phineas orchestrate one last nefarious hurrah against the reigning heroes of good in order to earn himself the title of Dark Lord…
Brooke is a stay-at-home mom, amateur seamstress, RPG enthusiast, and art hobbyist, in addition to all that 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 daughter the sticky-fingered rogue, and their cowardly wizard of a dog, with only a sleep spell in his spellbook.
They currently reside in Northwest Arkansas, but once they earn enough loot and experience, they’ll build a proper castle somewhere and defend against all manner of dragons and goblins, and whatever else dares take them on.