How on Earth is it already November?! Where did the year go?
October was a very light month for writing for me, with event planning taking up most of my time. I did manage a little bit here and there, though, way more than I expected to, so I’m happy with that. BLOOD OF SALT, TEARS OF PEARL is up to 213,669 words total. I revised a subplot that was too tangential and cut about 3000 words before adding another 1200 back in to polish that story thread, and, in the middle of writing a scene, I had an epiphany that caused me to revise my outline a bit, dropping a handful of scenes that I now no longer need to write. So the word count may be lower than usual for the month, but I did some big work, despite the few days I managed to write.
Word Counts in October:
BLOOD OF SALT, TEARS OF PEARL: 10,082
Total Words Written in August: 10,891
Total Words Written in 2019: 262,054
Plans for November:
Ozark Book Con is right around the corner (literally this coming Saturday) and I am up to my eyeballs in planning and finalizing things for that. I may take a few days off after that wraps up, just to put my feet up for a little while, and then dive back into writing with the goal to finish the first draft of BLOOD OF SALT, TEARS OF PEARL this month. I still need to polish a few details in my outline, but with the changes that I made in October, I’m anticipating a slightly shorter draft. If I can manage a decent word count, I should be able to finish the draft, if not get very very close.
I decided not to charge for the month of October as I catch up on other things. Hoping to continue content this month.
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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.