Holy carp, it’s November already.
October seemed to fly by really fast, but I got a lot of work done on REBEL ENGINEER, so that’s nice. I finished my new revision outline, so now I’m ready to start on the next draft. I’ve also been posting pretty regularly on Patreon (I’ve added some new reward tiers if you haven’t been there in a while!). All in all, a pretty solid month.
October Word Counts:
Blog posts: 446
REBEL ENGINEER: 5568
Total Words for October: 8351
Total Words for 2018: 73,798
Plans for November:
I’ll be implementing revisions for REBEL ENGINEER, counting my progress toward NaNoWriMo since it will be a pretty thorough rewrite. I’m aiming for at least 50,000 words for the novel, so it works out well as a NaNoWriMo goal. If I can finish the next draft by the end of November, that will be fab. Then I can send it off to a second round of beta-readers in December and start working on something else while I wait to hear back.
And for the first time in a really long while, I actually feel excited about writing. Not just for REBEL ENGINEER, but for whatever comes after. Writing no longer feels like an obligation I have to fulfill, which has been my operating state for a few years now, and a lot of that is tied into my issues with depression. Now that I’m out of that sinkhole (thank you modern medicine and to my therapist), I feel more creative than ever, and my only gripe is that I don’t write books as fast as I can think up new ideas. Sometimes, I feel like my brain is going to burst there’s so much going on. I’m riding a really great high right now, and I feel like anything and everything is possible if I just try hard enough. It’s a really good feeling, and I aim to make it last as long as possible and make the best of it while I can.
September turned out to be a pretty productive month, even though I didn’t actually “work” every day. I’m working on structuring my edits for REBEL ENGINEER, and doing that, I’m learning a completely new editing process than what I’ve done in the past. Part of that...
August was a slow writing month between a week of vacation and the Battle for Azeroth release, but it was planned and expected to be such. I bounced around a bit on a few different writing projects, kind of putting my feelers out for what I want to work on most. I did...
It’s not time for my usual monthly blog post, but I have a lot of thoughts percolating in my head that would make my next start-of-the-month update way too long, so here we are. As jumbled as my thoughts are, I’ll try to put this into a coherent string of words, but...
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 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 warrior-princess daughter, a cowardly wizard of a dog, and a roguish cat that somehow persuaded them to let him join the party.
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, goblins, and whatever else dares take them on.