August was a heck of a month. I finished the second draft of REBEL ENGINEER and sent the proposal for that off to my publisher, which was my goal. I forgot how much I hate writing synopses.
August Word Counts:
Blog posts: 365
Book reviews: 215
Epic Fantasy: ~1,500 (6.5 pages brainstorming)
REBEL ENGINEER: 1,570 words (synopsis, pitch material); edited 48,500 words
Total Words for August: 3,650
Total Words for 2017: 92,717
Plans for September:
Now that REBEL ENGINEER is finished, I have two options ahead of me: I could continue working on DARK LORD IN TRAINING (and maybe finish it), or start writing THE MERMAID & THE BEAST.
I’ve neglected DARK LORD IN TRAINING since November 2016 (sorry, readers) and would very much like to finish that and get it all posted to Wattpad before it inadvertently gets abandoned forever, and I think it would be a good, light project for me to take on after the stress of REBEL ENGINEER.
As for THE MERMAID & THE BEAST, I’m seriously considering tackling it during NaNoWriMo this year. I’ve never won NaNoWriMo before, but that’s never stopped me from trying. Besides, I’m not sure I want to dive straight into it just yet, right on the heels of REBEL ENGINEER. Waiting until NaNoWriMo will give me time to detox between books and let me start refreshed and excited, rather than because I feel like I need to be working on something.
Either way, it’ll be nice to start drafting something again!
September 23: I will be at the Rogers, AR Barnes & Noble for their Teen Book Festival, from 12:00 – 5:00 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.