I’m really proud of the progress I made on BLOOD OF SALT, TEARS OF PEARL in September. I finished rewriting Chapters 4-6, finishing up Part 1 of the rewrite. I then printed out those pages and have been going over them again to try to improve them further, and I completed the first two chapters this week. I am honestly thrilled with how the rewrites are going now. I’ve already cut 33,000 words from the first six chapters, and as I go over them again, I’m cutting even more. At this point in the story, the first draft was 61,500 words. It’s now 28,400 words. Very significant edits! I’m confident I’ll be able to get the final word count to a much more reasonable number than the first draft was, at 272,000 words.
BLOOD OF SALT, TEARS OF PEARL: 10,500 (rewrites)
Other (Fantasy World-building): 859
Total Words Written Last Month: 12,835
Total Words Written in 2021: 67,947
Plans for This Month:
I’ll be continuing my rewrite progress this month, finishing polishing up Chapters 3-6 before moving on to rewriting Part 2, Chapters 7-10, which I’ll then polish up as well. I’m hopeful I can complete all of that this month. At this point in the editing process, I’m really just focused on getting the work done, as best I can.
Writing: I didn’t do a lot of work on BLOOD OF SALT, TEARS OF PEARL in August, between kiddo being out of school and husband on vacation (and the endless hours of video games we all played together), but I did finish revising a scene that’s been the most difficult to...
I’ve been spending my time between working on an outdoor project, playing video games with my husband while he’s on vacation, and occasionally sitting down to write. I made a lot more progress this month than I expected to, and I’m happy to report that I finished...
Writing: I realized rather belatedly that I forgot to send out a monthly update for July! This will be brief, as the vast majority of June was spent in recovery after my gallbladder surgery. I’m finally feeling better, and my creative brain is itching to work on...
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 gamer, home baker, dabbling artist, tabletop roleplayer, amateur meadmaker, and published author. As the jack-of-all-trades bard of the family, she adventures through life with her fiercely bearded paladin of a husband, their rogue daughter, and four animal companions in the suburbs of Northwest Arkansas.