November went more or less as expected. I didn’t write at all the first week, with the election going on (was that really only a month ago?!), and afterward, I struggled with rewriting the first chapter of BLOOD OF SALT, TEARS OF PEARL, but I eventually got all the pieces smashed together in a coherent way and have now nearly finished Chapter 2. I had wanted to get to the end of Chapter 4 by now, but of course I’m even slower than my most conservative estimates of how much I thought I could write this month. I am hopeful that things will pick up, but with the uncertainty around COVID-19 and school closures and the upcoming holidays, I’m not sure how much I’m actually going to be able to write, but that’s okay. I’d rather write less than stress about how much I “should be” writing on top of everything else I’m stressed about.
Word Counts in November:
Cartridges & Catacombs: 2,700
BLOOD OF SALT, TEARS OF PEARL: 11,119
Total Words Written in November: 15,175
Total Words Written in 2020: 127,080
Plans for December:
I expect more of the same for December, with the goal to complete the first five chapters by the end of the year. That’s just three chapters to rewrite between now and then, so I’m hopeful that I will be able to do that, even with the holidays. I think one of the most difficult chapters is behind me now, so hopefully the rewriting process goes a little more smoothly going forward, at least for a little while. It would be nice to have some easier chapters after that headache of a first chapter.
I wasn’t able to do many Writing Talks in November due to a variety of things, including the election, kiddo home sick from school, and the Thanksgiving holiday last week, but I did manage to squeeze one talk into my schedule.
Cartridges & Catacombs:
I was a little more diligent with my gaming blog this month, with three posts.
I finally finished my Draft 2 outline and started the rewrite of BLOOD OF SALT, TEARS OF PEARL this month, and I’m now almost to 10,000 words total on that, with the prologue rewritten and polished and now working on Chapter 1. I’ve been struggling a little bit with...
I fully turned my attention to BLOOD OF SALT, TEARS OF PEARL this month, creating some brief character profiles to help with revisions, completing the first readthrough of my first draft, and I’m now working on restructuring the novel with a new outline for the second...
I dabbled in a few different things in the month of August, between getting ready for the start of the school year and then falling back into that routine. I spent most of the two weeks since school started reading, relaxing, recharging, and doing odd things around...
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.