Not much to report for June. I started editing REBEL ENGINEER but didn’t make much progress on that. I’ve had a hard time finding the proper motivation to work on it. Otherwise, I got an idea for a new book in June that would not let me go (THE LITTLE MERMAID meets BEAUTY AND THE BEAST), and I’ve since done a lot of reading, brainstorming, and outlining to figure out if it was worth pursuing or not, and I have to say that I’m excited to start writing it.
Blog posts: 209
MERMAID/BEAST: 7,715 brainstorming notes
REBEL ENGINEER: started edits
Total Words for June: 7,924
Total Words for 2017: 86,064
Plans for July:
I want to try to edit a chapter a week on REBEL ENGINEER, which is a fairly ambitious goal for the month, I think. Between buying a new house and moving into it and kiddo being out of school for the summer, I don’t have as much writing time as I would like. If I can finish editing REBEL ENGINEER by the end of August, I will be happy with that, despite being several months overdue from when I originally wanted to have it done. C’est la vie. Otherwise, I may or may not start writing my MERMAID AND THE BEAST (working title) novel in earnest. It seems a shame to hold off when I have the outline done, but I also need to focus on editing REBEL ENGINEER, so we’ll see.
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.