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January 2022 Update

Writing:

I took last month off from writing, which was a much-needed break after wrapping up rewrites on Part 1 of BLOOD OF SALT, TEARS OF PEARL in November. I did write up a monthly post and yearly wrap up, but that’s it. Having a full month off from writing gave me time to catch up on my reading and let my brain rest for a bit, though I still didn’t read as much as I would have liked!

 

Word Counts:

Blog/Newsletter: 2,897

Total Words Written Last Month: 2,897
Total Words Written in 2021: 87,293

 

Plans for This Month:

Tomorrow, I plan to dig back in to rewrites for BLOOD OF SALT, TEARS OF PEARL. In November, I finished revising Chapters 1-5. This month, I hope to make decent headway on the next section, Chapters 6-10 (give or take, depending on how scenes fall). I divided the manuscript up into five sections in the hopes that it would make revising easier. The second section currently sits at 37,000 words. I hope to whittle it down to around 25,000 by the time I’m finished with rewrites. If I can manage to rewrite 2-3 scenes per week, I should be mostly finished with this section by the end of the month, but we’ll see. The previous section took me quite a bit longer than expected!

2021 Year End Update

Another weird year comes to a close. Writing has been just as difficult in 2021 as it was in 2020, for much of the same reasons, plus a few more. Thankfully, I was able to get vaccinated against COVID-19 early in the year (and then the booster) and kiddo got a second...

December 2021 Update

Writing: I finished Part 1 of BLOOD OF SALT, TEARS OF PEARL this month! After one round of intense rewrites and two rounds of edits over the course of several months, I managed to reduce the original word count of the first eight chapters and two prologues from 61,541...

November 2021 Update

I didn’t get to make as much progress on rewrites this month as I wanted as I was sick for the last two weeks. But progress is progress, so I won’t complain. I did run into a bit of a snag on one particular scene that I’m still trying to figure out, but I should get...

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January 2022 Update

Writing: I took last month off from writing, which was a much-needed break after wrapping up rewrites on Part 1 of BLOOD OF SALT, TEARS OF PEARL in November. I did write up a monthly post and yearly wrap up, but that’s it. Having a full month off from writing gave me...

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Books

The Brass Giant

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…

The Mechanical Theater

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…

The Guild Conspiracy

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…

About

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.

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