Writing went rather smoothly in December, though my word counts were lower than I would have liked. I was able to write every day before the holiday break, except for one day when I was sick (probable food poisoning). Some days, I netted a negative number of words, but it all counts as progress.
You can read my end of year update here.
Word Counts in December:
BLOOD OF SALT, TEARS OF PEARL: 3,739
Total Words Written in December: 6,373
Total Words Written in 2020: 133,480*
*Number is higher than the end of the year report due to this number actually including that blog post.
I managed a couple of writing livestreams before the holiday break. I had planned to do a third, but kiddo really needed help finishing the Spirit Temple in Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time that afternoon, and I had no choice but to oblige.
Plans for January:
I intend to keep trucking along on BLOOD OF SALT, TEARS OF PEARL this month, focusing on getting through the first act if I can, then backtrack and do a little more finetuning based on feedback from some early readers. I think if I work on rewriting the book in sections, then going back and doing at least one good read-through of each section before moving on to the next one, I’ll be able to revise to a better degree than trying to do the whole thing through, then starting over again. The rewriting process so far has been really rough, considering the amount of editing that I’m having to do, so I think taking the time to polish each section will help make it feel more manageable.
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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
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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.