April was a fairly productive month. I managed to write nearly every weekday despite a lotof distractions and made good progress on BLOOD OF SALT, TEARS OF PEARL. I’m a few chapters away from the midpoint now, and I’m getting a little bogged down in the minutiae, but I’m trying to truck on. Again, my nonprofit has been taking up a lot of my time, between planning and meetings and all the other stuff that goes along with that. I didn’t reach my 35,000 word goal (which shouldn’t be much of a surprise), so BLOOD OF SALT, TEARS OF PEARL is still shy of the 120,000 goal I wanted to reach in April. I did get to 110,000 though! So I’m not too far off from my goal.
Word Counts in April:
BLOOD OF SALT, TEARS OF PEARL: 26,541
Total Words Written in April: 29,056
Total Words Written in 2019: 135,606
Plans for May:
I’m being ambitious and aiming for 150,000 words this month. I feel like if I can get to the midpoint this month, my writing speed is going to skyrocket. Right now, I’m in a slower part of the story, trying to build things up for the midpoint forward, and I’m floundering a little bit. But I’m still going, and that’s what is important! I’ll need to write nearly 40,000 words this month on the book in order to get to 150,000, and that may be an insane goal to aim for, but I might be a little insane too.
I do have a writing workshop that I’ll be teaching this month, starting tonight, at the Rogers Public Library. You can find more information about that here!
Another new patron last month brings me to 10! I’m so excited that you guys are enjoying the content that I’m posting each month, and as always, if there’s something you want to see there, let me know!
(I didn’t do any art in April, so it’s a twofer this month!)
BEHIND-THE-SCENES: Soggy Middles
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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…
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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 warrior-princess daughter, a cowardly wizard of a dog, and a roguish cat that somehow persuaded them to let him join the party.
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, goblins, and whatever else dares take them on.