How is it already March!? Ugh, this year…
My primary goal for February was to finish the first draft of REBEL ENGINEER (Chroniker City #2.5), and while I made lots of progress, I still have a long way to go before I write “The End”. I’m a little over halfway through the outline now, and the draft is already inching toward 28,000 words, which means this may end up a bit longer than the 35,000 word novella I had originally planned. At this rate, I’m looking at the very real possibility that this may end up a short novel instead, with the first draft clocking in around 45,000 to 50,000 words. I may be able to pare that down in edits, but we’ll see. The good news is that readers will get a longer story. The bad news is that means it will take me longer to write.
I feel pretty good about what I’ve written on the book so far, with the addition of some very important scenes and characters that further flesh out the world I created with the advent of Chroniker City. And I’m excited for what happens next in the book, where the overlap between REBEL ENGINEER and The Guild Conspiracy becomes obvious. Readers will finally learn the other side of what happens in Amiens, and I’m excited to show what Emmerich has really been up to in Paris all this time.
I also dabbled in a few other projects this month, including the next book in the Chroniker City series, tentatively titled THE CHRONIKER LEGACY.
So, without further ado…
February Word Counts:
REBEL ENGINEER: 19,981 (drafting)
THE CHRONIKER LEGACY: 3,227 (brainstorming)
DARK LORD IN TRAINING: 1,723 (brainstorming)
Untitled Epic Fantasy: ~750 (3 pages handwritten notes; brainstorming)
Total for February: 26,289 words
(Total for 2017 so far: 47,111)
Plans for March:
If I can maintain a steady output of writing, I should be able to finish the first draft of REBEL ENGINEER by the end of the month. I will try for sooner (because this book has taken me forever already), but because I will be doing a lot of author appearances and events this month (plus spring break!), I won’t have as much writing time as usual, so we’ll see. If I finish the book before the end of the month, I hope to spend the rest of March working on the outline for the next book in the series, and if I have time, do a bit more drafting on DARK LORD IN TRAINING before diving into edits on REBEL ENGINEER in April.
March 11: Community Expo at Rogers Public Library in Rogers, AR from 10:00am – 4:00pm
March 15: Author Discussion at Bauxite High School in Bauxite, AR
(this is a private event for students and faculty only)
March 17-19: AnomalyCon at Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center in Denver, CO
(my panel schedule for the weekend is available on the “Events” page of my website)
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.