September was absolutely horrible after a productive August. I barely managed to write anything at all between planning for a large event in the middle of the month and an unexpected surgery last week (and all the anxiety and recovery that comes with that). I’ve been unexpectedly wiped out this month, and writing has been difficult to do. I did play with something new at the beginning of the month, just to get it on paper, and I’m excited to turn to that project in the future, once BLOOD OF SALT, TEARS OF PEARL is well and truly finished.
Word Counts in September:
BLOOD OF SALT, TEARS OF PEARL: 4955
Total Words Written in August: 9880
Total Words Written in 2019: 251,163
Up to a quarter of a million words this year!
Plans for October:
I am still in recovery from surgery this week, so I’m trying my best to take it easy and not push myself too much while my wound heals. I would like to continue writing this month, but I don’t have a definite goal in mind, since there are so many variables to how much I can reasonably get done. Ozark Book Con is a little over a month away, so I’m going to be spending a lot of time getting everything in order for that, working on scheduling panels and what not. If I can get any writing done amidst healing and planning, I will be happy, though it’s unlikely I will finish the book this month. At this point, I think I will be lucky to finish the book by the end of the year. But we will see.
With everything else going on, I fell behind again in September and only managed to complete one reward. Instead of trying to catch up and double up on the number of rewards I need to do, I decided to skip charging my patrons for the month of October. I know that a lot of my patrons don’t care one way or the other if I produce content for them or not, but I don’t feel comfortable continuing to charge them if I am not producing content. I do intend to try to complete October’s Patreon rewards this month, but again, we will see how that goes. I did manage to do one thing, at least.
BEHIND-THE-SCENES: “Ideas Worth Writing” – a look at how the right ideas eventually become stories, plus a first look at a new idea for a book!
Writing: August turned out to be an extremely productive month despite the fact that I didn’t start writing until the middle of the month, when kiddo went back to school. I finally got to a sequence of scenes in BLOOD OF SALT, TEARS OF PEARL that I’ve been working...
Writing: I wrote a lot less this month than I wanted to, but this month has also been a whirlwind of STUFF HAPPENING. I’ve been swamped with non-profit work, especially in the last few days of July (I have an event coming up this weekend that I am both helping run and...
Writing: Writing went pretty well this month, considering I spent the first week on doctors appointments and prepping for an event for a non-profit organization I volunteer for (not the one I run). I have a busy life. I’m proud of what I managed to write in the three...
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…
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.