I realized rather belatedly that I forgot to send out a monthly update for July! This will be brief, as the vast majority of June was spent in recovery after my gallbladder surgery. I’m finally feeling better, and my creative brain is itching to work on something.
Word Counts in June:
Cartridges & Catacombs: 1205
Total Words Written in June: 2,031
Total Words Written in 2021: 35,039
Plans for July:
Kiddo starts back at summer camp next week, so I’m hopeful for a little more writing time. I’m going to be spending some time on an outdoor project in the mornings when the weather is nice, but when I’m not working on that, I want to be writing. I have BLOOD OF SALT, TEARS OF PEARL rewrites to work on, as well as my D&D campaign, which will be starting back up this weekend. I’ve also been noodling a 1930s archaeological fantasy a la The Mummy and Indiana Jones that I might take a stab at, or I might do some more worldbuilding on my epic fantasy and try to home in on a main character and plot (I have some vague ideas there, but I feel like I need to solidify some of the fuzzier details on the world first). We’ll see!
A rather brief update this month as I just got home from vacation (Colorado) late last night, and tomorrow, I go in for surgery to have my gallbladder removed. I’ve been in and out of the doctor’s office nearly every week for scans and tests this month after a...
Writing: I realize that every blog update I’ve posted this year has begun with “it’s been a weird month”, and unfortunately, the trend continues. The motivation woes and pessimistic defeatism I posted about last month have thankfully abated, but unfortunately, I spent...
2021 has been a strange year for me so far. I am really struggling to find the motivation to work on my fiction most days, and when I do, it feels like I can never do enough. The rewrite of BLOOD OF SALT, TEARS OF PEARL feels like an endless, torturous slog I’ll never...
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 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 three animal companions in the suburbs of Northwest Arkansas.