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if you're here, that means you think i'm cool and interesting and stuff. well, i also have some books for sale!

THE BRASS GIANT, a steampunk adventure set in a steam-powered city in the golden age of Victorian science, and THE MECHANICAL THEATER, a love letter to Shakespearean drama folded into a quiet, character-driven novella. 

you can also find this information, and links to buy, at http://brookenomicon.tumblr.com/mybooks

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About the books:

THE BRASS GIANT ($1.99 ebook, $6.99 paperback)

Sometimes, even the most unlikely person can change the world

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. Still, she refuses to give up, tinkering with any machine she can get her hands on, in between working and babysitting her foster siblings.

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. But if her involvement on the project is discovered, Emmerich will be marked for treason, and a far more dire fate would await Petra.

Working together in secret, they build the clockwork giant, but as the deadline for its completion nears, Petra discovers a sinister conspiracy from within the Guild council … and their automaton is just the beginning.

Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00M719Z06

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-brass-giant-brooke-johnson/1121123553?ean=9780062387165

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-brass-giant

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-brass-giant/id904017054?mt=11

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Brooke_Johnson_The_Brass_Giant?id=4uV9BAAAQBAJ

HarperCollins: http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062387165/the-brass-giant

add it on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22836684-the-brass-giant

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THE MECHANICAL THEATER ($0.99, ebook only)

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. However, the only role he is suitable to fill is that of the theater’s custodian.

Leaving the well-paying boiler job behind him, Solomon immerses himself in the theater—watching rehearsals, studying the performances, and working with an emerging young actress to improve his skills. But back at home, his family feels the sting of their reduced income when his younger sister Emily develops pneumonia and the only treatment is too expensive.

Solomon will be forced to make a difficult choice: fulfill his dreams of stardom, or help save his younger sister.

Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00MMG19GO

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-mechanical-theater-brooke-johnson/1121648209?ean=9780062387189

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-mechanical-theater

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-mechanical-theater/id908431229?mt=11

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Brooke_Johnson_The_Mechanical_Theater?id=e3adBAAAQBAJ

HarperCollins: http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062387189/the-mechanical-theater

add it on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22895363-the-mechanical-theater
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the shenanigans +Justin Dow and i get up to on twitter...
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+David Litster You're St Germaine?
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this weekend's loot from GlitchCon
met some really cool people and sold quite a few books
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a little of both :)
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WHAT SHIRTS SHOULD I WEAR THIS WEEKEND?

it's a 3-day con and here are my 5 favorite choices for nerdy shirts to wear. vote for your favorites and i'll wear the top 3. :D
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D&D emblem
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Hogwarts
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A'Tuin
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Sunday you'll have all the loot crate users saying hi.
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this is beyond adorable.

(you might have turn your volume up kinda high to hear the recorded part)
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+Brooke Johnson Yeah, that was problematic. I actually had to use my headphones to hear it. And then the toy piano blasted me in the ears at the end. :-O
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IT BEGINS...

today, i began the long process of editing Chroniker City book #2. i skimmed over the first eight chapters and wrote up a synopsis of each, detailing the gist of what actually happens (as opposed to what's written in my outline), and making notes of potential changes as i go. 

my day started a bit later than i expected so i didn't get as much done as i wanted, but it's a start.

as for the edits themselves, i wasn't quite sure how to proceed since i need to do this edit in a timely manner and i don't want to just dive into the manuscript like i normally do and just edit as i go. i want to have a bit more structure for this edit, so i plan to write up the chapter synopses first and then do a big-picture edit on the full-book synopsis before making any changes to the actual book. that way, i can see the book as a whole rather than find myself mired in the middle of chapter-to-chapter edits with no real big-picture plan for what i'm actually doing.

i'm hoping this method proves to help me edit more quickly and methodically than i've approached things in the past. editing a synopsis instead of the manuscript should help me make those broad-strokes edits more easily, cutting chapters, moving scenes, etc. without getting mired in the sentence level changes, which i have a tendency to do.

anyway, tomorrow, i hope to finish the synopsis of the novel and perhaps start making changes to that. 

once the synopsis is edited and i'm happy with the broad-strokes changes to the book as a whole, i'll then focus on a chapter by chapter edit, first making the big changes as written out in my synopsis for the first pass, and then, in the second pass, i'll narrow in on smaller changes to bring the writing to the next level. lather, rinse, repeat.

hopefully this will prove to be a more effective method than i've used in the past. 

anyway, i skimmed over 8 chapters and wrote 2600 words on the synopsis today. so good progress so far. 
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obligatory release date update!

after looking at the current publishing schedule with Harper Voyager and estimating when i'll be able to finish second draft edits on this book... Chroniker City book #2 is slated for a March 2016 release. 

still no confirmed title, but i've sent my working title to my editor and i'm sure she'll come up with something wayyy better than i can. :P
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The rules say no French or Spanish, right? That's no fun.
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oh to laugh off bad reviews...

i'm glad to have reached the point where i can literally laugh at a 1- or 2- star review of my book because the reviewer is just that idiotic and/or trollishly opinionated. 

ahhh good times.
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On the other hand, on one of my books someone who is not my Grandma said "incredible feat of writing." So you take your lumps with your sugars, right?
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oddly encouraging.
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Cold pizza is the spawn of the devil. Man invented fire so he could perfectly cook crusts
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this starts today! 
 
GlitchCon is this weekend! (July 31 - August 2)

Come to Northwest Arkansas’ largest SFF, gaming, and anime convention, where I will be participating in several different panels and events throughout the weekend:

FRIDAY

2:30 - 3:30 : Author Meet & Greet
6:00 - 7:00 : Opening Ceremonies

SATURDAY

3:30 - 3:45 : Worldbuilding: What goes into designing a world—even a contemporary setting?  How far do you need to go, what shortcuts can you take?  Join guest authors and discuss what makes for a believable setting and share some of your favorite worlds.

7:00 - 7:45 : Hero/Villain: The Fine Line: A discussion of the concepts of Heroes and Villains in fiction, focused on the differences in the two, but also taking a hard look at the shades of gray that make the two archetypes siblings more than enemies. 

SUNDAY

12:00 - 12:45 : Gender Roles and Alternate Lifestyles in Genre Fiction: An examination of expected roles for the genders in fiction as well as portrayals of alternative lifestyles and how Genre Fiction either perpetuates or turns those expectations on their ears. (I will be hosting this event)

1:00 - 1:45 : The Writer’s Life: It’s not all dream vacations, star appearances, or the freedom to plan one’s schedule at liberty.  You know that.  But what does being an author involve?  Join our guest panelists in a Q&A session on the realities of writing for a living.

I should also have a table where you can come see me and purchase my books after each panel (still unsure if I have a permanent table or not).

GlitchCon 2015 will be located at:

Holiday Inn Springdale Hotel and Convention Center
1500 S 48TH ST
SPRINGDALE, AR
United States 72762-5878

July 31 - August 2

Weekend passes are $45 at the door.

You can find out more about the convention at the GlitchCon website: http://www.glitchcon2015.com
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once more, in case you missed it the first time around. :)
 
my latest blog post for +The Scriptors! (thanks to +Eduardo Suastegui for the topic help):

When Things Don't Go To Plan

"My last post for The Scriptors focused on the nature of first drafts and what it feels like nearing the end of a new book. At the time, I was well over the suggested word count in my publishing contract, but I was confident that I was nearing the end and would finish the draft within the week.

Boy, was I wrong.

I am a fairly strict planner when it comes to plotting a novel, and I outline my stories scene by scene, focusing heavily on plot points and leaving the character arcs a little less defined to give myself room to breathe. Throughout the writing process, I constantly refer back to that outline, making sure that I stick to the path I laid out at the beginning, restraining myself from straying too far from that original plan.

At a glance, my outlines are very straightforward and progress logically from beginning to end. Everything makes sense from a big picture standpoint, every little piece adding to the greater whole.

And yet, to my great annoyance, my outlines ultimately tend to fail.

Miserably."

Read more here: http://thescriptors.com/when-things-dont-go-to-plan/
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this is how we should all get dressed in the morning. 
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    Creative Writing, 2007 - 2010
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word wizard. steampunk and history geek. (she/her)
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I am the author of The Brass Giant (Harper Voyager Impulse), the first book in a new young adult steampunk series. I write both fantasy and steampunk for young audiences, and I have several projects in the works, including a middle-grade fantasy Dark Lord in Training, available to read for free on Wattpad.

I am also a stay-at-home mom, amateur seamstress, RPG enthusiast, and art hobbyist.

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