Author Archives: Michael Johnston

About Michael Johnston

Father of a third grader, high school English teacher, writer. Forty-three years old and feeling almost every bit of it on some days, and not a bit of it on others. Based in Sacramento, California, USA

Writing is SO Weird: Plotting

I’m working on the plot for book 1 of my new project.  It’s going to be an Epic Space Opera, and while book 1 has a clear plot that is finished at the end, but the overarching story goes on … Continue reading

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My Wasted Day, and the Fury it Spawned

I am so completely and utterly furious at my school administration and the district. At 9:15am, my classroom door was opened by security, who said we had to evacuate to the gym. The teachers of D wing did our best … Continue reading

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Still Working, But Slowly

I’m still working on Rage Across the Stars, but it’s going very, very slowly.  I wish I could say it’s for good reasons, but it’s just that I’m having a hard time with it. With Seeking Home (which is my new working … Continue reading

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New Project: Rage Across The Stars

So, The Remembrance War Book 1 has a new title, Seeking Home, which will hopefully work better as I continue to flog it (but of course not to agents who already passed on it under the old title).  But I … Continue reading

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On Realizing One’s Britches Are Too Tight

I’ve been avoiding submitting The Book to small presses.  I was thinking about it, and I realized my reasons are dumb. I’ve been holding out on the small presses because “I want a Big 5 deal.”  Well, look who’s a … Continue reading

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Our New Kitten

I hesitate to include posts like this sometimes, but he’s so cute. Meet Loki.  Loki is only five weeks old, but he was found stuck in a fence and turned in to the veterinary office where my sister works.  She … Continue reading

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How I Smashed Through the Wall of Writer’s Block (This time)

Sometimes, a story just won’t gel.  Usually, that seems to indicate the story just isn’t ready.  You need to do more research, or think on the story, or something. I’ve been stuck in that spot for months, with several competing … Continue reading

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