Author Archives: Michael Johnston

About Michael Johnston

Father of a fifth grader, high school English teacher, writer. Forty-six 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

The Rewriting, it BURNS! But oh so good!

So, Seeking Home has met with a lot of agents who liked the premise, but rejected it.  The few who gave Personal rejections almost all said the writing was good but they struggled to connect to the manuscript. Several Beta readers … Continue reading

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Still Working; Still Hanging On to The Dream

The new school year has begun, and with it, a concomitant uptick in my stress levels. That said, I am continuing, in both my day job teaching and in my dream job writing, to continue the drafting of The Year of … Continue reading

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ER Visit and Attendant Life Changes

Or, How Doctors Like to Scare the Shit Out of You. So last Saturday, I had a pleasant enough day.  I drove to Napa, had lunch, drove the 1.5 hours up to Clearlake, CA, where my mother is buried, and left … Continue reading

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The Dark Tower Movie: Not as Bad as I Feared

So I saw The Dark Tower, and… I guess I’m not sure why so many people seem to hate it. Caveat: I haven’t read the books, which I’m working on rectifying now, but I’m familiar with the basic plot and some … Continue reading

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Re-outlinining: The Bane of My Existence

Holy crap, I last wrote here on June 19th.  That whooshing noise was July.  It said hi. So, in my last post, I talked about re-outlining The Year of Rage.  And I was happy with it. Then I put it all … Continue reading

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Writing the New Project

I’ve spent much of the last few days shaking off the 2016-2017 school year.  It wasn’t a bad year, as teaching years go, but it still takes a lot out of you. But, it’s over, and now is the Writing … Continue reading

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Reporting from the Query Wars

Queried: 38 Agents, 3 publishers Form Rejections: 30 (28 Agents, 2 publishers) Requests for Partials: 5 (all agents) Personal Rejections: 3 Still out: 3 Agents, 1 Publisher Neither publisher got past the slushers, near as I can tell.  And that’s … Continue reading

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