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

How’s Michael Doing? Some Good, Some Bad.

I had kind of a meltdown last night.  More on that later, but first, let’s do the categories… Work Work is work.  I just came back from two weeks off for the Winter Holiday Break, and yet I feel like … Continue reading

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Rewrite, Work, Home

Rewrite Work proceeds.  I was done with chapter one’s rewrite, but then something occurred to me and I had to add a scene or two, so I’m doing that.  It’s going to radically change the end of this chapter and … Continue reading

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Fiction is Taking a Back Seat. Dammit.

I’m still working on things, but not as a primary activity.  I just have too much going on right now: Just sold my house, so I have to pack it up. We’re putting an offer on a new house. And … Continue reading

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Stressed Out and Hating It

I’m stressed out.  Others notice it, too.  Some think it’s because of my job.  They’re not entirely wrong, but they’re also not entirely correct. The truth is, I’m like the stress version of the Hulk–I’m always stressed.  Everything stresses me out.  … Continue reading

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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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