From Here Onward

Last week on the Knights of Rilch Blog Tour:
On Letting Go of Inhibitions at There and Draft Again
Deleted Scene at
Kiss Me, Kill Me Review at Lauren Garafalo’s Blog
Review at Dyadic Echoes
Review at Jessica Rubinkowski’s Blog

This morning I woke up with one impulse running through me: WRITE ALL THE THINGS.

Weirdly enough, it’s been awhile since I felt that. I’ve been in a writing slump for the past month and a half. Probably just because there was so much release work to be done on Knights of Rilch, but I keep feeling like it was more than that. Even on days I didn’t have to do any formatting or emailing or tweaking art, I would sit and stare at the third book and not know where to go. Which is silly, considering I know what the next 20k of this novel should say. It just…gah! I couldn’t focus. Rise of Orion is Mikel’s story, and yet Kierstaz was trying to hijack it at every turn. I kept thinking about every little word and line in Knights, if maybe I could change this or that or add another 20k…about Sark? Or someone. Or something.

There really wasn’t anything to change. It was all done. DONE. I just wanted an excuse to keep working on it. It got so bad that I was messing with the cover art, considering changing the fonts on the spine, just because I couldn’t let go of it.

But once release week happened, it was off of my shoulders. Like letting my kid finally go off to college. Thursday morning I wrote a ton of words on Rise. I started sketching out a possible cotemporary thriller. I daydreamed about picking up my historical again. I’m taking a lot of deep breaths and staring at the final paperback of my second novel and thinking, hey…it actually turned out pretty gorgeous and perfect. I wouldn’t change a word.

In honor of the lovely Damon and Ric gifs gracing this post, I’m giving away one of the last paperback ARCs of Knights of Rilch. It includes a couple of deleted scenes that shall never be seen again, and many an out of place word that was caught in final proofreads. If you want it, simply leave a comment below to be entered.

All done, Kierstaz.

4 thoughts on “From Here Onward

  1. Tracey says:

    Hello! I discovered your books via Darci Cole’s blog. I’ve been trying to read more fantasy lately. The premise of Coldness of Marek is way cool. I got myself a copy. I’d love to be entered to win Knights of Rilch.

    And I definitely know how it feels to be in a writing slump. I’ve just come out of one. Good luck with your current shiny new idea(s).

    1. Rachel O'Laughlin says:

      Hey Tracey, sorry it took me so long to get back to this giveaway. Had a bit of a crazy March. You won a paperback ARC! I’ll send you an email so I can get your mailing address. Thanks so much for entering, and I hope you enjoy Coldness of Marek!

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