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I just finished the last scene of the last QoLV book.


If the kid falls asleep on the way home I’ll make you guys a car video of me mumbling to myself and rambling about how weird it is to have first drafts complete for all five Queers of La Vista books.

Don’t ask me if they’re any good. I have no idea. None whatsoever.

I cried writing the last scene. One of the characters in these books surprised me by being drawn directly from my guts and soul, and thus makes me cry. I did okay maintaining distance with everyone else, but man, if you don’t prepare for that shit you give it the power to slay you.

I am slayed.

Of course, that could also be because I just wrote a five book series in five months and am exhausted. 375,275 words. I mean, I look at that and I’m like, “…No wonder I feel like I just ran a motherfucking marathon.”

*I have never run a marathon. I’m using it as a metaphor.

Fucking hell. I should go do something productive. Copyedits just came in on Gays of Our Lives, so that’ll be good to get off my desk. But damn, y’all. Damn. I can’t even believe I just finished book five. That is profoundly unreal.

February 26th, 2016|Categories: blog|Tags: |


  1. dinaswag February 26, 2016 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    You are a rock star Ripper. Congratulations!

  2. Andrea February 27, 2016 at 5:16 pm - Reply

    Can't wait to read them!

  3. Jeanne February 29, 2016 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    What Andrea said.

    Did it feel different to be writing them on contract?

    • KrisRipper2 March 2, 2016 at 8:25 am - Reply

      Oh, yeah, definitely. For one, all the commas will be in the right places, so I didn't stress about that kind of thing.

      Actually, and this will sound dreadful, but it really does sort of make it so I can play around a little more because more eyes will be on these books before they're published. Though I think this just makes Wendy's unpaid job way more hard. (The emails I'll be getting from her for book five will be hilarious. I'm pretty sure the phrase "kitchen sink" will be involved.)

      Also, I move *way faster* than the speed of traditional publishing. I'm like, "OKAY I'M DONE WITH LINES FOR BOOK ONE, LET'S DO DEVS FOR BOOK TWO" and traditional publishing is like "See you in a few weeks!" And I should stress, Riptide's burning the midnight oil on this one, grinding these books through the machine at a few times the normal pace. So that clash of production schedules has been really interesting.

      And, just, I've never written a book you guys have to wait a year to see. So that's extremely bizarre.

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