Happy Wednesday! It's been a great week here, the highlight probably being waiting for hours last Friday while a friend's goat was in labor. The boys got to see her two twins getting born, and in a few months we might even adopt them!
As for writing, I've finally decided to really commit to my Ko books and try to wrap them all up before the school year starts if possible. The end goal is six novellas, about 20k each. I'm currently working on number four.
This is a fairly hard-core series. It won't fall into the Christian fiction category like my full-length novels. After some soul-searching, I'm very ok with that. But what I DO need to know is if the following scene is way too sappy to go with the other snippets you guys have read. Be blunt. I can handle it (I think). Trust me, this is as romantic as the series ever gets, but I want to know if it feels out of place in your opinion or, you know, makes you gag.
Here are 29 sentences (yes, I really did count) in honor of July 29. You met Jin-Sun last week. He's the one who was talking with Ko about the North Korean famine.
“I’m serious.” There was something so earnest in Jin-Sun’s tone that Ko gave him her full attention. “From that first day in the dojang,” he went on “when you stood up to the director, that’s when I first thought you must be someone special. Then I got to know you more, and I knew my first impression was right." He scooted a little closer to Ko, and she didn’t turn away. “I thought about it sometimes, you know, about what it would be like if we met outside the Academy, if we were just two regular citizens going through our everyday lives and our paths bumped into each other. It all sounds so simple, so uncomplicated when I think about it like that. We’d be free. Free to do anything we wanted. Never have to ask permission, get clearances.” His voice trailed off. “You think I’m a sentimental sap.”
Ko leaned a little closer toward him. “No. No, I don’t think that at all. I think that’s really sweet.”
He frowned and furrowed his brow at her.
“I’m serious,” Ko insisted. “We get so caught up in how fast-paced everything is around here. I guess I just sort of forget that out there is a world where people are free to meet and fall in love. It sounds like such a foreign lifestyle.”
“That’s because it is.” He inched his hand a little closer toward where Ko was resting hers on the floor. “And maybe it always will be. But if it weren’t …”
“If it weren’t, you’d know where to find me,” she finished.
He leaned a little closer, and Ko’s heart fluttered in preparation for his kiss, but instead he lifted his arms and gave her a strong, steady hug.
“You’re a good friend, Ko. I’m glad we have each other.”
She stared past his shoulder out the window at the gray, colorless sky. “Yeah, me too.” She didn’t know where the lump in her throat came from, but she swallowed it down, watching the snowflakes outside fall gracefully, beautifully to their death.
Blog Love: Huge thanks to K L Schwengel for hosting the WIPpet Wednesday blog hop, where authors post snippets from their current Works In Progress.
Random Fact: I'm borrowing a friend's kids this week while I work on Ko #4. It's amazing how my boys are happy to leave me alone when they have friends over to play with!
Twitter Fun: With groceries costing so much out here, I'm learning to make a lot of things from scratch.