Happy Wednesday! Slave Again has gone through its round of beta reads (thanks, Kate Sparkes, et al). It's even gone through a lovely and helpful gamma read via the beautiful Reig McClain of Arvid
and Oya fame. (What's a gamma read? It's what comes after a beta read, obviously.)
So now, the choices are ... hit publish, or not. And, believe it or not, I've decided to shelve it. Just for a few more months. Not because I don't like it, but because it needs more work that I just can't see right now. And June's coming up, and I just may decided to jump into JuNoWriMo if my wrists hold up for it. Because, you know, my follow-up novel will need a follow-up of its own one day, right?
So here's what we've got from Slave Again. It might be the last snippet you'll see for quite a while. I've included five sentences since it's the fifth month. Helpful context here: Mee-Kyong is a North Korean refugee who escaped a prison camp with her boyfriend, Pang.
Mee-Kyong shut off her mind, nodding every once in a while as Mrs. Stern continued to prattle and extol the Western Savior she and her husband followed so zealously. Mee-Kyong knew all about zeal. Pang had been a disciple of the Party at one point, back when he worked in the same factory where Mee-Kyong’s unit slaved. She knew what it was to follow someone with a fervor that blinded you to reason and sense, what it was to submit so fiercely, so foolishly to someone. Mrs. Stern droned on about passion and commitment, and all Mee-Kyong could think about was the crunching sound the cartilage made the first time Pang broke her nose.
That's all, folks! Happy WIPpetting to you all!
Blog Love: Huge thanks to K L Schwengel for hosting the
WIPpet Wednesday blog hop, where authors post snippets from the current
Works In Progress.
Random Fact: My oldest son knew the Greek alphabet long before his ABCs. That's what happens to pastor kids, I suppose.