I did it. Whew.

Unlike last year’s NaNoWriMo novel, this year’s wasn’t a struggle to reach 50K. I mean, it was definitely a struggle to write at times, especially during the week, but there’s still a lot more story left.

I’m not sure yet if I’ll continue at this pace, between 1,000 and 2,000 words a day. This weekend I’d like to crank a ton out and see how far that takes me. I may have to bring my laptop to L.A., though I was hoping to avoid that since it’s so heavy. Then again it’ll be good to have something to do while my brother’s at work.

My cousin HL had her baby! HL is the cousin from China who left her husband for an American man she met through me. Whoops.
It’s such a crazy story. I always think if I hadn’t gone to China, she’d have never met SL. She might have never left her husband, who, it turned out, had been cheating on her. Seven years later, she and SL are still happily married and now with a little girl.

Mia was a month early and delivered by c-section. HL is recovering at home but the baby is still in the NICU. SL says Mia’s doing extremely well so that’s a relief. But I’m sure they won’t feel 100% relieved till she comes home.

In the picture she seems really big, but I’m sure she’s teeny. A peanut.

After learning that HL and the baby were okay, the first thing my mother asked was, “Does she look Chinese?”

SL is white, and the baby does have that color skin. But I think her eyes seem Chinese, though it’s hard to tell.

Not a single one of my generation in my family is with a Chinese. My oldest cousin is married to a caucasian woman, his brother to a woman who’s half black, half South American (I think) – btw, their baby girl is GORGEOUS – I was married to a Korean, my brother is dating a caucasian girl, and HL is with SL. That leaves the four younger cousins. It’s become a norm in my family to marry out.

Anyway, I can’t wait to see HL and her daughter when I’m there. Her due date was Christmas Day and she was born on November 24. Quite early. Here’s to hoping and praying for her smooth and speedy progression home.

1 comment

  1. Congrats! That a major accomplishment. So will there be some short stories out of it that we will get to read in the future?

    Funny about the cousin. Everything seems to work itself out sometimes.

    Have fun in LA!