Monday 12 June 2023

Some #teanovel progress (plus excerpt)

Started running a late night online write-in since Saturday and I have written about 4k words!!! and figured out how to add in 2k words of a short story (of the prequel kind) into the main body of this novel. I probs need to edit more to make it kind of fit more seamlessly lol it's a bit of a flashback at this moment, but I guess that works too. 

anyways here's a stupid excerpt because lol.


Jasmine was on to her third(ish) configuration of Attraction Potion (or Wish Fulfilment) which was quite a different wish list from her initial batch. She shook her head, wondering at how naive she’d been when she first started off. To be fair, she’d started with a list from twenty years ago, but she should have realised that it had to be updated, right from the start. 

Jasmine Teh’s Dream Man Husband

  • Handsome. Looks like Hugh Grant. Or Wang Lee Hom (I mean, this is subjective, isn’t it?)
  • Charming.
  • Funny. (Nice, but not strictly necessary. Humour is so subjective.) Witty
  • Romantic. (Debatable, but I’ll leave this in. He should at least make an effort and not be totally kayu.)
  • Smart. Cannot be stupid ok!!!
  • Tall. Well, taller than me. I am so short. So this should be easy. (If possible)
  • Rich, if possible. But not so important as long as he is not poor. Responsible wage-earner with a full-time job. Financially stable.
  • Loves me. Duh (I mean, or what’s the point? WHY WOULD YOU MARRY SOMEONE YOU HATE I DON’T GET IT)
  • doesn’t talk to that annoying Kelly in 3H.
  • should be able to tolerate Jason I guess. 
  • bold, knows what he wants in life (Ok, the Francis situation didn’t work out too well, but he can’t be like a pushover or drifter either)
  • rich, vibrant personality has an interesting personality (Do I mean outgoing? Hmmm not quite but…I think?)
  • within 3-5 years of my age, preferably older (aka I’m not a cradle snatcher)
  • gets along with Bryan and the gang
  • not anti-magic??? *Should ask Long if this is something we can reveal to spouses if they’re not magical themselves.
  • Not boring - has some sort of life outside of work/hobbies
  • COMPATIBLE*** (Do I mean emotionally? Or in life goals? Or like personality? Or well… I guess in everything?!?!)

She studied the list several times, trying to figure out if there was anything else she wanted to change. The last two items were probably the best she could do to counter that disaster date with Francis. She was tempted to add “no corporate types” to the list, but Penang was so small and so full of factories and multinationals that that clause would narrow her dating pool too much. And artsy types were rarely financially stable so… that would bring her back to square one, wouldn’t it?

Maybe she should talk to a few more of the guys her magic selected before offering them the tea. Or…would it be a better idea to offer all of them the tea and then see who actually wanted to date her? Date a few of them and see who she liked more, or which date was the least terrible? 

Because the more she thought about it, the more it felt like it didn’t really make sense to just choose the one with the best fit because “best fit” on a list of criteria doesn’t mean that they’ll actually fall in love. 

Unless, now she added in “compatible”… that should really rank them by how well they’d fit, right?

Ugh, this was confusing. Maybe Bryan was right and she should just use a dating app.

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