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“Good Enough” Chapter 1 Teaser

The beat of the music reverberated through Charlie’s chest. Her senses were confused in this atmosphere; between the alcohol, sweat, and various perfumes, she almost couldn’t breathe. It was dark, except for the colorful lasers and lights cutting through the crowd at random. The only solid light was a faint glow from the bar. 

Charlie followed Misha to the bar and watched her slip between a cluster of people waiting for their drinks. She looked around the busy club; tall round tables and stools separated the bar from the dance floor. When Charlie squinted, she could see only what she could assume is the VIP section: velvet ropes, large men in suits at the entrance, beautiful waitresses, and people dressed in outfits that cost more than her salary seated on plush-looking couches. What’s it like-.

Misha spun around and held a full shot glass in front of Charlie’s face. “Drink up!” To Misha’s surprise, Charlie grabbed the glass and downed the shot quickly.

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“Good Enough” – Quinn Intro

Basic Statistics

Name: Quinn Kwan-Ryung

Age: 29

Nationality: Korean

Socioeconomic Level as a child: Wealthy

Socioeconomic Level as an adult: Wealthy

Hometown: Gangnam 

Current Residence: Penthouse of The Victoria in fictional city or Seoul

Occupation: Son of the head of the Kwan-Ryung crime organization. 

Income: Loads

Talents/Skills: Manipulation. 🙃 Artist, painter

Birth order: Youngest child

Sibling: 1 sister, Ara

Parents: I wrote about them in other notes, but I’m thinking they’re both prominent business people with gang ties.

Significant Others (describe relationship): Marcus.

Relationship skills: Suave. He knows what he’s doing, but gets bored quickly. He likes drama and it impacts his love life greatly.

Physical Characteristics:

Height: 6’1″

Weight: Unsure, but lean and lanky.

Race: Korean

Eye Color: Dark brown

Hair Color: Blue

Glasses or contact lenses? No

Skin color: Pale

Shape of Face: V Shape

Distinguishing features: Blue hair

How does he/she dress? Wealthy trendy.

Mannerisms: stoic. Clenches jaw when stressed or angry. 

Habits: (smoking, drinking etc.) I cant remember if he smokes lol

Health: Good

Hobbies: Painting, playing video games 

Favorite Sayings: NA

Speech patterns: NA

Disabilities: NA

Style (Elegant, shabby etc.): Trendy

Greatest flaw: Doesn’t always see the consequences down the line

Best quality: Loyal

Intellectual/Mental/Personality Attributes and Attitudes

Educational Background: Private school. Diploma. College

Intelligence Level: Very smart.

Any Mental Illnesses? Unsure

Learning Experiences: Unsure

Character’s short-term goals in life: to get whatever he wants in that momenr

Character’s long-term goals in life: Power.

How does Character see himself/herself? Charming, attractive

How does Character believe he/she is perceived by others? Charming, attractive

How self-confident is the character? Very. 

Does the character seem ruled by emotion or logic or some combination thereof? Emotion

What would most embarrass this character? Not much

Emotional Characteristics

Strengths/Weaknesses: Doesn’t always think of consequences

Introvert or Extrovert? Extrovert

How does the character deal with anger? Sadist

With sadness? 

With conflict?

With change?

With loss?

What does the character want out of life? To successfully take over “the family business”, but unsure if that his true calling or just battling a need for approval from his parents

What would the character like to change in his/her life? Mulling this one over. Maybe real love from his family or real love from a romantic interest  

What motivates this character? Lust, greed

What frightens this character? Mortality.

What makes this character happy? His friends, getting his way, gaming 

Is the character judgmental of others? Yes

Is the character generous or stingy? Generous

Is the character generally polite or rude? Polite to friends. Rude to enemies. 

How the Character is Involved in the Story

Character’s role in the novel (main character? hero? heroine? Romantic interest? etc.): Romantic interest’s pseudo-brother

Scene where character first appears: Night club

How character is different at the end of the novel from when the novel began: Humbled.

Additional Notes on This Character:

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WIP – In Summary

I’ve been having a rough “few days”… But like I said in my last post, I still want to start opening up about my favorite Work in Progress. So here goes nothing…

It’s an Adult Fiction. Main characters range in late 20’s-early 30’s. The setting is a modern fictional world. I was thinking about creating fictional cities around Seoul, South Korea. This is all outside of my comfort zone. I’m use to writing in fully fictional worlds where the laws of logic don’t actually matter. But here’s a story where the environment, the technology, the food are actually going to play a huge role to help ground it in reality. Also, I tend to be a Tell, not Show person… So the sights, sounds, and smells of the environment aren’t something I always delve into. And as I write this, I’m thinking of the last scene I wrote that involves food and I never mentioned once about how anything smelled lol.

I know it sounds really crazy and I don’t need to focus on every little blade of grass, but if I don’t push myself, then I’m never going to improve.

Okay, so now that we have the setting out of the way, who are my characters? Eh, I’ll save that part for another post. 😋

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Record of Youth Finale – Main Thoughts

So, after falling in love with KPop (Thanks BTS on SNL), I finally made time to watch my first KDrama. It was a bit hard because of needing to pay attention to subtitles as 98% of my TV time is while I’m multitasking hobbies or chores. But after being pestered by my friend to watch Record of Youth, I finally sat down and dove in.
I would like to start by saying: Overall, I love this show and if I had to rate it, I would give 4/5 stars because the first half of season 1 sucked me in so hard and made me fall in love with the characters and want more. I’m still so invested that I’m complaining/gushing on the interwebs.
It’s been one week since this show wrecked me with its finale. I’ve had time to chat with a few people and to reflect, so let’s see if I can put these emotions, thoughts, and opinions into cohesive sentences.
A. There were a lot of great villains whose stories NEVER WENT ANYWHERE. Did Do Ha end up back on top while his biggest competition was in the military? And Jin-A met Jeong-Ha and just decided she was over Hye-Jun? The amount of drama she was set up for would have been amazing! I would not have had an issue with her eventually saying she was over Hye-Jun and wanting to be Jeong-Ha’s friend… But her character did a complete 180 without any real climax or conclusion to her arc. And did I-Yeong create her little agency? Did she continue to try to run Hae-Hyo’s life when he came back?
B. Speaking of stories that never went anywhere… The fizzling out love triangle was insanely irritating. They really fed into this for the first half… There was a lot of tension, and Hye-Jun being slightly paranoid. And then nothing. Hae-Hyo just got his haircut and went off to the military and there was no real conflict or resolution.
C. There was zero follow up on Hae-Na and Jin-U’s relationship. Like, they really broke up like that? Was that really it? Because that was a BS ending to their romance. He was so sweet, they were really into each other. I just can’t imagine their story really went out with Jin-U breaking up with her that way.
D. The reunion was unsatisfying. 2 years later, Hye-Jun is working on a project with Rain in the title, and Jeong-Ha is doing makeup for it and just shows up wearing the shoes he made her because they’re comfortable? The way they looked at each other when they first saw each other gave a spark of unresolved feelings… But then they just – went for a walk. And talked like old acquaintances. DID THIS SHOW FORGET SHE WAS A FANGIRL?! They had good chemistry, but the script guiding their story lacked passion after halfway through the season.

This finale was definitely meant to wrap things up as quickly and neatly as possible because they weren’t sure if there would be a season 2, while leaving it just open enough that if it did get picked up, they could continue… But honestly, I don’t think I want anymore of this. This show left me annoyed and bitter and I just want to find something else to invest it.