Time for another Weekend Writing Warriors snippet. Every Sunday, I join a bunch of writers through a blog hop and post an 8-10 sentence snippet of my current project. You can click on the image to see what everyone else is up to.
At the conclusion of this chapter, Lotte and her parents play with an idea that pushes Lotte to not just survive the curse, but thrive. They consider the possibilities of Lotte learning ASL until the curse is broken.
My first impression was that it didn’t seem necessary; what’s the point of learning a language for just a year? I could potentially be done with this curse in twelve months and it’ll just feel like a bad dream.
“I’m sure Herlevsdale offers ASL classes, hon,” Dad said. “This will be great until you’re able to use your actual voice again. Not only that, but it looks great on your résumé!”
Something stirred in me, like I wanted to do everything and do nothing all at once. Pretend I’m deaf and disrespect other people who aren’t actually cursed? Give Chris the middle finger and show him that I’m not a slave to his curse?
That night, I signed up for ASL 101 and wondered just how insane my freshman year of college was going to be.
The rest of the novel will address her struggles and triumphs as an ASL student. The question is, will Chris do something to stop her progress? *Just as a fun tidbit, Herlev is the city where my mom grew up just outside of Copenhagen*
Until next week, you can check out my other snippets here. You can also learn more about the novel, Speechless, here. Don’t forget to comment below if you’ve got a snippet to share as well! Compliments and constructive insight are equally welcome.
12 comments on “Weekend Writing Warriors: Snippet 64”
I’m going to imagine her freshman year will be all kinds of insane, and not in the way she thinks. 😉 Great snippet!
Right? She’s in for an interesting time. Thanks for reading!
ASL, ASL. Afrikaans as a Second Language? No, this has nothing to do with Africa … but the there is a connection to Denmark, so how about Danish as a Second Language? No, that would be DSL. Oh well, I guess I’ll have to keep reading to find out.
ASL as American Sign Language. Should this be made clearer in the snippet and elsewhere so it doesn’t get mixed up with other acronyms? This move is to go along with the fairy tale, not necessarily the origin. Unfortunately, speaking another foreign language would still not help Lotte and her family—even though Danish is a rad language. ;P
In this short segment, you showed Lotte’s ambivalence to the idea of taking ASL, run through the pros and cons, a decide to go for it. Good job.
Thanks for your comment and thanks for reading! 🙂
Hey, sign language could be useful even when she can speak again. You never know.
ASL is *so* useful! She just doesn’t think so yet. 😉 Thanks for reading!
Interesting solution to the curse. Yes, her freshman year will be very interesting. Nice job.
And thanks for reading, Diane! 🙂
A second language is always an asset, and ASL that much more. Great snippet
Thanks for reading! 🙂