Posting a little late because this may have gotten lost in my inbox (so, SO sorry, Cassie), but congratulations to Cassie Frye for hitting 15k–and also 25k now–achieving both Silver and Gold Pen status! We’re so glad that you’re continuing to kill your goals on this NaNo journey. Check out a bit of her NaNo, #ProjectKPop, and let her know what you think!
Two cousins reconnect after their mutual Korean grandmother falls ill and gain the courage to reshape and chase after their dreams.
Undergraduate school. Medical School. Residency. Fellowship. Marriage. Children.
In that order, of course.
That’s been the plan since I was 13 and I showed interest in medicine—after my dreams of music were shattered
As if in answer, the all-too familiar spot on my back twinges with phantom pain. It’s only a small prick, but it’s a constant reminder of what happened. Of why I chose this path.
Every so often, though, doubt creeps in. I feel its pressure wrap around my chest and force my breath to catch. Small spots dance in my vision as I shake them away as I breathe in and out. Inhale. Release.
This is what I want, I tell myself.
This is what I want to do.
But that dream now feels so tangled in a mix of my parent’s expectations and hopes—hopes and dreams my mother brought with her as she risked everything to move to a foreign country with her American husband.
To chase that quintessential American Dream.
Thanks for being part of the Mighty Pens, Cassie. We’re lucky to have you again. <3