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Title: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
Post by: weRborg on June 05, 2015, 09:46:06 am
How many of these goobers have you met here?  :rolleyes:

For a while there, every mid 20 something white teacher I met told me they were writing a book or blog about their experiences in Korea.

What drives people to do this? And what could they possible put in there that hasn't been said or done a hundred times over?

Oh, let me guess, you went out drinking with your Korean coworkers and they told you some things about Korean culture?

Or you went walking through Seoul on your own and got to truly understand how Koreans live their lives?

Or you went to the DMZ (along with thousands of other people) and now you have a strong desire to unite Korea again.

Or by experiencing every kind of Korean food, you learned to appreciate things that are different than what you were raised with.

Those topics are well and good, but they've be written about by hundreds of people by now.

There are blog ads on this site and others advertising some gooder hagwon teacher's blog that they update for a few weeks, then forget about. They talk about how Korea is so interesting and different and how all this will go in their book one day.... then nothing.

I wish people would get their heads out of the clouds.

Yes, moving to Korea can be a unique and interesting experience. But you're not the first to do it and won't be the last. Literally tens of thousands of others have done it before and experienced everything you have. You may be the special snowflake in your family or circle of friends, but there's nothing special about you in the grand scheme of things.
Title: Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
Post by: jwharrison30 on June 05, 2015, 09:51:16 am
Yeah like that creative writing group that was advertising for members on here a few times.  I asked them if they would help writing a choose your won adventure summer camp...

no response lol

Obviously the thought of ACTUALLY writing and producing something was too much

flatpack the lot of em, thats what I say.
Title: Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
Post by: ChrisKorea on June 05, 2015, 09:53:13 am
I agree that most of these blogs and books tend to be very similar. But I don't think you need unique experiences to write a good book about your time in Korea, but rather you need a unique perspective. You have to say what has not been said. I think the problem isn't just that people's experiences are similar, but that ultimately, the people are pretty similar (or have a similar perspective).
Title: Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
Post by: ChickenLegsMcGee on June 05, 2015, 09:53:35 am
People can write what they want. If we can't do what we want just because it's not an original thought, then all of us should never do jack shit, cause someone else probably have already done it before. Perhaps someone will put an original spin on it that makes it worthwhile to read. Thats why there are more than 1 pizza joint, or more than 1 book about wizards.

I myself am going to put together a photography book about Asia, but it's just going to be a sort of photo album/portfolio of my best work, and it's going to sit on my shelf, and perhaps friends' shelves to look at in 10  years time.
Title: Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
Post by: ChrisKorea on June 05, 2015, 09:54:37 am
Yeah like that creative writing group that was advertising for members on here a few times.  I asked them if they would help writing a choose your won adventure summer camp...

no response lol

Obviously the thought of ACTUALLY writing and producing something was too much

flatpack the lot of em, thats what I say.

I actually joined that group, and it is very good. It is not geared towards our teaching jobs but to our own personal writings (either fiction or non-fiction).
Title: Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
Post by: oatmealkooky on June 05, 2015, 10:02:20 am
Everyone can and everyone should write, and to hell with anyone who says otherwise.
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Post by: ChickenLegsMcGee on June 05, 2015, 10:14:35 am
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdw52odZ-xw
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Post by: Timo on June 05, 2015, 10:17:00 am
I keep a blog. My family and extended family can keep up with what I'm up to. It's usually just my day-to-day stuff and what I've been getting up to. My grandparents love it and harass me if I haven't done more than 1-2 a week. According to the stats I get thousands of hits from all over the place, and I have no idea why/how as it's really only intended/written for people who know me personally.

I've found it quite nice actually. It's like keeping an online diary, and diaries are supposed to be good for your mind by reflecting on experiences.

There's some services that will convert your blog into a hard copy (book) format, so I think I'll do that when I leave so I can look back in 20 years and remember some of the good times I had here.
Title: Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
Post by: atemporaryaccount on June 05, 2015, 10:23:25 am
Oh, people have already written about those topics? Same with marriage and family and blah.

I agree that people are too quick to try to make public their work. Often they don't read enough (or at all) or consider why others should be reading their work.

Also, the writers-who-don't-write thing is a worldwide phenomenon.

Also, I think it's interesting you point out the racial aspect of this. Seems like a particularly white thing sometimes to write that book about traveling to the strange land ohhh. That can get tiresome, for real.
Title: Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
Post by: Zealot_Hill on June 05, 2015, 10:26:43 am
I agree with posters that value the importance of writing in general.

I also agree a lot of this stuff can just end up being stale and rehashed - but then again, just stop reading it then? Writing is a journey of the "seoul"  :P and can be either cathartic or a way of solidifying and making sense of the mundane happenings of the day...

I say write... I probably don't care what you have to say, but that isn't a good enough reason to stop you... I mean it better not be a good enough reason to stop anyone from writing.

I am going to augment my MA thesis novella with experiences and my feelings of living abroad in Korea in a post apocalyptic South African setting. It might end up being total trash, but what it will never be is a waste of time for me to have written it. If you want to increase the ways in which you can grow as a person... Writing is one such way.
Title: Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
Post by: atemporaryaccount on June 05, 2015, 10:34:42 am
Zealout_Hill, I agree, writing will help you grow.

I want to say, though, that it's annoying (offensive, even) when people advertise/submit their blogs, stories, etc., when clearly they don't read much or reflect on what and why they're writing. Writing like this isn't an instrument of growth; it tells me this writer believes their stranger-in-a-strange-land narrative is worthwhile from the get-go. And that's about privilege and entitlement and they should be called out.
Title: Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
Post by: atemporaryaccount on June 05, 2015, 10:36:02 am
Some people write a diary for their family. By all means.

Others write this stuff for themselves and ask strangers to be interested in it. Think it through first.
Title: Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
Post by: Zealot_Hill on June 05, 2015, 10:39:42 am
I hear you and agree, but if they're writing like that the only people who "should" be interested, should be the parents (family)... The best way to dignify the mole, is pretend it doesn't exist. The mole will stay underground, because:
1. that is where it has been living all it's life.
2. no one above cares what it has to say.

 :smiley:

P.S: I really like moles, so personally that's a terrible example.
Title: Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
Post by: ChrisKorea on June 05, 2015, 10:42:56 am
People should write whatever they want for whomever they want, but they should keep in mind that if they want it to be appreciated by strangers, they have to be original in some way.
Title: Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
Post by: Timo on June 05, 2015, 10:50:29 am
I hear you and agree, but if they're writing like that the only people who "should" be interested, should be the parents (family)... The best way to dignify the mole, is pretend it doesn't exist. The mole will stay underground, because:
1. that is where it has been living all it's life.
2. no one above cares what it has to say.

 :smiley:

P.S: I really like moles, so personally that's a terrible example.
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-6MapUz-LNZo/TuAeSzoZnGI/AAAAAAAAA5o/E2qFqkLuB6w/s1600/groundhog.jpg)
Title: Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
Post by: veganbiker on June 05, 2015, 10:57:12 am
I couldn't fault anyone for writing a personal diary, even if in 2015 that means it is published online and intended for family and friends, but the annoying bit is the seemingly necessary hubris attached to many such projects. 

By all means, go on writing whatever you like, but the moment you attempt to draw traffic to (or worse, generate profit from) your work, you make the implicit statement that it adds value to the intellectual landscape.  Plenty of writers DO add value to the world, but most don't.  Their work serves only their private purposes and there's nothing wrong with that.  In Korea, and I assume most other places with a considerable expat community, there appears to be a disproportionate level of hubris behind blogs.  Far too many people hold irrationally high opinions of themselves and their writing ability. 

Again, if writing brings you peace or allows you to share some joy with your loved ones, no one should stop you.  On the other hand, if you personally think you are so special that you are duty-bound to inform the world about your precious and amazing work, you deserve endless and merciless scrutiny from those upon whom you've arrogantly foisted your (likely banal) scribblings. 

Get on with your life and do what makes you happy, but have the humility to spare others from your shameless self-promotion and mundane observations.

Title: Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
Post by: yfb on June 05, 2015, 11:10:05 am
Write whatever you want but don't expect your blog to be treated like anything more than fluff for publishing purposes.

The problem with K-blogs is that they're all fluff and uninteresting babble. Oh look the kimchi is spicy. My co-teacher is mean. Gangnam style is funny. There are very very few blogs on HOW to do something uncommon for expats in Korea, like say get a new driver's license. THOSE are useful, for example there was a blog giving exact directions to the new Ilsan immigration office.

The interesting blogs like Blackout Korea, Mr. Wonderful, and Expathell tend to get run off the web by angry nutizens or their authors lose interest. Via Korea is still going strong but he's on his way out too. Out of all the kblogs I've read over the years, Expathell is the only one worthy of dead tree format.
Title: Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
Post by: ChickenLegsMcGee on June 05, 2015, 11:31:17 am
Every piece of writing started out as fluff.
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Post by: jwharrison30 on June 05, 2015, 11:44:03 am
Reading blogs about Korea is like reading Waygook posts written by people who have lost the fear of someone replying with "stop talking complete shit you utter imbecile".

But thanks for the badly worded story of how you bought a latte at the weekend.  It was absolutely riveting.
Title: Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
Post by: aklimkewicz on June 05, 2015, 12:07:44 pm
I've read complaints about these types of bloggers before. What more do you have to add by writing your own complaint?
Title: Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
Post by: jwharrison30 on June 05, 2015, 12:12:13 pm
I've read complaints about these types of bloggers before. What more do you have to add by writing your own complaint?

good point

let me take a picture of myself with a puzzled expression and then write a 15 page mindless irrelevant essay about how everyone is wrong and I am the ubermensch.

Then I can watch the visitor counter slowly tick over from 3 to 4.

Oh wait, that was just me refreshing the page.
Title: Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
Post by: ChickenLegsMcGee on June 05, 2015, 12:14:41 pm
I've read complaints about these types of bloggers before. What more do you have to add by writing your own complaint?

good point

let me take a picture of myself with a puzzled expression and then write a 15 page mindless irrelevant essay about how everyone is wrong and I am the ubermensch.

Then I can watch the visitor counter slowly tick over from 3 to 4.

Oh wait, that was just me refreshing the page.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/critiquing-the-critique

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/19/science/19lett-CRITIQUINGAC_LETTERS.html

Sorry brah. It's already been done. You can't do it now. Maybe try a different original thought :3
Title: Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
Post by: jwharrison30 on June 05, 2015, 12:23:21 pm
I've read complaints about these types of bloggers before. What more do you have to add by writing your own complaint?

good point

let me take a picture of myself with a puzzled expression and then write a 15 page mindless irrelevant essay about how everyone is wrong and I am the ubermensch.

Then I can watch the visitor counter slowly tick over from 3 to 4.

Oh wait, that was just me refreshing the page.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/critiquing-the-critique

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/19/science/19lett-CRITIQUINGAC_LETTERS.html

Sorry brah. It's already been done. You can't do it now. Maybe try a different original thought :3

ok I will give writing a blog a go, here it is:

Dearest visitor(s)

seoul - soul - will seoul have an impact on my seoul soul seoul? only time will tell as I step off the plane into an airport, the thought struck me how similar the airports here are to the ones back home, with airplanes and things and then I knew what a journey both physsical and mental and spiritual (souelful) i will be now on

part 2

MERS and rain and I went to have get a latte fuckety fuckety blah blah blah stick coffee why are koreans so blah blah blah blah I like ice cream I rode a horse once yadda yadda

10 months later:

sorry for not updateing my blog but I have been busy joining stormfront and carving swastikas into my forehead, hi mom and dad!

the end
Title: Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
Post by: ChickenLegsMcGee on June 05, 2015, 12:30:36 pm
I've read complaints about these types of bloggers before. What more do you have to add by writing your own complaint?

good point

let me take a picture of myself with a puzzled expression and then write a 15 page mindless irrelevant essay about how everyone is wrong and I am the ubermensch.

Then I can watch the visitor counter slowly tick over from 3 to 4.

Oh wait, that was just me refreshing the page.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/critiquing-the-critique

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/19/science/19lett-CRITIQUINGAC_LETTERS.html

Sorry brah. It's already been done. You can't do it now. Maybe try a different original thought :3

ok I will give writing a blog a go, here it is:

Dearest visitor(s)

seoul - soul - will seoul have an impact on my seoul soul seoul? only time will tell as I step off the plane into an airport, the thought struck me how similar the airports here are to the ones back home, with airplanes and things and then I knew what a journey both physsical and mental and spiritual (souelful) i will be now on

part 2

MERS and rain and I went to have get a latte fuckety fuckety blah blah blah stick coffee why are koreans so blah blah blah blah I like ice cream I rode a horse once yadda yadda

10 months later:

sorry for not updateing my blog but I have been busy joining stormfront and carving swastikas into my forehead, hi mom and dad!

the end

That wasn't so bad was it? :D

It didn't have diminishing effect on your life at all did it? Well except for eating away at your deskwarming time...
Title: Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
Post by: z80 on June 05, 2015, 12:40:18 pm
Do you know what is an amazing book.

comrades and strangers: behind the closed doors of north korea

It is about some bloke who was an English editor in North Korea.

The really amazing thing about it is that as English teachers in South Korea we can relate to many many many of the things he describes, and to me it shows that the North and South mentality is actually not as far apart as we think it is.

**Edit**
If you look on a popular torrent site a pdf is available.
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Post by: 외계인 on June 05, 2015, 12:48:24 pm
Everyone can and everyone should write, and to hell with anyone who says otherwise.

 8)
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Post by: ChickenLegsMcGee on June 05, 2015, 12:53:19 pm
Everyone can and everyone should write, and to hell with anyone who says otherwise.

 8)

how do quadriplegics write?   :evil:
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Post by: aklimkewicz on June 05, 2015, 01:14:54 pm
Everyone can and everyone should write, and to hell with anyone who says otherwise.

 8)

how do quadriplegics write?   :evil:

Nick Vujicic managed to write a book, so we all have no excuse.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51m0efsTBgL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg)
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Post by: z80 on June 05, 2015, 02:09:17 pm
Here's my bonus personal action plan.

Wake up. Goto dunny.
Eat. Go to work.
Work. Look at cat pictures.
Go home.
Eat. Look at cat pictures.
Sleep.


Why do people need all these self help books? Life really isn't that hard is it?
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Post by: aklimkewicz on June 05, 2015, 02:12:33 pm
Why do people need all these self help books? Life really isn't that hard is it?

With, or without, limbs?
Title: Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
Post by: jomi on June 05, 2015, 02:19:13 pm
I originally had the intention of continuing writing about my university dissertation topic (the differences in photographic disciplines of Europe and America vs. China, Japan and Korea, the way photographic disciplines differ between the three far east Asian countries, and the prevalence of orientalism within western photography. It was mostly about semiotic languages and how cultural experience influences how we read images in art and mass media. I felt hella restricted by the 10,000 word limit and had to cut a hell of a lot from my notes, particularly from my notes on the development of modern photography in China. I still got a 1st class grade on this dissertation so *shrug*) but I lost my notes and the original copy of my dissertation, and got whacked big time with a general lack of motivation, to do the research or to write. I have barely been to any exhibitions and haven't really done much in terms of collecting artist references.
I've also not done a whole lot in terms of taking my own art images since I've been kind of stuck in a rut of only photographing unknown k-pop idols, and don't have the correct lens for my preferred photographic style (I opted for a lens better suited for the kpop idol photographs because I do it more.)

I think If I get the money together, start taking art photos again and decide I will go back to university to get a masters degree, and somehow convince myself I have any kind of future in a photographic career I'd consider picking it up against and at least getting some notes and research together. But right now it seems massively pointless.
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Post by: meepmoopimmarobots on June 05, 2015, 02:59:42 pm
Hey, everyone! Who is my Mom.

Today was a really exciting and special day. Me and my coteachers went to Moji-san (that means Moji-san Mountain OLOLOLO I am so great Korean after three months~~~~~)!! Well, we really went as a part of a school trip, but I know they asked me to come because they really appreciate my unique love of Korean culture. My one coworker, whose English name is Sunny, was like, "Oh, I wish we didn't have to do this right after school" and I was like, "Yeah, I know, we should do it on a weekend sometime!" Then she laughed and my other coworker (her name is Sunny, too! Isn't that KYUUTA? [that's Korean for cute~~~~~]) was like, "Yes, Meepmoop, maybe," and then they laughed again. We have so much fun!

When we got to the mountain, everyone told me I should jump on this one big rock that stuck out a little farther than the others. It was really hard to climb and I got all sweaty. The principal said something when I was climbing and everyone laughed, so I guess Igave them a great show, LOL! When I finally made it to the top of the rock, I was so proud of myself! I really feel like GOD has shown me the way in telling me to come to Korea, because I never would have climbed a mountain back home in Florida! Wait, we don't have any mountains...but still! GOD you are so powerful in showing me the true path!

Anyways, I got to the top of the rock and turned around to wave at all my friends. They waved back after a minute or so. (They were really busy setting up a picnic and drinking soju, which is Korean for "soju.") I could tell they were really proud of me for climbing that rock! GOD YOU ARE THE WAY!

After I got down from the rock, it was time to go, but my other coteacher, Sunny, saved me some grapes. She is so debak [good~]). Then we drove back down the mountain and went to a very traditional Korean restaurant called Chicken Story. Actually, I don't think anyone climbed anything on the mountain except for me, we just drove up and they ate some food. LOL!! Why do I always have to be such a waygookin [foreign person]? Aigooooo! ㅜㅡㅜ

We ate this delicious traditional chicken dish that kind of reminded me of KFC, except it is very traditional. They were drinking a lot, but I didn't participate in that. I just quietly thanked GOD for protecting my body and making me strong enough to carry HIS will! My principal kept making me pour him shots and asking me questions, but even though I'm super good at Korean, I couldn't understand him and just said "ne [yes], ne[ [yes]" to everyhing he asked me.

This morning, everyone was lying down and a little grumpy. I guess they were sad the hwaesik [super fun business party] was over! My coteacher, Sunny- seriously, guys, she's like a second mom to me- she told me that the principal had asked if I would give his ten-month old granddaughter free English lessons. OMG! I guess I should study more! WHat can I do now? I can't disappoint my principal, he believes in me so much! ㅜ.ㅜ

Well, that's all for now. One of my students is rummaging through my desk and taking things out and screaming "IT'S MINE," so I should probably go smile at him for being cute.

Annyongheekaseyo! [goodbye]

Love,
Meepmoop
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Post by: yfb on June 08, 2015, 07:19:23 pm
Meepmoop that was an interesting blog! You even got the students speaking English of their own volition! Sunny sure does sound like a fun teacher! Be careful when going down mountains after drinking soju, don't fracture your ankle like what happened to my friend!


Now here is my boring Korea blog. Don't read this.

Dear blog,

Today was a fun day. The big scare going around is MERS but the students and faculty got an even bigger scare when we all arrived at work: a massive swarm of bees had made itself at home about 10 meters from the shoe changing place. This was a drastic change from last Friday when yours truly noted the presence of bees going in and out of a crack in the wall and duly informed the school administration about a possible hive location. The janitor showed up and sprayed the area. Many bees were killed.... but the bees came back with a vengeance.

The local apiarist was called and he showed up with his honeycomb. Bracing himself on a tall ladder, he collected about half the swarm on five honeycomb plates and then he left everything there. Did he run out of plates? Why did he leave? It is a mystery. Bees.

Later that day one of the male teachers came in with a giant 3cm cricket wriggling in between two of his fingers and gave the female staff quite the scare. One of them went and got a small cylindrical container and they sealed Jiminy Cricket to his doom by taping the cylinder shut. Then the female staff member put the container in a drawer.

And that was my day today. Bees and crickets.

Love,
yfb
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Post by: williethewimp on June 08, 2015, 08:31:56 pm
Yeah most of the blogs and book ideas I've seen have a pretty pollyannaish view of things and they all kind of make me sick with the exception of Mr. Wonderful and Expathell those blogs and forums were some of the funniest stuff I've read outside of the Penthouse Forums.

What I am working on after living for 18 years in Korea is pretty much an academic side of things. I'm working with my old grad school advisor who is in charge of the Center for International Studies at my grad school on flushing out some topics for a possible book and/or articles. I've already written a longish recount of the 2002 tank incident and all the anti-us protests that ensued. Other topics I plan on covering are the Asian Economic Crisis, Beef Protests, Christopher Paul Niel. For the school's career center I've worked up a guide to teaching ESL there. That may or may not get published. There are several other ideas both personal and academic related floating around in my head that may or may not get written,

Right now writing about my time in Korea has been therapeutic as a way to deal with reverse culture shock. Yes I do have a blog up and yes it hasn't had much posted lately we have had some personal issues come up that has kept me away from things. I use the blog to test run issues for the books as I have written about university life, the Korean education system and other observations about things there. I'm also covering other topics that interest me. It all helps.

Yeah I think the market is flooded with so many looking at Korea through rose colored glasses and I find most of them to be gag worthy. If you want it to be successful, find the niche and write about that 
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Post by: philby1985 on June 08, 2015, 08:46:14 pm
1) I found keeping a blog is much easier than repeating myself 100 times to different people about what I'm doing.
2) I am married to a Korean, so it gave me the opportunity to educate my family a little about my wife's culture and what Korea is like.
3) A couple of times I stopped writing because I was busy and got harassed by my grandparents and friends to write an update.
4) Gave me the opportunity to reflect on my experiences.
5) Motivated me to go out and do interesting things so I had something half interesting to write about. 

Most of my posts (about 150 all up) get very few hits after my family and friends initially view them, but my "getting married in Korea" related posts get thousands of hits. Strangely, one of my most boring posts about visiting a batting cage gets hundreds of hits a month too.
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Post by: oatmealkooky on June 08, 2015, 08:51:51 pm
One thing missing from expat blogs and books is humor and a sense of whimsy. And I don't mean the "Shucks, things sure are different here, yuck yuck yuck" variety when someone talks about weird soup or what double barber poles are about. I mean a general sense of sardonic observation, a wry zinger here and there that lightens workmanlike descriptions or pokes fun of something serious that just can't be settled.

There's no Everyman in the foreigner blogosphere.
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Post by: The Arm on June 08, 2015, 09:23:06 pm
meepmoop; spot on.
Title: Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
Post by: Anor Londo on June 09, 2015, 12:56:21 am

I wish people would get their heads out of the clouds.

Yes, moving to Korea can be a unique and interesting experience. But you're not the first to do it and won't be the last. Literally tens of thousands of others have done it before and experienced everything you have. You may be the special snowflake in your family or circle of friends, but there's nothing special about you in the grand scheme of things.

I have toyed with the idea of writing a novel based on my experience and observations. I haven't done so, but I encourage people to write and reflect about their experiences, even though in the strict sense the uniqueness we envision dissipates once we commit these thoughts to the rigor of composition.

I used to hate on bloggers, but life is short. People come and go. All of a sudden a decade has passed, and all we can really do is fall prey to nostalgia.

If one were to take a fatalist stand that everything is meaningless (why bother writing, chump, just teach the kiddies for the money) then one merely swings the pendulum from absolute euphoria (the drug induce state that everything is connected) to a high school form of nihilism, incapable of eloquently describing a life without of redemption.

Go ahead and write that great waygook novel.
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Post by: Horus on June 09, 2015, 01:18:27 pm
The only K-blog that was fresh, new, and with uniquely hilarious insights was "Expat Hell", which is lamentably now gone. All blogs about Korea must be judged by that one, and most fail. Still, writing is a creative and emotional outlet so to each their own.
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Post by: Space on June 09, 2015, 01:53:43 pm
The only K-blog that was fresh, new, and with uniquely hilarious insights was "Expat Hell", which is lamentably now gone. All blogs about Korea must be judged by that one, and most fail. Still, writing is a creative and emotional outlet so to each their own.

It's still good to read http://www.expathell.com/

I also loved American in Korea. She was such a beautiful glorious self-titled sl*t. I loved her. http://sett.com/AmericaninKorea
And, I also found out that 'she' was actually apparently a 'he'.... a... I believe the adjective I'm looking for is fabulous, yes, a fabulous man, dahlin'.
Title: Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
Post by: krissyboo75 on June 09, 2015, 02:03:10 pm
*Applauds meepmoop* :laugh:
Title: Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
Post by: waygo0k on June 09, 2015, 02:31:14 pm
The only K-blog that was fresh, new, and with uniquely hilarious insights was "Expat Hell", which is lamentably now gone. All blogs about Korea must be judged by that one, and most fail. Still, writing is a creative and emotional outlet so to each their own.

It's still good to read http://www.expathell.com/

I also loved American in Korea. She was such a beautiful glorious self-titled sl*t. I loved her. http://sett.com/AmericaninKorea
And, I also found out that 'she' was actually apparently a 'he'.... a... I believe the adjective I'm looking for is fabulous, yes, a fabulous man, dahlin'.

Looks like expat hell is making a tentative comeback.

The blog entries were locked for a good while, but he's been re-releasing old ones a few at a time recently.

IIRC, shit went downhill for the site when he did a piece on the Korean Press' shenanigans in London when the president visited the queen.

As always, he hit the sweet spot with his writing...but one (or some) K-netizens didn't take too kindly to it and threatened to out his personal info, which prompted expat hell to put his blog on lock down, resulting in an invitation-only forum for regular posters and acquaintances.

I think American in Korea was two writers...one male and one female. Some of the posts specifically mentioned the writer's body parts that identified them as female...while other posts identified them as male.
Title: Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
Post by: meepmoopimmarobots on June 09, 2015, 03:23:24 pm
Dear Momdience,

Today, I took the KTX train to Seoul so I could visit Insadong~! Insadong is the most traditional part of Seoul; it's been literally untouched since America created Korea at the end of the Korean War. When you go to Insadong, you can see all kinds of traditional handcrafts and pieces of art, like $500 blouses and masks carved by traditional machines! Masks are really important in Korea because of dancing and ceremonies.

I went with my BEST FRIEND, Mina. She's Korean and I met her on the street when she handed me a bag of popcorn and asked me if I knew about Our Lord Jesus Christ. I was like OF COURSE I DO!!! LOL!!!! GOD is my everything! HE clearly led me to her! GOD thank YOU for YOUR guidance!! Mina is so great. She takes me to her church every day and all our church friends take pictures of me!

Mina took me to Insadong on the holiday of the Buddha's Left Nut Festival. I was like LOL pagans! Do nuts even grow in Korea? :D

Insadong was full of other waygookin [foreigners] who were trying to have an authentic Korean experience, full of ice cream and stuff that said Made in China (lol! what a wacky sense of humor! Ironic, like Alanis said, olololol!). I bought a very beautiful mask. I went to nearly every mask store in Insadong before I found one that was the MOST EXPENSIVE because I want a real, authentic mask! Then Mina and I had lunch. It must have been one of the most famous places in Insadong, because we ordered bulgogi [a kind of special beef dish] and it costs 20,000 won OMGosh! Mina said it's traditional that a waygookin [foriegner] pay for a Korean person's meal and souvenirs in Insadong, so I was like, OF COURSE!!!!! but actually it was pretty expensive. :( Oh, well, it's money i give to GOD for bringing me a friend like Mina!

On the KTX train home, Mina was really tired, so she just played with her phone and did Kakao Talk. I was so happy to be looking at the beautiful green mountains, which were covered in trees and were totally nothing like mountains you could see anywhere else! I am SO SO LUCKY to be in Korea! I wish Seoul was less expensive,though, especially now that Mina keeps asking me to tithe to her church. But I'm always happy to help a Korean person out, because I really need someone to talk to! And Jesus is Lord.

That's all for now. See you next time! Bai bai! [bye bye]!

Love and kimchi,
Meepmoop
Title: Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
Post by: ithinkinailedit on June 09, 2015, 03:28:58 pm
Not once have I ever met anyone who said they were writing a book about their time in Korea. If I did I definitely wouldn't complain about it on the interwebs.
Title: Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
Post by: meepmoopimmarobots on June 09, 2015, 03:35:12 pm
Not once have I ever met anyone who said they were writing a book about their time in Korea. If I did I definitely wouldn't complain about it on the interwebs.

yo dawg you keep not nailing this
Title: Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
Post by: krissyboo75 on June 09, 2015, 07:24:33 pm
Dear Momdience,

Today, I took the KTX train to Seoul so I could visit Insadong~! Insadong is the most traditional part of Seoul; it's been literally untouched since America created Korea at the end of the Korean War. When you go to Insadong, you can see all kinds of traditional handcrafts and pieces of art, like $500 blouses and masks carved by traditional machines! Masks are really important in Korea because of dancing and ceremonies.

I went with my BEST FRIEND, Mina. She's Korean and I met her on the street when she handed me a bag of popcorn and asked me if I knew about Our Lord Jesus Christ. I was like OF COURSE I DO!!! LOL!!!! GOD is my everything! HE clearly led me to her! GOD thank YOU for YOUR guidance!! Mina is so great. She takes me to her church every day and all our church friends take pictures of me!

Mina took me to Insadong on the holiday of the Buddha's Left Nut Festival. I was like LOL pagans! Do nuts even grow in Korea? :D

Insadong was full of other waygookin [foreigners] who were trying to have an authentic Korean experience, full of ice cream and stuff that said Made in China (lol! what a wacky sense of humor! Ironic, like Alanis said, olololol!). I bought a very beautiful mask. I went to nearly every mask store in Insadong before I found one that was the MOST EXPENSIVE because I want a real, authentic mask! Then Mina and I had lunch. It must have been one of the most famous places in Insadong, because we ordered bulgogi [a kind of special beef dish] and it costs 20,000 won OMGosh! Mina said it's traditional that a waygookin [foriegner] pay for a Korean person's meal and souvenirs in Insadong, so I was like, OF COURSE!!!!! but actually it was pretty expensive. :( Oh, well, it's money i give to GOD for bringing me a friend like Mina!

On the KTX train home, Mina was really tired, so she just played with her phone and did Kakao Talk. I was so happy to be looking at the beautiful green mountains, which were covered in trees and were totally nothing like mountains you could see anywhere else! I am SO SO LUCKY to be in Korea! I wish Seoul was less expensive,though, especially now that Mina keeps asking me to tithe to her church. But I'm always happy to help a Korean person out, because I really need someone to talk to! And Jesus is Lord.

That's all for now. See you next time! Bai bai! [bye bye]!

Love and kimchi,
Meepmoop

I actually spit out my drink lol bravo :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
Post by: williethewimp on June 09, 2015, 09:54:27 pm
Dear Momdience,

Today, I took the KTX train to Seoul so I could visit Insadong~! Insadong is the most traditional part of Seoul; it's been literally untouched since America created Korea at the end of the Korean War. When you go to Insadong, you can see all kinds of traditional handcrafts and pieces of art, like $500 blouses and masks carved by traditional machines! Masks are really important in Korea because of dancing and ceremonies.

I went with my BEST FRIEND, Mina. She's Korean and I met her on the street when she handed me a bag of popcorn and asked me if I knew about Our Lord Jesus Christ. I was like OF COURSE I DO!!! LOL!!!! GOD is my everything! HE clearly led me to her! GOD thank YOU for YOUR guidance!! Mina is so great. She takes me to her church every day and all our church friends take pictures of me!

Mina took me to Insadong on the holiday of the Buddha's Left Nut Festival. I was like LOL pagans! Do nuts even grow in Korea? :D

Insadong was full of other waygookin [foreigners] who were trying to have an authentic Korean experience, full of ice cream and stuff that said Made in China (lol! what a wacky sense of humor! Ironic, like Alanis said, olololol!). I bought a very beautiful mask. I went to nearly every mask store in Insadong before I found one that was the MOST EXPENSIVE because I want a real, authentic mask! Then Mina and I had lunch. It must have been one of the most famous places in Insadong, because we ordered bulgogi [a kind of special beef dish] and it costs 20,000 won OMGosh! Mina said it's traditional that a waygookin [foriegner] pay for a Korean person's meal and souvenirs in Insadong, so I was like, OF COURSE!!!!! but actually it was pretty expensive. :( Oh, well, it's money i give to GOD for bringing me a friend like Mina!

On the KTX train home, Mina was really tired, so she just played with her phone and did Kakao Talk. I was so happy to be looking at the beautiful green mountains, which were covered in trees and were totally nothing like mountains you could see anywhere else! I am SO SO LUCKY to be in Korea! I wish Seoul was less expensive,though, especially now that Mina keeps asking me to tithe to her church. But I'm always happy to help a Korean person out, because I really need someone to talk to! And Jesus is Lord.

That's all for now. See you next time! Bai bai! [bye bye]!

Love and kimchi,
Meepmoop
absolutely hysterical. All I would have added would be a Lee Man-hee or Shinchonji reference and it would have been perfect
Title: Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
Post by: Aqvm on June 10, 2015, 11:02:57 am
Just need an awful pun for the name of meepmoopimmarobots' blog. It has to include either "Kimchi" our "Seoul".

My first thought was "Kimchi Jjigae (that means soup! ^^) for the Seoul" but I'm sure that's been done.

http://kimchijjigaethatmeanssoupfortheseoul.tumblr.com/
Title: Re: "I'm going to write a book about my time in Korea."
Post by: meepmoopimmarobots on June 10, 2015, 11:27:28 am
holy crap, I love it!

But definitely needs a crappy Seoul pun.

Seoul kisses
DragonSeoul (and she could also be a secret dragon furry)
SeoulSeek
Down to My Seoul

e: I feel like her initials should spell out DMZ and she could get really emotional about it on the tour.
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Post by: Paul on June 10, 2015, 11:33:52 am
absolutely hysterical. All I would have added would be a Lee Man-hee or Shinchonji reference and it would have been perfect

Nah, that'd imply some degree of awareness of local events. A mere reference to that "friendly peace club I joined with the free taekwondo classes and gun salute lol" would be more apt.