writing

One Youth’s Literary Greatness

There is nothing so deceptive and for all that so alluring as a good surface. The sea, when beheld in the warm sunlight of a summer’s day; the sky, blue in the faint and amber glimmer of an Autumn sun, are pleasing to the eye: but, how different the scene, when the wild anger of the elements has waked again the discord of Confusion, how different the ocean, choking with froth & foam, to the calm, placid sea, that glanced and rippled merrily in the sun.

This was written by a teenage James Joyce. His great biographer, Richard Ellman, writes:

The example may give heart to adolescents who are searching their own works for evidence of literary immortality, and not finding much.


Self-Interview

Q: So you are aware that your next ebook, Kingdoms In The Sun, due to be released in a few days, will be completely ignored by every single person currently drawing breath?

A: That’s right. I’ll be doing naked cartwheels in the street if more than five people pay for it.

Q: Are you serious?

A: Yes. I’ll make my wife take pictures and then I’ll post them here with my wang and my ass blurred out. I might have to do the posting from jail…on my phone. I should mention that I live above a street that is rather crowded all day long.

Q: But why do you persist in publishing ebooks when everyone knows you obviously have no talent or aptitude of any kind?

A: I don’t know, it beats jerking off to myself in the mirror.

Q: And you couldn’t even find someone to interview you, so you had to resort to interviewing yourself.


A Lesson in Perseverance

In 2008 I was on the brink of getting married, and I was busy contemplating what to do afterwards. There were plenty of options, easy and less easy, but none painted in any way a clear picture of the future.

At the time I was working in a relatively big language school on the south side of Seoul and I was nearing the end of my third year. I didn’t have any teaching qualifications, but much like today I talked a good fight and fancied my chances regardless of what happened.

Of course marriage was going to change everything. There was the obvious and easier option and then there was the riskier and more exciting option that you don’t hear of many newly-weds taking, at least not in Korea anyway.


“In Memorium” – New Planet Cabaret

More submitting by me here (and you wonder why I’ve had so few minutes to spare). This was for RTE Radio 1′s ARENA show which has been hosting a radio based creative writing course (yes you read that right) called New Planet Cabaret, with the assistance of the very competent and energetic Dave Lordon (I’d say more but I haven’t read much of his poetry so…).


“Getting There”

This is a short narrative post I initially set out to write for Groove Magazine‘s “Share Story, Win Trip” writing competition. The call came out for ‘funny’ travel stories where a lesson was learned. The winning pieces would be read out loud dramatically. Frankly, there just aren’t enough of these kind of encouraging writing opportunities in Korea. I could say more but I’ll get distracted.

I started writing mine and about two paragraphs from the end I decided that it wasn’t a travel story. So I stopped writing. I came back about a week later and took another crack at it, tidied it up but left it loosely over the 500 word limit, which kind of left it for any kind of flash litt and too short to be considered anything else. Still it’s a good story. You’ll laugh. I hope. 

Getting There


The Writer’s Dreams

In the morning I wake up when it’s still dark, make a pot of coffee, and write until the baby wakes up, usually around 8:30. I play with him until he goes to daycare at around 10. Then I write or edit until 5PM, when I have to either head out to do a little work or pick up the baby, playing with him until around 10PM, when my wife puts him to sleep. If I’m lucky I’ll get a chance to run around outside for an hour. This has been my schedule, more or less, for the last two months, thanks to the incredibly generous winter vacation I get from my Korean university. I’ve finished three ebooks as a result, and I’m desperate, now, to publish them before I have to go back to work on the fourth of March. I’m currently waiting for some volunteer readers to get back to me with the comments they can post to amazon.com: the moment two or three of them say they’re ready to go, I’m posting.


I Went There

Today, I finally went to the Tetris cafe, and it was as awesome as I had hoped.

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This weekend was Korean Lunar New Year and I had the day off of work.

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I used part of my day to do some writing, and in the process fell in love with an awesome cafe.


An Earthquake?

I just found out that what I thought was my friend’s cat (I’m cat sitting at my friend’s awesome apartment for a bit) playing near the couch, was actually a small earthquake.  Now since I’m not from an earthquake prone state, I’ve only ever been in one other one, and both were really small.

The first was when I was in university in Indiana and there was one at around 5am and I woke up to some moving and hearing the birds wake up outside even though it was dark.

Now today there was a little one that made the couch feel like it was being jostled a little and the garland on the TV sway a bit.

I didn’t even realize that either of these were earthquakes until after the fact.

I’d much rather have it that way, than it be a lot stronger.

From Busan with Shake Rattle and Roll Love?

Jenna


Happy Sunday

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I hope everyone is having a nice weekend, and I just wanted to give you a bit of a preview of tomorrow’s post and one of my favorite temples in Cambodia, Ta Prohm.  There will even be a dinosaur involved.

From Busan with Sunday Love,
Jenna

P.S. Trees are awesome!


I Want To Go To There

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I walk by this cafe on my way home from work all the time and I really want to go check it out. Based on the walk way alone it has to be awesome, right?

Now if only I could remember this place when I’m not starving for dinner and dragging my tired teacher self home to where my bed and my comfy pants live. Maybe on an upcoming writing outing.

From Busan with Tetris Love,
Jenna


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