The Most Beautiful Place in Busan

Since NaNoWriMo (or National Novel Writing Month in case acronyms are not your thing) has my head swirling with words,  I will be taking a little break this month from 5 Awesomely Awesome Things.  But since I like having a theme to start the week, I do love a good theme.  I dust off some of my favorite photos and share some of the beautiful places I have been lucky enough to visit.


Liebster Award

How to Write a Blog – Korea Version

I’ve been writing a blog for about three years now, maybe a little less, so for some I am an expert, but also far from a know-it-all and certainly still a newcomer to some of the older hands at this, but at the same time I’ve been moderately consistent and have had, for want of a better word, success blogging.

Of course, if you keep in some circles you may be forgiven for thinking that everyone is writing a blog these days. And this may very well be the case, I suppose. If you go looking for one of the increasingly updated definitive lists of English speaking bloggers in Korea you will find that this list is getting longer and longer.

Happy Halloween

It’s the night before NaNoWriMo begins and although I should probably be making outlines and more character spreadsheets (yes there is a spreadsheet involved), I am instead watching TV and talking about Halloween.

Our Halloween Party was last Friday and not only did we have an adorable song competition, we also had a whole morning of awesome events.

What made the day even better was that absolutely everyone was in costume.  It was quite obvious that the best teacher costumes went to Barbara and Mike.

Heavy Rainfall Before “Hurricane Busy”

This week is definitely not the calm before the NaNoWriMo Storm. In fact, there is a lot of things to do, most of them not involved with writing.
Tomorrow is my school’s Halloween party.  There will be lots of pictures, as it promises to be awesomely insane.  Not only will there be a scary haunted house, and crafts, but also an inflatable bouncy tiger thing (yes I asked, that is its real name).



At the university I teach the students to speak and write.

The conversation classes are the ESL equivalent of a factory line: the students face each other in two rows and drill common grammar forms into each other’s heads, switching places when they finish, the student at the front moving to the back and the rest of the students in the row moving down, while the students in the opposite row stay still. A large projection screen displays the sentence forms that the students have to practice, and alternating pictures ensure that the conversation always stays fresh.

An Announcement

I’ve been mulling this over for the past two weeks, and I finally decided to take the plunge and commit.  This November, I am participating in National Novel Writing Month- or NaNoWriMo for short.  Basically this means I am going to attempt to write an entire novel in 30 days.  It’s going to be hard, it might be completely crazy, and I will probably be a hermit for the majority of November; but, it’s a challenge that I am sacredly excited for. The being scared part comes in waves, I’m still not sure if I can do it, but I’m going to try.


After an hour of reading I’ve finally started to write, which means that my son will wake up soon.

Our new house has an office, and by that I mean a room with large windows overlooking the older parts of the city, a table, numerous ESL textbooks that no one ever touches, two chairs, and a cheap old Korean couch that doubled on exactly one occasion as a bed for a guest. This room is vitally important because I can come here before the sun comes up and when the sky out the bedroom window is a faint pink fabric glowing ever brighter against the blue of the night and the stars you can sometimes see despite all the cities and all the light pollution—I can come here, and sit, and work, maybe for an hour or so if I’m lucky, without waking up the boy.

Letter From Korea, August 2012

August 24, 2012

Dear Ireland

I’ve been kicking myself a little lately because even with so much free time on my hands, I don’t seem to be getting the same amount of work done that I would like to be getting done. In a recent post I ranted about having too many distractions and found it difficult to scratch things off my list. Things have gotten a little better – I think – and maybe it was the rant that allowed me to get much off my chest. Still productivity, or lack of, bothers me still.


This might be the shortest blog post I will ever write.

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