On Being a Writer in Korea – A ‘How To’ & ‘Where To’ Guide


Part 2

*This post includes a few new additions, as well as the removal of another apparently dead ‘magazine’*

Of course, to be a writer you have to write. But of equal importance to the writing element is you have to be read. There are many different ways to be read, but rest assured that for all the fantastic poetry and prose you scribble in your fancy notebook and for all the standing up on stage you do at open mic nights, you will never be never be read if you do not approach the media.

Of course you could argue that you write for yourself, which is fine, but if that is your take on writing then this post is not directed at you. And even if that is your take, you probably want to write for someone someday.

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The Institution of Bap


Food in Korea is a national obsession. I used to think when I first came to Korea that all people talked about was money, until I learned some of the language that is. Then I realised that a lot of the time when people were talking about money they were discssing how much a particular dish or food cost. Food and eating has even gone to the point where ‘did you have lunch?’ is a greeting. Korea is one of the few places in the world where there will be a television in the restaurant where there will be a television programme on about food from a different restaurant.

Last year I sat in a restaurant in Gangeung with Herself’s family. I was sitting across from my mother-in-law and Herself’s aunt, and throughout the meal both women went through the menu on the wall discussing how each ingredient in each dish could be made to taste more delicious and how you could prepare it to taste better.

Last January when I was here one of the biggest concerns before we left for our isolated location in the mountains was what would be done about food, with not an eyelid batted with the mention that we would have no communication with the outside world for seven days.

It is an obsession here. Be that a good or bad thing.

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G-20 Photo Caption Competition: I’m so Lonely (Sarko Version)


So there was the G-20 in Seoul that not many of us heard about, in terms of resolutions and good done, in Seoul. Although we all heard it was on, and that’s what’s important, the hosting of the event, right? Right?
Well anyway, all these wonderful world leaders were sitting not more than thirty kilometres from me, and they saved the world right? Right?
Well, whether they did or not, here’s another wonderful world leader caption competition (and, yes I did kind of refer in the description to Brian Cowen as a ‘world leader’, sorry). This time it’s all the wonderul world leaders.

This picture from Yonhap News; a caption if you please!

 

This time, same as before, post your captions in the comment box below!