Blame it on K-dramas. They’ve kept my heart fluttering—and my over-educated brain guessing—for thousands of hours.
Or blame it on Ji Sung, still my fave K-drama star, who I will forever admire from afar.
Or blame it on Korea itself, for making it so hard to buy laundry detergent.
Um, yes, laundry detergent.
I don’t believe in writer’s block, but that’s the only way I can describe my massive, supernova-sized failure to write in the past few weeks.
Writer’s block with a specific cause. Remember I said I was looking for teaching jobs in Korea?
Well, the good news is that I found one. I just finished my first month working in Korea. I’m hearing Korean all day at work, hanging out with Korean teachers, eating ridiculous amounts of Korean food, and living in my very own one room apartment in a neighborhood full of coffee shops and chi-mek joints.
The bad news is that I only had a few short weeks in February to pack up my life. And I started working here in South Korea as soon as the jet-lag wore off. For a few weeks, moving took up all my time. No time to post on K-Drama Today.
But in the past couple weeks, I’ve had occasional free time. I finally got my government registration number, which allowed me to get internet access. I got a VPN so I can actually watch dramas with subtitles. (The big streaming services are blocked in Korea, for logical reasons.)
Yet I haven’t started to write again. I haven’t even kept up with moderating comments. Aargh. What have I been doing?
Mostly, I’ve wasted time wondering what to write about first.
Visiting Korea for the first time is overwhelming—pleasantly so, I should add. I’m learning a ton of new things about Korean culture, things I didn’t learn from years of watching dramas and reading books. I have a lot to share with you.
I also found time in the past few weeks to become deeply obsessed with Signal.
And I have plenty of opinions about Descendents of the Sun. (Kim Eun-Sook, sigh.)
This is the best kind of writer’s block, the kind where you don’t know where to start. There’s way too much to tell you all.
But it’s still writer’s block. I need to get back to work. So I’m writing today to apologize. In the best Korean manner, I make my bow to you. I promise I will work hard and try to do better. Please forgive me.
I will make time to write. I will update the plug-ins, check the broken links and moderate the comments.
For now, three random observations:
1) Signal was magnificent. Why isn’t there a foreign category in the Emmys (the way the Oscars have a best foreign-language film) so Signal can get international recognition?
2) Descendents of the Sun has Song Joong-Ki in it. He’s very cute. Should I say more?
The show’s popularity means that my Korean colleagues are all talking about it, making for good lunch conversation.
Also, I think I have permanent hearing loss from the squees when I stuck a picture of Song Joong-Ki into a middle-school English lesson. Wow. Those girls are loud.
3) Korean laundry detergent looks exactly like Korean fabric softener, at least when they’re labeled in fancy, curvy Joseon-era hangeul fonts. I don’t even use fabric softener, but thanks to my failed attempts to buy laundry detergent, I now have an amazing fabric softener collection. But I will not give up! I will do laundry!
Such are the things that take up too much time when you go abroad.
And thanks to annoying stuff like that (I mean, thanks to these growth opportunities), I won’t be posting as often as I did in 2015.
But I’m not giving up! Fighting!
Thank you for reading. I hope you’ll forgive me my lapse and have patience as I get back to the keyboard. ♥