Ex-pat living in Korea, writer of many things (a few of which are published), teacher of English as a second language. I mainly blog about my (mis)adventures through Asia, quotations and art that resonate with me, some fandom things, and other random bits.
Trying to get my novel published like everyone else. I walk a fine line between aspirations and delusions.

24th April 2014

Quote reblogged from All Things Linguistic with 1,079 notes

Someone who judges the speech of others based on their dialect is the person exhibiting ignorance, not the other way around. People are generally aware of racism, sexism, and other –isms. Yet linguistic discrimination, linguisticism, if you will, perpetuates racism, sexism, and pretty much every other –ism out there — and isn’t as recognized as other forms of discrimination.

McKenna Pricing, Speak for yourself: The problem of linguistic discrimination (via unbreakablevegan)

Lexicographer Erin McKean has a quote to similar effect about words that aren’t in the dictionary

(via allthingslinguistic)

Tagged: racismlinguisticsdialects

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24th April 2014

Photoset reblogged from Tea, Coffee, and Books with 9,748 notes


Books in Wes Anderson movies

Tagged: Wes Anderson

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24th April 2014

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It really bothers me when my co-workers start going on about how “ridiculous” aspects of Korean culture are.

I think it’s fine to observe cultural differences, or even point out things that aren’t good within another culture. It’s when they start saying that “our culture” (we white Americans having this conversation) is superior that I get really annoyed.

Saying things like “We’re more rational as a culture” or “We’re just more observant and aware than Korean people” has a racist, imperialist tinge. Sorry, but it does.

That’s when it moves from you observing and maybe making thoughtful commentary or even thoughtful criticism to being you sounding like a racist jerk. Even if that’s not how you intended it to sound.

Tagged: South Koreakorea problemsculturewaygookins

23rd April 2014

Photo reblogged from love is not a victory march with 278,354 notes


I think I won the entire game


I think I won the entire game

Tagged: Randomliterary drinking games

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22nd April 2014

Photoset reblogged from Zeggy's Awesomesauce™ with 10 notes

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22nd April 2014

Photo reblogged from All things Europe with 4,043 notes


Bridge of Sighs, Cambridge, UK (by Cambridge University)


Bridge of Sighs, Cambridge, UK (by Cambridge University)

Tagged: Britisharchitecturethe other placewanderlust

21st April 2014


"since feeling is first" e.e. cummings

since feeling is first
who pays any attention
to the syntax of things
will never wholly kiss you;

wholly to be a fool
while Spring is in the world

my blood approves,
and kisses are a far better fate
than wisdom
lady i swear by all flowers. Don’t cry
—the best gesture of my brain is less than
your eyelids’ flutter which says

we are for eachother: then
laugh, leaning back in my arms
for life’s not a paragraph

And death i think is no parenthesis

Tagged: poetrye.e. cummingsa thousand times yesbeautyromantics

19th April 2014


Here’s the thing.


Tagged: cringethe thingseoulSouth KoreaJane Austenwritings

19th April 2014


"that time I made a kpop playlist"

My schedule is crazy this month. I just want to sleep. I just want to drink a ridiculously expensive smoothie and nod along with the music. I want to do my dishes while dancing and pretend it counts as Korean homework.
Yeah, this is k-pop in this mix.
I live in Seoul. It’s allowed.

Wait… there’s a Super Junior song on this playlist… what have I done?

Tagged: kpopsouth koreamusicplaylistsseoulshineetvxqspica

18th April 2014


So, in my Korean class last night, I may have said that I eat my friends and sleep in the subway.
Oh, the wonderful world of Korean verbs.

Tagged: adventures in KSLseoulSouth Korea