Ask Me Anything

Red and GoldAs a consumate purveyor of navel-gazing and someone generally incapable of getting a post in under 1000 words, occasionally the brain well runs a little dry. I pour a lot of anecdotes out on a regular basis, and I frequently forget things I thought I would like to write about. Thus I am left scratching my head, wondering what thoughts I should shove out into the ether of the internet. “What witty neuroticisms would they like to read about today? How best to serve my slathering, adoring audience of literally tens of people?”

As a complementary impulse I know that you, the reader, have questions. Burning, fiery questions about Stupid Ugly Foreigner, the man. About his stupid, ugly, foreign life. About Korea. About China. About living abroad. About world travel. About teaching and pedagogy. About Korean food. About the meaning of life. About robots, astrophysics, and unicorns.

Let’s slake both of our needs in one fell swoop. This page is where I throw open the doors to you, readers. What do you want to know about me, about Korea, or about life? What do you like or hate about this blog? What philosophical quandaries keep you up through the night? What worries tug at your heart during the wee hours? This page and the comment section are for you.

107 thoughts on “Ask Me Anything

  1. Pingback: Housecleaning in the Echo Chamber « Stupid Ugly Foreigner

  2. Do you believe that teaching is something people are predisposed for, or something just anyone can take up succesfully (if not particularly well)? Having graduated from high school not that long ago, I have to say that some of the people who said they wanted to be teachers didn’t seem very suited. I guess a lot of people go through a phase of thinking they want to teach before finding it’s not for them… Not a very interesting question but still 😛

    • Like the name says: ask me anything! And it’s certainly something I thought on before I got into it.

      It’s definitely not something all are predisposed for, and not something that everyone can take up successfully or well. (That said, there are plenty of people who are not predisposed to the job that still take to it successfully, even if they don’t see it as a forever thing. I know some quality teachers over here who have expressed no desire to teach ever again once their time in Korea is done.)

      I think North American society has been particularly guilty of putting teachers up as layabouts with cushy jobs who get the summers off, without a real, honest understanding of what they do. Like kids, but not in the way that you might molest ’em? Get in a classroom young man/woman, and enjoy your spring break. Lots of people toy with the idea of teaching when they don’t know what else to do (and certainly, I was guilty of this as well, though when I eventually came to look at it a bit more seriously), because we’ve set up this cultural archetype of teaching as, hilariously, easy in some way. There are plenty of snide people who still say the whole, “Those who can’t do, teach!” thing with shit-eating grins and complete sincerity, though how they manage to say this without fists meeting their faces speaks to the restraint of those in the profession. Teaching only looks easy because teachers work hard to make sure the flop-sweat doesn’t show.

      There are some people well-suited to it, there are some people not; on either end, there are also people still dedicated to it who work their asses off to still get good. But it’s not for everyone, and I’ve also met people I think seriously ill-fitted to teaching (before, during, and after teacher training; and before and during teaching in Korea). Teaching is haaaard, and has a massive burn-out rate, and is, at times, alternately the most rewarding and most insanely difficult and exhausting job possible. It’s also a sort of cultural whipping boy, as it’s easy for lots of people to get into a “Hurrrrr! Our childrens! Teachers are to blame, for some reason somehow!” It takes fire in the guts and also, basically, the patience of the Buddha to manage the job. I also say this as, essentially, a freshman to the gig; there’s plenty I still need to learn about what it takes, but whatever it is, I think I might have some of it, and I don’t think everyone else does (or wants to, or needs to).

      [Also like I said, long-winded, shaggy-dog answer!]

      • I just can’t imagine where the popular image of teaching as cushy has come from! Over here, I think that there isn’t such a negative opinion as you describe in North America, but the sentiment is definitely there. Whoever got the idea that dealing with a class of kids (young children to teenagers, both would be tricky for different reasons I suppose) is easy, let alone trying to teach them, and all for famously low pay?

        Thanks very much for the interesting reply (though it took me long enough to reply myself). I think you’re right that natural disposition are dedication are both important to succeeding in it. Probably in any job, really, but it is true that lots of people consider teaching when they’re not really dedicated to the idea.

    • Brown.

      When I was a young boy, my older brother died (you didn’t know him very well) and I had some issues, so I took three of my friends into the forest to go looking for an anonymous dead body in order to manifest and deal with my emotions about death and also there were some other kids and they sucked and the dead guy had a brown shirt.

      Parts of this story may or may not have been adapted from Stand By Me. Or maybe Stephen King just stole my life.

  3. If you could have one of these two superpowers, which would you choose: a) be able to turn invisible on demand or b) be able to fly.

    Chances are that you’ve considered this before.

    • Indeed I have.

      Undoubtedly, flight. Invisibility would be fun, but I feel as though I could get bored, and also probably turn into an asshole.

      As a kid, I had more than a few pretty wicked dreams of flight, all of them involving derring-do and breath-taking dives and so-on. Invisibility leaves big chances to be a jerk. Being able to fly gives you, at most, the chance to drop things on people from great heights, and that loses its charm after a while, so I think it’s the solid choice.

      In return: would you choose flight or invisibility OR invincability?

      • As awesome as flying would be, I’ve had my fair share of invisibility fantasies, perhaps due to a deep yearning to be an asshole and not be held accountable for it. But seriously, you could like pants the president.

        But you’re throwing me off with invincibility. As someone who consistently battles with annoying health problems (damn you allergies), that seems quite tempting. Or does invincibility not count against such inane things as allergens and viruses and hangovers?

  4. It is official. I’ve started my Senior Writing Project “Blogging.” The posts that are worth reading, if you’re still up for it, will be “categorized” under “Senior Writing Project.” First post is entitled “Smoke Break.” These will become much more regular throughout the next 7 weeks (or 54 days, to be more precise).

    http://anwright89.wordpress.com/

    And now, since none of that was a question, How are you doing? (There is the “ask me anything” question).

    • I read it! I liked it, but I can’t really say more until I see more of the posts and get a better feel for the style of the project.

      I’m doing okay, though I’m currently congested as hell. Also, some of my former students just sauntered by, and when I talked to them, they dropped some surprise English on me.

      • Thanks for reading!
        Sorry you’re all stuffed up. If it makes you feel better, it’s Spring…and it’s snowing in Iowa… LAME!

        Hope you start feeling better and that the students keep using their English. (English 1, Korean 10,000,000)

  5. Hey!
    Been reading for a few months and it’s great! Just got to Korea a little over a month ago and found the blog really helpful.
    I was totally that person wondering if I should order another beer or not! ahahah.

  6. Hi, is there a link somewhere to an archive page, in case I want to start at the begninngi and work forwards to get caught up? Thanks

    • In the sidebar, underneath the Flickr photos, there’s a five-tab menu, one of those is the archive button.

      Alternatively, you can click this this, which will lead you back to last July and the earliest entries, and you can navigate from there.

      Also: I feel wicked flattered that you want to actually go back and read more!

  7. Hi there,

    Love the blog, I discovered the Archive button on an excruciating train journey and owe you big time. If you’re staying in Korea for another year, please keep it up!

    x
    PS: Can I ask whether you got the job through EPIK?

    • I didn’t, as far as I know. My agency worked with various parts of the EPIK program, and sent a number of people to different areas of Korea, but also sent a whack-load of people to just Incheon. The IMOE seems to handle a lot of the foreign teacher stuff internally.

  8. Hello!

    I love your blog and writing style. I have been in Korea for 2 weeks of a one-year teaching contract.I also hail from Etobicoke (wooh)!

    Keep it up man!

    Michelle

  9. Ohhh… good to know! I felt like I was the only foreigner in this area as I walk down the street lost and confused… haha

    • Nah, I know a few people in that area. I had some friends that also lived there and just left the country recently, you might be living in one of their old apartments!

      You’re part of the newest orientation group, right? I’ll probably see you around town.

  10. Yes, that time. The time where everything is really confusing and chore-like! Things are getting better, food is becoming easier to eat and my miming skills are almost superb. I am yearning for Etobicoke far less. We get our ARCs hopefully early next week. It will be nice having a phone and access to my money!

    • Yeah, you eventually learn to communicate very well with your hands. As soon as you get your phones/ARC/internet, you feel like a person again.

      Speaking of Etobicoke, last night at trivia, I ran into another Etobicokeian from another team I know (have you been to Goose Goose trivia? It’s ace). We hadn’t talked before, and found out that we knew each others neighbourhoods.

  11. Oh wow. Small world!

    Even smaller world because I was actually at trivia last night- ha! I was sitting with the newbies that lost terribly.

    • Ah, really? I recognized a couple of faces (some of you guys attended my friend Hoon/Alex’s birthday party… two weekends ago). I was one of the people running trivia (I did the last round).

  12. Honestly…I find I just love your writing style and showy language. I feel smarter just reading you. I write the same way I talk (or so I’ve been told). Sometimes I try to step out of that and write something that sounds, well, different. Unfortunately despite a University degree, I do not have the vocabulary for such writing. So I will just read your blog to get my fix. ^_^

    And when I say ‘showy language’ I mean that in the best way possible. Really. It’s a good thing.

    • I also… write pretty much how I talk, which is to say, pretty idiomatic and at times needlessly verbose and pretentious. When you put me in a room with a group of other English speakers, I basically sound like my blog.

      No worries, though. I know what you mean by showy language.

  13. Hi,
    Have you taught any students that you knew or suspected had an autism spectrum disorder? Is autism viewed differently in Korea?

    Also, your blog looks great. Is that because of you or WordPress?

    • I’ve taught students on the autism spectrum in Canada and in Korea, but I’ll keep my comments on Korea, since that’s what you asked, heh.

      I can’t comment too, too extensively, because there’s too much info out there that I would need a better level of Korean to really understand. Suffice it to say, it’s pretty much right in the middle of really changing. The school system here is almost entirely fully integrated, and not always with spec ed support staff around. Autism is certainly recognized here, but spec ed resources often aren’t opened up for an individual child unless their family agrees to the process, and in a competitive society with lots of image management, parents are very reluctant to put their kids in what many will see as a lower level class. That said, my school literally installed an amazing spec ed classroom this year, hired new spec ed staff, and have some of the kids on the spectrum on partial integration (in Ontario, we called this sort of thing HSP). It also reallllly depends on the individual teachers, as some are more trained and aware of spec ed (and spectrum especially) issues and thus are better equipped to educate those children.

      Mostly because of wordpress. I just hunt around through the styles pretty often and tweak until I’m happy.

    • This is a difficult one, because I love a crapload of them. Dak-galbi never treats me wrong, and neither does dak-jjim, though that one can put me through a grinder in terms of spice. A good all-purpose meal, one I’m happy to eat no matter the occasion, is galbi tang. It’s so simple, but so good.

  14. Okay, now talk about teaching kids with autism in Canada. What is HSP?
    Do you know of books the kids with autism liked? If so, what was their age, gender, and diagnosis or level of functioning? (consequence of “ask me anything”-people will).

    I’m always looking for book suggestions/experiences in this area. My blog is http://www.autismreads.com

    • HSP is, in my experience, a temporary removal/spec ed. resource programming taking place within the home school. It refers to the spec ed placement occurring within the school, rather than some other location. Most of the children I worked with in those sorts of programs were removed for parts of the day for focused support in literacy or math, while going back to their homeroom for subjects like science, music, and social studies. It has its benefits and drawbacks; the teacher I worked with notably mentioned, “You take kids who have troubles with making transitions and then give them a crapload more transitions.”

      The kids I worked with were either in Kindergarten, or in grade 4 (age 9-10). I’m not entirely positive on diagnoses without current access to their information, but one or two were relatively high-functioning, and one other student was diagnosed with PDD-NOS. My students were either big into non-fiction science, or when they took to fiction, it was adventure style (Percy Jackson was really becoming A Thing when I was teaching them) or graphic novels (similarly, Diary of a Wimpy Kid). Some of them, though particularly other students who would be in their classes, found some interesting things in Loser (Jerry Spinelli), Egghead (Caroline Pignat), and Rules (Cynthia Lord). Having been away from regular access to English children’s lit, and also students who can read them, I’m a little bit sparse in this area, sorry!

  15. I’m sure you knew I would be the one to ask this, but in Korea, is visual art viewed as an important part of the education system or is it’s appreciation terribly diminishing like at home?

    • At least in elementary schools, it’s still of some importance (I can’t comment on middle and high schools). Like back home, it elementary it seems like the homeroom teachers teach art classes, and they’re included about twice a week, from what I can see on the schedules. Their work is displayed around the school, too, which is nice. I’m not positive on what they teach, though it does seem that the diversity of media is a little low (they do some cool 3-d craft and sculpting, but I haven’t really seen much in terms of paints, chalks, pastels, etc.). I think, like some places back home, it really depends on how into it the homeroom teacher is. If they know the stuff and like teaching it, it’ll go far in the class.

  16. Hi Michael,

    I just wanted to say that your blog is absolutely amazing and extremely well written. I was directed to it about 3 months ago by my uncle, Glenn Manderson, a relation of yours (I’m Gwen’s neice, and I guess that makes us somehow relatives by marriage?). Anyways, you are such an inspiration to someone like me who’s going to study writing at university in the fall. Keep up the awesome work!

    • Of course! You’re my… eighth cousin, thrice removed!

      Glenn mentioned he would send a link to you, I’m pleased as someone actually interested in writing, you didn’t look at this and give a patronizing nod before closing the browser and running the other way. Where are you going to study?

      • Ha, no definitely not, I read it all the time, and even steal coolness from you, like when my friends walk by and ask what I’m reading. “Oh, just the blog of my distant relative who’s teaching in Korea.” They get jealous.
        Anyways, I’m going to Carleton University in Ottawa for journalism, probably minoring in political science and english. 🙂

        • Tell them to tell their distant relatives to get on the move! Or to do the same in a few years, when the time comes for them to fly abroad.

          Excellent! You’re moving there, or you… live there already? I don’t actually know.

  17. I’m moving there. I live in Georgetown, not sure if you know where that is, but it’s beside Brampton and about half an hour from Mississauga. It will be a 5 hour train ride from home, but I’m fine with distances…and I guess you must be too, living so far away!

  18. What do you think about native English speakers coming to teach in Korea who don’t have training as teachers? Are they looked down upon by Korean co-teachers and staff? Do they have a harder time learning how to manage a classroom? How could a native English speaker who doesn’t have a teaching certificate prepare for a teaching job? Thanks!

    • So much is really defined by the individual school. I have friends without teacher training who sought out CELTA or other certificates, and their schools seemed to respect them fine. I would say that getting a 100-hour certificate is a good method to briding the gap between “Teaching… wha?” and “I’m a teacher in Korea now!” Doing some research on teaching methods, and exploring what you feel is good pedagogy, and what kind of teacher you think you’ll be. Doing some tutoring, volunteering with English Language Learners, and just starting to understand particular issues facing people learning a second or foreign language. I think classroom management can be a biiiiiig problem that newbies are not trained enough in upon arrival, and for that, again, do some research, try to talk with people who have been in the field for a while or with people who have recently gone through teacher training (a problem we talked about in teacher’s college: some of the best classroom managers often do things so automatically correctly that they don’t know how to explicitly explain what to do anymore. Seek out people who can explain good classroom management strategies, why they work, and what they involve.)

  19. Great reply, thanks a lot! I just started a 120 hour TEFL course and will be getting some books from Amazon soon too. I think that if I start “studying” how to be a teacher I will be better prepared for how I will be teaching. I also plan to volunteer doing some GED tutoring of adults and some academic tutoring of younger kids.

    • If you’re still thinking of Korea as your destination, any experience you can gain with Korean individuals abroad will be helpful. It will expose you to the more common stumbling blocks for Korean learners of English, and it may give you a chance to discuss culture and prep you for some stuff over here (some of my friends did this, and also met their students in Korea once they came here and had some great friends to show them around).

      • Great idea! I actually just joined http://www.mylanguageexchange.com and had my first hour long conversation via Skype with a person from Korea working on their English speaking skills. I have already learned what pronounced sounds are harder to make. It was really fun and I hope to talk to more people in Korea working on their English through this site. I will also have the opportunity to learn more Korean language and culture.

  20. Hey “stupid ugly foreigner”,
    Two questions:

    1. Why do you address yourself like that, in your blog?
    2. Where did you get the definition for “anageonism” from?

  21. Hi! I’ve been enjoying your blog for a while now, especially while I was living in Germany. Your reflections on culture and its various shocks were always good for some stress relief! I was looking for the animation you worked on a few months ago and can’t seem to find it on your blog anywhere. Do you still have a link to it? I was trying to show it to someone and couldn’t remember when you posted it. All the best!

  22. Hiya! I like the blog. It’s amusing. I especially like your entry about “friends for life.” While I was reading, I thought to myself, “This guy is amusing. I bet he’d be decent at improv.” I teach a free improv class on Tuesday evenings (no, isn’t Seoul City Improv) so I thought I’d throw that out as something that might interest you. I also do stand up, which you might also be interested in trying. If you’re into it, you can send me an email or find me @JCoSparkling on twitter.

    • Hmm, I’d never thought of either improv or stand up! The improv does sound interesting — when and where do you guys meet? I might evade the stand-up, as my usual style of funny is definitely a sort of long-winded mosey to a gentle chuckle rather than any hard-hitting larfs.

  23. Michael, inquiring minds want to know… Can we talk about how good GoT was?

    Quote of the season:
    “Those are brave men knocking at your door. Let’s go kill them.”

    • Yes, we may talk about this, as I am all caught up.

      It’s hard to communicate just how excited I am about season 3. Suffice it to say, you only got a small hint of the awesome that will come from where these people are, espeeeecially Brienne and Jaime. “Two quick deaths.”

      • One of my little birds has informed me that the next book will span two seasons. With the amount of amazing things happening at the end of the last episode, I can see why that might be necessary. I’m still only half way through book 2 though.

        Brienne vs. The North was awesome, Tyrion damn near brought me to tears, and The Others have replaced the other Others in the television of my heart.

        Also, those dragons are getting biiig. I want a direwolf vs. dragon match next season.

        • Indeed, I have heard the same. They sort of have to. The amount of stuff that happens in book 3 is… amazing. Also, something super big happens roughly halfway through the book that would make a spectacular season break.

          Oh, Tyrion. Your German pornstar bride and you will wrench open my cold black heart. And yes, the northron zombie army was pretty rad.

  24. Hey! I don’t even know how I stumbled across you I read through your entire blog in one night because I found your writing style funny and informative, and it really helped me get an in-depth view on what it would be like to teach in Korea (I plan on teaching in Korea when I graduate this summer.)

    I have a tonne of questions I’m curious about, since i don’t really know anybody who has had this experiences so the internet is so big and scary I don’t know where to look for real answers 😛 I hope you can help me out, I’m sorry for bombarding you with questions.

    So I have a year of prep… I’ll probably be leaving around this time next year! What would you suggest I do to prep? and where do i even start!! What recruiter should I use? There are so many out there, I don’t know whether I want to work in a hagwon or a public school… Some guidance or opinions on this stuff would be really helpful!

    I feel inexperienced.. I didn’t go to teachers college like you… I’m taking child and youth care and have a little bit of experience in a classroom but not enough to say i’m entirely comfortable with the idea of being a full on English teacher. What are your lessons normally like? Would you suggest I pay for the TESOL course :S?

    I think i read that you traveled there with your friend. On fortunately none of my friends are keen on traveling to Korea… So I’ll have to make the adventure solo. I’m kinda shy sometimes alone around new people so this kinda makes me nervous… would you say its pretty easy to meet new people there Korean or other foreigners?

    Thanks again for your blogs!! Keep it up, your an excellent writer!

    • You have a year before you go? That leaves you ample time, although you may want to decide roughly what time you want to go and apply accordingly. There are large changes of personnel around late August and about April or May, and if you want to go over in either of those periods, you’ll need to be applying months before hand (I applied for my September start date in January, but that was a little overzealous — my agency was taking applications for that time up to March and April). You also need to decide public or hagwon — I prefer public, but that was just my experience. There are lots of descriptions of both online, and it just sort of depends on the kind of job you want to have. Hagwons hire throughout the year, though, while public tends to hire big groups of people for set times.

      The recruiter you choose kind of depends. Lots of good ones are out there… but they often hire with different areas of Korea. Look into where you want to live, and try to find out where various agencies would send you. The agency I used (Canadian Connection) deals mostly with Incheon, and then some with the Seoul MOE and some in the Jeolla provinces.

      I would take the TESOL course, if only because it will up your pay (and in some places, the public boards will only take you now if you have TESOL or a license). An in-person TESOL course would be ideal, in terms of actual usefulness for you. Your lessons will depend on a lot of factors — your coworkers and your textbook being big factors. Mine (elementary) were 40 minutes, and usually involved a number of activities centring around a particular grammar or language point.

      If you’re in a city of any decent size, there will be definite watering holes you can go to in order to find the other foreigners pretty easily. If that’s not your scene, there are plenty of people into various hobbies… you won’t have a problem. If you go public, you’ll also go to a big orientation and meet plenty of other people in your area and maybe even around the country. Don’t fret.

  25. okay.. I lied, I thought I read all of your blog but it turns out I only read a couple pages of your really old ones… Sweet!

    • Hey, just a note: I don’t really have a computer now, but I should be in a town with an Internet cafe in a few days. I will try to answer all your questions, but doing so on iPod and wifi sucks. Will get back to you soon!

  26. Oh. My. God. I have never laughed so loud, so long, and so regularly on a visit to Freshly Pressed. I haven’t even delved into the meatier chunks and I’ve already bookmarked this blog. (I’ll get around to following it later; I’m a bit of a Luddite.) You are just a steaming pile of awesome. I’m adding you to my arsenal of erudition–next time some slack-jawed IT button-down goon from HP or Nike sloshes their drink on me and exclaims, “You’re a writer? What for?” I’m going to let you sniff around them for a minute and then let go of the leash.

    More later, gotta go. When the sun’s out on a weekend in February in Portland, Oregon, it’s a preternatural event that demands worship, possibly even human sacrifice.

    • I am happy to be a regular part of your internet, whether you need to follow or bookmark or simply etch my web address into your desk with the business end of a protractor. Also, A+ use of “steaming pile.”

      I don’t get people who don’t get writing, but then, we are in a loop of not-gettingness. Also, I assume the good weather was brought on by human sacrifice in the first place, so save up for a gloomy day.

  27. Hi! I just stumbled upon your blog and I’ve been poking around a bit – you have an awesome life! I’m a teacher, too, and I’m moving to Malaysia in August to teach at an international school. Question: What do you wish someone had told you before you moved to Korea?

  28. Hari Om! Michael,

    I was surfing through your blog posts and must say that you are one “crazy” 😉 and fun loving guy. Your writing style clearly reflects the jovial personality that you have.

    Keep up the “Stupid Ugly Work”. 🙂

    Regards,
    Krishna Dev

  29. Hi Michael,
    I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog and would like to nominate you to learn more about your writing process. You’re probably super busy experiencing the world, but if you get a chance it’d be cool to read your answers to the following:

    What am I working on at the moment?
    How does my work differ from others of its genre?
    Why do I write what I do?
    How does my writing process work?

    • Hello there,

      Indeed, I’ve been busy with work and so I’ve been reaaaaaally lax with my comments. But if you’re still out there wondering these things, I have answers!

      1. I always have about three or four different blog posts/essays in the works and am generally adding to them or tinkering with them at any given time. I have one half-formed novel that’s been stagnating for a while, and a number of short stories which are far more likely to get finished than the novel.

      2. In terms of the blog? I don’t really know anymore. I know I love to write humour about living abroad, because living in general is pretty bonkers, and living in a different country from your own feels like being in a funhouse every day. A lot of the expat blogs I see can be dry or starry-eyed (this may reflect more my experience with Korea blogs, which were often written by younger people on their first journey abroad [which I am also severely guilty of in the early postings]), and I like to write weird and I like to write kind of the things I would want to read. I write like I talk, which is to say: idiosyncratically, with a lot of invented words and shaggy-dogness to my anecdotes.

      3. Writing has become pretty meditative for me. I like the way I feel when I am writing, I like the calm that comes with creation, I like the delicacy of fine-tuning and editing and making my words just-so. I find I understand my experiences and my life so much better when I have to organize them and put them into words for consumption, whether in the blog form or in their warped form when I write fiction. Everyone has stories to tell, but you have to practice telling stories to be good at it. I feel, sometimes, like this blog is me sitting around a campfire unravelling one big yarn about my life long after I’ve already lived most of it.

      4. I tend to be a semi-insomniac, which means lots of time in bed before I actually fall asleep. Lots of ideas happen when you have thinking time in the dark. I generally have paper somewhere in my bedroom so I can scrawl the idea in the dark and get back to bed, then I harvest it in the morning and head off to the word mines. Usually I’ll play with an idea anytime I have quiet time during the day, running over plot points or sentence structures or possible little funny twists of language I could use. I generally try to write 500 words every day, whether fiction or nonfiction. Blog posts seem to naturally emerge from my brain at/around 1000 words. That is usually just what it takes before they feel done. Any that go over that feel long and bloated, any that go under feel like I haven’t said exactly what I want to say.

  30. Just passing by (meh, lies, I’m an avid subscriber), just say love your travels (I hope to add more places to my account as you do!), your posts and the fresh, carefree way you describe everything..! Keep posting! 🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s