writing

Looking Back on NaNoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month—also known as NaNoWriMo—is when aspiring authors, vexed procrastinators, and precocious middle schoolers around the world challenge …

Novel Excerpt— Movies

This is an excerpt from the novel I am currently working on— titled Shingiru, which is mirage in Korean. In this short passage, a young woman reflects on the contrast between movies and real life.

Novel Excerpt— Mirae’s Wish

This is an excerpt from the novel I am currently working on— titled Shingiru, which is mirage in Korean. A young woman ruminates about wanting disaster.

Wick(ed)

It seemed a more definite way out. The clarity of disaster is more satisfying Than rambling goodness, and all that …

Inktober— 21 Short Poems

The following is a series of 21 short poems that I wrote for Inktober, writing according to the daily prompt …

Skin Dance

Behind the left ear Swallowed in the hollow of your foot Now hiding on the inside of your wrist, your …

The Gift-Giver

There is a notebook that is my World and also just a notebook.   The page Collapses when I turn …

Let Fall

I have fallen in love with softness (have I done the right thing?) With the pull of the evening’s low …

Nothing Has Ever Happened

She drives her Prius backwards. That way, she can live in the wrong half of her timeline Forever, In the …

Youth Anthem

This is an ode to everyone neither here nor there. This is an ode to indecisiveness, To every high schooler …

Lottery

In Korea, they call overweight girls unscratched lottery tickets. Because who knows— They might turn out pretty.   Apparently, flesh …

Exactly What I Want

What I want is this: to wake up one day and be alone. I want people to exist within walking …

A Hereditary Vacancy

Millie never quite understood what Mom was always doing in front of the mirror. Perhaps she was playing with her …

Road Trip

There’s nothing like sitting backwards in the rear of a pickup truck, watching the road shoot out in front of …

어느 날 갑작스럽게

유명 연예인 J씨가 자살한 다음날, 나는 집에서 크리스마스 파티를 열었다. 남의 불행에 겹친 나의 행복은 낮설게 다가오지 않았다. “얼마나 외로웠을까.” …

Question Mark

So you felt like kissing yourself in the bathroom mirror, all tongue and all slipperiness and chemicals, all cold-tasting and …

Instructions for a Good Day

Stretch your arm out. There, a little further. See the bills sticking from his greasy pocket. Avoid the crumb-coated fingers, …

Alpha

Her dentures have escaped her mouth. Her fingers, Made of canines, Step deftly out of hell; Their devil-given powers do …