Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Next Chapter


Now that Songsaengnim: A Korea Diary is published, you may be wondering what's next.

You may not be wondering anything of the sort, but allow me to humour myself.

I will be promoting the book—I'm already doing so through Twitter—by organizing readings, and for those of you in Ottawa, I'll let you know of any upcoming dates.

When I started writing Songsaengnim, I originally planned to have the story cover two years, from 1997 to 1999, but as I started putting it together, I realized that the book would be too long, almost 1000 pages. And so I decided to break it up into two books.

The second book, Gyeosunim, started coming together before I finished Songsaengnim. Almost two years ago, I went to Scotland to research the first chapter of the book, and I even started writing out some of the chapter while I sat in a pub in North Berwick. And I published those notes on a new blog.

I'm happy to say that I've finally revisited those notes and have almost finished the rough draft. And on Wednesday, April 11, I will publish the full first chapter of Gyeosunim.

And, as I did with Songsaengnim, I will post the chapters of the book as I write them.

If you're on Twitter, you can follow the status of Songsaengnim and Gyeosunim. Or you can just follow the blog itself.

As with Songsaengnim, I encourage you to provide feedback and comments. As with Songsaengnim, your comments and feedback may help drive the story.

But more than anything, it will drive me.

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