It is the middle of the night. Not asleep because I finished a book about half an hour ago, and then everything possible just swirled around in the sea of thoughts that is my brain. Not because the book brought it on.
As I thought, one idea popped up (again, one of the numerous times since it was conceived). The one where a friend and I would write and illustrate a children’s book, become wildly successful, and then wait for royalties to pour in. Because it’s silly, I began to think, Why? Why couldn’t I do it? And then If I were to do it, what would I write about?
Maybe a little girl who has a series of adventures. But kids like animals too. Little girl with an animal? Who’s the main- the girl or the animal? What animal? A squirrel? Nahh… that’s Scaredy Squirrel. Although that is a good example. Which means I should write about an animal!
What would the animal do? Be like a human or be like an animal? What if no one wants to publish it? No prob, we could do self-publishing. But that would mean a crazy amount of work, what with writing, promoting, marketing etc. That’d be just the beginning, I comfort myself. And then after the successful bit, we’ll have a manager. Yup, no problem.
So I was wondering why I was hearing “Open Arms” playing at many shops when I walked around, especially last month. Then I somehow found the singers whose version I had been hearing, on Youtube. Turns out they are the new winners of the just past Superstar K3 (previous winner was Huh Gak, whom I’m also love) - Ulala Session 울랄라세션.
This group is just amazing. You don’t even need to know their back story to admire them (though if you do, it piles on even more). My favourite performance of theirs, which I also think is the best, is their cover of “Western Sky” (서쪽하늘) by Lee Seung Chul. Be ready to be blown away.
One gem I found from one of my classes here that renewed my love for language and the power of words. The novel, “Love” by Toni Morrison was an interesting read, provoking much analysis and thought while carrying me through with the seamless flow. I kept on reading because I wanted to, and at the same time I was so afraid to lose any detail in the words on the page. That made me go back many times after I had finished it (well, partly for class) to ponder on how this author strung the words together, how the details went into the plot, the overreaching arc and theme.
I’ve never watched interviews with book authors before, but I thought this was a good one - which made me understand more about the novel I’ve read and also the values and beliefs held by its crafter.