I’ve never written serialized posts before. I’ve always wanted to try, but not knowing how to proceed. My stories are usually scattered, as disorganized as my wandering brain. Serialization requires some discipline, some control, some pre-determined plan etc, all of which I am not good at. The only thing that I have a vague idea about is the content. I do have the following contents that I can probably explore:
A Tragicomic Relationship
My parents’ contentious relationship is one thing I can certainly write about. They were both normal people and made real effort to keep up the appearance of being normal. They never had a physical fight, but their capacity for mentally torturing each other is boundless. If they had each married a suitable spouse, this dark side of theirs might never even surface. However life, or probably fate, played a trick on them and threw them together with no possible exit–divorce was socially unacceptable and financially ruinous.
I know that my writing of this might incur criticism from others, but I am willing to risk it. I am not writing this for those people who want to criticize me, but rather I am writing this to help those who grow up in such a toxic environment just like me. They need all the help they can get to become psychologically and emotionally strong to have a healthy life forward. Now looking back, I can recall all the things I was told that were deliberately designed to manipulate. I was at the time an easy prey, too gullible, too eager, too ready to hold on to anything that looks plausible.
Probably I can make it a series, or probably not. I don’t know yet. Let’s wait and see.
I’ve always wanted to write a story with a 13th century Korean princess as the main character. That was a hectic time for Korea as the Mongols invaded Korea five times from 1231 to 1259. Somehow I can almost imagine being attacked for historical inaccuracy and this is why the book has to be a fiction or even a fantasy book, whatever fantasy book means.
I can also write about Taiping. There was a Taiping Kingdom about two hundred years ago, which was ruthlessly defeated and slaughtered by the Manchus. Taiping claimed to be Christians and it wanted to give equal rights to women.
Learning A Language
There are so many new ways to learn a language, thanks to the internet, online videos, podcasts, and the boundless material available. Now more than ever, one can learn a language just by oneself if one has the inclination. Teachers are not absolutely necessary and textbook is irrelevant. Just a WiFi connection and a laptop will do.
I am learning right now. And I think I can elaborate on the things I do, the mistakes I make, the resources I explore, the problems I encounter, the myths I debunk etc.