@peony, in reply to your message in TERRIUS recap 23-24, see Reply below. I thought it better to respond here than in the comments. 😉


    @peony November 5, 2018 at 8:15 AM

    In reply to: http://www.dramabeans.com/2018/11/my-secret-terrius-episodes-23-24/#comment-3335789

    Aw, shucks. Thank you for your accolades. Really. Sometimes they whoosh right over my head, especially when I am sleep deprived the way I am now.

    An admonition I occasionally heard when I was growing up was the instruction to not be “mind proud.” Maybe that’s why I felt the need to give my patented disclaimer. OTOH, Mom used to tell us kids to use our heads for something besides a hat rack, so you can imagine how conflicted I felt. Eventually I concluded that God gave me a brain and expected me to use it, and that included making bad puns. The worse the better, especially if they could be framed as shaggy dog stories. 😉

    I had no idea that you’ve been reading my verbiage since MIRROR OF THE WITCH. Thank you for your kind words. 😉 I think that was my third or fourth live-watched show that I commented on here on DB recap threads. It feels like a dog’s age ago.

    I just had a radical thought. You don’t have to wait until you reach “a certain age” — you can cut loose with fabulous witticisms this very moment. Why wait?

    Especially for you, @peony, here’s a link to a hilarious article on lexicography. It’s a real knee slapper.

    Since I was a kid, I’ve enjoyed reading the dictionary. Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate is the one to browse as it includes philology and derivations, which I find fascinating. They have all kinds of fun online vocabulary quizzes, too. I also used to like to browse Roget’s Thesaurus.

    In a past life I worked as a German translator, and also taught English as a Second Language. I was an inveterate reader as a kid. Some of my favorite authors with great vocabularies include Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes), Mark Twain, Ernest K. Gann (flight and aircraft), Scottish novelist Alistair MacLean (The Guns of Navarone is a WWII classic), Australian novelist Morris Langlo West, Hawaiian historical novelist O. A. Bushnell (a microbiologist by profession, his novel Molokai deals with life in the leper colony at Kalaupapa; every one of his novels is wonderfully insightful about the land and all its peoples), and sci-fi authors Robert Heinlein and H. P. Lovecraft. There are others, but these are some of my faves when it comes to introducing me to new vocabulary. 😉


      “Use our heads for something besides a hat rack”
      Haha. Seems like you’ve got your wit partially from your mom!
      Why, one of your MOTW posts (in the final recap,to be precise) was one of the very first posts I’ve replied to here at DB! You just don’t remember,that’s why.😃 One year later when I 1st registered to DB I found out that a reply from half an year ago is waiting for me at my notifications, and that was you.
      I was surprised by getting a notif right away after getting registered, and also at you, because you’ve replied long and detailed to an OLD comment knowing fully well that the commenter might not see it like,ever.
      Then I immediately replied to you, and I recall we talked about serendipity and things lol! So yes, I already know about you being an English teacher, a German translator and your uncle being a chemist(?)…because you’ve told me!
      I’m surprised MOTW owns some of your very first comments, because it’s like that for me too.😝
      O.O I too have an uncanny love for my dictionary and thesaurus! I use both of them nearly daily.They’re Oxford, so no games I guess. In fact, because the thesaurus was SO big and heavy and didn’t fit to my book cupboard, and because I want my books SUPER clean, I used to keep it on my bed and sleep with it,lol. That was until a tree frog decided to invade my room(i have severe tree frog phobia.shudders) and I had to abandon my room and migrate to mom’s.😥 So the poor thesaurus lies there on the table, not anymore clean as it used to be! I even used to press Tofu with it because it was heavy and CLEAN.
      That article was a jolly read. But also SO nerdy. (A bit like you I guess) And thanks for the new word I learned “lexicographer”. (Wow my phone vocabulary doesn’t have that word) That must be one tough, but fun job! I thought cleaning ladies of a lexicography department would be more careful. But again, if they became too much thoughtful and didn’t just do their required job, those offices might’ve become a paper jungle full of dust bunnies.
      I’ve read translated works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Mark Twain, but the first in-the-original-English big book would be…..RAINBOW VALLEY by Lucy Maud Montgomery I guess. I love that writer. I also read, analysed and reviewed the unabridged JANE EYRE for high school subject of “Appreciation of English literature” and for the big exam I’ve got an A!☺
      Because a kiddy version of WATER BABIES by CHARLES KINGSLEY had been among my very first in-English reads as a kid, two years ago I bought this HUGE, binded, unabridged version….I enjoyed it, but it gave me a literal headache what’s with it’s heavy wording and the use of old British English(not Shakespearean English,that I can manage) rather than teaching me some new words. Lol.



        Ah, the old hat rack finds a new fan. I’m willing to bet that Mom got that from her mother, who was a live wire. One of the funniest people I’ve ever known. She came out with many memorable turns of phrase that my family still uses 36 years after her death. Actually, so did Mom. My other grandfather, a high school teacher of English and mathematics, was renowned for the affectionate nicknames he hung on people. His first college roommate, who apparently slid down the drainpipe to escape studying at a Catholic college circa 1913, was dubbed “Satan.” Dad also has a great sense of humor, as do my siblings. As we say in my family, “You gotta be quick [witted].” The fact that we’re Irish-American with one branch by way of New Brunswick, Canada (with a few Scots and probably some vikings in the family tree) likely has something to do with our humor and (ab)use of the English language. 😉

        Thanks for reminding me about your final post in the MOTW recaps. I just took a look, and now I remember. Yep, my reply was like a message in a bottle. But it sounded as if you’d return one day, so why not? After that, I was busy live-watching many dramas, but figured I’d return to the scene of the crime in case you’d finished your exams. I’m sorry I didn’t recognize you sooner. My memory isn’t what it used to be. Following convoluted Kdrama plot twists and Casts Of Thousands is now becoming a pain in the butt, especially without recaps.

        My first DB live-watch recap fest was OH HAE-YOUNG AGAIN because of my fave actress, Seo Hyun-jin. I rapidly became a drooling fangirl of Eric. Back then, I could only watch one show at a time, but eventually my Kdrama bandwidth increased. I didn’t comment very much in the beginning, but eventually I got caught up in the performances and plot twists, and that was the end of life outside of Kdramas. My goose was cooked.

        MOTW turned me into a Yoon Si-yoon proto-fangirl. I loved him to bits in THE BEST HIT, and have watched nearly all of his work since then. I must be saving ME TOO FLOWER for a rainy day. YOUR HONOR was kind of a letdown, but I chalk that up to the writing and directing. YSY was excellent in his second sageuk, GRAND PRINCE, earlier this year. The show was pretty decent, although the writing left something to be desired. But he put in a nuanced performance as the principled younger royal sibling who was loathe to take over as seja from his little nephew. He was a hair’s breadth away from becoming a tragic goody-two-shoes hero. Somehow he managed to submerge his natural charisma as the character evolved. Since it wasn’t recapped, a few Beanies got together and discussed it in one of the casting threads. Here’s the start of my pseudo-recaps:
        Other comments are probably scattered in Open Thread and What We’re Watching. 😉


          OH HAE-YOUNG is in my to-watch list. I really liked Eric in 3meals a day (watched as a goodbye show for REBEL lol) and Seo Hyun-jin in RDTK and Su Baek hyang snippets I watched (suggested by you). I remember that she left a lasting impression on me even by the little acting she did in the lacklustre GODDESS OF FIRE. I love the “Garang garang” OST of that drama tho.

          I watched THE BEST HIT (again, suggested by you😝), and was intrigued by GRAND PRINCE too. But it didn’t have recaps neither more than 75% approval from beanies(?) so I ended up deciding against it.
          My current data plan isn’t much so data is a LOT valuable to me, so for the non-live dramas, I tend to choose the;
          1. Ones with recaps
          2. With over 80% positive feedback
          3. Ones that I can feel in my heart
          4. Watchable WITH mom.

          If the drama passes the top 3 requirements but the final, I’ll just THOROUGHLY read the recaps,comments and watch snippets.😜 (Yunno, with DB’s special brand of recapping the experience is NEARLY the same) Right now I’m doing that with HUNDRED MILLION STARS.
          The dramas that passed all 4 and highly enjoyed by both mom and I :
          1. Arang
          2. Rebel
          3. RDTK
          4. Two Weeks
          5. AM series
          6. AOY
          7. Weightlifting fairy

          Once I decided to drop the method with Buamdong revenge club simply because of the mildly positive reviews, but I ended up regretting it. It disappointed me a lot. I’ll read your recaps on GP and give it some chance.

          I’ve also watched DAE JANG-GEUM (my gateway drama), DONG YI, YI SAN, QSD, EMPRESS KI, MOON EMBRACING THE SUN, SKK SCANDAL when they were broadcasted here(I guess it’s obvious by now how I became a sageuk lover! How could I not be intrigued after all that?)
          My all-time favourites are DJG and QSD, and compared to QSD, Empress Ki sorta disappointed me. And oh, I love traditional children’s choirs used in DJG PD’s dramas; “Onara” in DJG, “Buyonghwa” in Dong-yi, “Journey of a circle” in Yi-san.
          Plus “Araro” by IU with kiddos in QSD.
          P.S.- Yunno what I admire and envy most?You see, for the total MOTW incident, you used the phrase “I sent you a message in a bottle” and voila! So short, so summarized! Not that I didn’t know the phrase, but it didn’t come to my mind and I kept going on rounds and rounds and rounds trying to explain it to you in my above reply. Rather than it being the lack of practice, I guess I REALLY love to take the non-laconic, overtly descriptive road subconsciously. And I hate it.

          P.S. 2- Your whole family sounds so great and fun. I’m now imagining them on a Viking longship, all-badass and stuff,lol. (And spouting great language,of course!)


            Part 1 of 3

            OHYA was a challenging but rewarding watch. The discussions in the recaps were great and very illuminating. Be sure to watch for the comments on mugyo (native Korean shamanism), I think by Kim Yu-mi. She also mentioned kishotenketsu dramatic structure, IIRC, which played a big part in the show. It seems as if not much happens, but if you look carefully at the development of the characters, significant evolution occurs. Think of it as character-driven rather than plot driven. If you keep those things in mind, the flashbacks and Do-kyung’s premonitions will make a lot more sense. The smooches were the most realistic since the kisses in QUEEN IN-HYUN’S MAN. Aside from that one after OHY bashed Do-kyung with her handbag on the street. That was an uncomfortable scene. Later, however, holy moly! Kim Ji-suk is also very good in the arc with Do-kyung’s noona.

            I was mesmerized by Eric in THREE MEALS A DAY FISHING VILLAGE, season 3. It was so doggone relaxing to watch how he organized his tasks. Very contemplative. And I loved Yoon Kyun-sang and his kitties. They were adorable. I didn’t see all the episodes, but I enjoyed the ones I watched very much – especially after Eric named the pet abalone “Michael.” – I also watched him in DISCOVERY OF ROMANCE and QUE SERA SERA.

            GODDESS OF FIRE has been on my to-watch list since I noticed Seo Hyun-jin was in it, but I still haven’t seen it. I just listened to the OST you mentioned, and the other one with a children’s chorus. Both are beautiful. Here’s another for you. I fell like a ton of bricks for Jo Hyun-jae, SHJ’s seja in THE KING’S DAUGHTER, and watched some of his earlier shows. BALLAD OF SEODONG / BALLAD OF THE PRINCE had a very catchy song that was sung by kids in the streets of Shilla at his character’s behest. The subtitles weren’t the best, but then again, the show is from 2005.

            Seo Dong Yo OST track 17 – Seo Dong (Joy)

            Your first 4 dramas are all ones that I enjoyed a lot. ARANG was my first Lee Joon-gi show, and it is still one of my all-time faves. I loved the dramaverse, the kings of Heaven and Hell bickering over baduk, Shin Min-ah’s intrepid ghost, and LJG’s stunts. TWO WEEKS is simply terrific, with great pacing and an antihero I came to love. REBEL and RDTK, ’nuff said. For some reason, I couldn’t get into the ANSWER ME shows, although I tried watching one of them. It’s okay. I don’t have to love every Kdrama. AOY didn’t appeal to me, probably because I’m too old for it. But LINGERIE GIRLS’ GENERATION hit the spot because that was set in my generation. I was a college disc jockey in 1979, and recognized nearly all the BGM. I posted links to all of it on my fan wall, too. The premise of WEIGHLIFTING FAIRY didn’t appeal to me, so I skipped it in favor of other shows.

            – Continued –


            Part 2 of 3

            Have you considered watching the movie THE KING AND THE CLOWN? Kam Woo-sung and Lee Joon-gi are terrific as the pair of jesters at Yeonsangun’s court. Jung Jin-young plays the mad king. This is probably my favorite Korean OST, which was composed after Lee Sun-hee watched DAMO, the Kdrama version of the film DUELIST. Ha Ji-won played the female lead in both productions, with Gang Dong-won as Sad Eyes in the film. Their sword tangos are epic.

            Lee Sun-hee: Fate (King and the Clown OST) MV (English Sub) 이선희 인연 왕의 남자 OST 영어자막

            Be aware that my GRAND PRINCE recaps didn’t start until about ep. 7 (since it took a while to find a place for the discussion thread). But I’ll tell you that the opening episode grabbed me. Ah! I just remembered that V recapped the show on the Drama Milk blog, and I commented over there as well. Do check it out. It will give you a feel for the show. (I still have yet to post the ep. 20 recap, which is written but needs to be revised. I was pretty fatigued by show’s end, and have been dragging my feet on it – while continuing to live-watch a passel of shows simultaneously ever since. My viewing buddy Bong-soo has been incredibly patient.)

            I still haven’t gotten to the older sageuks you’ve seen, aside from MOON EMBRACING THE SUN, which I liked a lot. I especially liked this OST from it. But it was a bummer that Jung Il-woo’s character bit the dust. I loved him as Scheduler in 49 DAYS – which I initially watched for Jo Hyun-jae. SKK SCANDAL has been on my to-watch list for Jeon Tae-soo, Prince Jinmu in TKDSBH. It still hurts to think that he succumbed to depression early this year.

            The Moon Embracing The Sun OST Part 2: Back In Time – Lyn

            – Continued –


            Part 3 of 3

            Re: your PS. Maybe you’re still finding your voice and style as a writer. The most difficult aspect of writing is editing yourself and honing your words to say exactly what you want them to say. That often means getting out your red pencil and ruthlessly pruning away the excess. In a way, it’s like sculpting stone. You have to chip away at everything that isn’t the image that is hidden in the block of marble. Writing is the same way, and that is why a picture is worth a thousand words. I am a visually-oriented person, so I guess that’s why phrases that evoke images, and images that evoke feelings, are important to me.

            There’s also a time and a place for meandering thoughts. Sometimes it’s a matter of circling around until you can put a name on a thought that’s eluding your grasp. It can also be a meditative process. You wouldn’t want to write a user manual that way, but it can be okay for other purposes.

            Ah, here’s another thing to consider when writing. Think of your intended audience, and what you need to do to communicate your message effectively and enjoyably – while still having fun at it. As my late grandmother used to say, “It’s supposed to be a treat, not a treatment.” 😉

            Oh, and remember to cut yourself some slack. English is not your native language, but your writing is very good. Much better than that of many native speakers. And way better than my German was even when I was still using it regularly. You have a very solid foundation on which to build your writing style. The best way to do that is by practicing – and by reading the work of authors whose writing you admire.

            I used to keep a notebook of quotations that resonated with me when I came across them while reading. Ayn Rand had one that popped out at me when I was reading Atlas Shrugged: “the wealth of selection, not accumulation.” You can apply that to your writing style. 😉


            I chuckle at your image of my clan sailing around on a Viking longship. Funny you should mention that. When we were kids, we helped Dad build a plastic model of one. 😉 For what it’s worth, Gramps was over six feet tall – and so is my “baby” brother. 😉


        I love books, but have rarely slept with them. I did stash my beloved LIFE [magazine] Treasury of American Folklore on the floor next to my bed when I was a kid. It was an oversized hardcover and weighed a ton, methinks a bit smaller than a single volume of the early-70s edition of the Langenscheidt German-English encyclopedic dictionary I used for translating. Those things were so heavy that I invested in a pair of heavy-duty Atlas book racks to hold them on my homebrew drawing board workstation. Hefting them while switching among the other dictionaries would have wiped out my shoulders in no time. (A slip on the stairs had messed up my back for a spell, which necessitated standing while working at the PC.) I put my PC workstation up on cinder blocks and paired it with the drawing board for spreading out the reference books and providing a tilted writing surface for proofreading and comparing German and English. I stood in an aisle between the two. It was like a galley kitchen. 😉

        How awful to have your inner sanctum invaded by a rampaging tree frog. The little monster besmirched your thesaurus. Eeeew! Using it before it became froggily-sullied for pressing tofu – ROFLMAO! Now that’s what I call heavy reading matter.

        BTW, tree frogs live in the woods across the street from my home. In the spring, their high-pitched calls signal that warmer weather has finally arrived. We call them “peepers” — but they are neither peeping Toms nor leaf peepers (tourists who view fall foliage). 😉

        Glad you enjoyed the article. Yes, I am indeed a nerd, especially when it comes to words. I’m a complete loser when it comes to mathematics and science, although I enjoy being aware of some of the underlying concepts. Just don’t make me deal with equations. It’s pure torture. Oddly enough, Mr. P would have been a mathematician if he hadn’t swerved off into computer science.

        Oh, I’m happy to help you expand your vocabulary. 😉 The article catapulted me back to my translating days. Weighing and mulling over the alternatives was exactly the same thing I did as a translator. I’m just glad that I didn’t fall into a junior editorial job like that or I would have gone off my rocker pronto.

        Time to bow down to Samuel Johnson, the father of English lexicography. I had to read James Boswell’s biography of Dr. Johnson for my English lit degree, and it was quite a slog. Give me Shakespeare plays or sonnets, or John Donne. Alexander Pope and Jonathan Swift are two more faves. I seem to have managed to have avoided reading anything by any of the Brontës. It didn’t think that was possible for an English lit major. That’s quite an accomplishment for you to delve so deeply into Jane Eyre in high school. 😉


        Part 3 of 3 (finally)

        I’ve never read Anne of Green Gables or any of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s other works. But I have stayed at the former home of one of Ms. Montgomery’s friends on Prince Edward Island. It was renovated and turned into a B&B in 2001 by Bill and Mary Kendrick, friends of a friend in Nova Scotia. It was featured in a house renovation show on Home & Garden TV. (See link to it on the website below.) I had earlier traveled to New Brunswick to do genealogy research and to see my friend, and stayed overnight at Salutation Cove. It is a wonderful old house that reminded me of my grandparent’s home in Massachusetts.

        Unnerving observation about Nova Scotia farm houses: They are built with an outside door on the second floor. Why? Because the snow blows into drifts that high. On the other hand, the quality of the light in Amherst, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island was downright magical. The only other place where I have seen summer sunlight like that was in Columbia County, New York, in the Hudson Valley.

        I looked up Water Babies on Project Gutenberg and read a bit of it. I see what you mean about the antique English. The article on it from the Manchester Guardian that I posted on my fan wall was pretty interesting. It sounds as if it did for child chimney sweeps what Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty did for draft horses. That was one of the first of many horse books I read when I was a kid. 😉


      Wow that was long.Thanks for inviting me for this leisurely talk, Ms.PP. Means a LOT to me!
      And I’m sorry for bothering you! I think it’s a problem I have, I’m the opposite of laconic and unintentionally drag people into long conversations as a result, probably against their will. To some comments/replies I feel like a mere upvoting won’t do and I choose to write silly instead. Must be my fatal flaw.☺



        No need to apologize. I assure you that you’re not bothering me. I’m touched that something I wrote means so much to you. 😉

        It is my great pleasure to converse with the lovely Beanies I meet here. If our correspondence helps hone your already excellent English skills, so much the better. (I taught ESL for a couple of terms when I lived in Hawaii, and was impressed with the studiousness of my Japanese junior college students. My hat is off to anyone who attempts to learn this peculiar language with its smorgasbord of linguistic ancestors and maddening use of silent letters.)

        I have a tendency to blather myself, and for that I usually blame the fact that I kissed the Blarney Stone. No lie. I used to be very introverted and never smiled because I had a mouth full of braces. Later in life I became more gregarious.

        Nowadays I converse through DramaBeans, and I write pretty much the way I speak, although the translator in me still prods me to (usually) write properly and clearly. I have a tendency to go off on tangents, so you’re not the only one who gets a bit carried away. Sometimes I have to rein myself in and re-focus on the main points I want to convey. That is a difficult challenge. One of my newspaper buddies and I edited each other’s resumes for years — because you need a different pair of eyes to see your own mistakes.

        If you think you would like to tighten up your writing, maybe a journalism course would be useful. (Or perhaps read a textbook.) I worked on my high school literary magazine and newspaper, and served as a sports editor on the college weekly after taking a year of journalism taught by an adjunct faculty member who was a working reporter on the local newspaper. She was an excellent teacher. Being able to write a lead paragraph that introduces all the pertinent information, and then fleshing it out in subsequent paragraphs, is a very useful ability.


          Woah, that was one challenging article comment you’ve written there. Now how am I to reply…..
          Firsly, on the reply above:
          You made me look up what in the world is Blarney Stone! lol. In fact you made me look up SEVERAL words.
          Thanks a lot for the advices. I’ll need some serious help, because even at the school my only weak point in the English class was summarization. I was always like; “How can you drop this part? It’s important! And that one too! And that one!”
          “You need a different pair of eyes to see your own mistakes” I agree. But right now, I’m my own editor sadly.
          Part 1
          You’re making OHYA sound more and more interesting, but also more and more unwatchable with mom, lol. Now, for QIHM, I already knew I probably won’t be comfortable watching it with mom. 😉
          Yeah, Eric, YKS, Seo-jinnie, Koongie and Mongie all of them were adorable. Poor Michael was eaten viciously by a crab tho. T.T
          Seo Dong song was great, thanks for the recommendation! I downloaded it.
          Seen the kiddies singing those songs live?
          Onara- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZF2WYfuz5M
          Buyonghwa (There’s a tiny Kim Yoo-jung)- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEClwSyGM8E
          Araro- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrZcHzgLh7I
          And woah, Jeon Tae-soo was Ha Ji-won’s brother! It didn’t know at the time.So sad.
          TWO WEEKS is the 1st of many dramas I live-dubbed for mom, so it holds a special place in my heart. Plus the songs were great. My favorite ones are ‘RUN” by Nell, “Heart Hit” by Kim Bo-kyung, “The Day You came” by Yoo Seung-woo.
          ARANG is our all-time fave. We consider it a classic in mini drama world. Same goes for RDTK.
          I understand while AM series was widely loved for being highly relatable,3D characterizations and heartwarming plots, there still are some annoying aspects remaining. For me, I HATED the yelling, unhinged dad Sung Dong-il in 97 and 94 (he was much more subdued and relatable in 88) while JB and GF LOVED him.
          I’ve heard many good thing about Lingerie Girls, but it didn’t feel like it’d hit the spot at the time. Do you recommend it? Like, highly? If you take away the part you were drawn into it because it portrayed your era? (BTW, wow you were a DJ! NOW, I officially added a DJ booth to my mental picture of that Viking ship. 😉 )
          Yup WEIGHTLIFTING FAIRY didn’t hit me as anything very special either, but I guess it was a HIGHLY colorful drama. And a sweet and light watch. Perfect to binge thru a period of tiresome studying. It soothed me that those students too were facing struggles like me, like….that I wasn’t alone.
          Part 2
          I have my eyes on DAMO, but I’m hesitating -a lot- because I heard it was a tragedy?


          I WANTED to love KING AND THE CLOWN after hearing so many good things about it, but there were things that stopped me from fully enjoying it. For one thing, I know that Koreans LUUURVE their toilet/naughty humor, but here it was just too much. I GET that it was intentional to portray the daily life of commoners naturally, but still…
          I asked some questions about it on OT back then, but probably because
          1. I was sounding too naïve and lame
          2. I was new to the whole how-to-properly-handle-commenting-on-DB thing
          I didn’t get a reply. Would you mind answering them, please? I remember being seriously disturbed with how poor Gong-gil was abused, so my questions might sound too biased, silly and unkind towards the other characters. http://www.dramabeans.com/2017/10/open-thread-522/#comment-3112535

          I really liked 49 days too. 
          The Lyn song was really great. I remember it now even though I haven’t specifically listened to the songs, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE Moon-sun opening theme instrumental!

          Part 3
          Thanks for the comforting words! (And I thank your halmoeni too!) I’ll read the article.
          I too keep a quotation notebook, but most of the time what I write in there is those “beautiful phrases”, “artistic words” I come across, so I can use those as muses when I do my creative writing. So it doesn’t help me much in the official/laconic writing field. I think I’ll also write the helpful phrases I borrow from you(and anywhere possible) from now on.
          Ooh,talking about the artistic usage of language this particular OST from the k-movie “Love,lies” (which I didn’t watch) comes to my mind. it’s HEART OF JOSEON sung and partially written by Chun Woo-hee. My most favorite Korean OST that I won’t EVER get tired of. See, even the title is a work of art,no? If you have time and if you haven’t listened to it already, I highly recommend listening to it (and also reading the translated lyrics). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0mJ9T1WwRc



          That’s so cool you stayed at Ms. Montgomery’s house! It’s one of my dreams. That article and pics were great! Mom and I both enjoyed it. L.M. Montgomery was the one who put foundation and improved my literary skills, writing, imagination and curiosity about foreign countries, alongside with Laura Ingalls Wilder and Astrid Lingren. My top shelf is reserved for their translated works. I have beautiful,beautiful memories of my childhood spent with them and the world they created. My gratitude goes to mom, who 1st brought me “Little House in the Big Woods” from her office library when I was in the Primary school, for reading it aloud to me, for teaching me the art of book-choosing. Dad’s the one responsible for my music and drawing tastes.
          Really ms.PP, those books are nothing action-and-zippy, but ALL nature and human relationship and heartwarming ways of living. If you have time, give “THE BLUE CASTLE” by L.M. Montgomery a try. The story is a bit k-drama esquee, lol.
          I have yet to read Black beauty. 

          I’m saddened to hear about your mini-accident, but your workstation sounds SO cool!
          The book wasn’t (hopefully) sullied by the frog, my gods that would’ve been a DISASTER. Literally. You should’ve heard how I screamed my head off as if I had gone to some kind of shock when I 1st found that creature inside my beloved sewing-kit!! I threw the whole thing away.
          I just brought the thesaurus with me when I left the room, and because there was no space for it in mom’s, it had to be left on the living-room table out in the dust, (Not that my home is dusty, but you get what I mean)
          Jane Eyre is more of my style I guess, rather than Alexander Popo and Jonathan Swift. 😉 Probably because of the type of stories I was 1st introduced to as a child.
          However I highly enjoyed Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn and Yankee in King Arthur’s court (those were thanks to dad;-) )and also Joan of Arc which was of a diiferent genre(and of course thanks to my mom). I STILL weep unstoppably whenever I re-read Joan of Arc by Marc Twain. TT.TT
          I also read Wuthering Heights because my mom was a hardcore fan. It was one of her childhood books.
          Kate Bush composed and sang a song about it which became VERY famous, but the thing is, while she had surprisingly captured and condensed the essence of the book in her lyrics, she did a completely mind-blowing (in a REALLY bad, outlandish waay) job in her MV. The thing is, apparently people admired that too. Here’s the link.
          Hayley Westenra (whom I love) did a soulful cover(and has apparently understood the REAL concept for her MV) which I prefer to Kate Bush’s.
          I know I’m going off track, but here’s my favorite Hayley Westenra song; Across the Universe of Time. Loved it for the same reason as HEART OF JOSEON: deep, meaning and artistic wording. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIkxmkcV6Ws


          P.S.- I too wore braces! 😉


      Thanks for the links. I’ve already read the highly informative screenanarchy reviews back then, and the NY Times review you suggested was highly enlightening about the clowns’ lives. With that, and the fact much time has passed since I watched the film, I guess I can let it go.
      I believe I was just too bitter about the fate of Gong gil and Jang saeng.😅😁 I remember thinking it could’ve been perfectly avoided if they were more careful, how nice it would’ve been if they could’ve escaped to a peaceful countryside to make a peaceful living…blah blah,lol.

      Sleep and rest well, ms.PP! It would’ve totally been ok even if you took days to reply!

      And oh, thanks for the movie recommendations! I’ll check ’em out.