Beanie level: Rooftop room dweller

Wow – Netflix are adding a whole bunch of new dramas over the next two weeks. I’ve seen most of these but still…

*I’m in the non-North American English speaking region*

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Inspired by @missvictrix\’s post, I wanted to show that if you watch a lot of kdramas, you see kdrama plots everywhere. Here\’s one with penguins.

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My year in drama: in praise of friendship

I was away and therefore too late to submit this for Theme of the Month, but for me this year has been all about (female) friendship. If I think about the dramas I watched, and what’s stuck in my mind, it’s been the friendships shown on my screen. Two of my favourite dramas this year had female friendships at the centre. The three long-term friends in Be Melodramatic were fantastic. This was such a realistic friendship. Search WWW went one step further and showed both the power of friendship, making new friends, but also how much it hurts when you break up with a friend.

A less-beanie-watched drama, Spring into Spring had two women as the OTP. It’s a body-swap drama (I love body-swap dramas) where two women keep ending up in each other’s body and basically destroy the other’s life. Their journey from adversaries to friends is really fun. Even more than Search: WWW it uses OTP tropes to show the friendship growth – including dragging someone away from their wedding. To be honest, I thought they would actually go one step further and make them a romantic pairing too, but for K-drama that would probably have been a step too far. Still, I loved the frenemies-to-friends journey a great deal.

I love these depictions of female friendships and even in dramas where friendship has been less at the centre, it’s played an important part, like the friendship between Dong-baek and Hyang-mi in When the Camellia blooms and as the besties in Love with Flaws , Kim Seul-gi and Oh Yeon-seo are just awesome

Even in Real Life, kdrama has stood in the theme of friendship, as this has been the year where I’ve been meeting Beanies in RL. It’s been so much fun! Beanies are the best and it’s strengthened my belief that the only thing better than watching dramas is to talk about dramas. It’s made me very happy to make friends across that great divide – yes the age-gap. All the beanies I met (and their sisters) are at least a decade younger than me (and maybe two, or two-and-a-half *gulp*). It makes hanging out even more fun. And thanks for allowing the ahjumma to join you!

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    Thanks for allowing this younger than a decade or two girl to hang out and squee with the ahjummas and unnies whereas in real life I will just be a younger one meddling uselessly in their experiences. That doesn’t say that your experiences don’t matter to me. No. Not at all. I will come to my DB friends more if I have an issue because your experiences help me and you treat me as an equal. Cheers to all DB friends (female or male).
    Also this year, kdramas were definitely about strong women and women friendships, such a treat to see women being recognized more than a love interest.

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    Wonderfully said! I also enjoyed Spring into Spring – another under appreciated gem this year.

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    Speaking of really life meetings, let’s meet up in 2020 for sure, Cloggie! I’ll come to you!

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      Hurray!

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      @saya do we have a meet-up coming up? Now that Frabby has promised to come to London we should schedule in another Korean meal…

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        Early warning: I’m a seriously fussy eater, I’ll piss everyone off! 😂

        I’m in Canterbury these days, so I can get to London much easier than I used to be able to, this could happen.

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          We should certainly schedule something soon! Perhaps after the holidays when everyone’s gone back to their normal schedules.

          Don’t worry about fussy, frabby – I have a boatload of allergies and things I don’t/can’t eat (or drink) so eating Korean is always a bit of a trial/adventure. Plus I have zero dexterity so I’m also a chopstick failure, and I also have many needs in general…so yeah. Don’t worry, you’ll be fine, especially with five unnis to look out for you XD

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            Actually, I lie, it’s not an adventure, I literally always have the same two things: ddeokbokki and kimchi jeon. Good thing I love both XD

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            Oh thank God! I also have a bunch of allergies and can’t use chopsticks! 😂

            Wait, five? Who else? 😍

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            there’s also @unatuna, @saner, @helcat (and @wansywoo when she’s in the country)!

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I love Kim Seul-gi but my love apparently has limits. I didn\’t make it to the end of ep 1 of Love with Flaws.

If it gets any better, let me know.

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    Same here

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    Me neither!

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    Well, I was about to start it for her…

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      🤦🏻‍♀️

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      I liked her, I liked her character, I liked her relationship as FL’s bestie.

      Unfortunately I didn’t like much else about the drama. Too many characters with too many flaws, too many unfunny moments where we’re supposed to laugh and (to top it all off) far too many poop jokes.

      It’s such a shame because I really liked the premise too: that the FL had grown up with these good-looking brothers and now thought that good-looking men are totally self-obsessed & you wouldn’t want to date one of them.

      I’m waiting for someone to tell me it miraculously gets good around ep 5 and I can jump back in. Not holding my breath…

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    I made it to the end of episode one, but minutes into episode two, I noped out. Why did she choose this?

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@leetennant, I thought I’d show you some of my holiday photos

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    OMG, it’s that time! Thought you were going in January for some reason. Have you just finished or just starting? Isn’t Ushuaia surprisingly gorgeous?

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      I flew into Ushuaia yesterday, it’s the start of my trip. I love it here. It’s so beautiful and the views are just amazing.

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        Yes it is. So gorgeous. You’ll be so glad you’re spending a few days there. I hope you love the trip send me more photos when you get back!

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          Will do!

          Good things happen when you take other Beanies’ advice. Thanks Chingu!

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    Oh wow, that’s gorgeous. I hope the rest of your trip is wonderful.

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Drama – I’m trying to get off the Psychopath Ship and you’re not helping!!!

In all seriousness, I’m amused by the fact that the Psychopath thinks uri Doormat is a genius because he uses his methods

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    Or I should say: tries to use his methods. And thinks that not killing someone is all part of some dastardly and ultra-cunning plan.

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    Is there a BL psychopath mystery novel in Cloggie’s future?

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      I think there’s a BL psychopath drama going on in my head only.

      But whenever these two are on screen, it’s mesmerising because it feels you’re watching a mouse prod a cat with a stick and the cat looking on in utter fascination at the mouse’s daring. Ready to pounce at any moment.

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        And it really doesn’t help that apparently neither of them has any interest in women.

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        Ok.
        That’s it.
        I have to watch this.

        This reminds me a bit of The Smile Has Left Your Eyes. That first part was so fascinating watching him fall for her.

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Ship!

Oh no, wait I really shouldn’t. One of them is a psychopath serial killer. Still, that was a sizzling elevator scene.

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    So yes – ep 3 of Psychopath Diary still had me glued to the screen. Possibly for all the wrong reasons.

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    that ship was so wrong, how do we get out of it

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    Uh 뜨거워요.
    I can feel the sizzle & I chuckle squealed & I’m not even watching this. Now I want to.

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Never Twice is currently my happy pill.

(also available: cute images of Kwak Dong Yeon holding a baby)

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    The synchronised head-bob just cracks me up.

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    Ohhhhh what is it about? I was hesitant to pick it up because it seems like a 50+ episode show?

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      I have no idea how long it is! It’s a weekend drama, so definitely long. MyDramalist says 60 x 30-min episodes, AsiaWiki says 38 x 30-min episodes. But I think it could so easily be 100 x 30-min episodes. Aren’t those weekend dramas normally 50?

      What is it about… well, how long have you got? Basically it’s a make-shift family living in an inn vs a chaebol family in a hotel. With hilarious consequences. Kwak Dong Yeon is so funny as the chaebol heir great at jumping to the wrong conclusions.

      But his mum is part responsible for killing Park Se-wan’s husband. Park Se-wan is great as the feisty young widow (with a baby) looking for answers to why her husband died as she’s certain it wasn’t suicide.

      What I like is that it’s full of actors who have previously played second leads, or small parts, or ‘mums’, who all have quite a different role here. Normally with family dramas, one story-line draws you more than others but I’m actually interested in every character at the moment – even the spoiled chaebol daughter.

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    Is it free to watch via viu?

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      Yes it is. With the free version, you just have to wait 3 days for the latest episodes

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Camellia ep 17/18 (I tried to write this as spoiler free as possible)

I know that many people didn’t like those episodes but I loved the writing of them (even though I might not have loved watching it play out on my screen). After the episode that said: mothers know when their children are in danger (which annoyed me to no end: this isn’t how that works) this one spelt out the danger of overprotective love. It showed that in mother/son triple mirroring which I really liked (and that makes me trust this writer for the final week).

First, we have Yong-Sik’s mum who loves him and wants the best for him, and thereby destroys his relationship with Dong-Baek. Dong-Baek loves Pil-gu and wants to keep him safe and tries to keep him out of the serial killer’s reach by suggesting he should live with his father for a bit. She doesn’t tell him why because she knows how protective he is. All those loving actions hurt the sons.

And finally we have uri lawyer (I think she’s the writer’s favourite too) who gets to explain it to her mother-in-law: you love your son and that’s why you were horrible to me, but this totally backfired and you ended up hurting him. This possessive, protective love is utterly damaging for the exact people you’re trying to help.

It wasn’t an easy one to watch but I thought it was a very interesting message to present to the audience. It’s not only abandoning children that harms them. It’s being overly protective and thinking that you know best, that’s harming too.

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    same Hi Fi

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    I give Mom some slack because she has been there for DB and Pil gu and while looking out for a kid is what you do, there is no excuse for DB.

    Sometimes you just get tired of helping adults who don’t want to help themselves. If Mom is doing this herself, of course she does not want her son to live the rest of his life doing it either.

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    You put into words what I felt about these episodes.

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The lawyer is easily my favourite character in #Camellia. And then I remembered that the same actress also played one of my favourite characters in #Life.

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Whenever I see one character in a car take out another on a crossroad, I can\’t help but think that it must be so hard to get the timing on that absolutely right.

#mustswitchoffmybrain

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    The logistics must be tricky, but then dramaworld people seem quite slow when crossing the road so that helps.

    Psst, congratulations on the new book. My copy should be arriving soon.

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      Woo hoo! You got it! I hope you’ll enjoy reading it…

      The logistics must be impossible. First of all, you need to know where exactly the other person is. This can be done with GPS tracking. But, then you need to start at precisely the right moment. And what if that other person has to stop for a traffic light? Or suddenly turns?

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SHIP!

#TheLiesWithin

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I just love actors (m/f) who are hardly recognisable from one project to the next. Ji E-suu is one of the ones on my radar at the moment – kickass as Detective Na in My Fellow Citizens, and pretty and pathetic as Jessica in When the Camellia Blooms

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The first episode of The Lies Within dropped on Netflix and all I can say is: wow show\’s darker than I thought it was going to be. Love it.

Ep 1 spoiler in comments

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    Didn’t expect it to end with Dr Ye’s hand in a box. Also, he’s not on the Asianwiki cast list. Is that because there are two Lee Joon-Hyuks acting in the drama (Lee Min-ki’s boss is played by another Lee Joon-Hyuk) and the site got confused? Or is Weasel purely a cameo and … we can safely assume he’s now dead?

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OMG @yyishere – is this your cameo appearance on #BeMelodramatic?

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Part of me dreads @yyishere making it to the Rooftop before we find out whether Hot Cold CEO makes it out alive.

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    He has a fighting chance at this point in the story.

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    I hope he makes it out alive! I don’t understand why he has to suffer so much, especially these days she’s been a lot meaner to him, she’s losing her temper!

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      She’s losing her last thread of sanity.

      Poor Hot Cold CEO, I hope when this is all over he will trip and fall on the lips of some soft hearted but plucky genius doctor who can help him heal.

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      Do you want him to fall in love with her? Is it plausible?

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        The only way it’s plausible, is if it’s all elaborate cosplay and they have a safeword.

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        No! Not after all she’s done to him!
        I want him to be a secret agent sent to you by DB to see how far you’re willing to go for that rooftop room!

        Like a test all Errand Boy/Girls go through for reaching the next level!

        Do you think him just suddenly almost running you over was a coincidence, nope, something bigger, larger than anything you could imagine is underway!

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    The last chapter ended with : He closes his eyes.

    I assume the worst and hot CEO is not going to wake up 😥.

    And errand boy girl goes into hiding, since she’s now a murder suspect. She decides to run away from Korea and paraglide into North Korea but ended up in Mongolia. There she’ll find a hot army officer victim who looks similar to Hyun Bin. EBG and HB-lookalike goes on a journey together on a scooter and they will go to Switzerland. The story continues from there.

    Hahaha

    What do you think @yyishere 😂

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    I think the only way Hot Cold CEO makes it out alive is to become mentally unstable and end up in a locked ward somehow.
    But then many Errand Boy Girl gets a job at said institution – oh nononononono

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Someone pointed out that this week is palindrome week. I couldn\’t figure it out, but then realised that they used American date formats. Today is 9.11.19.

Happy Palindrome Week math-loving beanies!

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#MondayMakjang Take Two – this time without any inappropriate words

I’m fascinated by family secrets, by what people choose to tell to others and what they choose to keep silent. But what if it’s not a secret but purely knowledge that hasn’t been shared?

That’s what happened in my family.

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    During the second world war my grandfather (my mother’s father) was in the resistance and he distributed newspapers that were sharing news of the Allied victories. Clearly illegal at the time. A year before the war ended, he was arrested but he miraculously survived and made it back home. When I wrote my second novel, I dedicated it to my grandfather’s memory, mentioning what he’d done. I sent a copy to my mother and waited for her to call me to thank me for doing that.

    The call never came.

    I thought the book must have been delayed in the post and she just hadn’t seen it. When I talked to her the next week, I asked if the book had arrived and if she’d liked the dedication. She told me she’d seen it, but that she had no idea what I was talking about. She said that they never knew why my grandfather had been arrested, he’d never told anybody why, and so she had no idea why I would have written that he’d worked for an illegal newspaper.

    To say that I was shocked would have been an understatement. For a horrible two days, I wondered if I’d made it all up (which was of course possible).

    Then I spoke to my father, who at first had loathed to disagree with my mother but at last admitted that he knew about the newspaper too. As did my brother. By this stage, my mother was getting quite upset: if everybody knew, then why didn’t she? We were talking about her father, telling her things that she, as his child, had never been told.

    She didn’t believe us.

    Finally, she picked up the phone to her cousin, who was a decade older than her. During the war, my mother had only been a child but her cousin had been eighteen when the war ended and far more aware of what was happening. The cousin confirmed that yes, this was what my grandfather had been doing and yes, this was why they had arrested him.

    My mother is left with the question of why she was the only person in the family who didn’t know this ‘secret’. All we could think of was that after it happened, when my grandfather first returned after a year, it was too horrifying for him to talk about it, but when the grandchildren arrived he could tell it as an exciting heroic story of survival. A therapist friend of mine suggested another answer: my mother had been in the house when my grandfather was arrested and for her it might have been so traumatic that she repressed that memory and everything to do with it. Yup, amnesia.

    I think my mother is happy that she now knows, especially as her cousin died a month after this all happened. Still, it’s tinged with sadness that it’s too late to have asked her father about it.

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      I am racking my brain to think of a Theme of the Month this can be submitted to. It was beautiful. I loved reading it so much.

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        There should be a Theme of theme Month titled, “That [trope] happened to me!” I’m sure most of these soon to be posted stories would make it.

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      This is fascinating, and very makjang if indeed your mother had selective amnesia!!!
      May I ask what country are you from?

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      Wow. How interesting! Glad your mum is in a happy place now?

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      I can imagine a drama plot from your story. It is so beautiful.

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      It’s weird how selective amnesia really does happen to young children… Over the past several years I have found out many non secret facts about my family that I never knew. I think baby Cocoa was almost willfully oblivious? Like, my brother had childhood cancer. I found this out a couple of years ago and suddenly I recalled all the time I spent in hospital waiting rooms that I never questioned as a child.

      Hmm, maybe that will be my next makjang story.

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      Ohhhh that was nice! I’m glad you got to post it. I could see it as a drama with Mr. Sunshine kind of budget. I’d watch that.

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      That was a beautiful story, thanks for sharing Cloggie! What your grandfather did is incredible and this really sounds like it could be a drama.

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      I’m always so interested in WWII stories of bravery and survival. I can’t imagine what its like. So glad your grandfather made it out okay and that your mom now knows of what he did!

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      That’s truly amazing. So amnesia isn’t such an unbelievable trope after all. The stories out of war times are usually stranger and more harrowing than fiction. Thank you for sharing this!

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#MondayMakjang
I’m fascinated by family secrets, by what people choose to tell to others and what they choose to keep silent. But what if it’s not a secret but purely knowledge that hasn’t been shared?

That’s what happened in my family.

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    Blast, my long story has an inappropriate word.

    You’re going to have to wait until I figure out which one it is

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      Oh God, I bet I know which one it is. This is a problem.

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    Comment was deleted

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    Nope – I’ve taken out that word and it’s still has an inappropriate word.

    Maybe this is the fan wall’s way of telling me that I shouldn’t share this story.

    Sorry guys, Story Time with Cloggie has been…. postponed until I figure out which word I can’t use

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    Admit it – this is just performance art about secrets that aren’t shared…

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      It’s because it’s hard to write a story about the second world war that’s not full of words that you shouldn’t use on internet forums

      But I like your interpretation a lot more.

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        On the plus side, you did remind me that my family has some very juicy makjang of the historical kind.

        Juicy might not have been the best word choice. Oh well.

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          You would have liked the story @egads. It was about what happened after my second book got published.

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    *crying*

    Even though I took out all the words that I thought were problematic, it still won’t let me post my story. At this rate I’m getting so many -1 points that I’ll end up being an Errand Boy again if I’m not careful.

    Sorry guys – my story was clearly too Makjang.

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    I’m not going to bother tagging people for what turned out to be an epic fail

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      awww you can also just take a screenshot of the whole thing & post it here! That’s what I did once when I was in a similar bind haha

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      1. I am really happy you were finally able to post this. Following your posting-fail saga has been fun. 😀
      2. Whoa whoa whoa, that’s quite makjang. Right there.

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      Whoa, your Grandfather was amazing, @cloggie! In war, people tend to shut themselves up for their own survival, or put their all into a patriotic effort – to have distributed uncensored newspapers is seriously cool!

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    Okay – figured out which word it was and will repost

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    So where is the story??? I see a lot of deleted comments! Did I miss it?

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Trailer: Makjang Mondays
Title: Family Secrets
Release date: 09/09/19
Where? Cloggie’s fan wall.
Totally Inspired by True Events

Disclaimer: this screenshot is a total red herring to draw you in

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