Writer As a Profession

It is so often recounted that Murakami wrote his first novel “Hear the Wind Sing” in English and then translated back to Japanese. He did so in order to find the right rhythm for his sentences. This approach was already tried by a Hungarian writer Agota Kristof who lived in Switzerland and wrote in French….

Don’t Ever Give Up

It was thursday, exactly one week after I wrote down that prayer for my writing career. It was the last drink I made on that thursday, a Chai tea latte, and the first one on that day that a customer returned  because something was not right with the drink. “I think something is not right…

An Advice from a Writer

When asked if she had any advice for emerging writers in the interview with Washington Post, Joyce Carol Oates simply answered, “Frankly, no.” Then she added the following by the prodding of the interviewer. “The only worthwhile advice is the most general: keep trying, don’t give up, don’t be discouraged, don’t pay attention to detractors.”…

What Do You Want to Be?

I sit on the second level of my gallery this late afternoon and start writing my first essay here in the writing room. Through the grey see-through curtain, I can see the giant tree hovering over this yellow historic house that’s trying to become something. For the first two months it desperately wanted to become…

From Here Until My Last Word

Sometimes when I come to lilyboat.me, I wish I were entering to a physical place. A real place where I can actually turn the doorknob and step inside. I imagine all kinds of things that I might find in there. Colorful layers of curtains will be hanging over the windows. There will be artworks that…

Art, Art

Right in the heart of D.C., on a prominent street called Connecticut Avenue, there lives a longstanding chocolate shop by the name of “Chocolate Chocolate”. It is operated by two Korean sisters who started this business in the 80’s, and today, it has grown into a family of four staff, and a lot of regular…

The Quiet Writing Life

* * * You need to assess the potential of your idea when you start a new business. It can save you from financial ruin by giving you an objective perspective. You must do this before you follow through any business plans, or any careers for that matter because once you are in, you are…

Losing One’s Mind

Can one give too much of oneself into a work to the extent of losing one’s mind and become mad? If so, Montaigne seems to think it a waste, to destroy oneself in such a way. Torquato Tasso, the Italian poet, who produced “Gerusalemme liberata(The Liberation of Jerusalem)”, had lost his mind and was confined…

Lonely Little Duck

Not long ago, I was sitting at the big table alone in a cafe one early Saturday morning. I always go for the biggest table if I could because I like to spread out my computer, books, notebooks, newspapers, or whatever I have brought with me all over the table. On this day, I sat…

In Defense of Writing

Philip Roth publicly announced that Nemesis will be his last book and that he will no longer write more novels. On his computer is a post-it note that says “The struggle with writing is over.” He said he decided that he will publish no more works back in 2010 but kept it inside to make sure…