Author Archives: Jacky

Novel Writing: Update #3

In November,  I began writing a book (mentioned in this post) and I’ve been keeping myself accountable by posting monthly-ish updates (posts 1 and 2). For each update, I share three things about the story (including word count). Word Count: I thought the previous the month was bad for my writing, but this month was possibly […]

Lack of Dog Parks in Korea

When Sue Jung was a puppy, in Korea, there weren’t any dog parks–at least none near me. (There might be one in Seoul.) Most Koreans don’t own dogs. The ones that do, let their pups run wild in their homes, or leave them tied up/staked out in ‘yards.’ That said, there were a few people who […]

Creative Writing Exercise: Through the Senses (Step 2)

This is a continuation of a previous post, in which a fictional character (first person point of view) wakes up in a familiar room.  The writing exercise is from the first chapter (“Through the Senses” by Robert Olen Butler) of Now Write! Fiction Writing Exercises from Today’s Best Writers & Teachers, Edited by Sherry Ellis. […]

Knott’s Berry Farm: A Trip to a California Theme/Amusement Park

In April, I took a trip to Knott’s Berry Farm.  I knew nothing about it–and, truth be told–I initially thought it was going to be as impressive as a pop-up carnival.  I was wrong. First of all, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that its theme is Snoopy! As an avid fan of roller […]

Novel Writing: Update #2

In November,  I began writing a book (mentioned in this post).  Last month, I decided to hold myself more accountable with monthly updates. For each update, I will share three things about the story (including word count). Genre: If you haven’t joined me on Goodreads, you really should. I have just started delving into paranormal mystery, […]

Adventure at Peters Canyon Regional Park

After a short search of dog-friendly parks, I decided to take my dog, Sue Jung, to Peters Canyon Regional Park. We arrived around 11:30 am on a Saturday morning. With my sunblock pre-applied and a gallon of water in my backpack, I felt prepared to tackle the longest trail (about 5.6 miles). The parking lot was mostly empty […]

Creative Writing Exercise: Through the Senses (Step 1)

I have decided that I want to try different writing exercises for my blog, and possibly evaluate which exercises I liked the best and why. For this ‘series,’ I will use the book entitled Now Write! Fiction Writing Exercises From Today’s Best Writers and Teachers, edited by Sherry Ellis. This exercise is from the first chapter, […]

Happy Birthday, Sue Jung! A Recap of Our Adventures

My dog, Sue Jung, is officially five years old. (!)  I adopted her when I lived in Korea after months of debating whether or not I really wanted to have a dog in my life (back story on Sue Jung). Since then, she has been one of my favorite travel buddies (where permitted). In Korea, I […]

Novel Writing: Update #1

In November,  I began writing a book (mentioned in this post).  I’m going to try to stick to a monthly update on my blog. I’m hoping this will keep me accountable, and I also want to share more about my story. For each update, I will share three things about the story (including word count). Genre: I […]

Fun at iFly

One of the things I have been lucky enough to do is go indoor skydiving–twice. There are several locations throughout the USA, and I went to iFly in Dallas, TX. It’s a lot of fun, but every second counts–literally. It’s expensive and the time flies! (*wink*) I had to store my phone in the locker, […]

Twitter Prompt: Creative Writing Exercise

Last night, I vented frustration about not having any inspiration to write (for both my blog and my urban fantasy novel) on twitter. @EW_Neilan saw my tweet and responded with a prompt. It’s one I think I’ve seen before, but had never tried.  Anyway, I hope you enjoy my rough draft, and if you feel […]

Live Concert: Baby Metal

I forgot when I first heard about the Japanese pop-metal group “Baby Metal.” However, I remember how much I enjoyed the sound of the juxtaposing metal music with the Japanese pop singer and cute-sy girl squeals.  So, when I saw that they were touring in the United States and in a location near me, I decided […]