Tag Archives: My Life That Was Korea: 1990 – ?

Bureau 39: The Beginning

Many people have asked me how did I come up with the story for my latest novel, Bureau 39. The story of Frank Mitchum chasing down an old Army buddy in Korea while trying to cut-off North Korea’s funding for its WMDs started out as a story about a murder in Itaewon, which was based […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

Bureau 39 — An Excerpt

WRAPPED IN LAYERS of threadbare rayon and vinylon, Kim Min-hee shivered on the shore of the frozen river and hoped she wouldn’t have to wait too long. After traveling for almost two days to get there, she had lain low for another day to watch for military patrols, and had been unable to light a […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

National Geographic — December 1979

One of my prized possessions is a 1979 issue of National Geographic that I bought on eBay to remind me of what it was like to come to Korea in 1990. It was late summer 1990. Iraq had invaded Kuwait, Die Hard 2 and Ghost were two of the summer’s hottest movies, and I had […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall

Not much of a rainy season in Korea this summer. Had some torrential rain for about three days in mid-June. Hasn’t rained much since. Now that August has arrived, we are entering typhoon season. Had some really wicked typhoon seasons in the late 90s. I remembering coming back to Shinch’on from teaching a class at […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

Hot Enough For You?

The dog days of summer are upon us and it’s been one sweltering, humid day after another with no relief in sight. It’s without question one of the hottest and most humid summers I have experienced in all my years in Korea. There have been some hot summers here in Korea that come close to […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

A Reflection of a Winter Day

Yesterday in Daejeon it was a balmy 61 degrees; today it was back down to a more seasonal 30 degrees. It’s been one of the colder winters in Daejeon but not one of the of the coldest I’ve experienced. My first winter here was brutal. I remember hanging up my clothes in the laundry room […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

Yes, You can Judge a Book by its Cover

You know the old adage, “you can judge a book by its cover?” It’s true. It’s especially true if you are an indie author and you’re trying to fight for a piece of the action in a market that is getting smaller and smaller. If you want your book to get noticed you are going […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

Discovery

I love where my writing takes me. You never know the journey your going to take when you sit down and start writing. Even when you think you have everything outlined, once you start writing and your characters begin to come alive, they sometimes take you to places, real and imagined, that you hadn’t considered. […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

Room With a View

Looking out my 12th floor apartment in Daejeon. Of all the places and apartments I have lived in the 24 plus years I’ve worked and lived in Korea, I’ve finally moved up to a room with a view. The building in the middle is the KORAIL (Korean Railroad) headquarters. Daejeon station is to the right. […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

All The Right Moves

If you’ve walked past the 3rd floor gymnasium on Tuesday mornings between 9:00-11:00 you’ve probably heard a lot of shouting. Don’t be alarmed. It’s just Dr. Kim Choon-won conducting one of his Taekwondo classes.

Leave a comment Continue Reading →