I am going to start writing and blogging about or in Spy Fiction and Literary Fiction.
I have a blog dedicated to Korean Dramas and another dedicated the Korean Culture. And while I enjoy Finance and Economics, I cannot truly compete with the experts in that arena and my current work prohibits me from making a name for myself in that field without their permission. And rather than trying to make a career in that arena, for now I will focus on other things. I would love to be able to merge my interest in Asia, Finance and Writing into one. Maybe I will one day become an expert on Asian M&A or something, but it isn’t likely considering I’m very far behind in developing that expertise and I’m not willing to take a huge step back in my income to do it.
I have been thinking a lot about writing my whole life. I began writing in a journal when I was 13 years old and I haven’t stopped since. In looking back, I think I began writing not because I lived far away from all my friends and didn’t feel like I had anyone to talk to at my level at home, but instead I began writing to chronicle my life. As I recall my earliest entries, they were primarily focused on girls and they had little to do with any type of importance I would have in the world. Even today, I generally writing about rather mundane things. And except for a brief period, I have never treated my journal as my audience or a being I conversed with. So, I’m not certain who my intended audience is, though at times I feel like I am writing to a future generation. And I don’t know why I write anymore.
Aside from my journal writing, I have dabbled in other types of writing. Essays on topics that I come across. Fiction. I even had a vlog about accounting, economics and finance.
Well, that lack of focus changes.
For years, a few stories had been marinading in me.
The very first story that I still haven’t written is about a young teenage love. Years later I saw a movie that captures a lot of what I imagined about teenage love: Virgin Suicides. While it doesn’t capture the story in my head completely, for one thing, it is mainly about girls, it does capture about 75% of the theme, aesthetic and emotions. It also uses the wrong colors. It had lots of 1970s color schemes, or what I imagine them to be. My story will be mostly in black and white. Lots of things for teenagers are clear as black and white until they find out that they are not. This story started brewing when I was 18. I don’t need to write a complete synopsis because the story hasn’t changed in my head. I will always be able to refer back to it.
The second story started brewing when I was 25. It is a story about young Korean love, jealousy and a tragic end of that love with a child who has to suffer the consequences for the rest of his life. Like the first, I am not afraid that it’ll slip away since I haven’t been able to let it go. The only thing about this story is that it has spawned others. This story is in the same genre as the first, I suppose, if the first could be a genre. The first would be in a genre that would have to include Virgin Suicides, Catcher In the Rye and… I can’t think of other stories but basically about high schools, lost, hormonal, emotionally intense… The second story adds the elements of another culture and family. And also it takes the span over years, not months like the first.
But that remaining child at the end of the second story… There are so many possibilities with that child.
One story I have thought about with that child is that the child is adopted by a couple in the US and goes back to Korea for some reason.
Another story is that the child is adopted by a couple in the US and grows up to repeat his birthparents’ story.
But the one that sticks with me the greatest and I keep thinking about is that the child is adopted by a couple in the US, grows up and becomes a spy. Use the paper-facts of my life and enhance it a little. My father is Italian rather than Italian-American. I learn Italian growing up. My mother is more Chinese and I learn Chinese growing up. And because I’m Korean-American, I learn Korean. So this child already speaks four languages. And this child is taking my biography and taking a major fictional turn with it.
This is why I feel as though I have Spy Fiction in mind.