I'm a Korean-Norwegian writer living in Norway and writing in English.
My fiction and poems have or will appear in various online literary journals, most recently or forthcoming in Unstuck, Bluestem, Smokelong, Metazen and decomP magazinE.
My short story collection Beneath the Liquid Skin will be available from firthFORTH Books (Queen's Ferry Press) on the 29th of November 2012.
My novel is The Empty City, a story about silence.
For list of publications and more about me, see
I love the process of creating something from nothing.
I write because it seems embedded in my nature. I tried not to write for two years and it didn't work at all.
Sometimes I write because I'm bored and have to make my own entertainment.
If I'm lucky, I will always be writing, in form or another.
In no particular order:
Maldoror - Comte De Lautreamont
Bonadea - Irmelin Sandman Lilius
Invisible Cities - Italo Calvino
Cool Memories - Jean Baudrillard
33 Happy Moments - Jin Shengtan
Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevski
Tao Te Ching - Laozi
Orsinian Tales - Ursula LeGuin
Naked Lunch - William Burroughs
Blame! - Tsutumo Nihei
The Fall of the House of Usher - Edgar Allan Poe
A Doll's House - Henrik Ibsen
The Epic of Gilgamesh
Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury
The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
The Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka
The Sea - John Banville
Generation X - Douglas Coupland
Less Than Zero - Bret Easton Ellis
The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
The Outsider - Albert Camus
Against Nature - JK Huysmans
Aren't you missing a book (at least one) on this page? ^_^
Thanks so much for your close reading and comments on my story Slanting Rain. Much appreciated! :)
Thank you so much for the heartfelt comment on my story, Almost There. I really appreciate the read and the wonderful words.
Thanks, Berit! Looking forward to reading yours too!
Berit! Thanks for your note here about Lost in Thought. I am really excited that our work will appear in the same zine! I look forward to reading yours, along with so many of our other literary friends. As you may have gathered, I am not on Twitter much, but every time you post or re-tweet something of mine, I am so grateful. That is very generous of you. xoxo
Berit -- I just read your comment on my story, Almost There. Thank you so much. Your comment is very much appreciated!
Thanks Berit for reading Parking Garage. Appreciated.
Thanks so much, Berit, for the warm welcome and the favourite for Eretorua!
Berit--it's really an honor to have you here with all of us, and to know there are people like yourself out there doing great things.Keep up the good work. It's inspiring to say the least. Welcome.
hej berit, thank you very much for the kind words on the kaffe in katmandu project. all across the northern hemisphere...made me smile. will miss all your dada, too.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment on The Fashion Police piece Berit. Grateful and appreciative - and yes - some old photographs of me are lasting evidence that "there but for the grace of God, go I!"
Berit - thanks so much for giving "Cloudy..." a read and your kind comments. :)
Berit, thanks a ton for your sweet and generous comments on Wrestling with Genetics. You are such a wonderful, supportive friend. I really appreciate it.
Hi Berit. Just a little thank you for spending some time with Blank Checks - I really appreciate the read and your comments. I also appreciate the RT. fos.
Thanks for your comment on Love Pig, Berit. I only just spotted it! X
just noticing your june comment on my "speed: poem--and so appreciating your generous comment.
Oh you guys are too sweet. :) Thanks for all the comments.
Hello Berit, Thanks for giving Eight States Away a bit of your time - I appreciate the read and comments, always. fos.
Berit, Thank you for commenting on and faving "Whiplash Marriage." I just now noticed your comment.
Hey Berit! Thanks for your comments on "Flatlander's Suite." I'm a fan of yours and I always appreciate your kind words and feedback.
Hi, Berit. Thanks for reading 'I Wouldn't Wanna Be Me.' I greatly appreciate your comment and fav.
Thanks, Berit! Glad you liked the Euclid poem. Thanks for commenting.
Thanks for reading Mapping the Territory, Berit. I appreciate your comment.
Glad you posted to the group. Thanks for the comment about my website line!
You have an impressive list of publications this year also. Don't be shy about sharing them with the group!
did you have to reread because it wasn't clear, made you faint, throw up...or simply because "under the apple tree" was so good that you needed to come back? sorry for the flippancy, i'm in one of those moods feeling like a tin man myself. i appreciate you reading and commenting & taking sides, too...
Thanks for commenting on "The Lost Boys," Berit. Very glad the poem worked for you.
Thanks, Berit. Men are sneaky thaat way. Not macho to like a small, fluffy white dog. . .
Thank you Berit for tracking back to read and comment on "The Duende" and "Tattoos." I appreciate your kind words.
Very wise observations, Berit. I'll be thinking of you. . .Mar
Berit, thanks so much for you kind comments about Backpack. Why is resentment so hard to let go of? For me it's all knotted together with not good enough, less than and if only. Some of us spend the total of our lives trying to turn those tapes off. I do find that each time I reveal a little more of myself through my writing it heals another scratch. . .
Hi, Berit. Thanks for reading 'Fifty Five Words or Less.' Sorry for the delay in responding. I'm not sure how I missed it, other than the fact that I'm slow and not very bright. I'm glad it made you laugh and your cat jump. I love it when cats jump like that.
Hi Berit, thanks so much for reading and commenting on my micro "ecstatic"!
Hi Berit, thanks for reading and commenting on my bus story. It seems you got exactly the points I was trying to put across. fos.
HI Berit, thanks for the comment! There's been nothing said about him for some time, you are right. I'm making a concerted effort to write poems about his plight. As writers need to continue to generate attention for Liu Xiaobo.
Thank for all your kind and wonderful comments! :)
Hi, Berit. Thank you for commenting on "The Pain Taster." :)
Appreciate your comments very much, Berit. I'll look for more of your work -- sounds like you write what I like to read. (Interesting that Maldoror is at the top of your list, by the way, even if your favorite books aren't in any special order.)
Thanks Berit, for reading my work. I really appreciate your comments.
berit--thanks so much for reading & commenting on my work--means a lot, it does--g
Berit, loved your comment on Badabing Badaboom! This note is short as my last one was too long. :)
Hi Berit, it’s a pleasure to meet you here and on Twitter. Thanks for your comments on “The Boy who killed Christ" and "Oh, Fish Eggs!" I read online chapters from your debut novel and you're indeed a wizard of words. Chapter 30, Elven Knowledge, was especially spellbinding. :) The item on your blog that one of your new stories has brush strokes of Caravaggio in it and will be published in a webzine devoted to the strange and unusual leads me to ask you to post info about where I can read this story when it's out, please! Best wishes, Frank
Berit thanks so much for reading Tool and your comment. Yes, now we know what he was thinking... ha ha!
Berit, thank you for the kind words & fav for "Space Man". You have an interesting bio and background. I look forward to reading your work. Welcome to Fictionaut! Kathy
Hi Foster! A Life Told Twice was so clever and well told I had to read it twice! ;)
You're very welcome James! I love to read stories about Japan (never been there) and, I discovered, about pineapple factories. :)
Hi Gary! Thank you so much for the welcome to FN. I'm delighted to be here! The writing is so strong and inspiring. It feels like a good home.
PS There are nice fjords in Canada too, if they are closer to where you are. Don't tell the Norwegian fjords I said that, though.
Hi Berit, I see you found A Life Twice Told. Thanks for taking the time to read, and thanks for the comment, too - I appreciate both. fos.
Thank you, Berit, for the commments and the fave for "On the train to Otsu Station."
Thank you, Berit, for the fave and the comment on "David Foster Wallace meets the sage Lao Tse in a strange place" and for the comment on "Pineapples and Rust." Welcome to Fictionaut.
i pine for the fjords but have never been--
how's by that
welcome to FN
Hi Meg! Thank you so much for the welcome to Fictionaut! I sometimes dreamed of becoming an astronaut. Somehow, being a Fictionaut feels more appropriate. :)
thank you for your kind words on my story, Berit, and welcome to F-naut!
Thank you so much for the invitation, Marcus!
Looking forward to reading and commenting on the works of friends here.
Fortunately, I only deal virtual damage. ;)
welcome, berit. looking forward to you doing some serious damage around here. cheers!