by Shelt Garner
Yesterday, I suddenly started thinking about Seoul again out of the blue. I didn’t think anything of it — I think about Seoul all the time to this day. And, yet, today, I checked my Webstats and would you believe someone from Seoul looked specifically at the “ROKon Magazine” tag on this site?
It was all so long ago. I was very curious and dramatic when it happened, but it was a long time ago and nobody cares anymore. I guess? To this day, I wish I could convey what a fucked up, dramatic situation those few months in late 2006 — early 2007 were. And it didn’t stop there. The drama lingered until around my birthday in early 2008.
I still don’t know what to make of what happened in Seoul all those years ago. It was all so curious and mind-bending. It really changed my life and self-perception.
But, if nothing else, it gave me a lot of memories and experience to use as a stepping stone with my first novel that I’m working on. Much of what goes on in this first novel — which is intended to be part of a six-novel project — comes directly from what I know to be true because of what happened to me in the months that ROKon Magazine existed.