I’ve Moved!

November 8, 2011  |  Featured, Headline, Meta, No Sidebar, Personal  |  2 Comments

Hey folks: this post is so far overdue that it's beyond ridiculous. I started my new site almost EIGHT months ago, but never mentioned the change here. Terrible, I know. My new site can be found at plain old Driftingfocus.com The front page has a selection of entries from my various blogs, and up in the top menu you will find links to my subject-specific blogs.  They are: Living Life Frame by Frame - personal blog Traveling Tomboy - travel blog View from the Sidecar - motorcycling blog Historically Speaking - reenacting blog I will be restructuring/redesigning the site over the next month or two in order to make the different

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Evolution

Evolution

February 3, 2011  |  Featured, Meta, No Sidebar  |  12 Comments

Most of you have probably noticed that I've been posting less and less over the last few months, with my writing trailing down to a mere trickle in December and January. There are a few reasons for this. 1.  I haven't had a working camera since August.  AUGUST.  That's probably the longest I've ever gone in my life without a camera of decent quality.  Sure, I've gotten really good at using my aging iPhone 3G, but it is no replacement for my 30D, whose shutter died in August.  Sometime in February, I'm hoping to work out some sort of payment plan with

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Resolutions

Resolutions

January 6, 2011  |  No Sidebar, Personal  |  4 Comments

1.  Stop over-committing to everything. 2010 was the year of me having very little time for a personal life, and that's something I really need to change.  I have a habit of viewing every non-sleeping, non-eating hour as a potential hour to be used to work, exercise, clean, or otherwise be a busybody.  I am the type of person who really needs "quiet time" to recharge and maintain my sanity (thanks, bipolar), and my psyche really suffered last year from often working 16-20 hour days.  I need to learn how to be realistic with my deadlines and set hard and

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Announcements for 2011!

Announcements for 2011!

January 1, 2011  |  Featured, Motorcycling, No Sidebar, Personal, Travel  |  3 Comments

I've been relatively quiet here of late, but that has not been due to a lack of stuff to write about.  Quite on the contrary, there's been too much going on, and I chose to take a bit of a break.  December brought a lot of changes, as well as a lot of decisions and a lot of opportunities.  Due to all three, I have some announcements to make for 2011.  Here you go: 1.  I am delaying The Mongolian Experiment until 2012. There are a lot of reasons for this but the main reason is that I just simply ran

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Home Again, Home Again

Home Again, Home Again

December 22, 2010  |  No Sidebar, Personal  |  1 Comment

Well, I'm back at my family's home in Houston, Texas for about three weeks.  I got in on Sunday evening after an uneventful flight on Continental, and have mostly been running various errands with my mother, playing with the family dog (an Aussie named Lola), and enjoying the relative quiet. Going home is always an interesting thing for me.  I moved out of the house when I was 17 to move into my own apartment in Dallas, almost five hours away.  It wasn't because I wanted to escape my parents, but because I wanted to live closer to the boyfriend I

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$24 for 24 Hours has begun!

$24 for 24 Hours has begun!

December 13, 2010  |  No Sidebar, Products  |  2 Comments

My $24 for 24 Hours Sale has begun! As promised, from now (noon EST on Monday the 13th) until noon tomorrow I will be accepting orders for blog headers at my special price of $24.  This sale is only 24 hours long, after which my pricing will once again return to $100, so sign up asap! To order, please click the link below to be taken the order page.  Thanks in advance! $24 for 24 Hours Order Form If you want a new header for your blog but are in the middle of changing themes or other facets of your blog, please consider ordering

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$24 for 24 Hours Special!

$24 for 24 Hours Special!

December 12, 2010  |  No Sidebar, Products  |  15 Comments

I've had something of an excess of creative energy recently, and I've found myself working on random design projects in order to channel that energy a bit.  Yesterday I did a few hypothetical redesigns of banners for blogs, both real and imagined, and when I woke up this morning I thought "Why not help other folks out in the process?". So, from noon (12pm) EST on Monday (tomorrow) until noon EST on Tuesday, I will be taking orders for blog header designs/redesigns. Why am I only offering this for 24 hours? I'm doing it for just $24 per header. Usually I charge around

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On Being A

Embrace the difference.

On Being A “Local Foreigner”

When I started this blog, it was entirely focused on my life as an expat in rural South Korea.  I called it "Waygook Next Door" (waygook is Korean for "foreigner") because that's both how I often felt.  My particular form of integration into the community on Jindo has informed the way I travel, though when I look back at my previous travels, it has always been something of a trend for me to be a "local foreigner".  I know that those two terms seem like opposites, so let me explain. Many people think that you basically have two options when it

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“It’s all in your head…”

If I had a dime for every time I have heard that phrase in my life, I'd be able to retire.  Most of the time I wrote it off simply as folks thinking I was capable of more than I was.  Sometimes I caught myself saying it to others.  In general though, I'm a cynic who assumed that people were just overestimating my abilities, especially physical ones.  Today, I inadvertently proved myself wrong, or rather, my good friend Christian did. I was on the school track team all through middle school.  I was, in fact, the main track star.  I could

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Freedom at Last

Freedom at Last

November 9, 2010  |  No Sidebar, Personal  |  9 Comments

Yesterday I received the excellent news that I have been accepted as a substitute teacher for the Alexandria public school system.  Orientation is on the 22nd, and since I need a couple days to decompress and buy some new teaching clothes (my post-Korea weight gain has rendered most of my teaching clothes unwearable), I'm going to be quitting my job at Harris Teeter on the 17th or 18th.  I am ecstatic, to say the least. Being a substitute teacher is something that should work really well within the structure of my life.  I've been getting more inquiries for design/web design work,

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Starting a Photography Blog, Need a Name!

Starting a Photography Blog, Need a Name!

October 23, 2010  |  Meta, No Sidebar  |  3 Comments

So, I have decided that in the interests of advancing my photography career, I should probably start a photography-focused blog to help get my name out there.  I had been considering starting a photography-focused blog for awhile, but I hadn't found the right visual look to inspire me.  Graph Paper Press recently released a theme that really suits my intentions perfectly, and so I feel it's time to make the jump. I will still be posting photos here, rest assured, but I will be opting to post my more professional and/or substantial work on the new photography blog, and then link

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Photo of the Week:  Friends

Photo of the Week: Friends

October 20, 2010  |  No Sidebar, Personal, Photography  |  No Comments

Two of my friends, lounging on my bed during college. One of the most difficult adjustments for me after moving to the Northern Virginia (near DC) area was having no social network whatsoever.  I went to a very small, tight-knit college, and then I lived on a small island with a tiny, equally tight-knit group of six expats.  Moving to NoVA after that was about as isolating as moving to Siberia.  I knew no one but Marc, and the few people I did know as even peripheral acquaintances were all spread out across the city.  Most of my friends required upwards

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Thoughts on Travel and Adventure

Thoughts on Travel and Adventure

October 16, 2010  |  Featured, No Sidebar, Personal, Personal Travel, Travel  |  8 Comments

Marc and I have been watching the 1982 miniseries Marco Polo recently, and last night we finished the series.  I have to say, I feel left with a bit of melancholy after having finished the film.  Maybe it's the gorgeous and haunting score by Ennio Morricone that's stuck in my head, but I can't stop thinking about the series and the life it depicts, and how I still feel like I was born in the wrong era. You see, I've always wanted to have a life like that.  Whereas most kids let go of the whole "adventurer" thing around the time they

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Reenactors in the Media:  Rich Iott, SS Soldier and Politician

Me, Marc, and friends dressed as Korean War Chinese Communist troops.

Reenactors in the Media: Rich Iott, SS Soldier and Politician

October 13, 2010  |  Featured, Hobbies, No Sidebar, Reenacting  |  9 Comments

When the media gets ahold of my weird little hobby, it rarely goes well.  At best, we're condescendingly depicted as "misguided history fans", and at worst, we're slammed as Nazi sympathizers or viewed as borderline insane and well on our way to the nuthouse. I've seen crime dramas where the murderer is a reenactor who has gone over the edge and is loading live rounds instead of blanks into his rifle, and I've seen a medical drama (an episode of ER, to be precise) where a civil war reenactor refuses to be treated for an accidental wound he received at an

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Photo of the Week: Fort Mifflin Artillery

Photo of the Week: Fort Mifflin Artillery

October 9, 2010  |  Hobbies, No Sidebar, Photography, Reenacting  |  No Comments

A group of reenactors portraying a Civil War artillery crew fires one of the cannons at Fort Mifflin, near Philadelphia. Every week, on Saturday or Sunday, I will be posting a "photo of the week" from my archives.  It might be very recent, or very old, with a long explanation or a short one, but there will be one every week.  Enjoy!