There has been a serious gap between posts around here. Almost a full week, people! And within that time period, zero dramas have been watched by me. Insane, right? I’ve honestly been that busy. Fortunately, not in a Sisyphus at his rock kind of way; every push at the boulder brings some progress. But it’s all been very mind-sapping and I just haven’t had the attention-span necessary for even the most frivolous of dramas.
I can’t think of a time I’ve gone this long without blogging or drama-watching. Not while still at home and in possession of a working internet. So it’s been a bit strange and I’ve made a couple of observations.
First: When you stop posting, starting up again takes some serious effort. (I am doing full battle against the demons of “no one cares!” at the moment. But I have sworn a post will happen today, even if it’s empty-calorie babble. I have a rut to break out of and damn it, I will do it!) So I guess writing really is a discipline — something that requires regular exercise and mind-muscle stretching and such.
Second: I am so glad Secret Love Affair exists in the world! It’s the only drama I’ve been watching with any real consistency. (I dip in and out of In a Good Way — which it can totally handle because it’s not a plot-heavy storyline. And Miss Korea and A Wife’s Credentials, being re-watches, are quite forgiving of inconsistent schedules.) And it is suiting my needs with tailor-made perfection.
Because the storytelling quality is so high (on so many different levels), and because it’s a live-watch, it’s a special, perfectly-sized treat for me. An hour of pure bliss a couple days a week. A way of reminding myself I’m a thinking, feeling human being, not just a practical minded workhorse.
If I was live-watching something fluffier, something less intellectually engaging, I may have stuck it on hiatus, just as I have my marathon-watches. And then… what would I blog about? Because this is a show that demands to be written about. My head gets filled with all kinds of thoughts and emotions and it’s very little effort at all to just spill them out on the computer screen. (Cleaning it up, adding order and screen-caps, does take some effort, I’ll admit. But it’s still a labor of love.)
So it’s been keeping me drama-watching and it’s been keeping me blogging. That became especially obvious with last week’s hiatus. (A totally understandable pause while S. Korea began to deal with, and grieve for, the Sewol ferry disaster.) Secret Love Affair is not the drama that ate all the other dramas for me. It’s the the drama that reminds me why I love k-dramas in the first place. And it reminds me why blogging is fun. Even when it seems like the last thing in the world I have time for.