It Seemed Like A Good Idea
With more than a decade in the media and 5+ years in ESL education, Harry Hodge's career has taken some twists and turns in locations around the world. From teaching English to S. Korean elementary students to pulling rickshaws in Canada to playing a Spanish colonel on Vietnamese TV, the term "I'll try anything once" has never been more appropriate. More
With more than a decade in the media and 5+ years in ESL education, Harry Hodge's career has taken some twists and turns in locations around the world. From teaching English to S. Korean elementary students to pulling rickshaws in Canada to playing a Spanish colonel on Vietnamese TV, the term "I'll try anything once" has never been more appropriate.
"It Seemed Like A Good Idea..." marks Harry's first foray into the world of non-fiction, published by Two Franks Media. If you've ever heard anyone preface a tale of hijinx with those six words, this is the read for you.
A journalism graduate from Concordia University in Montreal, Harry has worked for publications across Canada and Asia. These include Canada's Metro Edmonton, 24 Hours Toronto, the Timmins Daily Press, the Sherbrooke Record and more. In Asia he has appeared in 21st Century (Beijing) as well as the Korea Herald and the Saigon Times. He currently writes sports for the Word Vietnam monthly and Saigoneer.com
When I started discussing this project with Two Franks Media in 2014, it started as a focus on odd experiences during my work or travels when it really seemed to someone (sometimes me, sometimes not) that whatever was happening was the most logical course of action. When you are in the moment, "logic" becomes fluid. If someone had told me before moving to Seoul or Ho Chi Minh City or some of these other places that all these strange things would happen, I'd laugh it off and say "you're outta your mind!"
But the truth is stranger than fiction; hence, my first foray into non-fiction publishing. I also wanted to include some of my favourite articles from more than a decade working in newspapers and magazines. I felt like it all needed to be put into a comprehensive tone, and when I had the opportunity to work with Paul Blake at Two Franks and use some artwork from my longtime friend Jacob Rolfe, the time was right. Jacob Rolfe is an illustrator and screen-printer based in Canada. His work can be seen at www.thefloatingworld.net
I hope people read this and get a chuckle, or at least an insight into another place or culture. Working and travelling showed me that the more I see of the world, the more I realize people are not all that different. We're all bonkers in our own ways!
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