The Book

Welcome to my website, inspired by my soon-to-be released, self-published book, “Discovering BTS: a non-linear journey” or 방탄소년단 발견 비선형 여정.  The project began after Lynn, my Twitter friend and fellow IBIS, suggested that I write a book about BTS, ARMY and its diverse fan base (IBIS stands for Itty Bitty Inspiration Squad on Direct Messenger). And when the six other members joined the cause, well, that’s all the impetus I needed.

So, let me tell you a little bit about myself…  Here’s the synopsis from my TW profile page:

Author/editor/designer/publisher, techie, perennial gardener, historian, musician, avid reader, photographer, lover of science, and BTS! Boredom is not in my vocab!

I first admitted my adoration in my blog, dated August 2019, Honesty is the Best Policy – I love BTS. That’s when I fell down the rabbit hole, never to be retrieved again. And while I’m proudly OT7 (loving them equally), Yoongi is now my long-term bias, followed by a number of wreckers, including Jimin and Hoseok.

The book centers on my personal journey and will explain how a) I went from mild intrigue. To b) attempting to learn their names and being able to identify them with various colors of hair. To c) being able to disseminate who was rapping/singing each part. To d) making long-lasting friends worldwide, studying the Korean language, and writing a book about seven talented and outstanding human beings who changed my life forever, and helped me cope during the Covid lock-down.

So what’s up with the title? It simply means that while we may start down one path in life, our journey is never linear, with us often stumbling upon roads with numerous unopened doors and unexpected adventures.

With the help of this website, I’m hoping to collect ARMY stories from young and old, share them here, and include them in my manuscript.

I look forward to hearing from you.
MJ Chard