About Me

Hi, my name is Karen, and it’s lovely to meet you!

I live in Louisiana, a short drive away from New Orleans. For my day job, I work in IT, primarily providing support to multiple offices.

I’m married to a wonderful fellow geek who loves classic Doctor Who, board games, video gaming, 3D printing, woodworking, and most everything tech-related.

We have a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Daisy, and a Chihuahua, Mia. We got Daisy from a local breeder in 2019, and Mia was my mother-in-law’s pup that we took in after she passed in 2020. They’re both extremely spoiled, LOVE snuggles and attention from people, and taking up all the room on the bed. 

So…this K-Pop thing. What’s the deal?

So I’ve always been a music person. I listen to just about anything. Alternative, industrial, goth, metal, classic rock, pop, rap, hip-hop, R&B – I’ll pretty much give anything a listen and I love learning about new bands and genres. Just like a lot of people over the past few years, I kind of started poking about K-Pop, thanks to the rising popularity of BTS in the US. Yep, I’m one of those people who heard Dynamite and Butter and was like “hmmm okay then.”

One of my friends, M, is a huge BTS fan, and when the group announced that they were going to livestream their Las Vegas Permission To Dance concert, I said “Sure, I’ll host a watch party, they sound fun in concert!” Three hours after watching the show with a group of friends, I was HOOKED.

I started asking and digging for recommendations on other groups, which led me to Stray Kids, whose sound I fell in love with. After that, I took a hard dive into K-Pop as a whole, and here we are today. I’m still a baby K-Pop fan, and there’s so much I am still finding and hearing about, but it’s a lot of fun!

Who’s your favorite groups/biases/ults?

~deep breath~ Here we go!

Ult groups:

  • Stray Kids
    • Ult: Bang Chan
    • Biases: OT8, honestly. But if I have to pick somebody, I’d have to say Jeongin.
    • Ult: Hongjoong
      Biases: Again, OT8, I truly do love them all. But if I have to pick, Seonghwa.
  • SHINee
    • Biases: Key and Taemin
  • TXT (Tomorrow X Together)
    • Bias: Soobin

Other groups and soloists I like:

  • BTS
    • Biases: RM, J-Hope, and Suga (yes, the entire dang rap line)
  • Monsta X
    • Biases: Joohoney and I.M
    • Biases: Seoho, Xion, Leedo
  • Mamamoo
    • Bias: Hwasa
  • Seventeen
    • Bias: Woozi
  • Xdinary Heroes
  • Dreamcatcher
  • Red Velvet
  • Jackson Wang

Where did the name “Burn Like A Flame” come from?

It’s a translated lyric from “Answer”, from ATEEZ’s Treasure Epilogue: Action to Answer album.

Call, call, call us right now
Burn like a flame
Call, call, call us right now
As loud as you can be heard anywhere
Burn like a flame

Anything else?

I love going to sci-fi/comic/anime conventions and ren faires.

I met my husband and some of my oldest friends through LARPing (live action roleplaying).

I’m a huge photography buff, both digital and film. You can check out my stuff at my photoblog, The Blackberry Belle.

I love vintage-inspired fashion, especially dresses that look like they’re from the 40s and 50s, but my heart will always hold a special place for early 90s grunge fashion (dresses + combat boots 4 LYFE).

I collect assorted shades of red lipstick.