the short version

Rachel Seo began writing at the age of seven, scribbling with glittery gel pens on sheets and sheets of lined notebook paper. Much to the relief of trees and tree-huggers everywhere, she learned how to type and now pounds out blog posts, novels, and various random ideas on her trusty Macbook. Cheers makes her laugh long and hard; her music is too indie to be mainstream and too mainstream to be indie; and Ecclesiastes is her favorite book of the Bible. Find her at her blog, Silver Mess, or on Instagram and Twitter.

the long version

Hi, I’m Rachel!
The first thing you should know about me is that I’m a Christian.
The second is that I’m a writer.
I could probably write a book on myself, but that’s kind of narcissistic, which is why I settled for a blog instead (that was supposed to be ironic). Here, I write about life, writing, and creativity. I also occasionally shout out my videos, post playlists, and talk about how much I love vegetables.
But enough about that. That was for the short version. Here’s the real version:

  • I’m not a sentimental person. I don’t cry in sad movies or books. It’s just not a thing. I like finding value in moments and memories, and sometimes nostalgia hits me, but it doesn’t hit very often, and when it does, it doesn’t last long. So if I seem heartless, it’s because I probably am. (Just kidding, ish.)
  • I’m Korean American, with emphasis on the American. I don’t like kimchi, I can’t speak a lick of Korean, and--I think people think this is an automatic requirement for being Asian--I don’t like boba. Or tea. (I’ve always been more of a coffee person.) But hey, I’m thankful for being Asian, mostly because it’s made me very comfortable taking my shoes off inside the house.
  • I have my own method of living called Organized Mess. This means that while my papers and books and things may be stacked everywhere, and my desks and window seat and bed and floor are covered in things, I know where (almost) everything is. That being said, I do lose a lot of stuff, but I generally know if things are just missing or actually lost. (There’s a difference, you know.)
  • My music taste is a lot of everything, which ends up pleasing nobody except me. I like Katy Perry and Jars of Clay, Kendrick Lamar and Steven Curtis Chapman, Taylor Swift and Declan McKenna, Maggie Rogers and Trip Lee, Billie Eilish and BLEACHERS, Jon Bellion and Tori Kelly, and a lot of random music, most of which I find on Spotify’s Indie Pop playlist. Thanks to the movie Sing Street, I can also jam to an occasional Duran Duran, belt out a good Whitney Houston, and appreciate the stark simplicity of Wham!’s “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go.” Also, the entire La La Land soundtrack.
  • When I consume art, I internally criticize both content and artistry, but never in the same sentence. There are some really good movies with a lot of bad stuff in them, and there are some really bad movies with a lot of good stuff in them. There are very few really good movies with a lot of good stuff in them, and that’s kind of the line that every Christian has to toe. Are you willing to expose yourself to certain aspects of human depravity in order to grow your own understanding of creativity and storytelling? When is it time to say no? That’s something that I’m still trying to figure out.
  • I make a lot of mistakes. I jump to conclusions, I judge people, I guilt myself into nothing, and my preferred choice of aggression is passive. I think too highly of myself and too lowly of myself in equal measure, and as a result, I do that with people, too. I’m a narcissist, cynic, sinner, and a whole host of other things. And the reason why I’m writing this blog is to A) know that I’m not alone, and B) make sure you know that you’re not alone, either. Because we’re all aware of our downfalls, whether we know them or not, and sometimes mine get me down, hard.

But there’s grace, and there’s truth, and, ultimately, that’s what Silver Mess is about.

Last updated: August 13, 2017.


  1. Congrats on your new bog. I think this is a very good idea.

  2. I am so excited for what you have going on here! The idea of monthly creative challenges and spotlights intrigues me and I can't wait to go with you on this journey of creativity!

  3. Oh man oh man oh man! AAAAHHHH SORRY YOU JUST GOT ME REALLY EXCITED. And sorry, that's a weird way to introduce myself. I just read your about page and WOWWIE WOO GIRL. I'll definitely be following you. We have a lot in common, and I'm so excited to find another blogger my age who has a craft-type blog. All the craft blogs I run into usually are like, moms, and in their thirties with kids or something. So this is really exciting! Plus I just get excited super easily. And I totally love how you said that everyone is creative (you said that, right? In a way?), because that is one of my strong strong beliefs, and I also totally love all the emphasis on God's creativeness. And I now that your blog is sort of a life style blog or whatever, but it's centered around creativity and I love that. So yeah! Looking forward to getting to know you better in the future!

    1. I forgot to ramble about how similar w are with regard to organization and messiness. So strange how much we're the same on that. I am a very messy person, but...I'm also very neat. Bu looking at my desk where I do my card making, you'd never know I was a neat person. But I am.

    2. Sorry for this barrage of comments, but I also forgot to say that I love the way you write.

    3. Haha, thank you so much for everything, Maggie! Hope I won't disappoint :)

  4. I love this blog so much!! You are just so incredibly creative.


  5. YOUR BLOG *heart eyes* And your pictures are amazing!! I got so excited when I read you're 5' 1" because that's exactly how tall I am. XD SHORT PEOPLE RULE. *grins*

  6. THE OXFORD COMMA. *nodnodnod*

  7. Absolutely love your blog and your sense of humor!! :)

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