I’ve been reading about the history of the Shimenkan village for the past week, and I also organized my notes from the interviews I conducted over the summer.
The minority Miao came to this isolated village to avoid conflict with other minorities that lived in Southern China. Over time, their culture was passed on generation after generation. Before Christianity came to the village, the Miao minority mostly believed in folk religion. Continue reading →
This week, I finally had a phone call with Robert Blake Whitehall, author of the Ben Blackshaw books, Westtown alum, and my mentor for this project. The whole conversation took roughly an hour, ranging from my interest in writing to a general critique of the story so far. Continue reading →
I chose to title this blog post “Divine Intervention?” for two reasons. The first is that I was struck by an incredible flash of inspiration for my story. Over the weekend, I was hitting some pretty intense writer’s block. No matter where I tried to move the story, it ended up feeling forced. I tried a couple different continuations, but everything felt unsettled. Continue reading →