Monday, September 8, 2008

New blog series!

As many of you know, during the last several months I have been focusing a lot of my energies on learning to tell stories of justice, society, need and hope using literary forms. The Portraits and Scenarios have been a means of exploring this, and I've also been writing fiction in other venues.

Well, in the last few weeks, I've decided there's a story in me that I want to tell. And so in the next few weeks or months, I think I'll put the pause on Portraits or Scenarios (unless/until something something amazingly portrayal-worthy comes up!) and instead share the story.

This story will be about a young man whose name I haven't yet figured out. It will come to me, I know it will! By tomorrow when I start, hopefully.

He's 20 years old and he's from Iraq, but has been living in Damascus with his family for about a year and a half. He came to Syria with his mother, his grandmother, his two younger sisters and his younger brother. Right now our unnamed hero is working at a local restaurant and his little brother is in school. His sisters are doing vocational training courses, and his elderly sickly grandmother is trying to run the household while his mother works at a factory.

As you might imagine, he's been through quite a bit and bears a lot of responsibility. My idea is that in each blog post I will tell a little bit more of his story, give a little picture of what life is like for him and what the world around him looks like, too!

I love this blog, it's been one big experiment. But it's been fun to try things out and it's great to have people following me on this journey. Comments, of any sort, are welcome, seriously! And I hope you love the story of this gallant young man named.......

1 comment:

Isabela Siqueira said...

I'm following the young man's story and...looking forward to read it....

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