Rich Ristow

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About Rich Ristow

My name is Rich Ristow, and I am a travel writer and blogger living in Changzhou, Jiangsu Province, China. I have been living here since 2014. I have written articles for both online and print outlets, but I also operate the blog Real Changzhou. As a China based writer, I firmly believe the untold stories of this country are not in the Tier 1 cities of Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, or Beijing. There is plenty of English language content available on those places. Tier 2 and 3 cities? Yes. However, the information desert grows larger once you get into smaller cities and towns. I tell everybody that living in China is a writer's dream. You have access to a never ending list of topics that hasn't been written about or read in English. 

So, what can I offer on Patreon that can't be found in other places where my writing finds a home? This place will become home for creative and literary takes on travel writing as a genre as well as fiction set in international locations. While essays and travel articles can provide one window into a foreign culture, fiction offers a uniquely different perspective. That can be a good thing. So, why do I need your help? Travel costs money even at the most basic level: transportation and accommodation while on the road -- and that's with me being a notorious cheapskate!

However, I do promise that I can show potential readers the China they never see on the news or on American TV in general. 
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Whether writing fiction or travel articles, the actual travel involved comes with real costs. Some of the book projects I have in mind involve taking a trip along the southern banks of the Yangtze River and stopping in every town between Nanjing and Shanghai. Another involves going around Lake Tai, which is a large fresh body of water near Suzhou and Shanghai. 
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