In the midst of winter, it’s sometimes hard to imagine the warmth of the sun. But it comes. Change always does.
After a grueling year, school’s finally over. Summer has begun, and who knows what it will bring.
Honestly, I’m as glad for the break as the kids are (frankly, more so).
Summer should be a time to relax, to think and dream, to get away, to go on an adventure, or just hang out.
Summer is freedom, and with that freedom I am going to work.
I’m having some writer’s block with the two projects I’m working on, but I’m expectant that the summer will inspire me to overcome it (at least in one of the projects).
Thank goodness for seasons. You all may know that fall and winter are my favorites, but I’m actually really grateful for all of them. At times, I crave change. For example, my wife and I are continuously re-arranging the various rooms in our house. When we feel stuck and maybe the room keeps getting messy, we’ll just change it up. Move the couch here, the table there. We bunked the beds in the girls’ room over the winter, now we’ve un-bunked them.
If only things were this easy to change up in our lives. Don’t like a job? Get a new one! Sick of the town you live in? Just move! Tired of the house and its problems? Sell it and buy a new one.
Adults know that changing these things can seem impossible and unlikely. Sometimes it seems like the place we are currently in is where we will be forever. That’s sort of how Liz and I feel. We’d like to change things, but at every turn, we’re stymied. Something needs to change, we feel. And we have ideas. We’ve talked about what we want our future to look like. It just seems like every step we try to take in that direction is wrong. So, what do we do? Here’s a list of what our process looks like:
1) Go full steam ahead with some ideas we’ve thought of.
2) Stop going full steam ahead when things don’t pan out.
3) Pray about what to do.
4) Debate about what to do.
5) Wait and do nothing.
6) Get really frustrated.
7) Repeat the cycle.
Hey, no one said that our process was a good one. But this is sometimes the way that I get through writer’s block. So, maybe my family’s having Life Block right now.
How do we get through it? We’re not sure. In the past, we worked, waited, and eventually made a drastic move.
Well, I feel we’ve gone through the working part, and the waiting part as well. Who knows, perhaps the drastic move is coming next.
Scott Keen is the author of three young adult fantasy novels, Scar of the Downers, Rise of the Branded, and War of the Downer King.