My semester is finished and, sadly, so is Christmas break. It has been a whirlwind of a fall and I am NOT anxious to get back to the day-to-day. But as Bilbo wisely observed, “the road goes ever on.”
It takes us to a new year, which includes more schooling...
...writing, and who knows what else. There are a few things to which I am looking forward.
Firstly, I’ve finished the second book to Scar of the Downers and will hopefully begin working with an editor shortly into this new year. I’m excited about this book as it digs deeper into the world of Crik and Jak. New people are introduced, new creatures are discovered, and the story grows darker and more dangerous.
Secondly, I am (slowly) editing a play I wrote nearly ten years ago with the hope that I (or my wife) will be able to direct it this year. This, however, is in the very early stages. So we’ll see what comes of this.
Thirdly, I hope to be more faithful in posting on this blog in the coming year. Teaching several courses at my local college became the focus this past fall, which contributed to the neglect of my blog. But now that the holidays are over, a renewed sense of determination and attention has gripped me. If I can think of a topic, I will write about it. If I can’t, I’ll rehash an old one.
Though this isn’t necessarily the last thing I’m looking forward to this year, it is the last thing I’m mentioning. So lastly, my play, The Last Rose of Innod, will be produced by Family Theatre in Columbus, Georgia this March. Although I will probably not be able to attend, I am grateful they are putting it on.
Overall, I’m trying to look at 2016 through an optimist’s eye. I’m trying to see the good that will come this year. (To be honest, it’s quite tiring. Not sure how they do it.)
Anyway, winter is now upon us and I’m looking forward to the snow.
Scott Keen is the author of three young adult fantasy novels, Scar of the Downers and Rise of the Branded. His third and final book of the Scar of the Downer series, War of the Downer King, will be released in July 2019.