Crawling Out of a Writing Rut

I’ve been in a writing rut of late.  There hasn’t been much that has been inspiring me to write.  There hasn’t been the motivation to write.  I’ve had these kind of seasons where I want to write but I don’t know what to write about or have any inspirations to draw from to write.  Couple that with a season of time where there’s nothing “exciting” going in my life it makes for being in quite a rut.

I think it also plays into creatively being in a rut.  I miss being a part of a podcast.  I miss having that format to explore creative ideas.  And though I have toyed with starting my own podcast, I just haven’t been able to get it off the ground just yet  Feeling in a rut.

This season of my life has been more downs than there have been ups.  It has been a struggle.  My hope is always that things will improve but when one is stuck in a rut, it takes a lot of momentum to get out of it.

I’m going to try and brainstorm some ideas at least for this blog to try and get out of this writing rut.  Hopefully the inspiration and motivation will come and the creative ideas will start flowing again.

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Four Year Anniversary

Today is the four year anniversary of the introduction of this blog. There are times it doesn’t seem like it has been four years since this blog began. I am glad for this blog as it has been helpful in getting me through some of the toughest times I’ve had.

I hope that in this upcoming year there will be more ups than downs. I hope that there will be more creative posts. But above all I hope that my thoughts and feelings that I share here will be an encouragement and a blessing to someone.

If this is the first time you’ve read a blog post here, thank you and welcome. If you have been reading regularly the last four years, thank you as well for being a part of my journey.

Thursday Quote Day: Ralph Waldo Emerson

This week’s “Thursday Quote Day” features a quote from poet Ralph Waldo Emerson:

“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children…to leave the world a better place…to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”  (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Reflections on “The Hero”

There are few movies that I see a trailer (of a film I did not know about) and I immediately go “I have to see that film.” The Hero was one of those films.  I saw the trailer a few weeks ago and it captivated me.  So today I went and saw it.  And I’ll go on record saying it is one of the best films of 2017.

The film stars Sam Elliott, Laura Prepon, Nick Offerman, Krysten Ritter & Katharine Ross.  Elliott plays Lee Hayden, an actor best known for his starring role as “The Hero”, a western film released nearly 40 years ago.  These days he’s doing voice work for commercials and passing time by smoking weed with his former co-star in a short lived TV series Jeremy (played by Offerman).  During the course of the film, he deals with the estranged relationship he has with his daughter Lucy (played by Ritter), the burgeoning friendship/romantic relationship with a comedienne named Charlotte (played by Prepon) and the coming to terms with the diagnosis of cancer that hangs over him.

The film gives an honest portrayal of a man who is in the latter stages of his life reflecting back on it while at the same time looking ahead at what’s still in front of him.  Lee is someone who is defined by many people as “The Hero” and is recognized as such with a lifetime achievement.  But he is also someone who is broken, with a failed marriage and the loss of a relationship with his daughter.  And the journey that Lee goes through in the film (and we are along for the ride) is one that feels real and emotional.  Your heart breaks for him while at times feeling frustrated with him.  It’s a well rounded connection.

The director for this film also did I’ll See You in My Dreams (a film in which Sam Elliott also starred).  There were moments in this film that felt similar to that film.  I think the word that best describes this film is poignant.  It is a very poignant film.  It is also very compelling.  The acting in this film was very good.  The characters feel real and they have a lot of depth.  They make you go through a gamut of emotions with them.

As I walked out of the theater, I thought of two things.  One, it is important that there are films like The Hero because they aren’t “franchise” films but are at their root storytelling films.  Two, The Hero come award season should be recognized for the performances and work done by the director and actors/actresses.  If you get a chance (it is an independent film so it’s not showing everywhere) you should see this film.