Around the Block
Connie has been working on her book for several weeks now, but she's stuck on the chapter about Eugene... still. She can't figure out why the first two chapters came so easily, but the third has been so frustrating. Eugene has some suggestions for helping Connie get over her "writer's block." He ventures that part of Connie's problem is distraction, and so takes her up to the attic so she can direct her full concentration toward writing. Complete silence turns out to be more of a distraction for Connie than her original distractions, and her solitude is soon interrupted when Marvin comes in, looking for advice about a situation at school. The situation reminds Connie of a similar experience she had at school, and so she tells Marvin the story.
Eugene suggests another method for defeating writer's block: mathematical motivation. So, that night, Connie sits in Whit's office desperately trying to come up with 400 words for the day. Whit walks in and Connie reluctantly tells him about her project. Connie asks him to read her chapter and give suggestions. After reading it, Whit suggests that Connie's book could use more structure.
Discouraged, Connie decides that maybe this is God's way of telling her to quit writing, and she announces that she won't be writing her book anymore. Even an inaccurate review of Odyssey based on Rusty Gordon's degrading book about the town can't make Connie reconsider. However, when Marvin tells her that her story and advice really helped him at school, she decides to go talk to Whit.
Whit says since she's sure that God wanted her to write the book in the first place, He'll give Connie the strength she needs to do it, even if it’s difficult. Connie resolves that she will write the book, and they pray for inspiration. However, they are interrupted by an exuberant Eugene, who has overcome his own mental block on a recent project. Connie has an epiphany, and is suddenly able to overcome her writer's block, even if it is only for a short time. But with new determination and the knowledge that God blesses those who show diligence in their hard work, Connie buckles down and resumes work on her novel.
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Heard in episode
|Connie Kendall||Katie Leigh|
|Eugene Meltsner||Will Ryan|
|John Whittaker||Paul Herlinger|
|Marvin Washington||Kendre Berry|
Mentioned in episode
|Tamika Washington||Marvin Washington|
|Larry Melwood||Connie Kendall|
|Rusty Gordon||Eugene Meltsner|
- Connie mentions Larry Melwood in this episode while talking with Marvin. Larry is the "geeky" character that appeared in #348: “With a Little Help from My Friends”. It's very likely that Connie was telling Marvin about the situation she experienced in that episode.
- Eugene says that Connie picked the font "New Times Roman," an allusion to the typeface "Times New Roman".
- Connie writes about the events in #62: “Let This Mind Be in You”.
- Connie says that she first met Eugene outside Whit's office. However, in #52: “Connie, Part 2”, she met Eugene at the front door. Even more than this, though, by this time she and Eugene have already discovered that they met years earlier at a camp in #583: “The Champ of the Camp”.
QuotesConnie Kendall: Eugene, when you're working on stuff like this, do you ever get stuck?
Eugene Meltsner: Barring the time in Montana when I was a child and my head was wedged between two fence rails, I must say no.