Autumn Fish ’13
Everyone has a story to tell. Everyone has created friendships, made enemies, shared memories and struggled through tragedies. Art and history teacher, Mr. Scott Hazel, decided to take these experiences and share them with others in a way that would last forever.
“I’ve led an unusual life and shared a lot of stories with students who encouraged me to write them down. In attempt to write them down in a way that made sense, the next thing I knew, I was writing a book,” says Hazel.
Mr. Hazel’s book is titled Looking Out Windows and is scheduled to be released prior to Christmas 2012.
“[I titled the book Looking Out Windows] because as I wrote the book, I realized that in many situations of my life, I found myself looking out windows,” says Hazel.
During the process of writing his book, Hazel came upon several obstacles he had to work around.
“Remembering details and deciding what things were worthy of [being written] and what things to omit [was challenging]. [Also], trying to get through some of the difficult parts; some of the tragedies,” says Hazel.
Hazel says he is uneasy about the thought of having students read his book.
“I’m anxious and scared at the same time because I didn’t sugar-coat anything. I told it how I remembered it, which isn’t going to be attractive to someone of whom I [wrote about],” comments Hazel.
Hazel says that his inspiration came directly from people he spends every day with: his students.
Hazel concludes, “[Looking Out Windows is] about some of the unusual and adventurous things I did as a young man. It’s more about my past than it is about my present, so don’t be quick to judge. [The reason for writing the book] amounted to the encouragement I got from my students and friends. People told me I had a story to tell.”