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Curt Iles

I write to have influence and impact through well-told stories of my Louisiana and African sojourn.

The Evening Holler

The Evening Holler I’m sitting in Crooked Bayou swamp on a cold still October morning. I love this time of year when the weather becomes cool and the sky is usually clear. As daybreak comes, a mile through the woods I hear a neighbor’s roosters ...

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A Pair for Life

From the book, Stories from the Creekbank by Curt Iles To learn more, visit www.creekbank.net A Pair for Life Clay, Clint, and I crawled over the wet leaves to the bluff bank on the small stream called Dry Creek. We were just west of where ...

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Louisiana’s “No Man’s Land” Maps

The two maps (above) are in the second edition of The Wayfaring Stranger. The first map is sketched by my special Dry Creek friend, Debra Tyler. I think it is great. The second beautiful map is by my good friend, Peyton Freeman of Wise Publishing ...

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The Old House

              The Old House in Dry Creek. First constructed by my great great grandparents circa 1892, this family home is my favorite spot in the world, source of many of my stories, and my best writing muse. Below is ...

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Diana Mills Writing Conference

I recently spent three days in a fiction writing clinic with writer Diann Mills. Eight of us met in her Houston home and had a great time working on our novels.Diann and her husband, Dean, were gracious hosts and it was a wonderful experience. Diann ...

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Sleepy Readers and Dumpster Libraries The Writing Life

Sleepy Readers and Dumpster Libraries: Laughing and Writing, Writing and Laughing “If you want to change the world, pick up a pen.” -Martin Luther One of the joys of writing for the public is making friends and receiving feedback. While this feedback is often extremely ...

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Jose Canseco

LSU Football , José Canseco, Terry… and Charlie My youngest son, Terry, left excitedly this morning for the New Orleans Superdome. He was headed to the LSU-Ohio State football game. His cousin, Brady Glaser, is on the team and gave Terry a ticket. The problem ...

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Christmas Jelly

Christmas Jelly Of all the Christmas memories and traditions, “Christmas Jelly” is one of my favorites. Each year I receive this special gift from a very special lady in my life. Before I share what Christmas jelly is, let me share about the special person ...

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The Wayfaring Stranger: A Pine Knot Club

(Left) Ron Yule at Dry Creek Camp Curt with Juanita Jordan During my Saturday book signing at Author’s Alley in DeRidder (1-3 PM) I will be joined by “fiddler extraordinaire” Ron Yule (Pictured above. He’ll be signing copies of his fiddle book.) At 2 PM ...

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The Wayfaring Stranger Chapter 1

The Wayfaring Stranger Chapter 1 I am a poor wayfaring stranger, Traveling through this world of woe. There is no sickness, toil, or danger In that world to which I go. “The Wayfaring Stranger” Traditional Ballad I knew my life would finally end this way. ...

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A Pine Knot Pile

The Pine Knot Pile: A Lesson on Earthly Treasures (Below: Dry Creek’s finest pine knot pile at the Jay Miller estate)     All of a sudden, the February wind picked up and turned out of the south. Instantly what had been a small controlled ...

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The Wayfaring Stranger Sample Chapters

The Wayfaring Stranger: Louisiana Journey Curt Iles The following post contains the introduction and first two chapters of my upcoming novel. If you enjoy these, additional chapters are being posted weekly at http://awayfaringstranger.blogspot.com . Curt Iles P.S. This is a draft. This means it is ...

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Review of The Mockingbird’s Song

The Mockingbird’s Song By Curt Iles A Review by Michelle Williams This book offers a unique glimpse inside the heart of a person who is struggling with depression and winning the battle. Curt Iles opens up his heart and shares the soul searing depths of ...

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A Tight Rope

Sample Chapter: The Mockingbird’s Song by Curt Iles To see more, visit http://www.creekbank.net Chapter Eight: A Tight Rope Held by a Tight Friend World Trade Center North Tower New York City September 11, 2001 Stairway 27C of the North Tower of the World Trade Center ...

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