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A Spent Bullet Chapter 7: Words and Letters

Author’s Notes: In chapter 6, Elizabeth Reed’s grandmother Ma and her younger brother Ben hatched a scheme to get Elizabeth corresponding with a solider.  The plot thickens in chapter 7.  Enjoy. I’m writing discussion questions for book clubs and Accelerated Readers.  I’d appreciate your help on questions. Chapter 7 Words and Letters                                                                                                    Monday, August 18, 1941  Elizabeth was startled …

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A Conspiracy is Born ‘A Spent Bullet’ Chapter Six

Chapter 6 In Cahoots     Ben heard the approaching footsteps and shoved the bullet under his pillow and began innocently singing: “Do your ears hang low, do they flop, do they flop?  Can you tie ‘em in a bow, can you tie ‘em in a knot?” He sat on the edge of the bed as the doorknob turned. “Can …

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Calling all children’s authors…

We have lots of fun: is it children’s authors or childrens authors or childrens’ author? Well, children’s means one and we definitely want more than one child reading our books. What’s your call?    

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Six words in my Life Plan

Hunger, Commitment and more. Wednesday, January 25, 2012.                       On Wednesday’s I’m trying to write about my Life Plan.  I’ve discovered that I need this written plan to keep me focused and on task. I hope you enjoy and are challenged by my thoughts on this. I’d love to hear …

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Why do we exist? Thoughts on Life Statements

“To bring glory to God…” “We exist to bring glory to God by making disciples who treasure Christ &carry His name to the ends of the earth.” This is our church (Dry Creek Baptist) Life Statement. A life statement is simply a declaration of what you’re about… where you stand… why you exist. It says,  “I’ve driven a stake in …

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Life Planning: The 10 Pins Plan

Readers:  If you’d like to receive emails when new blog posts appear, please click on the orange RSS feed below.  This will allow posts to be sent to Google Reader.                 I follow about ten blogs and Google Reader allows me to easily read and keep up. My daily goal is adding ten …

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Having a Life Verse

Your Life Verse Yesterday I shared my Life Statement: “I seek to be a man God can use and be respected by my wife DeDe, our sons and their families.”     A second foundational stone in my life plan is my Life Verse.  This is the Bible verse that most closely resonates with my heart. For the last two …

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Having a 2012 Life Statement

  We’re blogging this week about having a Life Plan for 2012. A Life Plan is simply a short written document expressing what matters most in your life.  It serves for a compass on the journey of each day. My life plan is 12 pages long and covers the ten areas of my life I deem as priorities. Later in …

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Life Planning 2012

Monday Jan. 16 This week I’ll be blogging about having a Life Plan. I’m a firm believer that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.  I also believe that when we write down our dreams, they become achievable goals. Emmit Smith said,  “If it’s in your head, it’s only a dream, but when you write it down, it …

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Melted Ice Cream … The August Heat in Louisiana

This is chapter 5 from my latest novel,  A Spent Bullet.  I’ll be adding author notes throughout the week. Curt Iles Chapter 5   Melted Ice Cream   WEATHER ADVISORY CAMP POLK, LOUISIANA 13 AUGUST 1941 EXTREME HEAT AND HUMIDITY WILL BE IN EFFECT FOR BLUE ARMY AREAS. ALL PERSONNEL SHOULD MAKE MAXIMUM USE OF SALT TABLETS AND WATER.   …

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“A Broken Record” Chap. 4 from A Spent Bullet

Author’s Notes:  This is one of my favorite chapters in A Spent Bullet.  It reveals the tension in the Reed family between a father who has personally experienced battle and an idealistic young son who yearns for war. You cannot understand the weeks leading up to Pearl Harbor without being aware of the national struggle taking place then between the …

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Words to a young writer

Samuel Marshall asked for advice on becoming a writer.  Here are the three main tips I shared: 1. Keep a journal and write in it often. 2. Read, read, read.      Good writers are always avid readers! 3. Find a writing group or club in your area or online.

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A Christmas gift to you: “Medic”

I wrote the following story for a Christmas compilation a few years ago.  It’s still one of my favorites. I hope you enjoy it.  Merry Christmas,   Curt MEDIC! By Curt Iles   “Medic. Medic.” Nazi sniper Unerfeldewebel Franz Schmidt didn’t know any English, but in the case of the nearby wounded American soldier, he didn’t need to. The man’s anguished …

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