Louisiana Stories

Write that Novel in your Heart!

November is National Novel Writers Month, commonly known as NaNoWriMo. The goal is for folks like you to write a 50,000 word novel in a month. I’m writing a new novel,  As the Crow Flies, and need to add 50,000 words in the coming month. This is an invitation to join together and write. We’ll be sharing ideas and encouragement …

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As the Crow Flies: Let’s back to 1881

The fun and joy of writing historical fiction is “going back” to a time in the past. With our new draft novel, the year is 1881 on Louisiana’s frontier, commonly called “No Man’s Land.”             It’s important to look at dates, moon phases, weather (when you can find it) and “live in that era.” That’s …

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Naming that Girl: Your Chance

A Word from Curt   Here is the current draft opening line of my current novel, As the Crow Flies:   My name is JANE DOE, and I was born into a family of thieves. It’s how I ended up in the middle of what came to be known as the Westport Fight. This is my story of what happened …

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Tough or Hard: The Choice is Yours

Tough or Hard   In front of me are three objects: a brick, a piece of leather, and a hammer. These make for a wonderful lesson. However, this story is not about the hardness of a brick, toughness of leather, or the pain of the hammer blow. This is a story about somebody. Objects don’t move us—but people do. Watching …

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Measure Twice/Cut Once

We’re highlighting stories from our short story collection, Deep Roots. Measure Twice, Cut Once   Also I have given ability to all the skilled workers to make everything I have commanded you. -Exodus 31:6   I’ve always loved watching an artist at work. To watch a skilled craftsman shape something with their hands—and heart—is a joy. As the above verse …

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You can hold the rope

Holding the Rope       When I ask you to hold the rope for us,  I’m deadly serious. Many of you were faithful to pray for DeDe and I in Africa. We need your prayer just as much back here in America. Thank you in advance for lifting us up. I’ve been thinking of my life statement,  “I want …

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It is a great privilege

East Beauregard High Stadium. “Fields of Faith” last Wednesday Wow.  Privilege It’s become my favorite word. It is a privilege. It’s a way of looking at the opportunities (and challenges) of our lives. It’s a privilege to serve, learn, grow, and be alive. I had one of the greatest honors of my life this week.  Speaking to hundreds of high …

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Branded! Laugh and Enjoy

1. Stay Cuious. 2. Be Amazed. 3. Share Stories. That’s basically what I do. It’s who I am. I have a curious soul and a love of stories. It often gets me in trouble but always results in memorable stories.   The story below is one of my favorite funny stories.  Not quite sure of the spiritual message (Maybe: be …

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A Day in New Orleans is better than __________________.

  Let’s have a contest and some fun. I spent yesterday in New Orleans. The rest of Louisiana has a complex love-hate relationship with our most famous city. I’ve written about this in the past. I’m asking readers to fill in the blank with the best word. A Day in New Orleans is better than _____________. You can enter by …

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From Deep Roots: The Door

  During this month, we’re sharing stories from our short story collection, Deep Roots. It contains the stories that our readers and listeners have enjoyed over the years. Come join us in a journey to where my roots are. In an area of western Louisiana called the Piney Woods. Enjoy. “The Door” is one of my favorite stories.  It blends …

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F. Scott Fitzgerald in Dry Creek

Stories from the Creekbank, Cover

  Scott Fitzgerald   One song will forever link my mind with the summer of 1999.   The song is the “Charlie Brown theme song.” This is the song Schroeder is always plinking away at on Charlie Brown T.V. specials. Here’s why this song is still playing in my mind.   On the first day of camp when our counselors arrived, …

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Thoughts on a rich and privileged life.

It is a privilege. It’s become one of my favorite words. Privilege. After three (wonderful) years in the Third World, I’ve come to realize how privileged we are as Americans. Today’s post is about a great privilege I’ve had. The privilege of marrying into a family. In 1979, I married into the Terry Family of northern Catahoula Parish, Louisiana. I …

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The Rumor Mill

The Rumor Mill   If there is one thing that Sisters Katrina and Rita have taught us it is this: Don’t believe everything you hear, unless you know firsthand it is true. The rumor mill is always churning. When you have a disaster and normal communication is lost and people are displaced, the rumor mill shifts gears. Speculations become “truths” …

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Whistling Past the Graveyard

A note from Curt We continue with stories from ten years ago, as chronicled in our book,  Hearts across the Water. Yesterday’s post,  Grandma Rodrigue, touched many of you, including me. If you missed it, click here. Today’s post is humorous. It’s a true story of what happens when cultures collide. I’d appreciate any of my Smyrna friends sending a …

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