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The Books that have Shaped My Life.

Stay Curious Be Amazed at Life  Tell Remarkable Stories A Word from Curt   The 5 books that have most shaped my life. I encourage you to have a reading list for 2018.  I hope you include in this list what I call your Life ...

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The Week that Was

A word from Curt Review It’s a good word. It’s means looking back with a purpose. Not living in the past but learning from it. Friday and Saturday are the days I look back over the past week and plan for the coming week. Here ...

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What a novelist does.

“The historian tells what happened. The novelist tells how it felt.” -E.L. Doctorow     As many of you know, I’m in the midst of writing our fourth novel, As the Crow Flies. It’s the third book in the Westport Trilogy (the first books are ...

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Meet an unforgettable character named Missouri.

We’re deep into the second draft of our latest novel, As the Crow Flies. I need your help in fleshing out some of the characters, scenes, and storyline. Join our Creekbank Tribe by sharing ideas at the end of this post. Thanks in advance! Today, ...

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Where are your sacred spaces?

A Word from Curt I have two questions today: Where do you go for your lonely place? Where are your sacred spaces?     I’ve chosen to make the first question singular: where is your lonely place? In the first chapter of Mark’s Gospel, the ...

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How to Bury a Country Man

  One of my young pastor friends called as he prepared for his first funeral.  This is simply insight I’ve gained from others as well as the experience and privilege of helping folks as they walk through the shadow of death. How to Bury a ...

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Tidbits: Phases of the Moon

A word from Curt I’m living in 1881 and 1882 today. I’m right at 92,000 words on As the Crow Flies.  My goal is to have 100,000 words by the week’s end. In the second draft, we’ll begin cutting down on words.  My goal is ...

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The Beginning of a Novel

  November is National Novel Writing Month. It’s an opportunity to write that novel (or family story) that’s been bubbling inside you for years.   You can keep your project quiet if you wish. I simply encourage you to begin. As they say, the journey ...

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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. ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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The Week that Was: Photos and Sketches

The Week that Was   Be a superhero.  Write. Share. Influence your World.           A word from Curt Each weekend, I have my weekly review.  It’s an opportunity to look back over the past week. (I split my review from Saturday ...

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End of the Day: Was I true to my 6+ Words?

The Importance of a Daily Review I’m learning. Always learning. I’m committed to being a LLL. A Life Long Learner. About a decade ago, I began the habit of listing keywords for my life. It developed into what I now call my 6+ Words. I ...

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This Land Ain’t for Sale

Give me land, lots of land. Give me land, Lot’s of land, But don’t fence me in.     “This land’s their burying ground. They fightin’ o’er their burying ground.” -John Lee Hooker   One of the things that first astounded me about Africa was ...

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